Standard - Module C 'The Story of Tom Brennan'

Barbara Stanners
My focus is developing rich teaching and learning resource materials for Secondary English teachers to use in the classroom.
The transitional phases and their impact will be analysed. Student writing skills and the development of effective classroom strategies & resources will also be discuss...
Target Audience
New or experienced teachers who have either taught 'The Story of Tom Brennan' before or who are about to teach it.
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

This module clarifies ‘growing up or transition’ as the elective focus using the analytical deconstruction of ‘The Story of Tom Brennan’ by J. Burke. The worskshop will involve examination of appropriate related texts and how they could be used and development of student response skills, especially with reference to textual features, social context and attitudes and values. Teaching and Learning strategies will be addressed within each session.

Audience

New or experienced teachers who have either taught ‘The Story of Tom Brennan’ before or who are about to teach it.

Available Delivery Formats

This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

Start Date Location Availability Price    
02/08/2017 Sth Western Sydney Places available $329 + GST Enrol Now

Sessions

Session 1 ~ ‘Exploring Transitions’ module/elective focus and context

1 hour and 50 minutes

Syllabus guidelines will be discussed to inform appropriate approaches to teaching this module. Key terms such as ‘‘transition’, ‘social context’, ‘different pathways into new experiences’ will be clarified to enable students to better understand the focus of their study of ‘The Story of Tom Brennan’. Examination of the impact of social texts that relate to growth and personal change in response to experience.

Session 2 ~ Deconstruction of prescribed text – ‘The Story of Tom Brennan’ by J.Burke

1 hour and 50 minutes

Explicit textual analysis with a focus on the features that shape a responder’s ‘knowledge, attitudes and beliefs’ about individuals coping with new experiences that prompt change, growth or other consequences. Deep knowledge of what is communicated by Burke and how it is communicated to the reader will be examined via key scenes, themes, characterisation and narrative devices.

Session 3 ~ Related texts and development of student response skills

1 hour and 50 minutes

Suitable ORTs will be evaluated, testing their links with the prescribed text and the module focus. Various strategies to help students critically select their own ORTs will be discussed as well as how they can be best incorporated into their written responses.
Past exam style questions and HSC markers comments will be discussed to clarify what is meant by the syllabus guidelines, ‘These compositions may be realised in a variety of forms and media.’
Student exemplar responses will be used to help students develop their personal responses to the text. Various teaching strategies for developing student writing skills will be highlighted, including the use of media and ICT. Exam preparation options will also be discussed and resource sharing will be encouraged.

What To Bring

Laptops and/or USB would be useful for digital resource sharing
Copies of the text will be useful for textual analysis
Copies or titles of personal resources that have been particularly effective in the classroom would be beneficial for resource sharing

User Rating

5.0

Latest Reviews

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Standard - Module C 'The Story of Tom Brennan'
15/09/2016

Very helpful perspectives on this module.

Standard - Module C 'The Story of Tom Brennan'
15/09/2016

Practical resources for both teachers and students. An opportunity to engage in quality academic discussion/untold truths. Experienced presenter.

Standard - Module C 'The Story of Tom Brennan'
by Sandra Sullivan on 15/09/2016

Barbara is amazing and has been able to facilitate such amazing discussion about the text. Brilliantly helpful.

Standard - Module C 'The Story of Tom Brennan'
15/09/2016

Stimulating and informative – great resources. Many thanks. Now I’m much more confident.

Standard - Module C 'The Story of Tom Brennan'
by Carolyn Evans on 15/09/2016

Really detailed, relevant and fun. Some great resources and ideas.

Standard - Module C 'The Story of Tom Brennan'
15/09/2016

Fantastic knowledge.

Standard - Module C 'The Story of Tom Brennan'
15/09/2016

Amazing. Lots of excellent resources and great discussion.

Standard - Module C 'The Story of Tom Brennan'
15/09/2016

Valuable contextual and conceptual information conveyed for a new teacher. Increased my understanding of how to deliver the course.

Standard - Module C 'The Story of Tom Brennan'
15/09/2016

Excellent knowledge of content. Practical approaches. Good links to module.

Standard - Module C 'The Story of Tom Brennan'
17/09/2014

Always excellent.

Standard - Module C 'The Story of Tom Brennan'
17/09/2014

Very informative. Great resources.

Standard - Module C 'The Story of Tom Brennan'
17/09/2014

Good all round teaching/learning with usable resources and practice examples.

Standard - Module C 'The Story of Tom Brennan'
17/09/2014

Very informative, I’ve learnt so much that I didn’t know. I can’t wait to apply it.

Standard - Module C 'The Story of Tom Brennan'
17/09/2014

Variety and quality of texts a strength. Love chance to interact & discuss ideas throughout presentation.

Standard - Module C 'The Story of Tom Brennan'
17/09/2014

Great pace to start.

Standard - Module C 'The Story of Tom Brennan'
17/09/2014

A fantastic course that was incredibly useful in understanding the new rubric. Resources were very helpful.

Standard - Module C 'The Story of Tom Brennan'
17/09/2014

Excellent resources and discussion – worth the travel!

Standard - Module C 'The Story of Tom Brennan'
17/09/2014

Great resources and break down of new module requirements/changes.

10/12/2012

This was an extremely useful course. Great discussion and focus on the 3 main areas that need to be taught in the classroom. Really got a lot out of it

10/12/2012

Great sized group – informative and motivating!


About the team


Barbara Stanners

Creator

Barbara has been English KLA co-ordinator at Richmond H.S. and Bede Polding College, Windsor South. She has extensive teaching and training experience with Junior and Senior Secondary English courses as well as Certificates in Mentoring and Professional Leadership. Over thirty Teacher Resource Textbooks have been published over the past fifteen years.
Developing resources for all Stage 6 English courses, remains a particular area of interest and expertise.