In Victoria, it is expected that every teacher will be a teacher of literacy. It is therefore important to develop:
  • an understanding of how learners become literate
  • an understanding of what it means to be literate in our contemporary society
  • a repertoire of effective strategies that help learners to engage with, understand and create print and multimodal texts

One of the first resources to become familiar with is the DEECD Literacy Professional Learning Resource
This site shows how literacy practices can be embedded across the curriculum as well as what is expected of teachers in their literacy teaching knowledge and practice.

The Literacy to Learn section of this site provides detailed information about effective literacy teaching, including videos of teachers working with students.
Key Characteristics of Effective Literacy Teaching P-6. Defines what DEECD expects of teachers in Primary Schools.
Key Characteristics of Effective Literacy Teaching 7-10

A great video to watch on New Literacies with Professor Alan Luke - co-author of the Four Resources Model.

Contribution to Learning Community: Find one resource that you found particularly helpful - share a short review and why this resource was helpful to you by clicking on the Discussion Tab on this page.

Reflective Prompts
Think of a time when you have worked with a student who struggled to either comprehend or create a text. Use the resources in this section to find 2-3 new ideas that you think would have been worth trying with this student. Share your story your team in the Project Section of the WikiSpace.

Other Resources

1. Teachers TV - Guided Reading with Fiction and Non-Fiction Texts (Primary).

2. Adolescent Literacy Strategies - a WikiSpace that has generated a range of resources specifically for adolescent literacy development.

3. Our Space - view one Year 7/8 teachers Learning Story as she integrated her literacy teaching into Project Based Learning.

4. The Night Tiger - view a Primary Learning Story that shows how multimodal learning helped to connect struggling readers and writers to engage and succeed with print based literacy learning.

5. In Teachers Hands presents the results of research to identify the characteristics of the most effective early years teachers of literacy, complete with videos of literacy teaching practices.

6. International Reading Association - valuable resources for all aspects of literacy teaching and learning.

Contribution to Learning Community: Choose one resource that provided you with some new insights into literacy learning and development. Share these by clicking on the Discussion Tab on this page.