Seven Steps to Writing Success

March 9th, 2018 | Posted by Joanne Gadaleta | Filed in: General

By now you have probably heard your child talk about ‘Seven Steps’ or even ‘Sizzling Starts’ at home and been wondering what they were talking about! At Oatley Public School all of our teachers have been formally trained in the Seven Steps to Writing Success program and in 2017 all classes from Years 2 – 6 participated in an Action Research project at our school.

Over the next eight weeks we will be sharing with you what ‘Seven Steps’ actually is and how you can support your child at home.

The Seven Steps to Writing Success program has been developed by Australian teacher and author, Jen McVeity. The strategies used create engaging classrooms where students learn to love writing and become lifelong communicators. They also support the implementation of the Australian Curriculum in the following ways:

Personal Learning

Seven Steps encourages teachers to show how movies, TV, magazines, ads, books and even YouTube clips can help students to identify excellent writing techniques. This multimodal approach caters to individual learning styles and encourages student interaction with the world around them.

Interpersonal Development

One of the crucial foundations of Seven Steps is that ‘Verbal is Vital’. Teachers using the Seven Steps encourage students to work in collaborative groups, talk, laugh and swap writing ideas. They share their brainstorming and writing in groups.

Thinking Processes

Another key concept of Seven Steps is ‘Think first, write second’. Teachers instill that brainstorming and planning are the most important parts of writing.

English language, literature and literacy

At the heart of the Seven Steps program is a passion to listen, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on the complexities of sophisticated texts. The Seven Steps program is filled with fun, fast and powerful activities to cover all forms of English language, literature and literacy.


Attached is our first article written by Jen McVeity: ‘Want to help your child write better?’

Week 1