Respect ~ Responsibility ~ Personal Best


 Conceptual programming in English
 Creative Writing
 Compilation of key ideas central to a conceptual approach in English and some of the ideas presented by Bernard Cohen at SDD Term 2 2018. Download here.
Using the National Literacy Progressions
Giving Students  the Right Kind of Writing Practice
 Giving Students  the Right Kind of Writing Practice
This short article illustrates how we can put the creative writing strategies presented by Bernard Cohen in action.
 Developing characters


Listen as Sally Rippin talks about how her characters come to life. What does she say about the link between the writer and the characters they create? Why does she say that imagination is like a muscle?



Great characters help us fall in love with stories. Characters need to keep readers excited, but they also need to think and feel in ways we can all understand, and they need to remind us of people in our own lives. Follow these fantastic tips to create interesting, relatable characters!

 Incoporating different texts within a narrative

Listen as Gary Crew talks about the narrative structure of his book, Strange Objects. What are the reasons he gives for incorporating so many different sorts of texts (from newspaper articles to diaries and archeological reports) into his narrative?

 Generating ideas for writing

Where do you get ideas to write about? Watch this clip to learn where Sally Rippin finds inspiration for her writing. What does she say about where story ideas come from? Sally talks about noting down ideas in a notebook and remembering how particular experiences made her feel. What does she say about turning ideas into stories? Why not try keeping a notebook for your story ideas!



Do writers write every day? Author Alice Pung does. In this clip Alice describes her writing practice. Why does she use a cheap notebook for capturing ideas? What sort of writing does she do to get the creativity flowing? Give Alice's techniques a try and see whether they work for you!

 Author talk


This resource is a series of videos featuring writer Tara June Winch talking about her writing and book 'Swallow the Air'. Related resources and teaching notes are included.


In addition to being a writer, Alice Pung has experience as an editor. What was the advice her own editor gave her when she started editing other people's work? Alice believes that good editors ask writers good questions. How else can editors help writers? Next time a friend or classmate asks you to give them feedback on their writing, consider Alice's approach and think carefully about how you can help.


http://education.abc.net.au/home#!/media/2384278/planning-and-writing  How do you write? Do you get an idea and jump right in and start writing, or do you plan and think about your idea before you start? Everyone has their own writing style that works for them. Watch Lili Wilkinson talk about how she writes, and the importance of editing and being flexible with your original plan.

 Integrated Engllsh Units
The web site http://e4ac.edu.au/supporting-resources/ has good examples of integrated units that you can adapt as you need. Just be aware that they align with the Australian Curriculum outcomes and not the NSW Syllabuses. This is not such a problem because the process of adapting the units will stimulate rich discussion as you adjust them.