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Seven Steps - Professional Development

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Jillian Mudford

on 27 March 2018

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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
The Story Graphs
Step 4: Dynamic Dialogue
Tightening Tension Activity
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
Imaginative Story Graph
five minute writing
(not entire texts in one sitting)
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: deep
Thank you for participating in today's 'Seven Steps to Writing Success' workshop.
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: Discourage rubbing out. Use textas.
Betty had eyes that said come here, lips that said kiss me, arms and torso that said hold me all night long, but the rest of her body said, “Fillet me, cover me in cornmeal and fry me in peanut oil”; romance wasn’t easy for a mermaid.
Jordan Kaderli, Dallas
As a scientist, Throckmorton knew that if he were ever to break wind in the sound chamber he would never hear the end of it.
what NOT to do (www.bulwer-lytton.com)
David C. Mortensen, Idaho
Step 3: Tightening Tension
Don't sprint to the finish line.
Use repetition and the rule of 3.
Manipulate time
Superman problem (The superhero must have a flaw. We
must believe he/she can fail. This creates tension.)
Visualise the scene. Use your senses and feelings.
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: Fishing in a dinghy with friends when storm clouds begin to roll in
Dialogue can be used to: -
Move the plot

Reveal character


Make a scene more powerful

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.
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?
Words don't convince people. Actions do.
Advertisement Show and Tell
Easy Lamb Roast
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).

"There's no way out except through that strange door."

"I... er... didn't take that chocolate, Sir!"

"You are the worst friend ever!"
"The use of pocket-money is one way to remove pressure children place on their parents to buy, buy, buy," claims Michael Grose, a leading parent educator and author.

Activity: Word Bubbles
Activity : Paper Fight

Tell - He hated dogs.
Show - "Get out of my way, mutt!" he shouted as he aimed a huge kick right at the dog's face.
Activity: The Evidence Game
Where to from here?
* Begin teaching. Remember, the lessons take only 5 minutes!

* Sign up (www.sevenstepswriting.com)

* Email me if you have any questions, comments or would like more information.
View 'The Girl Who Silenced the World for Five Minutes', 12 year old Severn Suzuki's speech at the 1992 Earth Summit. Using a transcript of the speech, highlight where the 'show, don't tell' technique has been used.
In picture books, the words often tell the audience information but the illustrations show the effect. Read picture books and discuss how the illustrations show evidence of a situation.
NAPLAN values originality and creativity!
1. Audience
2. Text structure
3. Ideas
4. Character and setting / Persuasive devices
5. Vocabulary
6. Cohesion
7. Paragraphing
8. Sentence Structure
9. Punctuation
10. Spelling
(6 marks)
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= 47 or 48 marks
"Beginning writers typical structure a narrative by adopting a 'beginning, middle and end' approach to storywriting with a simple problem and resolution. As they mature, their writing reflects a growing understanding that the middle of the story needs to involve a problem or complication that introduces conflict, danger or tension that must be resolved. It is this uncertainty that draws the reader in and builds suspense."
NAPLAN website

"Beginning writers can benefit from being taught how to use structure scaffolds. One such scaffold that is commonly used is the five paragraph argument essay. However, when students become more competent, the use of this structure can be limiting. As writers develop their capabilities, they should be encouraged to move away from formulaic structures and to use a variety of different persuasive text types, styles and language features, as appropriate to different topics."
NAPLAN website
* engaging the reader
* persuading the reader / developing characters
* great planning skills
Sizzling Starts, Tightening Tension, Ban the Boring, Exciting Endings
= 6 marks for audience
Dynamic Dialogue, Show Don't Tell
= 4 marks for persuasive devices
Plan for Success
= 5 marks for strong ideas
= 4 marks for text structure
= 4 marks for cohesion
= 2-3 marks for paragraphing
increased student engagement
increased willingness to write
reluctant writers experiencing success
applicability across multiple ability and year levels

consistent approach and language
well planned approach that is user friendly for both teachers and students
improved writing and writing results
increased collaboration
increased creativity
confident, motivated writers
It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents - except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford (1830)
"Anyone who can daydream can create a story." Jackie French

"There's thinking time and writing time. And re-writing time." Hazel Edwards.

"Stupid thoughts and absurd ideas that pop into your head are not necessarily so stupid or absurd. If something's not quite right, try adding tentacles." Shaun Tan
"If you can't think where to start a story, start anywhere - wherever it is most vivid." Jackie French
Persuasive Text Graph
Informative Text Graph
"Every part of a story contributes to the dramatic tension. As tension increases, grammar and language change: sentences become shorter, words chosen are simpler. So I find these moments are rewritten and cut until they are right." Libby Gleeson

Carmela's knees buckled and she (a responsible consumer) collapsed down onto the sidewalk, as her environmentally green grocery bag bounced - spewing forth organic mixed lettuces, crispy eco-friendly cucumbers, juicy natural cherry tomatoes, home-grown herbs - while in perfect synchronisation, a recyclable plastic bottle burst open, spraying droplets of Lite-Italian dressing upon the freshly tossed salad.
Margie Parker, Florida
"I love writing dialogue for my characters. It tells as much about them as their appearance."
Leigh Hobbs
"I always have the ending defined well before I start. Any short story should have a wham at the end." Paul Jennings
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