These teaching strategies support improved student writing in the context of the English key learning area.


Welcome to Stage 6 Literacy in context – Writing. If you have come directly to this page, please take the time to watch our introductory video.

These Stage 6 resources have been created to enable teachers to use the content they are working with in class, to improve their students' writing. The activities sequentially build students’ writing skills and are designed to support Stage 6 syllabus outcomes in English

English Standard has been used to provide examples of the completed activities. English teachers should use these examples as models to create examples for their subject and students.

Teachers can use the Know your students (DOCX 76 KB) document to understand their students’ strengths and areas for growth in writing. Teachers can populate this document individually, or as a faculty, or as a Year or Stage group.

Teachers could register the use of these resources as Elective Professional Development.

Ideas for further professional learning in literacy and numeracy can be found on the Literacy and Numeracy Professional Learning page.

Opportunities to write

The video below describes ways to include regular writing opportunities in class for your students.

Opportunities to write

Download the English activities

The following activities appear as a sequence with one set of activities informing the next. To support students in effectively using the specific terminology for their subject the activities begin with vocabulary teaching and learning. Next, the planning for writing section supports students to engage in analysing exemplars and practising their own writing. In this section they also 'build the field' and prepare for a writing task. Once students have practised the vocabulary, have analysed exemplars, and have built their knowledge they move to the third set of activities and engage with writing a response. Teachers and students then provide feedback to inform where to next for their literacy teaching and learning.

Where to next?

Please complete the feedback survey at the bottom of the Stage 6 Literacy in context – Writing page.

For further support:

  • Graham, S., & Perin, D. (2007). Writing Next. Effective Strategies to improve writing of adolescents in middle and high schools. A Report To Carnegie Corporation Of New York.
  • Hochman, J., & MacDermott-Duffy, B. (2015). Effective Writing Instruction; Time for a Revolution. Perspectives On Language And Literacy, 41(2).
  • Hochman, J., & Wexler, N. (2017). One sentence at a time. The need for explicit instruction in teaching students to write well. American Educator, Summer, 30-43.
  • Hochman, Judith C., & Wexler, Natalie. (2017). The Writing Revolution. Jossey-Bass.
  • Quigley, A. (2018). A teacher's hunt for evidence on closing the vocabulary gap. The Times Educational Supplement.
  • Sharratt, L. (2018). CLARITY. Published: 14th December 2018 ISBN: 9781506358727 CORWIN Press INC.
  • Improving adult literacy instruction. Developing reading and writing. (2012). National Academies Press.
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