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For teachers Grammar Bytes is a great website with downloadable handouts and very funky PowerPoints to teach grammar (English site). and
are both US sites that have lots of good writing resources and ideas. Shirley Clarke – Effective learning through formative assessment. (English site). Pie Corbett’s website includes forums and ideas for writing. You need to join this site but there is no charge. (English site).


For students

Upstart is a fantastic NZ publication for young writers. Students can write articles and book reviews and see their contributions in a magazine on sale in shops! Visit for more information. Toitoi is a New Zealand journal of children’s writing, which is published each quarter. Students can submit writing and illustrations. Teaching-learning-resources/Story-Starters New Zealand celebrities share ideas for writing in video clips. This app supports students at the emergent or pre-emergent writing stage. Teachers can add words or images to support students to compose their ideas. 


Websites with great ideas to motivate writing  Answers to questions (wonders) - you can send in your own wonders.  This website has a range of interesting videos which can be used in writing and reading.  Articles on a variety of curriculum areas – most include video clips and images.  UK site with a huge range of user-friendly resources and lesson ideas, images, music videos and film clips.  Behind the News (Australian ABC website).  Great for current events – some articles have printed transcripts to go with them.  Student version of TED talks.  Book selling website where you can download book excerpts.  GoPro YouTube channel - excellent motivation for recounts from a different perspective.  Engaging images of kids playing around the world.  Great images of the challenging ways some kids get to school. 37 of the most overloaded vehicles ever.  This site shares an image and writing idea every day - you can go back and review posts using the calendar. This website has collections of images with prompts for discussion and writing.


Recommended books

Here is a list of books we have found useful. A complete reference list can be found on page 214 of The Writing Book.

Everyday Editing, by Jeff Anderson, (2007), Stenhouse, Portland, M.E.

Ten Things Every Writer Needs to Know, by Jeff Anderson, (2011), Stenhouse, Portland, M.E.

Enriching Feedback in the Primary Classroom, by Shirley Clarke, (2003) Hodder Education, U.K.

Unlocking Formative Assessment, by Shirley Clarke, (2001), Hodder & Stoughton, U.K.

Boy Writers: Reclaiming their Voices, by Ralph Fletcher, (2006), Stenhouse, Portland, M.E.

Effective Literacy Practice, Learning Media, (2006), Ministry of Education, Wellington, N.Z.

I’ve Got Something to Say: Leading Young Writers to Authorship, by Gail Loane, Aries Pub. Ltd, N.Z.

Learning to Learn in a Second Language, by Pauline Gibbons, (1991), Primary English Teachers Association, Newtown, N.S.W. Australia.

Effective Practices in Teaching Writing by Dr Shaun Hawthorne, (2011), NZATE, Lyttelton, N.Z.

Write Ways: Modelling Writing Forms by Lesley Wing-Jan, (2008) Oxford University Press, Australia.

Related resources

Includes: PDF template to make a memory box to store a memory poem

Focus: writing a poem about special memories and storing it in the memory box

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