Read, Think, Write: Critical Reading as a Precursor to Critical Writing Online Course

  • Facilitator: Emily Bosco
  • Start Date: 14th May, 2018
  • End Date: 6th July, 2018                                                                    
  • Format: Online                                                                                       
  • Accredited Career Stage Level: Proficient Teacher (NSW) 
  • NESA Accredited Hours: 16
  • Cost: $450 (GST inclusive)

This course runs from week 3 of Term 2 until week 10 of Term 2 (NSW school term dates).

Course Description

This course is all about teaching students to become critical readers, thinkers, and writers. It has been designed for teachers of Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, and Year 12 English who are interested in learning strategies for teaching approaches to reading that connect the personal to the scholarly, thereby enhancing their students' writing. The modules in this course focus on practical teaching strategies and activities that develop the relationship between reading, reflecting, evaluating, and writing. And, these are strategies that teachers can begin using as they move through the course! A variety of appropriate discursive, imaginative, informative, and persuasive texts have been included within each module to demonstrate the different approaches to reading, ensuring that teachers walk away prepared and inspired.

Who should take this course?

  • Australian Secondary English teachers (Years 9-12) who are interested in ways they can foster a culture of critical reading, thinking, and writing within their classrooms
  • NSW Stage 6 English teachers preparing to teach the Year 11 Common Module: Reading to Write and Year 12 Module C: The Craft of Writing 

Working Online

This course takes place in the Into English online learning environment. Once you have successfully registered, you will be added into our system and you will receive your login details. The course begins on the advertised start date, and a new module will be unlocked for you each week. There are no set times where you will have to be online for webinars or live conferences. Rather, you will have access to specific course materials in each module, and are required to complete a relevant practical activity, before reporting back to the group online. 

Each module requires 2 hours to complete. 

Overview of Modules

Module 1: Critical Reading and Critical Writing
What is critical reading? What is critical writing? How are these two skill sets related? This module introduces course participants to the relationship between critical reading and writing, and how we, as teachers, might go about creating a classroom culture that enables students to become critical readers, thinkers, and writers.

Module 2: Thinking about Reading
This module focuses on the individual reading experience, the different personal responses reading can evoke, and how our initial responses to what we read can be harnessed as the basis of a scholarly response. Participants will consider different strategies for encouraging their students bring their own reading experiences into the classroom for the purpose of reflecting on the variety of ways texts involve and influence us.

Module 3: Thinking about Literary Value
Which texts have value? Who decides? To what extent does the concept of literary value influence our perception of reading? In this module, participants will consider a number of strategies for getting students to think critically about issues such as: the distinction between classic and popular fiction, the criteria for literary value, and the merits and limitations of the literary canon.  

Module 4: Close Reading
In this module, participants will learn strategies for teaching students how to engage in the close reading of a text. A variety of poems and short prose pieces suitable for students in Years 9-12 will be covered as we focus on ways of teaching the relationship between a text’s craft and its meaning. 

Module 5: Reading Character
In this module, participants will learn strategies for teaching students how to read a text using an understanding of character. In particular, participants will consider how character archetypes can provide readers with a way into the meaning of the text, and how interrogating characterisation opens up possibilities for interpretation.

Module 6: Reading Using Genre
In this module, participants will learn strategies for teaching students how to read a text using the constitutive features of its genre. The genre of utopia is used as a model, along with extracts from Sir Thomas More’s Utopia and Ursula Le Guin’s short story ‘The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas’.

Module 7: Reading Using Genre and Context
In this module, participants will focus on the important role contextual knowledge plays in becoming a critical reader and writer, and how contextual knowledge interacts with genre to improve our understanding of meaning. Using Jonathan Swift’s ‘A Modest Proposal’ as the core text, participants will learn strategies for teaching students to go outside the text in order to enrich their understanding of: genre, form, argument, and theme.

Module 8: Designing Lesson Sequences that Maximise Focus on the Transition from Critical Reading to Critical Writing
In this module, participants will learn how to design lesson sequences that prioritise the movement from critical reading to critical writing.

Course Materials

The cost of registration includes the following course materials:

Participants will receive this book by the course commencement date.

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For NSW teachers, completing the Read, Think, Write: Critical Reading as a Precursor to Critical Writing online course will contribute 16 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing Standard 2 and Standard 3 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


To register for this course, please complete the online form below, or download the registration form to email or fax to us. 

Registrations close Monday 14th May, 2018. 

Registration Form

You must obtain a school purchase order number if your school is covering the cost of this course. Our Into English ABN is: 50 149 682 342. For NSW Government Schools, our Into English vendor number is: 0100318049. For teachers paying for the course personally, please type 'N/A'.
Name *
Your course materials will be sent to the address you provide here.
NSW teachers, please provide your NESA Number. For teachers outside NSW, please type 'N/A'
Please select your payment and invoice method. Once payment has been finalised, you will be sent an email inviting you to join the online learning environment for this course.

What happens next?

  • Your enrollment information will be sent to us once you click the ‘submit’ button.
  • A confirmation of registration email will be sent to you.
  • An invoice will be emailed to you or your accounts department.
  • In the week prior to the course commencement date, you will be sent an email inviting you to join the online learning environment for this course.

*Please note: payment of course fees is required before you are granted access to the online learning environment. To ensure online access by the course commencement date, please ensure that your invoice is paid by the due date.

** For multiple registrations from one school, please register each teacher separately using the above form

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