Literacy in Year 7-8

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TIP 1: Use technology. Text messages and emails are a form of writing even if the language is not always standard English. Use computers if your child isn’t keen on writing. They don’t have to think about the presentation of their work and editing does not require a complete re-write. Spell-check helps, too

TIP 2: Encourage your child to listen for and use interesting words. Having a wide range of words will help your child create stories which will increase in complexity. Also, Play card and board games and complete difficult crosswords and word puzzles.



TIP 3: Create a message board such as a white board, blackboard or pin board.  The messages might be instructions, reminders, or praise for a job well done, as well as examples of work. Encourage your child and other family members to respond with messages, too.


TIP 4: Look for real reasons for writing. Encourage your child to read and write letters, messages, postcards, invitations, lists, rosters, thank-you notes, recipes, emails. Start with postcards to family and friends – encourage your family to write back. Make lists for a particular reason e.g shopping lists or jobs to be completed etc.


TIP 5: Keep a journal.  Ask your child to write a list of possible activities they want to do that keep to your budget and get them to draw up an activity plan. Remember to include any events or activities you have to attend; e.g. school camp, noho marae, church, doctor, sports training, family/whānau reunion. Your child could write a list of what to pack too

TIP 6: Be a positive audience for your child. Always respond to the effort behind the message and the message content first (regardless of how the message is written) and the presentation second. Keep in mind what your child is currently learning to do and comment just on that. 



TIP 7:  Start a blog/wiki on the Internet and get your child to record thoughts about their day to share with their friends and family. Write a proverb, family motto or pepeha and illustrate it with images from the Internet or photo albums.



TIP 8:  Tell them about some writing you are currently doing – a letter, a poem, a list for the holidays, a scrapbook, something you are doing for work or study. Help them to use dictionaries and thesaurus (both paper and Internet versions).



TIP 9: Play strategy games and do word puzzles like word-finds and crosswords or write some descriptions for items you may wish to sell using the Internet.  Talk about what your child writes. Be interested. Use it as a way of starting conversations. Listen to your child's opinion, even if you don’t agree with it.

TIP 10:  Talk with your child about their day. Talking helps them to organize their thinking and is an important first step for any writing Talk about new words your child is not familiar with, using a dictionary to find out more – there are dictionaries online. make writing fun and use any excuse you can think of to encourage your child to write about anything, any time.

TIP 11:  Encourage your child to read. Reading and writing are linked and success in one is likely to lead to success in the other. Buy interesting stationery for your child to use. Coloured pens and pencils can be an incentive to write together with special paper or books. Give a diary, book or notebook as a present.


TIP 12: Encourage your child to write on their own - on paper or on the computer. Poems, songs, waiata, short stories or a diary or journal. A journal can be a way for your child to keep track of their thoughts, ideas or a particular interest. For example, keep a journal of their sports training, kapa haka practice or compile favourite recipes.



The words in the NZ Essential Spelling List are the words used most often when we write. Together they make up about 80% of most writing, so they are very important. These word have been arrange in alphabetical order and put in lists according to often they are used. Because these words are used so often it is important that we know how to spell each one.