Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 1, February

An Atmosphere of Possibility: Teaching Creative Writing
Introduction In this article I'd like to look at some of the ways teachers can re-energise their teaching of creative writing. Naturally every teacher will approach this subject in their own way. Some will be confident; some will be less so. I hope...
Crossing the Digital Divide: A Middle Years Teacher's Reflective Journey
Introduction Utilising technology has become an expected part of teaching and learning at most schools. Whether the school chooses to implement a 1:1 laptop or tablet program or a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program, challenges exist for teachers...
Editorial
Now that the school year for 2014 is underway, this seems like a good time to think about our own professional learning needs. As always, every new issue of Literacy Learning: the Middle Tears provides opportunities for readers to be refreshed by new...
Incorporating the Metaphors of Daily Life into the English/language Arts Curriculum
Introduction Many people may be surprised to learn that they have been speaking a kind of sub-poetry all their lives. The difference between their figures of speech and the poet's is that theirs are probably worn and trite, the poet's fresh and...
It's Not about the Apps
I engage in a little game each morning. The idea is to find the largest number of apps in the title line of any message in my email inbox or twitter feed. You know the kind: 'Seven apps every teacher needs', '30 top apps for writing', '50 apps for...
Opening the Portal: An Exploration of the Use of Postmodern Picture Books to Develop Critical Literacy and Contribute to Learning in the Australian Curriculum: English
Introduction The development of the skills of critical literacy can often be overshadowed by an emphasis on the development of decoding skills in students. Evans (2009) states that students do not obtain meaning from merely reading alone, but that...
Regenerating Indigenous Literacy Resourcefulness: A Middle School Intervention
Introduction This article discusses a literacy intervention strategy undertaken with middle school students at a remote Indigenous community school in the Northern Territory. This intervention was implemented by members of the Sharing Place, Learning...
Teachers and Caregivers Talking about Literacy Education
Introduction In line with the ever-evolving societal changes that face people on a daily basis, I've come to expect that literacy development will also evolve. This is necessary to accommodate the growing multiliteracies that students will need...
Teaching Literacies in the Middle Years: Pedagogies and Diversity
Title: Teaching literacies in the middle years: Pedagogies and diversity Editor: Robyn Henderson Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2012 With expanding definitions of literacy and the inclusion of information and communication technologies,...
The Accident
Title: The accident Author: Kate Hendrick Publisher: The Text Publishing Company, 2013 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Through the combination of mystery, surprise and suspense, Kate Hendrick's novel The accident incorporates numerous aspects of...
The BaRK (Building Reading Confidence for Kids) Canine Assisted Reading Program: One Child's Experience
Introduction It is widely accepted that a child's confidence and success with books and reading, particularly at the initial stages, shows a direct relationship to his/her attitude towards reading. All children need to be engaged in the reading...
The Boy with 2 Heads
Title: The boy with 2 heads Author: Andy Mulligan Publisher: David Fickling Books, 2013 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Andy Mulligan's The boy with 2 heads is an incomparable text, its uniqueness making it both captivating and addictive. The novel...
The Use of Multicultural Literature to Support Literacy Learning and Cultural Literacy
Introduction The use of multicultural literature in recent years has been emphasised because classrooms have become more diverse (Colby & Lyon, 2004). Books about students who live through multicultural experiences have also been on the rise...
Turning Middle Years Students on to Literature
Abbey Clark from Walker Books Australia offers insights into choosing books to engage middle years students in the reading of literature. She draws on her in-depth knowledge of what is available to make suggestions and recommendations that will be...
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