Creative Paragraphs

We can spend a lot of time when we teach analytic and persuasive writing in teaching paragraph structure. You’ve all heard of one of these and will probably have your own variations: TEE – topic sentence, evidence, explanation TEEL – topic sentence,evidence, explanation, link PEE – point, evidence, explanation But how do we approach teaching…

Creative story openers

Yep, soon it’ll be NAPLAN again and your students may have to write a creative piece. Routine writing practice has enormous benefits in the English classroom and one of the things you can do in the lead up to NAPLAN is to get your students to crank out a story a week. Each time they…

Differentiated writing tasks

If practice is the key to improving literacy skills, English teaching is often an excercise in finding different ways to do the same thing: practising reading, writing and speaking. Certainly at Ticking Mind we think of our mission as one of giving teachers a range of strategies to implement explicit writing instruction and practice. Here’s…

The three step lesson plan

Next week we’ll be running our annual Crash Course In History for history teaching newbies (whether they’re fresh out of uni, or experienced teachers teaching history for the first time). Because we’ll be discussing a three step lesson plan which replicates what happens in an effective text response unit, we thought we’d share this simple…

Sentence Grids For Quick Writes

In a few weeks at our Key Strategies For Improving Writing workshop, we’ll be at it again: emphasising the need for explicit instruction coupled with frequent, guided writing practice. One of the strategies we’ll be discussing is sentence grids – a three by three grid which distils different sentence types students can use in their…

Year Nine Critical Literacy

Developing skills for analysing argument are important for success in VCE, but the reality is, few teenagers read traditional news platforms. However, the skills used for analysing argument can be easily transferred to more relevant (for students) and engaging websites, rather than being used only in traditional media. Since most teenagers are deeply engaged with…