Primary Literacy AUS

Welcome to our new  Primary Literacy lessons, created for Primary teachers by Primary teachers. 

About AUS Primary Literacy on EP

The feedback from Primary teachers was loud and clear. You wanted lessons that were contextual, more interactive and less wordy - and we listened! You can expect 8 brand new Modules containing 10 lessons each, covering the key areas of Narrative, Poetry, and Persuasive and Informative Texts.

Complementing the Contextual modules, we have produced 58 brand new Skills Lessons (and 25 Spelling Lists) spanning Punctuation, Spelling Strategies, Skimming & Scanning and Sentence Structure, so students can put into practise what they learn when they need it.

Curriculum Alignment

The Skills Lessons are designed for students in Year 5 & 6 and focus on the core Literacy outcomes that are identified throughout the Australian Curriculum. In order to create these resources, we consulted with Primary Education Consultant, Dagmar Rowlands, to ensure that this content will meet the needs of teachers and students across the country.

Our content writers have extensive experience with the needs of teachers, specifically around the Literacy aspects of NAPLAN and created these resources with this in mind. Each lesson is carefully crafted to support students in the development of their understanding of key literacy concepts and their ability to not only analyse but create a range of text types.

What is available?

Once you access EP and navigate to the English subject area, you will see a number of folders that will house these Primary Literacy resources.

Year Level Type Contents
Year 05 Narrative Texts
These 10 lessons focus on plot, setting, and character before leading students to create their own.

This module will be released mid-June, 2023
Informative Texts 
These 10 lessons lead students through the features of an information report through texts that focus on some of Australia’s most beloved animals and places.

Students will write their own report and learn how to evaluate their own and their peers’ work.
Persuasive Texts In these 10 lessons, students learn about how authors of media texts manipulate point of view.

Students will explore how authors use text structure, language features, emotions, facts and visual techniques to influence the reader. 
Poetry These 10 lessons help students to understand the purpose and effect of language features in poetry including (but not limited to) alliteration, imagery, metaphors, onomatopoeia, personification, rhyme and rhythm.

Students will explore the concept of anthems and odes, their purpose and the poetic devices used in each.

This module will be released mid-June, 2023.
Year 06 Narrative Texts These 10 lessons build on Module 1 and guide students to writing an imaginative narrative based on a lesson/warning to entertain or inform their audience. Students will look at the structure of narratives as well as important language features.
Informative Texts These 10 lessons guide students to identify and navigate an information text in various formats through exemplar texts and on to completing their own brochure. 
Persuasive Texts These 10 lessons explore the persuasive language of advertising through the packaging of toys. Students will design their own packaging, evaluate their work, design an advertisement and present it!

This module will be released mid-June, 2023
Poetry 10 lessons that dig deeper into the language of poetry including ballads, limericks and free verse. This module leads students toward performing poetry as an oral text.

This module will be released mid-June, 2023
Primary Literacy Core Texts Library
The complete texts captured in their full glory!
Primary Literacy Skills These 58 engaging and interactive lessons (including 25 spelling lists) target punctuation, reading skills, sentence structure and spelling strategies.

Using these lessons in the classroom

Contextual Lessons

While Primary teachers wanted Contextual modules or units of work, we realise that schools and students need to use EP in various ways. For example, poetry has often been considered a challenge to teach, so students might work through all of Module 1, from Lessons 1 to 10. Another group, however, might be more confident with poetry and choose to dip into the lesson on alliteration only. Another might want to focus on the Writing strand and choose to focus on a selection of the lessons. 

The modules take students through the features of each text type and then lead them to create their own poems, narratives and explanation reports etc. Aside from the obvious Reading and Writing strands, you will also find opportunities for Presenting and Speaking.

Literacy Skills 

The Literacy Skills are designed to complement the Contextual Lessons. If a student is struggling with punctuation as they work on their Information Report, the teacher can focus on this area and assign further practice on the use of capital letters or commas or apostrophes. The Literacy Skills can more obviously stand on their own if the teacher requires.

A great way to use the Literacy Skills resources is to create short quizzes for students to gauge their current level of understanding with each. The Quiz function allows you to do this and then assign individualised learning pathways for students who require help with specific areas.

Analytics 

Analytics on EP provide teachers with invaluable data and insight through a mix of interactive multi-choice questions, drag and drop activities, longer answers and more. Teachers might have students who struggle to get past the first Learning Objective, so they can target that group and offer more support. Other students will leap through the Learning Objectives, write their own poems and then be eager for more! 

EP is also fully customisable. You can create and edit your own content for your local context and students. For example, you could assign an assessment on punctuation or word types from these lessons, swap out other poems, or adapt new lessons from the existing texts and content.

For any questions or feedback, please don't hesitate to reach out!

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