Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 3, October

'Almost like a Revolution in the School'-Embedding Literacy across Learning Areas: A Case Study
Introduction In order to support the ongoing literacy development of students in secondary classes there is a need to review the adolescent literacy reform agenda. It is often stated that 'literacy is the cornerstone of student achievement' (Wise,...
Capturing Conference Learning
Context The East Tamar Federation is a group of five schools in the northern suburbs of Launceston, Tasmania. They have independent identities, but work closely together and have some joint funding. Historically, this is a low SES area and student...
Editorial
Literacy, language, literature and learning were the key words for the 2012 ALEA national conference in Sydney in July, and the program explored these dimensions in a wide variety of contexts, showcasing an extensive range of professional knowledge...
Introduction: Teachers Talking to Teachers
For some time, we have been heavily involved in many teachers' classrooms and have been working with them to share their practices with wider educational communities. The idea of the strand in our 2012 ALEA National Conference in Sydney, Teachers Talking...
Multimodal Responses to Literature in Years 5-8: The Other Worlds Project
Why did you create the Other worlds English resources, Lizzie? A couple of years ago, I became very excited by the possibilities which free online Web 2.0 tools offer for English teachers in upper primary and lower secondary settings. I could see...
Opening the Pages, Opening the Doors
Background 2011 marked the beginning of the implementation of the two year ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Community Partnership for Literacy Excellence Project. The focus of the project is to work with a network of five high schools...
Reading-on-the-Same-Page: Linger Longer in the Learning Areas
Reading-on-the-same-page Reading-on-the-same-page is a whole-class reading strategy developed to extend the SCORE (Hamilton-Smith, et al. 2010) (see Figure 1) demand reading sequence, developed in 2009 by seven Literacy Coaches. Through a vibrant...
Subject-Specific Literacies and Transition in the Middle Years: Examples of Teacher Thinking, Research and Practice
Introduction Middle years teachers straddle primary and secondary contexts. They are thus responsible for the increased demands of new policy and curricula, new ideas about what literacy means, public and media perceptions and pressures to 'perform'...
What Counts as Comprehension in Teacher Practice?
Introduction The interest in the research question has evolved through professional discussions with staff at the participating school about the difficulties students experience in understanding the 'deeper concepts' of content in the curriculum,...
When English Meets History: Exploring the Faction Genre through Action Learning
Background In 2010 a transition centre was established at Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School for the Year 7 cohort. With an emphasis on middle school pedagogy, especially that of 'developing effective student-centred learning and teaching strategies'...
You're a Better Man Than I Am Integrating Language, Literature and Literacy with a Text about Asia: Rudyard Kipling's Poem Gunga Din
Introduction One of the cross-curriculum priorities of the Australian Curriculum: English (AC:E) is 'Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia'. With a focus on teaching useful grammar in context, the workshop session on which this article is based...
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