Writing Planner

About this tool

About this tool

Why have we built this tool?

This online interactive tool has been adapted from the social inquiry interactive planner to help teachers plan for the writing tasks that support learning across the curriculum.

The interactive tool is designed to be used in conjunction with the 'Teacher Support Materials: Supporting writing that meets curriculum demands', levels 2-4 and has been adapted to provide guidance for the specific planning of learning and writing tasks required by a particular topic or inquiry for different groups of students. The planning and teaching suggestions described in these materials support teachers to:

  • Identify the curriculum objectives, contexts and big ideas underpinning the learning for the topics or inquiries they are planning
  • Describe their students' strengths and needs that they bring to the learning
  • Describe the key learning tasks that support the proposed areas of learning
  • Identify the writing demands of the learning tasks for their students
  • Differentiate the support needed for their students
  • Identify specific teaching strategies and resources.
How to use the Interactive Planner

An account lets you store and save the work you create when developing a writing planner. Once your account is created, you can access your planners in this tool from anywhere via a web browser. You can also share your planners with others (see the 'Sharing' section below for more details). Creating an account is easy, you simply need to provide us with your name, a valid email address and password and tell us where you work. Don't worry, we will keep these details private.


Once you have created an account you will have access to exemplar planners. These are planners that we have created as examples to help you understand some ways the tool can be used. If you choose to view one of these examples, you will be prompted to create a copy of it, which will then become available in your 'My Planners' list. You will be able to edit and make changes to it to suit your needs. Of course, you can also delete it from your 'My Planners' list if you don't need it.

Start a new planner

When you start a new planner, you will initially be prompted to provide a name for your planner. We suggest you name the new planner after the inquiry you are creating. For example the area you are focusing on - e.g.: Writing in Science or English. When you click 'Save' a new planner will be created for you. Every new planner is 'blank' though there are prompts to help you enter appropriate content.

Edit the text in each box

Editing a planner is easy. Simply enter text into each box (or circle) of the planner by clicking on it. Each box has guiding questions to think about, and by completing more and more of the boxes, you will create a more comprehensive plan. You can track which boxes you have filled in by referring to the 'Progress' box at the top of the right hand column of the planner page. You can also enter notes about the intentions for your planner in this column too. These notes will also be visible on your 'My Planners' page to help you identify the planner. If you are using the planner in modern web browser you will enter text into the tool via a large pop-up window. These pop-up windows are designed to make the process of creating the planner as easy as possible, and additionally are designed to be easily used on a data show or projector. This is handy if you are developing the planner in a collaborative situation.

If you are using an older browser, you can still use the planner, but you will input text directly into the page without the benefit of the large pop up window. We strongly suggest you use the planner in a modern browser if possible. Modern browsers include: Internet Explorer versions 7, 8, 9 (Windows PC), Firefox - enterprise edition 3.6 and the latest stable release v12.0 (as at 30 April 2012) (Windows PC), Chrome - latest stable release (18.0.1025.162 as at 30 April 2012) (Windows PC), Safari - latest stable release (v5 as at 30 April 2012) (MAC), Opera - latest stable release (v11.62 as at 30 April 2012).


If you are using a modern browser, the planner saves itself completely every time you close a pop-up window. If you are using an older browser, you can use the 'Save' or 'Save and close' buttons to store your work. The planner records the last time you saved your work.

Downloading or printing your planner

If you want to share or review your planner offline, you should use the built in 'Download/print' button rather than using your browser's print function. This exports your planner in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF) which is available as either A4 or A3. The PDFs retain the look of the online planner and ensures all your text is captured, even if it is very long.


You can share a planner with others by clicking 'Send a copy' on the planner page. You can send a copy to anyone, whether they have an account or not. Simply fill in the email address of the person you want to share with and click 'Send a copy'. If the recipient doesn't yet have an account they will be prompted to create one before they open the Planner. Otherwise, the copy will be available in the recipient's 'My Planners' page the next time they sign in.

Accessible versions

Should you require an offline version of a planner template, there are printable versions available. These can downloaded by clicking on the PDFs.

Accessible planner templates are also available in Word and PDF format.