Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 1, February

Changing Classroom Practice through Blogs and Vlogs
Introduction Being literate in today's society is significantly different from that of decades past. The effects of new technology and globalisation have transformed the amount and diversity of information available, how information can be presented,...
Crowdsourcing Feedback
Introduction Crowdsourcing involves canvassing for work or funding, typically via the internet, from a crowd of people. The word combines 'crowd' and 'outsourcing'. Using the principle that 'more heads are better than one', crowdsourcing can engage...
Editorial
Welcome to the first issue of Literacy Learning: the Middle Years for 2017. When I sit down to write the editorial, I always enjoy reflecting on what has happened in the literacy world over past months: What has been in the news? What has provided...
Grief, Peace and Surf in Australian YA Novels
Grief, peace and surf in Australian YA Novels Review by Joy Lawn Australian young adult literature is amongst the best in the world. It is imperative that Australian secondary school students are exposed to this body of literature (the best of...
Guarding Eden
Guarding Eden Reviewed by Femke Keywood Title: Guarding Eden: Champions of climate action Author: Deborah Hart Publisher: Allen & Unwin, 2015 Deborah Hart's non-fiction book, Guarding Eden: Champions of climate action, explores the...
How Does It Make Me Feel?: Using Visual Grammar to Interact with Picturebooks
Introduction Children and adolescents today frequently encounter a wide range of texts in their everyday lives. Our culture now relies on a variety of technologies and communication systems such as email, social media, Google and YouTube (Baker,...
Improving Student Learning Outcomes: Using Data Walls and Case Management Conversations
Introduction Since 2013, school improvement in Queensland has been guided by the National School Improvement Tool (Australian Council for Educational Research, 2012). School reviews, led by a small team of principals, involve the analysis of school...
Literacies for Remote Schools: Looking beyond a One Size Fits All Approach
Introduction What's the political agenda doing to literacies education? Where is literacies education headed? What's working well in today's approach/es? These questions posed by the editor, Robyn Henderson, prompted us to reflect on the impact...
Night of the Creepy Carnival
Night of the creepy carnival Review by Femke Duursma Title: Night of the creepy carnival Author: George Ivanoff Publisher: Random House Australia, 2015 A boy goes to a carnival. He thinks it is just a normal carnival, but it is not. Night...
Pandora Jones Trilogy
Pandora Jones trilogy Reviewed by Erin Cherry Titles: Book 1: Pandora Jones: Admission Book 2: Pandora Jones: Deception Book 3: Pandora Jones: Reckoning Author: Barry Jonsberg Publisher: Allen & Unwin, 2014 From...
The Reluctant Jillaroo
The reluctant jillaroo Reviewed by Kristen Isbeter Title: The reluctant jillaroo Author: Kaz Delaney Publisher: Allen & Unwin, 2016 Heidi and Harper, identical on the outside, are worlds apart on the inside. Harper's path is clear:...
What Do Students Need to Know about Writing for Science in the Middle Years?
Background This paper highlights some of the findings from a Master of Education research project focusing on the teaching of subject-specific literacies in the subjects of English, History and Science in a Year 8 class during one term. The focus...
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