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World Refugee Day (20 June), a United Nation’s initiative, is a chance to raise awareness of the plight of the 68 million people who are currently refugees or displaced peoples. The treatment of refugees has been a contentious issue in Australian politics for decades, particularly since the imprisonment of men, women and children on Nauru […]

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World Poetry Day, celebrated on 21 March every year, recognises the unique ability of poetry to capture what it means to be human. In every culture there are poets who feed the soul of their nation and advocate for the arts; today we are featuring the diversity and brilliance of our Australian poets, contemporary and […]

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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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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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In 2018 Reading Australia will publish eight new resources for secondary teachers to assist in teaching books by Indigenous authors and illustrators, in partnership with Magabala Books. This follows the success of Reading Australia’s previous collaboration with Magabala Books in which 15 resources for primary school teachers were developed and published. Magabala Books is a publishing house […]

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What is the Australian Children’s Laureate? The Australian Children’s Laureate initiative was developed by the not-for-profit Australian Children’s Literature Alliance (ACLA). Through the initiative, a children’s or young adult writer who has made a significant contribution to Australian children’s literature is selected to spend two years travelling around the country to promote the importance of literacy […]

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What does ‘sustainability’ mean? Sustainability refers to patterns of living that protect the Earth and shape the quality of life that the Earth is able to give. A sustainable world requires individual and collective action in both local and global communities. There are three systems in which attention to sustainability is necessary: environmental, social and economic.  Why […]

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What do you look for when selecting print texts for your high school students to teach them about visual literacy? Appropriate themes, complexity of ideas, rich and beautiful illustrations, evidence of depth and layers of meaning, a variety of text type. The books in the list below meet each of those requirements with the added bonus […]

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Reading Australia has partnered with Magabala Books to create 15 resources for books, over the course of 2017, by Indigenous authors and illustrators. Magabala Books is a publishing house that focuses on bringing Indigenous voices and talent to the forefront. The project was inspired by the many teachers who reached out to Reading Australia to ask […]

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