Reading as part of the Year 7 and 8 syllabus

This section is reflective of the current Australian Curriculum (found at and is designed to give teachers, parents and students an idea of what texts are appropriate for this stage of schooling.

The outcomes for this stage (stage 4) are shown in the image below:

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This excerpt above indicates the level of complexity that students should be capable of by the end of this stage of schooling. Parents and teachers can assist students to reflect deeply on the texts that they read in – and out – of class in order to “expand their perspectives” and critically explore texts.

The reading requirements from the board of studies website are shown as follows:

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Examples of texts to explore at this level can include:

Blueback by Tim Winton which is a story that encompasses ideas of sustainability, environment, and courage;

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The Arrival by Shaun Tan which deals with themes of belonging, migratation, and race; and

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Bran Nue Dae, a film that explores racial tension between indigenous and non-indigenous communities within outback Australia.

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As a parent or a teacher, we can encourage our students to enjoy the texts, infer meaning within the texts, and apply the learning to everyday life.