Developing Writing Skills Book 1

Author: Helen de Souza Joyce and Susan Feez, Publisher: Phoenix

Developing Writing Skills assists students to develop a broad range of writing skills with a particular focus on less abstract and more personally oriented texts.

Each student book has information and explanations to assist students with essential rules, definitions, processes and concepts, and an extensive range of exercises.

Each unit in Book 1 for junior secondary students has an extensive range of exercises which provide practice in:

  • identifying the features of written language
  • analysing text models
  • structuring whole texts
  • using grammar and vocabulary appropriate to different texts
  • writing texts for particular purposes
  • editing texts

Answers to questions in both workbooks are provided in the Developing Writing Skills Teacher's Resource Book.

As well as the answers to questions in the workbooks, Developing Writing Skills Teachers Resource Book contains additional explanations, information and examples of text types for teachers, with additional exercises for guided practice, extension and assessment.

The guided practice is developed through

  • analysis of models texts
  • activities to develop skills in structuring whole texts
  • developing skills in the strategic use of vocabulary and grammar


  • Unit 1 The skills and elements of writing
    • Developing writing skills
    • Writing for different purpose
    • Form follows function
    • Structuring texts
    • Example of a spoken recount
    • Example of a written recount
    • Example of a report
    • Making language work in text
    • Levels within texts
    • Identifying paragraphs
    • Identifying sentences
    • Identifying verbs and clauses
    • Joining equal clauses
    • Joining unequal clauses
    • Identifying word groups within clauses
    • Working with nouns and noun groups
    • Working with verbs and verb groups
    • Working with phrases
    • Working with adverbial elements
    • Working with conjunctions
    • Working with pronouns 
  • Unit 2 Telling stories through narratives
    • Identifying the structure of narratives
    • Identifying verbs in narratives
    • Sequencing events in narratives
    • Putting a point of view into narratives
    • Heroes, anti-heroes and messages in narratives
    • Writing a narrative 
  • Unit 3 Personal responses to literature and art 
    • Personal responses
    • Identifying elements of personal responses
    • Words that convey opinion and evaluation
    • Writing a personal response
    • Reviews
    • Identifying elements of reviews
    • Finding reviews
    • Words that convey judgement
    • Writing a review 
  • Unit 4 Writing about the past 
    • Biographical recounts
    • Identifying the structure of biographical recounts
    • Identifying language elements of biographical recounts
    • Evaluating the person’s life
    • Supporting evaluations with authority and evidence
    • Disguising judgements
    • Writing a biographical recount
    • Historical recounts
    • Identifying the structure of historical recounts
    • Identifying language elements in historical recounts
    • Packaging time
    • Evaluating a period of history
    • Writing a historical recount 
  • Unit 5 Writing to instruct and record 
    • Procedures
    • Identifying the structure of procedures
    • Identifying language elements of procedures
    • Accuracy in procedures
    • Writing a procedure
    • Procedural recounts
    • Identifying the structure of procedural recounts
    • Identifying language elements of procedural recounts
    • Packaging information in science
    • Being impersonal
    • Writing an impersonal procedural recount
More Information
Year Level Year 7, Year 8
Date of Publication 2004
ISBN 9781876580674
Subject English