Response Writing - Conversations About Text


The focus of this course is on supporting participants to identify the language demands of texts commonly read and written in the secondary school and recognising the features of their students’ writing.   Kathy Rushton and Joanne Rossbridge have consultancy experience and will focus on the teaching of writing as the context in which grammar is taught to support meaning and we will outline those grammatical features which best support teachers to make an impact on students who are writing extended responses.

Our aim is not to focus on the basics, but we will briefly review or address grammar for those who may be addressing it explicitly for the first time. This will support participants to identify and address their students’ needs as they analyse their written work. We will provide practical examples for engaging students in writing and supporting students to write effectively.

*All participants are requested to bring copies of their students’ writing.

(*Preferably three examples with two copies of each.)


Completing a Conversations about Text in the Secondary School course will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing: 1.3.2, 2.5.2, 3.2.2, 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation

Evaluation Comments:

  • How to investigate students’ samples and assist students to engage further in extended writing (was useful).
  • Learn(ed) about the craft of constructing sentences for meaningful written communication…I have some (new) exciting ideas for the classroom.
  • Narrative, discussions and group activities allowed me to connect my knowledge and apply it to activities.

Target Participants

Secondary teachers of all subjects requiring extended response writing such as HSIE, English, PDHPE and Science.


One day workshop with participants actively engaged in two sessions.

The session aims:

  • To examine the language and literacy demands related to writing extended responses in secondary settings
  • To explore some of the grammatical features used by effective writers across subject areas
  • To analyse student writing


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