The Hunter Writing System

The Hunter Writing System

The Hunter Writing System was developed by Dr Ian Hunter.  The system is based on the explicit teaching of specific writing skills—taught year-by-year—from Year 1 to Year 12.  Based on writing instruction research from the past 150 years, the Hunter Writing System teaches students HOW to write—using a proven approach of sentence styles, paragraph models, and writing rules.  The system is measurable, teachable, and supports writing in any subject area.  

Dense grammar jargon is removed.  Instead, teachers and students learn the rules of great writing.  Sentences are taught as 12 distinct sentence styles.  Equally, paragraphs are taught successively, so that the student learns a range of eight paragraph styles which mirror the cognitive and writing demands of their respective year level.

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In Your School

WTE coaches assist a school to incorporate the Hunter Writing System inside their present programmes. Using planning documents, teachers embed the key writing skills required for respective year levels into their regular weekly programme.  Writing skills sit seamlessly behind present classroom content.  Goals and targets for improvement are established and reported to school administration.  

The Hunter Writing System has been triangulated against leading curriculum documents and national standards and is a whole-school approach to writing.