History Writing Workshop2021-12-10T09:35:02+11:00

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Putting the past on the page.

Music teachers play an instrument; PDHPE teachers run laps; hospitality teachers turn up the heat in the kitchen. But how many history teachers write about the past? In the History Writing Workshop you’ll write a 1,000- 1,500 word piece of history in a day on a topic agreed before you commence the course. This is a workshop focused course that will involve you practising each skill.  

The course will be capped at 7 people per course so each participant can get useful feedback. We will put up new dates on demand. 

In this 5 hour course you will learn; 

  • About history writing. Assembling the facts about the past in ways that make sense in the present.   

  • Applying the historical lens. The historical skills (from timelines to source analysis) that helps you see the past from 5,000 feet to the view from the ground and back again.   

  • About writing a hook. How do you get into a story about the past without restating the question or simply listing what you will cover in the essay? 

  • About structure. We’ll examine the various types of structure from the thematic to the sequential to the non-linear, and how to build an historical argument; 

  • About paragraphing. Learn to move beyond the paragraph-first approach – and which rules to break and when;

  • About balance. Achieving balance in your history writing.

  • About sentences. Why clarity is more important that correctness. You’ll learn how a sentence functions and four features of sentences that will help with cohesion; 

  • About syntax and why historical vocabulary makes or breaks an essay. You’ll learn about FOUR types of vocabulary that will help you spot thinking.

  • And more! 

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