Source Analysis and Writing Skills for History - Online

This course explores a range of engaging teaching & learning strategies for the development of source analysis & writing skills in history.
Target Audience
Secondary School History teachers - all states and territories
138 reviews
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

The study of History provides students with great stories about people and civilisations from the past as well as the opportunity to develop critical thinking and analytical writing skills. This online course will provide teachers with practical strategies for teaching History students from Year 7 through to Year 12 the essential skill of source analysis. The course will also focus on helping teachers to develop the writing skills of their students. Furthermore, participants will be provided with opportunities to mark a selection of student sample scripts and to receive feedback on the marking process. This course is suitable for all teachers of History (all states and territories), Years 7-12. This course will run over 6 weeks.

Audience

Secondary School History teachers – all states and territories

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Most TTA online courses are available with an Online Subscription. For a little more than the price of one course, you can gain up to 20 PD hours per year. Learn more HERE.

A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours.


This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

There are no occurrences of Online - Individual in Australia (ACT) at this time.

Sessions

Source Analysis for History I

1 hour

-Types of historical sources
-Basic tools for analysing historical sources
-Usefulness and Reliability
-Source work

Source Analysis for History II

1 hour

-Sample source analysis task & Marking guidelines
-Marking sample source analysis responses
-Interpretation vs. Core Narrative
-In-class Strategy Trial 1

Writing Skills for History I

1 hour

-Writing Skills for History
-Marking sample student paragraphs
-Sample essay writing task
-Marking sample essay responses

Writing Skills for History II

1 hour

-Design an essay scaffold
-In-class Strategy Trial 2

In-class Strategy Trial Feedback

1 hour

-Share feedback on In-class Strategy Trials 1 & 2

What To Bring

N/A

User Rating

4.5

Latest Reviews

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Source Analysis and Writing Skills for History
by Giillian Brooks on 18/09/2017

Very helpful for breaking the subject down into key concepts and the associated skills, with ways to teach and assess these clearly. Good range of activities, including sample marking of longer responses.

Source Analysis and Writing Skills for History - Online
by Sean Gosson on 18/09/2017

Despite having taught History for some time I found the content refreshing and easily transferable to the classroom.
It was the first online course I have done and so I left it to the last minute to squeeze in – working through the exercises made me reflect upon the processes we demand of our own students and the importance to have clear instructions/aims. Enjoyed the course thoroughly and took away several elements to use in my classes.

Source Analysis and Writing Skills for History - Online
by Paege Bellett on 17/08/2016

I found this course very useful and practical.

Source Analysis and Writing Skills for History - Online
by Jenna Burke on 01/08/2016

This course provided me with extra resources and great activities I could use in the classroom to help students improve on their source analysis. The forums were also great to converse with other colleagues and bounce ideas off each other. It is always interesting to hear what other schools are implementing.

Source Analysis and Writing Skills for History - Online
by Samantha Highams on 25/07/2016

This course was useful for teachers just starting out and giving ideas as to how to look at source analysis. I was hoping to get a more deeper analysis of sources and perhaps a course for senior students and source analysis might be of interest in future years.

Source Analysis and Writing Skills for History - Online
by Dawn Boland on 22/07/2016

I really enjoyed the self-paced aspect of this course as I could access when I had the time to commit to the work. I learned new strategies and enjoyed reading the feedback from other participants as this enabled me to extend my own thinking about strategies that I use in the classroom.

Source Analysis and Writing Skills for History - Online
22/07/2016

I would rate this course to be very good. I like the marking keys and hope to implement something similar in my school.

The logistics of accessing the course online were good – the explanatory documents were helpful.

I found this course to be particularly helpful, as I teach Years 7-9 only. We introduce the questions slowly and don’t do all the questions at once, so I found it useful to look at all the questions together. The course was not difficult for someone like me who does not teach upper school, which I had been afraid of.

I would have liked to have moderated both more sources and essays, but I realize time is always an issue.

I also found it useful to see other people’s opinions on the marking of source analyses. I found myself to be a hard marker, so it will be important for me to keep this in mind.

In terms of essay writing, I felt that I was on the same track as everyone else.

Source Analysis and Writing Skills for History - Online
by Luke Coulton on 22/07/2016

The course was well organized and practical. At times it felt a bit out of date. Perhaps some of the content needs to be updated to the new syllabus. In addition, it would have been valuable to spend more time examining how source analysis is done at an HSC level as this is what most teachers are worrying about.

Source Analysis and Writing Skills for History - Online
by J Devon Walton on 22/07/2016

Overall the course was interesting and easy to follow. I took away several good ideas which I have since implemented in Stage 5 and 6 classes.

Source Analysis and Writing Skills for History - Online
by Hollie Oates on 22/07/2016

Interesting course that gave great ideas ready for use in the classroom.

Source Analysis and Writing Skills for History - Online
by Jessica Manning on 22/07/2016

Clear delivery of materials; mostly useful strategies.

Source Analysis and Writing Skills for History - Online
by Michael Kapitanow on 22/07/2016
This is a great course to enhance the teaching and marking of source analysis and essay writing.The course provides excellent resources that can be used to promote faculty discussions and enhance approaches to teaching source analysis and writing skills in history classrooms. I would highly recommend the course to other history teachers.
Source Analysis and Writing Skills for History - Online
by Natalie Humphreys on 22/07/2016

Overall I thought the course was well structured and easy to navigate. It required a good understanding of the subject of source analysis and used relevant ideas that I can use in my classroom.

Source Analysis and Writing Skills for History - Online
by Michelle Crossland on 22/07/2016

As a first time teacher to High School after many years in Primary, I found it interesting to read other people’s feedback on the different tasks. It was gratifying that in general, my perception tallied with others in critiquing samples.

Source Analysis and Writing Skills for History
by Raina Petterson on 18/09/2015

This course provided a relevant and easily applicable approach to source analysis which has been used to guide and
advance my students. The sharing of ideas by participants is insightful and encouraging. A great way to nail down two basic skills in History.

Source Analysis and Writing Skills for History - Online
by Abigail Butler on 14/09/2015

Brilliant resources and excellent delivery. Clear explanations and examples given.

Source Analysis and Writing Skills for History - Online
11/09/2015

Really helped me brush up on Source Work basics, having not taught a great deal of History in recent years.

Source Analysis and Writing Skills for History - Online
11/09/2015

Some interesting and useful ideas.

Source Analysis and Writing Skills for History - Online
by Jacinta Ebbott on 11/09/2015

Great practical content. The core narrative and essay scaffold activities were very helpful and beneficial. Would highly recommend this course.

Source Analysis and Writing Skills for History - Online
by Lisa-Marie Abdow on 10/09/2015

A great course! Loved it, I felt like I learned a lot. Exercises were fun and interactive.


About the team


Kim Wilson

Creator

Kim has been a Head of Department for 10 years. She has experience in leading a very small department of 4 history teachers and more recently a very large department of 17 HSIE teachers (History, Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies, Geography and Studies of Religion). She is an experienced teacher of junior and senior History and has delivered many professional development courses. In 2005, Kim was recognized with a NSW Quality Teacher Award. More recently she has been awarded a doctorate from Macquarie University, her research focused on historical fiction for children and young adult readers. She has a number of publications including, her book, ‘Re-visioning Historical Fiction for Young Readers: The Past Through Modern Eyes’.



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