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Language, Literacy, Imagination, and Reading-Aloud — A Teacher’s Reflections

I found a great blog post that talks about the importance of reading aloud to children, whether it is in a classroom environment or at home. I liked the use of chapter books for younger children as it allows their imagination to grow with the text.

The link to the complete blog post is below.

 

People often ask why I chapter read. After all, many of the children in my classroom are are three-years-old. When we chapter read, the children don’t have an image from a picture book. They have to make the pictures in their head. That requires language development. The more they hear, the more they learn. Even […]

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Creative writing

 

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While not everyone dreams of writing a storybook or novel, there are some people who do dream of spending their time with words in solitude.

If you or your child loves to write, English tuition can help those students who are keen to write, yet need a little guidance with grammar, structure, or the choice of present or past tense.

I’ve also included some links below to other sites that will assist in fine-tuning your piece of creative writing.

NSW Writers’ Centre http://www.nswwc.org.au

Scholastic Story Starters http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters/

Australian Writers’ Centre https://www.writerscentre.com.au/blog/

Daily Writing Tips http://www.dailywritingtips.com/creative-writing-101/

 

 

Reading as part of the Year 7 and 8 syllabus

This section is reflective of the current Australian Curriculum (found at https://syllabus.bostes.nsw.edu.au/english/english-k10) 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.

 

Reading aloud to your children

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The benefits of reading aloud to your children – or to the children in your classroom – have been documented in various studies. In a document by the Victorian State Government the following statistics were given:

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For further information about reading to your children the link to the above statistics is http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/about/research/readtoyoungchild.pdf

While reading to your children when they are young is important, it is also important to read to older children as this helps them to reach the next stage of learning. In this way they may stretch their ability to enjoy a book that they might not yet be able to confidently read themselves. The enjoyment of new books can encourage children to try to read other books in the same series or genre.

Other sites on reading to children include:

http://www.naeyc.org/files/yc/file/200303/ReadingAloud.pdf

http://www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/reading.htm

http://www.smh.com.au/national/proof-of-benefits-of-reading-to-children-20130302-2fd7s.html

http://www.rif.org/books-activities/tips-resources/how-to-read-aloud-to-your-child/

http://www.startwithabook.org/reading-aloud