General Description

This workshop will provide you with sure-fire strategies that are guaranteed to produce the best writing your students have ever done. You will gain the skills to enhance the basics engagingly: punctuation, grammar and complex sentences. You will be provided with a multitude of tried in the classroom strategies and models that engage, enhance creativity and produce meaningful writing. You will develop the expertise to teach journalistic skills and the creativity of non-fiction writing. You will be provided with links to real-world writing audiences and a swag of resources. You will gain skills to teach persuasive writing effectively through brain facts, the prerequisites for persuasion and knowing the most effective persuasive structure You will be introduced to a plethora of approaches to inspire poetic writing.

Audience

All upper primary teachers and secondary English teachers to year ten and above will find amazing resources for the teaching of writing.

Teaching Standards

3.1.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Establish challenging learning goals: Set explicit, challenging and achievable learning goals for all students

3.2.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Plan, structure and sequence learning programs: Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning", "3.3.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Use teaching strategies: Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking

3.4.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Select and use resources: Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning

3.5.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Use effective classroom communication: Use effective verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student understanding, participation, engagement and achievement

 Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

This course may contribute towards Elective PD hours. Visit https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au for more details.

Via Zoom

This course will run via Zoom.  You will be sent the details of how to join this PD the day before the course runs.

Sessions

Session - 1 - The Fuel and the Match

Duration - 1 hour 30 min

A. THE BASICS OF ALL WRITING MADE ENGAGING

• The English Grammar game

• Sentences

• Punctuation Victor Borge

B. CREATIVE WRITING - FICTION

• All intelligences

• Connecting the unconnected – model given

• Unlocking the Subconscious; Speed writing

• Openings

• Models

• Still life in Words

• Improvisation to imagination

• Humorous Writing using Laban

 

Session - 2 - The Creativity of Non-Fiction and the Prosaics of Poetry

Duration - 1 hour 30 min

A. NON FICTION

• Emulating a style

• Journalistic techniques

• Podcast

• Nonfiction writing

B. POETRY

• Advanced rhetoric

• Performance poetry/Poetry Slam

 

Session - 3 - Thinking, Targeting and Thwarting

Duration - 1 hour 30 min

A. PERSUASIVE

• Games for depth and engagement: “Yes but” “Socratic Dialogues” “Convince me”

• Persuasive Model

• Types of structures

B. REFLECTIVE WRITING

C. REAL AUDIENCES

D. WRITING TIPS

E. Writing in the National Curriculum

 

Session - 4 - Evaluation

Duration - 15 min

Evaluation of the course and any questions

Presenter

Ron Thomas

Australia wide Facilitator and Key note speaker for various Teacher Training providers in the Australian Curriculum, English, Writing, Drama and Debating. Facilitator for G.A.T.E.WAYS gifted and talented students programs nationwide. Author of ‘Engaging Students in Drama’ Phoenix Education. Workshop presenter for VATE and Drama Victoria. My business runs seminars in Public Speaking, Leadership and Debating skills for students. I also run in school seminars for staff in the above plus English in the Australian Curriculum. Published Feature writer and poet.