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'Going for Gold' Writing Taupō nui a Tia College

On Tuesday 15th October, selected Year 11, 12 and 13 students spent a day working with our WTE facilitator Jo Morris and ASLs to improve their chances of endorsements in their NCEA external examinations. Our key focus was on structural writing skills to maximise Merit and Excellence opportunities before examinations in November.

We have spent a lot of time working over the past year with WTE facilitators to target our struggling writers; it was a pleasure to use some of our facilitation hours to target our potential endrosement students with the Going for Gold' WTE workshops that took place last term and on Tuesday 15th October at Nui College.

Students were identified as high performing students from a variety of NCEA essay based curriculum areas such as English, History, Geography, Economics, Biology, and Statistics. After identification, students took part in three ninety minute workshops that focused on sentence fluency, paragraphing structures and creating a whole essay response.

Our challenge was to use structures and techniques to make writing more fluent, structured, precise and coherent with the aim of impressing external examination markers in the November examinations. As well as revising how to structure a killer introduction, students practised constructing a Lawyer and a Hammer paragraph. Jo Morris, the WTE facilitator, then introduced a seven paragraph structure that encouraged students to go deeper with their thinking on their argument in essays.

An interesting and productive day was had by all; now we will wait to see the results come January next year!

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