Writing In Junior English
Too often the English department is tasked with the heavy lifting for writing improvement in the school. But the truth is, English has its own subject specific writing demands that require attention. Writing in Junior English is a 5 hour course that provides a clear path of writing skills from Years 7 to 10 in English. This course will challenge your understanding of the nature of writing in the classroom and give you the tools you need to help students in Stage 4 and 5 write more effectively.
PART 1: Writing as choice
We begin with the fundamental difference between the act of writing and teaching writing. By starting here, you will be confronted by the fact that writing is choice and that everything is happening at once. We will look at the implications and opportunities for teaching.
PART 2: A clear path from Stage 4 to 5
Improving writing means developing a clear understanding of the differences in the quality and expectations of writing between Stage 4 and 5. Through a series of short writing tasks and activities, teachers will train their assessment eye to spot what the Charlie ‘increasingly sophisticated and sustained’ means for you and your class.
PART 3: Writing strategies
When it comes to writing, everything works somewhere and nothing works everywhere. That means, you’ll need a range of processes, strategies, tools and understandings to support the writers in your class to improve. This section helps you to think about what you want from student writing – and work backwards from there.
PART 4: Using language to shape meaning
The basic unit of writing is the idea. This section will show teachers who to develop the creative and critical thinking abilities in students so that they can make the connections necessary to generate great ideas. Then it’s a matter of execution, where purpose, audience and context are some of the most important ingredients to effective writing.
About the Presenter
Brad Kelly (BA, Grad Dip. Ed, MEd Leadership) is a teacher, author and writing coach based in Wollongong, NSW. 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. His popular courses Improving Writing Instruction Across the Curriculum and The Teacher Writer workshop has seen hundreds of teachers in NSW and across Australia
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