First Steps - Writing

7 Steps to Teaching a Writing Genre

Free Writing

This document provides some guidance for initiating Free Writing

Whole school 2 Year Plan for Writing

This document outlines a suggested approach to introducing a writing genre over 6 weeks and also provides a sample 2 year framework for teaching the genres throughout the primary school cycle infants – sixth class

Punctuation Topics

This is a suggested sequence for teaching punctuation at each class level

Grammar Topics

This is a suggested  sequence for teaching grammar at each class level

Books for exploring writing genres

An outline of well-known books suitable for exploring the various genres of writing.

The main purpose of this genre is to entertain through storytelling and to engage the reader in an imaginative experience.  Typical examples of narratives that children will encounter take the form of fairy tales...

Procedural texts list a sequence of actions or steps needed to make or do something. Typical examples of procedural texts include recipes, science experiments, assembly manuals or instructions for playing games....

Explanation Genre
This writing genre is used to explain how something works or the processes involved in actions, events or behaviours. For this reason the SESE...

Reports are used to systematically organise and record factual information referring to the classification and description of things i.e.  Bees,  Life during World War One, Mount Everest. They should not be...

A recount is the retelling or recounting of an event or a experience. Often based on the direct experience of the writer, the purpose is to tell what happened.  Daily news telling in the classroom is  a useful...

Exposition / Persuasive Writing is used to present a logical argument from a particular point of view. This genre will often involve the writer comparing opposite points of view, analysing the arguments and...