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We are days away from finding out which author will become the 2018 winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award! Since the Copyright Agency supports the Miles Franklin shortlist by providing each shortlisted author with a $5000 cash prize, naturally, all of our water-cooler chats are dominated by Miles Franklin speculation. The Reading Australia team are […]

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What is AustLit? AustLit is a fantastic resource that makes the lives of researchers, students of literature and especially teachers easier. It’s the first of its kind – no other country has attempted to compile such a comprehensive record of a nation’s creative writing and associated critical works. Simply, AustLit is an online database that […]

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Reading Australia is a few months away from turning five, so today we are looking back at which books have been the most popular since we first launched the Reading Australia initiative in 2013. Below you will find the top ten secondary and top ten primary titles; to view the full units of work, simply […]

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We already know what books teachers keep reaching for, but what do students love to read? This week we are stepping aside and letting Portia Simon, a Year 10 student from Sydney, give us her book recommendations! We were delighted to have Portia spend some of her work experience week with the Reading Australia team, […]

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Leanne Heanly is the Teaching and Learning Librarian at Trinity Grammar School. In early 2018 she organised a school-based campaign inspired by the Copyright Agency’s This Book Changed My Life campaign. 1. Why did you want to get your students involved in the This Book Changed My Life campaign? We wanted to start the conversation […]

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On 27 March, 2018, Wendy Bean presented at the CBCA NSW annual conference on the ways teachers can connect Geography and Literacy in their teaching. The theme of the conference was Connecting Geography and Literacy: finding the treasure in story. This is an edited version of Wendy’s presentation. The Australian Curriculum: Geography aims to ensure students develop: […]

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Being a pre-service or early career primary school teacher can be a daunting time. Your tasks go far beyond giving your students an enriching and inspiring education, an already complex and demanding challenge. Reading Australia creates resources that make teaching literacy easy for primary teachers. But there are other areas you might need support in: today […]

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Libby Gleeson, author of books such as Amy and Louis, Mahtab’s Story and The Great Bear, delivered the address at Reading Australia’s Third Birthday Party, published below. Catch Libby this July in Hobart at the AATE/ALEA Conference. As introduced, I am a writer. A writer largely of picture books and longer fiction for young people […]

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These exercises are designed to illustrate a progression in learning, supporting the development of a student’s capacity to respond to both analytical and creative outcomes. A three-step trajectory is implied within the exercises relevant to creative writing – firstly, the generation of creative response; secondly, the development of skills; and finally, the integration of skills […]

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1. IDENTIFY your point of response. 2. CLARIFY your response. 3. HOW will you respond? 4. WHICH techniques and conventions might you use? Is there A CHOICE OF TEXTS to  respond to? If yes – pick one.  What is it? image photograph artwork passage of writing a quote a statement a personal memory or reflection […]

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