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Teaching Inquiry: Planning to meet student needs

How can literacy learning needs be addressed in the teaching and learning programme?

  • Videos to support developing literacy leadership and effective literacy teaching practice across all learning areas. These videos provide brief summaries of the different stages of the inquiry undertaken by Mt Albert Grammar in 2011 as a result of its involvement in the project.
  • The Guidelines for Effective Adolescent Literacy Instruction provide teachers with a framework for literacy inquiry and outlines the principles of effective literacy instruction.
  • Earth Under Pressure: A unit of work for Year 10 combining Science, Social Studies and English learning outcomes. This unit exemplifies how literacy learning can be addressed in the context of each learning area.
  • Making Language and Learning Work 1: Integrating Language and Learning in Secondary Maths and Science is a DVD that shows how teachers can effectively integrate content-area teaching and language learning. Copies of this DVD were sent to schools and further copies can be obtained from Down the Back of the Chair. Facilitation Notes accompany the DVD.
  • Units/lesson sequences based on Science (and other) curriculum objectives, designed or re-designed for English language learners.
  • Applications Series: Notes for teachers - The Applications series is intended for use with students in years 9–11. It presents scientific and technological information within the context of narratives that reflect real-life problems and experiences. This approach supports the development of language across the curriculum.

How does research inform my inquiry?

  • Teaching Science through Literacy: An article by Cynthia Shanahan, from Adolescent Literacy Research and Practice, Edited by Tamara L. Jetton and Janice A. Dole (2004) Guildford Press.
  • Content-Area Literacy: Science: By Carol Lee and Anika Spratley (2009). This short article outlines some of the challenges faced by students when reading science texts.

How will progress be monitored?

Your inquiry will determine the ways in which progress should be monitored. For example, you may decide to monitor progress through student writing, oral responses, research skills and/or presentations.

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Published on: 09 May 2016