Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 1, February

Ariel's Charm
Title: Ariel's charm Author Marnie Lester Publisher: JoJo Publishing, 2014 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ariel's Charm is about a thirteen year old girl, Ariel. Ariel has huge, slightly slanted grey eyes and a tiny nose that give her an exotic...
Editorial
By the time this issue of Literacy Learning: the Middle Years is distributed to readers, we will already be well into 2016. Right now, though, we're moving towards the end of the 2015 school year. In Brisbane, that is already obvious, with the jacarandas...
Implementing an Explicit Vocabulary Program
Background information While attending school, children learn between 2,000 and 3,000 new words each year. When students learn fewer than 1,000 words each year, they are at a significant disadvantage when they are expected to learn and comprehend...
'It's Easy!': Scaffolding Literacy for Teaching Multimodal Texts
Introduction I was participating in my school's cluster moderations during which Year 5 student assessment tasks were being compared, discussed and categorised according to their level of achievement. An A to E grading scale was being used, with...
Leveraging Boys' Engagement with Gaming for Improving Literacy
Introduction Research suggests that changing social patterns and practices, driven by the Digital Revolution, are encouraging schools to acknowledge and exploit the expertise and creativity of gamers (Gee, 2008; McGonigal, 2011; November, 2012)....
Managing Literacy Teaching and Learning for 'New' and Mobile Students
Introduction According to Urry (2007), the world has taken a 'mobility turn', where mobility is 'central to many people's lives and to the operations of many small and large public, private and non-governmental organisations' (p. 6). Indeed, census...
Organising a University-Based Reading Clinic Program for Struggling Readers
Introduction Andrew (pseudonym) was a fourth-grade student who had been diagnosed by his teachers as a struggling reader. A struggling reader generally means that the student either experiences difficulty reading (e.g., decoding skills, word recognition,...
Paruku: The Desert Brumby
Title: Paruku: The desert brumby Author: Jesse Blackadder Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers Australia, 2014 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This novel, as the title suggests, explores the iconic Australian brumby, Australia's wild horse. The story...
Phyllis Wong and the Return of the Conjuror
Title: Phyllis Wong and the return of the conjuror Author: Geoffrey McSkimming Publisher: Allen & Unwin, 2014 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This is a book about a young teenage girl called Phyllis Wong. She is a magician/conjuror who can also...
Prince of Afghanistan
Title: Prince of Afghanistan Author: Louis Nowra Publisher: Allen & Unwin, 2015 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With a title as suggestive as this, one could honestly mistake this novel for depicting a luxurious story of wealth and prestige...
Tank Boys
Title: Tank boys Author: Stephen Dando-Collins Publisher: Random House, 2014 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This book is about two underage Australian soldiers, Taz and Frankie, and an underage German soldier, Richard, who is drafted into a tank...
The Sky So Heavy
Title: The sky so heavy Author: Claire Zorn Publisher: University of Queensland Press, 2013 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The sky so heavy is the debut novel for Australian author, Claire Zorn. The dystopian novel presents readers with a scenario...
Through My Eyes: Zafir
Title: Through my eyes: Zafir Author: Prue Mason Publisher: Allen & Unwin, 2015 The Through my eyes series, edited by Lyn White, poignantly tells of personal hardships, heartaches and hope in our world's most dangerous conflict zones,...
Transforming Pedagogy with Multiliteracies in the English Classroom
Introduction Literacy teaching and learning across classrooms are changing. As technology allows for the exponential accessibility and production of multimodal texts, it is important to implement literacy curriculum and pedagogy that allows the...
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