Improving Writing One Sentence at a Time (4 Recorded Sessions)

Area of focus



12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Fri 1st Sep 2023


4 Recorded Webinars

Who should attend

Literacy Leaders and teachers from IST Schools

Who is speaking

Sarah Woodcock Davis, Suzi Keil & Brooke Wardana
In 2022 the Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) released a report that highlighted the need to ensure adequate sentence-level writing instruction across the primary and secondary years.

IST have planned a sequence of four systematic practical PL sessions in collaboration with Brooke Wardana from Shaping Minds Australia, to support teachers and Literacy Leaders to build their capacity and pedagogical knowledge in the sentence level writing domain, with the aim of improving student outcomes.

***Registered participants will receive four emails over two terms with a link to each recorded session as it is released.***

IST will offer follow up visits to individual schools by one of our consultants for teacher support, coaching and sharing of practice., should they require it.


  • Introduction.
  • Cognitive Load theory and how it impacts on the teaching of writing.
  • The Simple View of Writing.
  • The importance of Sentence Level Instruction.
  • Analysis of Student Writing.


  • Identifying areas of need in student writing.
  • Essential Grammar for teachers to support Instruction.
  • Simple sentences.
  • Sentence fragments.
  • Combining sentences.
  • Extending sentences.


  • Using sentence formulas as an instructional tool.
  • Expanding sentence kernels.
  • Using Appositives.
  • Different sentence types.


  • The need to write multiple sentences.
  • Compound sentences.
  • Complex sentences.
  • Transitions

What you will learn

AITSL Standards

Focus Area 1.2: Understand students and how they learn.

Focus Area 2.1: Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area.

Focus Area 2.5: Literacy and numeracy strategies.

Focus Area 5.2: Provide feedback to students on their learning.

Focus Area 5.4: Interpret student data.

Focus Area 6.2: Engage in professional learning and improve practice.

Focus Area 6.3: Engage with colleagues and improve practice.

Important information

Terms and Conditions:

All participants are required to individually register to attend this session. If you do not register for the event you will not receive a certificate of attendance.

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