The Tools for Superb Essays

Ron Thomas
Director and Faciliator of Speak with Power
Everything you need to know to raise students' Essay Writing to the highest level: the concepts, the learning structures and the resources.
Target Audience
All secondary English teachers
10 reviews

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

The Five Elements of a Superb Essay
Practical Strategies to Teach all Five Elements
The Keys to a Superb Persuasive Essay: Motivation/Persuasive Purpose/Audience/Structure and Using the Mind
The Keys to a Superb Text Essay: Sophisticated paragraphing/‘Chunking’/Encapsulation/Topic Analysis/Task to Plan/Exam Answer Graphic/Organisational Graphics/Advanced Language use/Colour Coding the Criteria


All secondary English teachers

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Drama will be utilised to demonstrate concepts. Group work will embed the knowledge.

This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.


There are no occurrences of Face to Face in Australia (NSW) at this time.


Superb essays require superb expression

1 hour and 30 minutes

Pushing expression skills to the maximum
- Perfect Punctuation
- Beautiful Sentences
- The Best Vocabulary
- The Appropriate terminology and how to use it

Creating the best piece of writing a student has ever written

Teaching Superb Persuasive Essays

1 hour and 50 minutes

Motivational Strategies:
I can do it/I have the arguments/I can be convincing.
On top of the task:
Persuasive Purpose/Audience Orientation/Persuasive Language/Best Structure
What the Mind finds persuasive and how to satisfy it

Sure Fire Ways to Teach superb Text Essay Writing

1 hour and 40 minutes

Sophisticated Paragraphing
Sophisticated Essay Structures
Making learning and writing about it manageable by 'Chunking'
Using Graphics to clarify texts – themes plot, structure and character
Getting it across: ‘Encapsulation’, complexification and text saturation
Ensuring the Exam task is met: topic analysis, task drives plan, the exam answer is made visual (Task graphic, Criteria colouring)
Super expression skills: compression, quoting, glorying in the text’s prose
Harmonising all the elements

What To Bring

USB stick for materials

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The Tools for Superb Essays
by Colin Chan on 25/06/2018

More suitable for our high school teachers at Taylors. None the less, some of the structure and strategies are useful.

The Tools for Superb Essays

Practical ideas that can be used in the classroom

The Tools for Superb Essays

Very clear and logical presentation.

The Tools for Superb Essays
The Tools for Superb Essays

Provided insight on how to write essays for different purposes. By making participants do the activities Ron has shown us what English lessons must be like for our students. Taking away excellent skills to inform both my own and my students writing.

The Tools for Superb Essays

Whilst Visual Arts, I was able to take away many techniques fore essay writing.

The Tools for Superb Essays
The Tools for Superb Essays

Very Knowledgeable

The Tools for Superb Essays
by Valerie DERRY on 25/06/2018

Some very useful ideas and teaching methods – the videos were worthwhile too.

The Tools for Superb Essays

About the team

Ron Thomas


Australia wide Facilitator and Key note speaker for various Teacher Training providers in the Australian Curriculum, English, Writing, Drama and Debating.
Facilitator for G.A.T.E.WAYS gifted and talented students programs nationwide. Author of ‘Engaging Students in Drama’ Phoenix Education. Workshop presenter for VATE and Drama Victoria. My business runs seminars in Public Speaking, Leadership and Debating skills for students. I also run in school seminars for staff in the above plus English in the Australian Curriculum. Published Feature writer and poet.