7 Steps to Teaching a Writing Genre
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
This is a suggested sequence for teaching punctuation at each class level
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, myths and legends. Children’s creative writing experiences will often take the form of narrative writing. The Story strand of the SESE History Curriculum provides opportunities for exploring this genre and isolates Myths and Legends as a strand unit from First to Sixth class.
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. The Science, Geography and PE curricula are ideal for providing children with cross curricular opportunities for developing this genre.
See page below for procedural writing samples and a writing framework.
This writing genre is used to explain how something works or the processes involved in actions, events or behaviours. For this reason the SESE subjects can provide valuable opportunities for developing children’s understanding of the genre and for practicing it in a meaningful curricular setting.
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 confused with the idea of a newspaper report which is in fact a recount text. All areas of the curriculum present opportunities for Report Writing to be explored.
See page below for frameworks, teaching strategies and samples of report writing.
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 precursor to this particular writing genre. Recounts though often personal, can also be factual or imaginative.
See page below for frameworks, tips for teaching the genre and samples of recounts.
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 concluding with an overriding opinion or conclusive argument. Contrary to what many believe this genre of writing can be very effectively explored in infant classes through simple discussion around personal preferences i.e. Which make the best pets, Cats or Dogs?