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Students express and develop their ideas as written feature articles.

Learning Outcomes | Teaching and Learning | Assessment and Evaluation | Printing Version

Writer: Mike Fowler
Year level 12
Who are my learners and what do they already know? See  Planning using Inquiry
School curriculum outcomes How your school’s principles, values, or priorities will be developed through this unit

Learning Outcomes

 (What do my students need to learn)

Curriculum achievement objectives (AOs) for:  

Processes and strategies

Integrate sources of information, processes, and strategies purposefully, confidently, and precisely to identify, form, and express increasingly sophisticated ideas.

  • creates a range of increasingly coherent, varied, and complex texts by integrating sources of information and processing strategies
  • seeks feedback and makes changes to texts to improve clarity, meaning, and effect

Purposes and audiences

Show a discriminating understanding of how texts are shaped for different purposes and audiences.

  • recognises, understands, and appreciates how texts are constructed for a range of intentions and situations


Select, develop, and communicate sustained ideas on a range of topics.

  • develops, communicates, and sustains increasingly sophisticated ideas, information, and understandings
  • ideas show depth of thought and awareness of a range of dimensions or viewpoints.

Language features

Select and integrate a range of language features appropriately for a variety of effects.

  • uses a wide range of text conventions, including grammatical and spelling conventions, fluently and with control to create meaning and effect and to sustain interest.


Organise texts, using a range of appropriate, coherent, and effective structures.

  • organises and develops ideas and information for a particular purpose or effect, using the characteristics and conventions of a range of text forms with control.
Achievement Standard(s) aligned to AO(s) 2.4 Produce a selection of crafted and controlled writing  

Teaching and Learning

 (What do I need to know and do?)

1-2 related professional readings or links to relevant research

Effective Practices in Teaching Writing in NZ Secondary Schools [available from February 2011]

Planning using Inquiry

English Teaching and Learning Guide [available from February 2011]

Assessment and Examination Rules and Procedures

Learning task 1
Learning task 2
Learning task 3
Learning task 4

Assessment and Evaluation

 (What is the impact of my teaching and learning?)

Formative and/or Summative assessment task(s), including how will feedback be provided

In 2011:
90376: Produce crafted and developed formal transactional writing

From 2012:
2.4 Produce a selection of crafted and controlled writing .

Provision for identifying next learning steps for students who need:

  • further learning opportunities
  • increased challenge

This piece of writing should be an integrated part of the year’s writing programme.

English Teaching and Learning Guide 

Conditions of Assessment Guidelines for formal writing

Effective Practices in Teaching Writing in NZ Secondary Schools 

Tools or ideas which, for example might be used to evaluate:

  • progress of the class and groups within it
  • student engagement

leading to :

  • changes to the sequence
  • addressing teacher learning needs
See  Planning using Inquiry

Printing this unit:

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Published on: 17 Jan 2011