The Reading Enriches Learning website aims to stimulate and motivate all students to become confident readers. Each themed collection highlights a topical issue (i.e. Values, History, Sustainability) that is critical to Australian schooling today. These themes act as a springboard for learning as students actively make connections between literature and the world in which they live. The array of books featured in Reading Enriches Learning has been carefully selected and written by well-known Australian authors.
What will I find on the site?
The collections feature books chosen for younger readers (years 2–4) and older readers (years 5–8). Extensive resources have been created for each book, comprising:
- Author and illustrator profiles
- Focus questions prior to reading, during reading and after reading
- Relevant websites
- Student-centred activities
- Interactive proformas and worksheets
- Ongoing assessment ideas (for learning, as learning, and of learning).
Where do I start?
- Select an appropriate theme from the list.
- Click on each book and familiarise yourself with the resources by reading through the three sections: Getting Started, Activities and Assessment.
- Set up your classroom with copies of the books to suit your needs for shared, guided or independent reading. Books can be purchased individually or in multiples of four to form class sets. To order, follow the links on each page..
- Download the activities, proformas and assessment ideas to your shared work folders or intranet.
- You are ready to go!
How can the activities be used?
The activities can be used in a multitude of ways, limited only by your imagination. Some examples are:
- designing independent learning contracts for individual students.
- using the links provided to create webquests.
- initiating a chat room to share findings with other classes.
- creating task cards for independent learning.
What does the Reading Enriches Learning classroom look like?
Reading Enriches Learning revitalises reading in the classroom! It provides:
- a strategic selection of books for differentiated instruction, allowing teachers to establish a reading program tailored to the needs of their students.
- books that are chosen for their quality and level of interest, promoting the best of Australian literature and highlighting stories that connect with students' own experiences.
- a broad variety of rich activities, tasks and projects, designed to actively engage students in their learning while working individually or collaboratively in small groups.
- the resources for teachers to readily introduce thought-provoking themes within studies of literature.
About the authors
Barbara Braxton has been teaching for 33 years and her passion is developing literacy through literature, particularly using books to connect kids with their own worlds and the possibilities within these. For ten years she has been a teacher librarian and has received a number of awards for her work in this field. She is the author of several books for teachers including the popular Quizzard of Oz.
Joy Lawn is a respected speaker and writer about children's and young adult literature. She has an MA in Children's Literature and Literacy and has been a specialist children's literature consultant for more than a decade. Formerly a teacher herself, Joy has wide experience in presenting at national and state conferences and advising teachers, teacher librarians and others on children's and young adult literature. Joy is the Secretary of CBCA (Queensland). She reads children's literature avidly and reviews for a range of specialist journals.
Jennie Bales has worked as a teacher librarian for over 20 years in northern Tasmanian schools. Her passion for children's literature and interest in inquiry- and resource-based learning has been fundamental to program delivery within and beyond the library. She has presented at state, national and international conferences relating to inquiry learning, literature and ICTs. Jennie was named the 2005 Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year.