Comparative exploration of the content and perspectives of ‘Julius Caesar’ and ‘The Prince’ to examine how meaning is shaped by contextual influences and a composer’s purpose and audience. A balanced appraisal of the two texts will be combined with discussion about how to develop student writing skills.
Stage 6 teachers who are intending to teach these paired texts in 2015 or are considering doing so in future.
Full day workshop presentation.
This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.
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1 hour and 15 minutes
This will be delivered a via multi-media presentation and associated sections of the accompanying booklet. The focus of the opening session will be to clarify the notion of ‘intertextual perspectives’ offered by a pair of texts. The specifics of teaching Module A will be discussed. Overarching connections will be evaluated as well as how medium has impacted and helped shape meaning in each text.
Texts will be explored both individually and comparatively in the light of elective rubric requirements. Meaning and how it has been shaped, will be a focus as well as the impact of composers’ attitudes, values and ideas. Key extracts will be examined from each text for comparative purposes using the booklet and media resources. Group activities and discussion will benefit from participants bringing their copies of both texts. The overall aim of this session will be to develop understanding of the values, significance and context of each text.
1 hour and 40 minutes
The writing skills that students need to develop will be examined as well as the T& L strategies, approaches and resources that could be used. Student samples will be used to show how students can articulate their knowledge and understanding in sophisticated ways that address rubric requirements. Discussion and small group activities will consider how teachers could guide students learning how to articulate a personal response within a strong thesis framework.
Paper, prescribed text or texts, laptop and or USB for digital resource sharing.
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Excellent approaches to “Julius Caesar” Greater focus given to Julius Caesar than to Machavelli. Deeper focus on Machavelli’s content and form features and structures required. Dealt in with some details in notes (page 17). Time management. Additional time for collegial discussion to share share experiences, knowledge and resources may be beneficial. Some more information on assessment and essay writing strategies would be appreciated.
Very detailed and informative. Clarified the Module and Elective very well. Great resources provided.
Though went through quickly, seemed like there was more content we didn’t get to.
Great course. Practical, with great resources.
Great resources. Thorough engagement. Feel more comfortable teaching this unit.
Thoroughly engaging and extremely helpful. Thank you!
As usual, Barbara was outstanding. She always provides excellent resources and practical advice.
Vocal, engaging and a nice package to take away. Many thanks. Very high quality
Really useful with excellent resources.
Generous resources. High order discussion. Explicit senior literacy strategies discussed.
Barbara is an authoritative, dialogic, detailed and experienced presenter. The course was adaptable and she provided lots of accessible materials.
This was fantastic! Barbara presents an engaging, informative session. I loved it! The resources are outstanding.
Spot on in terms of how to teach the Module effectively. Great sharing of information and resources. Loved the laminated quotable quotes on key ring ideas.
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.