Just Write Years 8-9

U2B Booster Years 8-9

Course Information

Capable writers do not always reach the Upper 2-3 Bands in NAPLAN Writing. When writing on demand, many of these students have difficulty planning a cohesive and engaging piece. They sometimes limit themselves by writing to a formula.

Just Write students discover how successful writers create ideas and expand on those ideas to draw the audience in. They practise the craft of writing, constructing sentences and passages that convey subject matter, mode and tenor.

Target Group

Students should have achieved Band 7 or 8 in Year 7 NAPLAN Writing, 2016 or 2017 (or internal school data indicates that the student is likely to reach the Upper 2 Bands with targeted support).




Lesson Overview

1Introduction to Just Write and web conferencing skills
2Pre-assessment: Plan and write a narrative on demand using a stimulus
3Individual feedback on narratives, then reflect and plan how to improve
4Purpose of a big idea/theme, identifying the big idea/theme in writing
5Creating a big idea and applying it to a given/chosen context
6The importance of audience, purpose and tone
7Strategies for appealing to different audiences - word choice, tone, ideas
8Identifying and practising the three sentence types for a purpose
9Practise making meaning and developing atmosphere with sentence types
10Reviewing all concepts and application of scoreboard
11Post-assessment: Complete final draft and submit
12Share short stories, receive final feedback, evaluate and celebrate

Assessment and Reporting


A pre-test provides diagnostic data and identifies each student's starting point, and a post-test measures distance travelled.

Both tests require students to plan and write a narrative on demand in response to a given stimulus.

Schools are provided with a report containing pre- and post-test results, attendance data and survey feedback as well as qualitative report card comments for inclusion as an OLA.

Last updated 22 June 2018