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Term 4, 2016

We trust Term 4 is going well for you and your students. Hopefully, assessments and reports are out of the way and you can enjoy the final few weeks with your students. 

There are a few 'end-of-year' writing ideas in our resources section of the website. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs is a lovely video to share and then use as motivation for writing. Check out the PowerPoint and other resources. 

Here's what has been happening during Term 4 on Facebook and our website.

 




Sheena Cameron & Louise Dempsey
info@thewritingbook.com


   

New stamps


We are very excited to announce the arrival of two new stamps, 'Two stars and a wish' and 'Two medals and a mission'. 

These can be used to encourage students to reflect and comment on each other’s writing and for teacher feedback. They make great Christmas presents for teacher friends. 

Order yours now on www.thewritingbook.com

Top Facebook post

2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year 
(8000 people reached) 

Photo credit: Tim Laman

These beautiful images could be used for descriptions or narratives, or students could research more about the winning photographers and write reports. 

Top Facebook post

Would you rather ...? Talk topics (PM55 The Oral Language Book) 
(9000 people reached) 


Carmel Marshall (North East Valley Normal School) has been using the 'Would you rather ...?' talk topics (PM55) as motivation for writing with her five-year-olds. 

Carmel said: 'They started off a bit hesitant, but they now LOVE this, and it is a great way to get them to express their opinions without it being considered right or wrong. I use this technique once a week as a stimulus for writing.'

In the sample above, the question is: Would you rather be invisible or be able to fly?

Class poem about a special end-of-year event 

Here's a writing idea for the end of the year. The class collectively writes a poem about a special end of year event. This is based on an idea by Robyn English in Tadpoles in the Torrens: Poems for young readers, Teachers’ Edition, edited by Jude Aquilina, Wakefield Press, 2016.

Lesson plan 
Exemplar poem

Recommended website 

Words and notes and chords

This website has a great selection of 'wuzzles' (word puzzles), which generate excellent discussion and problem solving. 

 

What ideas do you have for end-of-year writing? 

We would love to share writing ideas for the end of the year on Facebook.  
If you are interested in sharing a lesson idea, please send us: 

  • a short description of the lesson 
  • an example of the writing. 

We will send the first 20 people a stamp of their choice and a pack of detail icon stickers. 

info@thewritingbook.com

Training schedule 2017

NEW ZEALAND

AUCKLAND
Friday 27th January 2017,
9am-3pm 
Karaka School: Embedding Oral Language Across the Curriculum (Sheena and Louise)
— SESSION FULL

Thursday 2nd February 2017,
9am-3pm
Silverdale School: Embedding Oral Language Across the Curriculum (Sheena and Louise)

Saturday 18th March 2017,
9am-1pm
Alexandra Park Events Centre: Embedding Oral Language Across the Curriculum (Sheena and Louise)


PALMERSTON NORTH
Thursday 20th July 2017,
9am-1pm
Awapuni Function Centre: Embedding Oral Language Across the Curriculum (Sheena and Louise)


TAUPO
Saturday 27th May 2017,
9am-1pm
Taupo Intermediate: Embedding Oral Language Across the Curriculum (Sheena and Louise)


NAPIER 
Friday 21st July 2017,
9am-3pm
Porritt Avenue Primary: Embedding Oral Language Across the Curriculum (Sheena and Louise)


NELSON
Tuesday 11th July 2017,
9am-3pm
Lower Moutere School: Developing an Effective Writing Programme / Embedding Oral Language Across the Curriculum (Sheena and Louise)


CHRISTCHURCH
Thursday 30th March 2017,
4-7pm
Kaiapoi North School: Embedding Oral Language Across the Curriculum (Sheena and Louise)


ASHBURTON
Wednesday 29th March 2017,
9am-3pm
Ashburton Intermediate Library: Developing an Effective Writing Programme (Sheena and Louise)

Wednesday 29th March 2017,
3:30-6pm
Ashburton Intermediate Hall: Embedding Oral Language Across the Curriculum (Sheena and Louise)


TIMARU 
Tuesday 31st January 2017,
9am-3pm
Waimataitai School: Embedding Oral Language Across the Curriculum (Sheena and Louise) 
— SESSION FULL


AUSTRALIA 

BRISBANE
Thursday 19th January 2017,
8am-4pm
Mercure Hotel Brisbane: Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies / Embedding Oral Language Across the Curriculum (Sheena and Louise) 
– SESSION FULL

Friday 20th January 2017,
8am-4pm
Mercure Hotel Brisbane: Developing an Effective Writing Programme (Sheena and Louise)

Saturday 21st January 2017,
9am-1pm
East Leagues Club: Embedding Oral Language Across the Curriculum (Sheena and Louise)


MELBOURNE 
Saturday 11th March 2017,
9am-1pm
Moonee Valley Racing Club: Developing an Effective Writing Programme (Sheena and Louise)

Saturday 13th May 2017,
9am-1pm
Moonee Valley Racing Club: Editing Writing (Sheena and Louise)


SYDNEY
Saturday 29th April 2017,
9am-1pm
Parramatta RSL Club: Embedding Oral Language Across the Curriculum (Sheena and Louise)


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