What types of lessons do we have?

What types of lessons does Writelike contain, and how are they organised?

It may not be obvious, so here's a quick rundown of what's in the lesson library.

Writelike lesson index

  • Narrative writing is about more than entertainment; it's about modelling the world in terms of characters, context, and behaviour.
  • It requires all sorts of skills related to description, perspective, and cause & effect.
  • Each narrative lesson explores a concept through text snippets from multiple sources.
  • The lessons explore each concept in detail.
  • They also have a fair amount of overlap.
  • The effect is cumulative.
  • Most are suitable for middle years, though some Narrative Skills lessons might be better for slightly older students.

WL Narrative 01

WL Narrative 02

WL Narrative 03

  • Some lesson packs offer standalone, one-off lessons.
  • Some offer a sequence of lessons that build on each other.
  • Narrative project lessons explore in detail one snippet of text from a single source.

WL Narrative Projects 01

WL Narrative Projects 02

WL Narrative Projects 03

  • Informational writing is about gathering observations and data and organising them into factual reports (which requires skill with relationships and hierarchies).
  • Each lesson explores a concept through text snippets from multiple sources.
  • The lessons explore each concept in detail.
  • Most are suitable for middle years and older.

WL Informational 01

WL Informational 02

Note: We use the term genre loosely here, blurring narrative genres and nonfiction text types.

WL Genres 01

Genre Intros

  • Genre Intro lessons introduce conventions from a single genre (such as horror, sci-fi, etc) using multiple snippets.
  • These are great sample-pack style lessons, and very practical for students interested in a particular genre.

WL Genres 03

WL Genres 04

Remixing Genres

  • Genre Remix lessons are like party games, with a distinct format.
  • Students are given a single image and then each activity asks them to write about the image content using a different genre.
  • These are fun casual lessons with lots of opportunities for creative play.

WL Genres 05

WL Genres 06

  • These lessons teach applied, functional grammar.
    • There's good evidence to indicate that teaching prescriptivist grammar does nothing to improve writing skills, and is possibly counterproductive.
    • However, functional grammar is accessible and useful as a toolkit for analysing how mentor texts work (and how they can be modelled).
  • Each grammar lesson explores a single concept through multiple snippets.
  • There are no "right" answers to any activity (although there can definitely be wrong answers).
  • In the Functional Grammar lessons, we're building skills in the underlying mechanics of the English language.
  • In the Expressive Punctuation lessons, we show how simple punctuation can create expressive effects.

WL Grammar 01

WL Grammar 02

WL Grammar 03

  • Snippet-a-Day lessons provide one brief snippet per page, with minimal commentary.
  • They are perfect as daily quick-writes.

WL Snippet a day 01

WL Snippet a day 02

WL Snippet a day 03

Quick, simple lessons that use authentic snippets to provide spelling and punctuation practice.

WL Spelling 01

WL Spelling 02

WL Spelling 03