Writing in Modern History Course

Writing in Modern History Course2022-05-19T10:43:08+11:00
Writing in Modern History

‘I will take this back to my team to deepen their learning about a better way of tackling writing in history.’

‘A reminder of what distinguishes history and English writing. I gained vocabulary for discussions with staff and students.’

‘It was great to be put in the position of the learner.’

‘Will be so useful in the classroom!’

‘The guided annotations of a response were excellent. It allows us to show samples from all grades and break down what separates grades and point out features.’

Writing in Modern History

This course is a webinar.

Writing in Modern History is 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.

This course is available as a webinar.

$330 inc. GST



  • Crafting a question designed to help students succeed 

  • Using the syllabus to identify relevant information and the boundaries of the question.

  • Identifying relevant historical sources to start reading 

  • The principles of effective note making.

Planning an argument in history 

  • The architecture of a modern history argument.

  • Selection as the superpower of writing and organisation of evidence.

  • How to write a clear thesis statement that guides the research and writing.

Structure and transitions 

  • The limits of the paragraph-first approach to writing.

  • The horizontal structure of writing an argument.

  • The vertical structure of writing an argument. 

  • Transitions and hooks to move seamlessly from one idea to the next.

Sentences and vocabulary

  • Why vocabulary is the most powerful element in a sentence.

  • The power of verbs and nouns in historical writing (and their little helpers).

  • Four types of vocabulary that will help you mark more quickly.

Feedback that actually works

  • How to give feedback on the spot that moves learning forward.

  • The four focuses of feedback – structure, evidence, sentences and vocabulary.

  • The feedback dashboard.


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.

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