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Literature to Support the Australian Curriculum

Lists of fiction and non-fiction books that support aspects of the Australian Curriculum are now available via our LibGuides. Literature to support the Australian Curriculum: annotated lists of fiction and poetry is compiled by Fran Knight, a children’s literature specialist. This eBook provides a comprehensive list of resources that support Indigenous, Asian and the Sustainability […]

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Report into Boys’ Reading and Consequences for the Classroom

A recent UK  Commission into Boys’ Reading concluded that boys are under achieving in reading; a problem that is of international concern. The report identified three reasons for this including: the home environment where girls are more likely to be given books, taken to the library and where the mother is the most significant reading role model the […]

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Books That Support the Australian Curriculum

Allen & Unwin have developed a comprehensive list of their books that support the Australian Curriculum.  Categories include: History, English, the Intercultural Understanding General Capability and the Cross Curriculum Priorities. The guide doesn’t provide blurbs or reviews of the books, which are available on Allen & Unwin’s website but does provide a useful starting point in selecting […]

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Apps suitable for Guided Reading

There are a variety of places to go on the web to find apps suitable for use as guided readers.  Jane Farrall, a speech pathologist and special educator provides a variety of criteria to keep in mind when determining whether an app is suitable for use as a guided reading resource. Her criteria include: Is […]

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A New Resource – Literary Texts

The resource Literary Texts: Understanding, Appreciating, Responding to, Analysing and Creating Literature  published by Macmillan is a new addition to the Stephens Library Teacher Reference collection.  Aimed at students aged 10 and over, it provides a large number of activities for a variety of   literary texts.  Supporting the Australian English Curriculum,  the resource fosters students’ […]

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Literature Circles

‘Literature circles are a structured and collaborative response to literature that allows a large degree of student choice and self-direction. This student centered approach to reading has met with great success in many schools around the world.’ (Inside a Dog, n.d.)  Using literature circles in the classroom enables students to engage deeply with the text […]

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Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies by Sheena Cameron

This is a new resource that the Stephens library has purchased primarily for use by JS and ELC teachers.  It is written by Sheena Cameron, an experienced primary teacher with an interest in developing students’ reading comprehension strategies, which, she states, requires explicit instruction.  Caroline and I recently attended some workshops run by Sheena, which […]

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

image used with permission from SCIS If you are looking for a book to read over  the Easter break and enjoy science fiction and adventure, then the  The Hunger Games trilogy makes a gripping read and is available from our  school libraries in  hardcopy or digital format.   Inside a Dog provides a synopsis of the first book: […]

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Read This! A Creative Reading Competition

Karen Bonano, the Executive Officer of the Australian Schools Library Association recently sent out an email promoting Read This! which is a creative writing competition.  This may be something that could be incorporated into English lessons or even Computer Graphics classes.  Below is a copy of her email: The National Year of Reading (NYR) is […]

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Love2Read Reading Group

The Love2Read Reading Group has been developed for the National Year of Reading 2012 and using Twitter, people are encouraged to Tweet what they are reading.    A monthly theme will provide a focus for the tweets.  The themes are based on the petals of the National Year of Reading 2012 logo (see below).  This is something that […]

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