Early bird available until 22 December


Many students’ progress in writing has been impacted by the disruptions of the past three years. To support students to accelerate progress in writing, we need to explicitly teach skills for writing and plan opportunities for them to complete quality pieces of writing that are reviewed and celebrated. Poetry is a useful genre to use as writing tasks are short, creative, and rich in vocabulary and literary devices. The skills learned in poetry writing can easily be transferred to other writing forms.

The workshop will reference ideas in Sheena and Louise’s new publication, The Poetry Book.



Session 1: Guiding principles and practices

  • The benefits of teaching poetry
  • Effective teaching strategies
  • An introduction to the knowledge and skills toolkits for teaching poetry

Session 2: Using shared reading to support writing

  • An introduction to an integrated literacy approach
  • Using shared reading to make explicit reading/writing links to support poetry writing

Session 3: Explicitly teaching skills for writing

  • An introduction to mini-lessons
  • Reviewing a range of mini-lessons to support students to develop skills for writing

Session 4: Short achievable poetry writing tasks (Quick Writes)

  • An introduction to the poetry Quick Writes
  • Reviewing a range of Quick Writes that scaffold success in writing

Session 5: Sharing and celebrating writing

  • The importance of sharing poetry
  • Different groupings for sharing poetry
  • Using prompts to support feedback
  • Ideas for developing a love of poetry


More information and a code to join this workshop will be emailed to attendees closer to the time.


"Extremely practical! Every single part you could pick up tomorrow and use it in the classroom. Great for all children, not just struggling writers. Focus on quality, not quantity, and showed me how to teach punctuation in context rather than lessons on their own" - quote from teacher.

"This was hands down the best course I have been to in years. I have been to all your other courses, so knew I wouldn't be disappointed. You have the perfect balance of teaching, listening and participating throughout the sessions. I left feeling excited about writing again. Using The Poetry Book as a guide helps support amazing teaching experiences. Thank you for bringing the motivation back to my teaching" - quote from teacher. 

Average rating for Accelerating progress in writing using poetry and an integrated literacy approach

Early bird available until 22 December

4.9 / 5.0 from 135 reviews

Location: Online 8.30am-1pm AEDT

Date: Wed, 24th January 2024

Time: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

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