How to Engage Teenagers with the Love of Literature

Garry Hol
An expert practitioner who wants to encourage, develop, support and empower teachers in their careers
This course will give teachers a wide variety of strategies and resources to utilise with their students to more fully comprehend, appreciate and master the world of li...
Target Audience
For teachers of Stages 4 and 5. Primary teachers & Librarians will also find many useful ways to draw younger students into the powerful world of books.
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

How to engage teens with the love of literature (Yes, attempting the impossible!)
This course provides numerous strategies, lesson plans and resources for the purpose of engaging students with literature. The course is designed to empower teachers to captivate students with the love, mystery and wonder of literature.
The course provides full unit programs focusing on literature that follows the National Curriculum, specifically targeting Stages 4 and 5.

Audience

For teachers of Stages 4 and 5. Primary teachers & Librarians will also find many useful ways to draw younger students into the powerful world of books.

Available Delivery Formats

This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

  Start Date Location Availability Price    
Enrol Now 06/11/2017 Sth Western Sydney Places available $329 + GST Enrol Now

Sessions

Why We Read

1 hour

  • Brainstorm on books that we have read and have enjoyed
  • Instruction on the purpose of the narrative throughout the social history of our world, including Ancient Greece, Medieval Europe and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures
  • Group discussion on the role and influence of stories on participants lives
  • Instruction on the few main narrative structures that exist (the quest, redemption, revenge, the boy and the girl)
  • Personal reflection on the need for stories form a didactic, social, moral and existential view
Why We Read II (The Scientific Bit)

40 minutes

  • Direct instruction on the physiological, psychological and cognitive elements of the brain that occur when we read stories
  • Personal activity that requires participant to conclude what occurs to the reader’s brain when they read
  • Role play in groups the participants recollection of reading as a teenager
How to Cross the Bridge and Lead the Students to a Love of Literature

1 hour

  • Brainstorming and discussion on the notion of identity, purpose and sense of self in the world from an adolescent’s perspective
  • Direct instruction and fact sheets on how reading gives adolescents a worldview that can be a reference point for their own experiences
  • Personal activity endeavours to get the participants to see the importance of engaging with literature at all levels
  • Roleplay designed to enable the participants to understand the perspective of an adolescent regarding books and stories
Classroom Activities (Heaps and Heaps)

1 hour

  • Information sheets given that outline numerous activities that can be utilised within the classroom to engage the students in literature
  • Group discussions on elements of the activities
  • Roleplay by participants on several of the actvities
The Text List

1 hour

  • Information sheets that list a large variety of literary texts that can be utilised to pique the student’s interest within the world of English Literature
  • Discussion and feedback on participants experience of other literary texts that have been utilised within their classrooms
  • Personal reflection on what the participants have learnt and been inspired to do within the classroom

What To Bring

  • A desire to be inspired

User Rating

4.8

Latest Reviews

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How to Engage Teenagers with the Love of Literature
15/12/2016

The passion the presenter had for literature was aspirational. The slides, ideas and strategies are of great help.

How to Engage Teenagers with the Love of Literature
15/12/2016

Garry was extremely motivational. His passion for reading literature and teaching is contagious.

How to Engage Teenagers with the Love of Literature
15/12/2016

Plenty of materials and resources were provided. It ran smoothly and on time. Content was present with passion, which is why I did the course in the first place.

How to Engage Teenagers with the Love of Literature
15/12/2016

Empowering. Highly enthused. Theme-based/extract approach will become a core focus.

How to Engage Teenagers with the Love of Literature
15/12/2016

The presenter was very passionate and created an atmosphere where everyone had an opportunity to provide input and engage in dismission.

How to Engage Teenagers with the Love of Literature
24/11/2015

Would also used to have discussed the rise of YA books and how to relate/promote/encourage reading.

How to Engage Teenagers with the Love of Literature
24/11/2015

Lots of discussion, plethora of information, excellent reasoning and evaluation of topics/suggestions, etc.

How to Engage Teenagers with the Love of Literature
24/11/2015

Made me aware of crucial offertrent things I have missed in my teaching. Can’t wait to tell my staffroom all I’ve learnt and every English teacher should do this course with Garry.

How to Engage Teenagers with the Love of Literature
19/12/2014

Really engaging and participant focused.

How to Engage Teenagers with the Love of Literature
19/12/2014

Great insights provided for Teachers of English.

How to Engage Teenagers with the Love of Literature
19/12/2014

Garry was an engaging presenter. He had wonderful areas and useful resources. He renewed my enthusiasm for literature and teaching literature.

How to Engage Teenagers with the Love of Literature
19/12/2014

Some brilliant ideas that I can utilize in the classroom!!! Very inspirational. A fantastic day!

How to Engage Teenagers with the Love of Literature
19/12/2014

Very good in identifying the importance of students' own lives linking to the concepts/events in stories/novels. A lot of practical ideas. The thematic focus on different novels was well linked to adolescent interests. Presented with enthusiasm. Most enjoyable.

How to Engage Teenagers with the Love of Literature
19/12/2014

Great to talk about literature and what works. Would have liked more discussion of more recent texts.

How to Engage Teenagers with the Love of Literature
19/12/2014

A bit too much time spent on the value of literature/reading, purpose and narrative. I wanted to focus into strategies for engaging students beyond discussing corrections to the known (although the theme-based extracts and discussions were good). It was great not to take notes. Thanks! Also thanks for the ideas and resources.

How to Engage Teenagers with the Love of Literature
19/12/2014

Very engaging. Excellent content and presenter!

How to Engage Teenagers with the Love of Literature
19/12/2014

Excellent approach to a commonly asked about topic. Do not change anything about this course. Good as is.

How to Engage Teenagers with the Love of Literature
by Marguerite Pulham on 19/12/2014

Garry was personable, knowledgeable, engaging and inspiring. Sharing the wisdom, passion and expertise of other educations was an added bonus!


About the team


Garry Hol

Creator

An experienced HSC teacher for over 15 years, Garry’s expertise in English has come from a foundational love of literature and learning. He currently lectures HSC students, provides inservice training for teachers and spends large amounts of time attempting to inspire teenagers to engage with literature through teaching English at the Illawarra Christian School on the picturesque South Coast. He also enjoys tripping to the city on occasion and most weekends will find him performing rock and blues music in venues up and down the coast.