Writing in modern history

Writing in Modern History is a course for Year 11 and 12 teachers who want to help their students write essays that are rich in clarity, concise sentences, relevant historical detail and sustained arguments. It’s a practical, step by step essay writing guide that takes you through the tips and tricks of every part of the essay from question through to conclusion. This course is presented by HSC textbook writer Brad Kelly, author of The Cold War and World Order, and co-author of Power and Authority and Investigating Modern History.

$360 (+GST)

Completing Writing in Modern History will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/EYLF addressing standard descriptors 2.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

In this course you will learn

Writing in Modern History is a top to bottom writing course that starts with learning how to craft a question designed to help students succeed. This is followed by using the syllabus to identify relevant information and to clarify the boundaries of the question. The next part of competent writing is identifying relevant historical sources – and to start reading. You will also look at the principles of effective note making.

Next we explore the architecture of a modern history argument and identify the superpower of writing! – selection and organisation of relevant evidence! You will then move on to writing a clear thesis statement that guides the research and writing.

After that we examine the limits of the paragraph-first approach to writing – and explore the horizontal and vertical structures of writing an argument. You will identify and use transitions and hooks; understand why vocabulary is the most powerful element in a sentence and identify four types of vocabulary that will help you mark more quickly and effectively.

We end the day by look at how to give effective feedback on the spot with four focuses of feedback: evidence, structure, sentences and vocabulary.

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About Brad

Brad is the founder and senior presenter at Cornerstone Teacher Learning. He is a teacher, writing and professional learning coach who has spent over two decades in education as a History and English teacher, holding various middle leadership positions as a department head, Director of Secondary and more recently in professional learning. He is the author of seven textbooks with Cengage and Small Caps publishing, and has had over 1,500 teachers through his courses on writing instruction in the areas of history, English and cross-curricular interventions. Brad is interested in learning how students and teachers learn with a keen interest in literacy and assessment.