The Teacher's Tool Kit For Literacy

Teaching Writing Through Literature

Episode Summary

Teacher Alison joins literacy expert Sharon Callen to talk about how to make literature a teaching focus instead of a 'now and then thing'.

Episode Notes

Frank Smith, one of the literacy greats, said: "We learn from the company we keep." 

He said our role as teachers is to  "ensure children have access to reading materials that are relevant to the kind of writers they are interested in becoming at that particular moment - recruit the authors who will become the unwitting collaborators."

Many teachers are looking for more ideas on how to make literature the focus - not just a nice 'every now and then thing', but an integral part of the writing program. 

In the company of authentic writers, the writers' craft becomes abundantly obvious and exciting. It is the most significant change we can ever make to help writers understand the richness and joy of the writing process.

We talk about the art of teaching writing through literature in this way: 

Alison, a Year 6 teacher in South Australia, joins the show to share how she painlessly and joyfully moved from a ritual writing stance in favour of a meaningful writing stance, as she developed the art of teaching writing through literature and through the three chapters above.

Alison talks about how she incorporated literature into her literacy block and its impact on creating literary texts, imaginative texts, informative texts and texts written in response to texts read. She also reveals many other insights, tools and tips.

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The Teacher’s Tool Kit For Literacy is the free podcast for motivated teachers and school leaders who want the latest tips, tricks and tools to inspire their students and school community in literacy learning. 

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