Writing in Junior History

Writing in Junior History2019-08-20T11:24:19+00:00

Writing in Junior History

$390 +GST 

Senior history students are made in junior history – so stop starting from scratch every year. Writing in Junior History is a 5 hour NESA endorsed course that provides a clear path of writing skills from Years 7 to 10 that places historical sources at the centre of writing improvement. The course offers a thorough grounding in source analysis, building an argument and the nuts and bolts of writing in history.

Course Outline

PART 1: Letting the sources do the talking 

Teachers will learn about;

  • Locating information that is relevant to an historical inquiry
  • Identifying the usefulness of sources
  • Selecting the right evidence to support an historical argument
  • Dealing with context, perspective and interpretation

PART 2: Marshalling the evidence behind an argument

Teachers will learn about;

  • Deciding what to ‘do’ with evidence
  • Writing about forces and factors, continuity and change, cause and effect
  • Writing to describe, narrate, explain and analyse
  • Writing about motives and actions

PART 3: Writing as choice 

Teachers will learn about;

  • How writing is thinking
  • The architecture of an argument
  • Vocabulary that matters
  • Using key terms and concepts
  • Why choice comes before structure

About the Presenter  

Brad Kelly

Brad Kelly (BA, Grad Dip. Ed, MEd Leadership) is an author and writing coach based at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea College in Wollongong. He has 15 years of experience in the classroom and in curriculum leadership. Brad has authored five modern history textbooks with Cengage Nelson including The Cold War 1945-1991 (2018), The World Order 1991-2011 (2018), Investigating Modern History (2018) and more. He has been a presenter at HTA NSW, TTA professional learning and consults schools on improving writing instruction. Brad is a tour leader with Academy Travel, and leads the Modern History teacher development tour to Germany and Russia.