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Stage 4 & 5

(Stage 4: yrs 7 & 8 / Stage 5: yrs 9 & 10)

Whitlam Institute ‘What Matters’ Writing Competition

Getting Started:

  • Use the secondary conversation starters to generate discussion about issues that matter in our world. Issues can be of local, national or global significance.
  • Read the ‘Inspiring Entries’ section of the website to get some ideas
  • Brainstorm a list of possible topics to write about

Developing your entry:

  • Supplement your brainstorm by reading a national newspaper or watching a news program
  • Decide on your topic and how you will write about it (creative, informative or persuasive?)


Write a draft and check the following things:

  • Structure (introduction, body paragraphs, conclusion)
  • Paragraphs – new idea, new paragraph
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Have you included a range of figurative language and/or persuasive techniques?
  • Have you provided examples to support your points?


Pobble 365 - Stimulus for creative writing

How to use this resource:

  • Do a daily 200 word writing challenge using the Pobble 365 site as stimulus (allow yourself 30 minutes).
  • The site contains a ‘How to use’ section which will give some ideas
  • Challenge yourself to write as much as you can in 30 minutes
  • Use the ‘Story Starter’ and ‘Sentence Challenge’ sections to challenge yourself
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of current issues by answering the questions in the ‘Question Time’ section


The Literacy Shed

How to use this resource:

  • Choose a shed that interests you and view the animations/films.
  • Use the stimulus ideas provided to craft a piece of writing

Year 7 might like to look at the ‘Myths and Legends’ shed; Year 8 the ‘Fantasy’ shed.


Black out Poetry – “Steal Like an Artist!”

How to:

  • Look at examples from the websites provided or by googling ‘Black out poetry’
  • Use the pages of an old book you don’t mind repurposing – you could make it a work in progress and use many pages in the same book for different blackout poems
  • Magazines and newspapers work equally as well
  • Follow the steps outlined in the Scholastic website, the ‘How to teach blackout poetry’ website and ‘The Easy Guide to Blackout Poetry’ website to create your blackout poem
  • Decide on a platform to share your creation.


Dear Poet – an initiative from

Use this lesson plan to engage with a range of poets and their poetry, develop your understanding of poetic techniques and write a letter to a poet. 


TedED Series: Playing with Language

Contains links to a variety of TedED videos and lesson ideas with ways to engage.


Wide Reading

NSW DoE suggested texts by stage

Select a novel from the school library or town library. Use the list provided on the DoE website to guide your choice.

Ideas for working with a novel:

  • Choose a main character and construct a character profile
  • Select a significant passage and re-write it from a different character’s perspective or in a different tense – what is the impact of these changes?
  • Choose a significant passage and construct a story board
  • Write the opening passage to a sequel of the book you selected
  • Write a book review 



NSW DoE suggested texts by stage

and Clickview

Select and view a film from the DoE list provided (films and documentaries can be accessed by students on Click View). 

Ideas for working with a film:

  • Grid analysis – complete a grid with the following headings: Similarities (what does the film remind you of?), Surprises (what happens that you were not expecting?), Puzzles (what questions remain unanswered) and Patterns (what recurring motifs did you see?)
  • Choose a character and write their backstory
  • Write a review of the film, or write a newspaper article about an incident from the film


NAPLAN past test papers

Complete past papers (answers available at the link provided)