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…

Obvious and Deeper Comparisons

In the lead up to our workshop on compare and contrast essay writing (see the details here: https://www.tickingmind.com.au/event/teach-compare-contrast-essay-writing-years-10-11-northcote/) we’ve got some more ideas to share about practising complex comparative writing. In our last blog, we spoke about the need for students to make frequent connections between texts. In this post, we want to extend that…

Link and Link Again

Here in Victoria we’re in the early stages of teaching comparative text response writing at a senior level. What was clear from last year’s exam, is that we still have a long way to travel in our journey to teach students to write with sophistication in this text type. Perhaps the biggest defect in student…