1st Edition

The Art of Teaching Writing A complete resource file for 7 to 12 year olds

By Mark Hartley Copyright 2013
    320 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    "It is amazing – the fruit of so much thought and hard work. But it is more than a book. It is a course."
    Professor Peter Mortimore, former Principal of The Institute of Education and current Guardian columnist

    The Art of Teaching Writing is an essential resource file that will support teachers in improving the quality of their children’s written outcomes.

    Written by a hugely successful Primary Head and professional development trainer, this resource offers a pragmatic, proactive response to repeated concerns outlined by Ofsted regarding how to assist children to develop the proficiency and precision required to write high quality, extended texts. Furthermore, it shows, very clearly, how reluctant boys can achieve success as writers.

    The Art of Teaching Writing combines an accessible theoretical framework with a wide range of easy-to-use, high quality resource materials offering a wealth of practical support. These include over sixty ‘model’ pieces of original writing that can be used by teachers, as well as twenty-five quality examples of writing created by children that can also be used as classroom models.

    It also contains:

    • 14 units of learning
    • Guidance on teaching fiction, poetry and visual literacy units
    • Guidance on 16 different writing styles including narratives, newspaper reports, letter writing, diary entries, biographical and descriptive writing
    • Recommended high quality texts to create units of learning around
    • QCA writing and reading assessment focuses
    • Key Stage 2 SATs writing tasks 2000 to 2011
    • Glossary of terminology

    The resource also features downloadable resources for use with interactive white boards. The downloadable resources include electronic versions of photocopiable resources, model writing exemplars, the children's writing and 'word mat' resources which can be used as they are, or customised by the teacher.

    The Art of Teaching Writing is essential reading for all KS2 teachers, literacy subject leaders, trainee teachers, and local authority officers responsible for school improvement. Those working in the newly designated teaching schools will also find this resource of interest.

    Section 1 – Teaching writing; Section 2 – Exemplar units of learning; Section 3 – Writing genres; Section 4 – Appendices


    Mark Hartley is Head teacher of Barnes Primary School in London. He has also worked as a Local Authority School Improvement Adviser. Mark has delivered extensive professional development to diverse audiences, on a range of curriculum areas. The model advocated in the resource forms the basis of the content of these sessions.