Our workbooks (from Year 7 to Year 12) match the Australian Curriculum and focus on the skills you need to excel in English: good essays, consisting of good ideas and good writing skills.
The workbooks, and our multi-media products, help you:
- improve your essay-writing skills (based on a range of tasks and different essay types);
- build a convincing argument;
- identify and apply sophisticated persuasive and reasoning skills;
- achieve depth of ideas; and
- write quality sentences, using impressive (and accurate) vocabulary.
Better Essays and Persuasive Techniques: (Years 7-10)
This workbook matches the criteria in the Australian Curriculum relating to “the use of language to inform, persuade, entertain and argue”. It also provides an excellent foundation for the new VCE Study Design 2016 – 2020 (Years 11-12: Area Study 2 (Analysing and presenting argument). It helps students write well-structured A+ essays consisting of a sound argument, confident topic sentences, a logical progression of ideas, sophisticated expression and a knowledge of persuasive and reasoning techniques.
Chapter 5, “Writing Better Sentences”, complements our grammar workbook and helps students avoid 10 common grammatical errors.
RRP: $24.95. Please see “Better Essays and Persuasive Techniques” (2016)
The Language of Persuasion Series (Years 7-12)
It provides a systematic explanation of the features of persuasive texts and arguments; it introduces students to persuasive and reasoning techniques and helps students acquire an analytical vocabulary in order to analyse a variety of text types and compare authors’ viewpoints and techniques. Paragraph and essay plans throughout the workbooks help students structure an insightful A+ response.
Purchase The Language of Persuasion Series ($55, incl. postage) and find out how you can achieve Top Marks.
Click Series 1: Techniques of Persuasion (Years 7-8) $21.95
Click Series 2: The Language of Persuasion: become an expert (Years 9-10) $22.95
Click Series 3: The Language of Persuasion: an essay-writing guide (Years 11-12) $22.95
Clear Writing: Language and Grammar (Years 7-10)
A perfect reference book, Clear Writing: Language and Grammar helps students grasp effortlessly the specifications pertaining to grammar in the Australian Curriculum as it progresses from the simple to the more complex rules. (Years 7-10). For more information and to access our online support material, please see Clear writing: language and grammar.
Cost: $21.95 (free postage)
Essays, articles, tips, online lessons, slideshows and video lessons
We are expanding our range of multi-media products to enable you – teachers, parents and students – to help you get the best out of our workbooks. Our online lessons, slideshows and video clips will cover specific essay-writing skills and offer word-building activities based on the analysis of persuasive tests.
To help you write essays on your texts, we include a wealth of text-response material. You must have a thorough and insightful grasp of your text in order to write sophisticated essays. In the various articles, I include the most relevant examples, anecdotes and quotes that I often use from the text. I hope these help.
I also include essay-writing tips across a range of disciplines – expository, persuasive and creative.
Click here to see Better Essays and Persuasive Techniques, which will help you improve your structure, your depth and sequencing of ideas throughout your essay. (See pp 10-19 and p.39). We also include a chapter on different text types. See pp. 91-96 for guidance on an expository style feature essay. Also see Chapter 5: Better Sentences for some grammar tips.