English Philosophy class for Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 students apart from our core English class. This English Philosophy Course aimed at developing writing by first developing thinking.
Course Title: How Can You Write Well If You Have Nothing To Say?
Year 7, Year 8 and 9 is the perfect time for students to widen their view of the world. They need to make connections between ideas encountered in different subjects, know what is happening across the world in politics, look elsewhere other than their phone screens, think about values and test values.
It is only when students have interesting thoughts that they can write interestingly. It is only when students can discuss specific examples that they can develop their ideas and write at length.
This course looks to developing the skills required at Year 11 and 12 levels, but begins the process when there is enough time to allow these skills to develop.
Teacher – Mr Stoneham has an Honours Masters Degree from Sydney University and a certificate of Gifted Education from UNSW. He has taught in the English Department at Sydney University. He has taught English at Ascham, Emanuel School, Sydney Grammar, Cranbrook, and Scots College in Sydney; Milton Academy in Boston; and, Marlborough College and Elmhurst Ballet School in England. He has been Dean of Studies at Cranbrook, Dean of Language Arts at Scots, Director of Studies at Elmhurst, Vice Principal and Acting Principal at Emanuel School. He has four published works of fiction.