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Copy of Seven Steps - Professional Development

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stephanie whalan

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Transcript of Copy of Seven Steps - Professional Development

Step 1: Planning for Success
Layering & Positioning
Tackling Topics
The Steps
Step 1: Plan for Success
Step 2: Sizzling Starts
Step 3: Tightening Tension
Step 4: Dynamic Dialogue
Step 5: Show, Don't Tell
Step 6: Ban the Boring Bits
Step 7: Exciting Endings
Bulwer-Lytton Awards
How To Begin Your Sizzling Starts?
The NAPLAN Marking Grid
* engaging the reader
Tightening Tension Activity
The Story Graphs
Step 4: Dynamic Dialogue
Step 2: Sizzling Starts
The Rule of 3
The Seven Steps Program
Creator: Jen McVeity
Presenter: Jillian Mudford
Writing Success
Seven Steps to
encourage creativity
(verbal, collaborative, fun)
teach writing
step by step
think first, write second
Activity: Never Ending Ideas List
hero / heroine
Narrative Story Graph
Persuasive Text
Story Graph
five minute writing
(not entire texts in one sitting)
* persuading the reader
* great planning skills
(Sizzling Starts, Ban the Boring, Exciting Endings)
= 6 marks for audience
(Tightening Tension, Dynamic Dialogue, Show Don't
= 4 marks for persuasive devices
(Plan for Success)
= 5 marks for strong ideas
= 4 marks for text structure
= 4 marks for cohesion
= 3 marks for paragraphing
Get students bubbling with ideas and practising creativity. In small groups, brainstorm how to tackle a certain topic.

Aim for 10 ideas. The first idea is unlikely to be the best one. It will often be the idea that most people think of. Try to be original.
Today's topic: bright
Thank you for participating in today's 'Seven Steps to Writing Success' workshop.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or comments.

sound effect
Whoomp! The pinepple went flying across the room. This was war.
"Whatever you do, don't move!"
They slobber on your best outfits, they bark all night and their breath smells exactly like meat left out in the sun for a week.
When was Jemima ever going to learn that she was not destined to be a chef?
rhetorical question
Teachers tend to begin teaching the Seven Steps by introducing Sizzling Starts. They're engaging and easy.
Start at the moment of change (eg: when the volcano starts oozing lava or as you walk in the door to the big disco competition.
TIP: Ban rubbing out. Use textas.
The surface of the strange, forbidden planet was roughly textured and green, much like cottage cheese gets way after the date on the lid says it is alright to buy it.
Scott Davis Jones, California
Maggie said they were birth marks and they very well could be, but the three very small black moles in a horizontal line just above her right eyebrow looked like an ellipse to some, but to others who did not know what an ellipse was, they looked like three very small black moles in a horizontal line just above Maggie's right eyebrow.
what NOT to do (www.bulwer-lytton.com)
Betty Jean Murray, Texas
Step 3: Tightening Tension
Use the rule of 3
Manipulate time
Superman problem (The superhero must have a flaw. We must believe he/she can fail. This creates tension.)
Show students examples of the rule of three.
- The Three Little Pigs
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears
- Little Red Riding Hood (big eyes, big ears, big teeth)


To engage a reader’s heart and emotions in any genre, you have to build up to a climax.
Activity: Watching a scary
movie with friends
Visualise the scene in your mind.
What did you see, hear, touch, taste and smell? Add your feelings.
Describe one item instead of many. This allows you to include more detail and emotion in your writing.
Dialogue can be used to: -
Move the plot
Reveal characters
Make a scene more powerful
Activity: Give animals a voice.
BBC's 'Walk on the Wild Side'
Step 5: Show, Don't Tell
Do you believe it just because the
writer told you so?
Have the actions of the character
convinced you?

Tell - He hated dogs.
Show - "Get out of my way, mutt!" he shouted as he aimed a huge kick right at our dog's face.
Words don't convince people. Actions do.
Advertisement Show and Tell
Easy Lamb Roast
iPhone 5
Show, Don't Tell
Watch the Christmas morning scene from Mr Bean without any sound. Discuss how Rowan Atkinson's character SHOWS the audience feelings (of all characters) and information (eg: what time of year it is).
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