General Description

Teaching Cohesion is a companion course for Teaching Grammar and Vocabulary. Knowledge of cohesion and its use is important when writing whole texts, involving effective use of pronoun

referencing, text connectives, word meaning systems and paragraphing. This course will show how to teach effective use of the various systems of cohesion, and to develop skills for teaching students to write paragraphs for all major text types. The elements are presented within the frame of the Australian Curriculum: English and a scope and sequence for their development across a whole school program will be presented. Participants will be shown how to implement school-wide teaching and assessment programs that will lead to improved results in writing.


Teaching elements of the language strand of the Australian Curriculum: English has to be implemented within a framework of literature and other texts used to inform, persuade, advise and entertain.


Secondary teachers of English, or any subject that requires students to write reports, essays & lengthy connected texts. Useful for report writing.

Teaching Standards

1.2.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Understand how students learn:  Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn,

1.5.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities:  Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities,

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area:  Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities,

2.3.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Curriculum, assessment and reporting:  Design and implement learning and teaching programs using knowledge of curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements,

5.3.2 Proficient Level - Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning - Make consistent and comparable judgements:   Understand and participate in assessment moderation activities to support consistent and comparable judgements of student learning,

5.4.2 Proficient Level - Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning - Interpret student data:  Use student assessment data to analyse and evaluate student understanding of subject/content, identifying interventions and modifying teaching practice


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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1: Introduction

    • What to do: 1. Introduction and 2. Navigating the Course.

    • Aims and Objectives

    • Introduction to Cohesion

    • Cohesion: What you need to know

    • Rod in 4A version 8 nov

  • 2

    Module 2: Introduction to Pronoun Reference Systems

    • What to Do

    • Some Considerations: An introduction to lexical systems and style

    • Pronoun Reference: Brief review of Pronouns (from Module 1)

    • Teaching Pronoun Reference: Lessons and instructions for those lessons

    • Task: Trial a lesson on Pronoun Reference, if your situation makes this possible.

    • Rod in 4A version 8 nov

  • 3

    Module 3: Cohesion (Word Substitution Systems)

    • What to Do

    • Substitution

    • Lexicon Cohesion

    • Logical Sequence

    • Text Connectives and Conjunctions

    • Task: Activity for Lexical Cohesion Hewitt

  • 4

    Module 4: More about Cohesion

    • What to Do

    • Cohesion all Together

    • Task: Medusa Tentacles - Text from Newspaper

    • Medusa Tentacles Activity Sheet

    • Medusa: Hyperbole for persuasive writing

    • Samantha Armytage Article (Original Source - Womans Day)

    • Task: Samantha Armytage Article Activity

  • 5

    Module 5: Assessing Student Writing for Feedback and Teaching

    • What to Do - Assessing Writing

    • Writing Analysis Individual for teaching and reporting

    • Definitions and Examples

    • Year 5 Student Text

    • Year 5 Student Text Analysis

    • FAST Writing Data Sheet

    • Assessment of Writing

  • 6

    Module 6: Some Other Ways in which Texts Work

    • What to do re Module 6

    • Introduction to Levels of Text Use

    • Paragraphs

    • Use of Text and Other Features

    • Top Level Structure

    • Downloads: File Documents

    • Make your own Noun Group

  • 7

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback

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