Archive – Literature and Literacy

Story Mapping – Using Geographical Concepts to Respond to Literature

With Dr Jennie Bales, Adjunct Lecturer, Charles Sturt University
Webinar replay – 60 minutes

Providing opportunities for students to respond to books by sharing insights with their peers can engage, motivate and deepen understanding. This presentation focuses on stories that include geographical concepts including local and global awareness, topographical features and examples of cartography. Through the examination of settings, locations, plots and maps we will consider how students can make geographical connections in their fiction reading through story mapping activities. Possibilities for applying cartographical techniques, creating visual representations and harnessing technology as a tool for map making and journey mapping will be considered. Participants will be introduced to a range of texts as a springboard for ideas suitable for primary and secondary classrooms.

This webinar will help you to:

  • understand the value of story mapping as a reading response strategy,
  • identify story mapping opportunities in literature,
  • explore different ways to create story maps and representations of real and imaginary places, and
  • harness technology to support story mapping.

Jennie’s passion for children’s literature has spanned a lifetime – as a reader, teacher, teacher librarian and adjunct lecturer in Charles Sturt University’s Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) program. Her current delivery of Children’s Literature Across the Curriculum for Charles Sturt University provided the inspiration for this session. Literature is a gateway to the world around us and Jennie loves making connections between the settings in stories of both her known, and the yet to be explored, geographical locations. Jennie is the coordinator of the OZTL_NET discussion list and associated social media platforms, with similar responsibilities for the CBCA Tasmania.

For all States and Territories:
This webinar addresses the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
3.3 – Using teaching strategies
3.4 – Select and use resources
6.2 – Engage in professional learning and improve practice.

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Great Reads for Upper Primary and Lower Secondary Students – Young Adult age appropriate texts for the 11-14 age group

With Pauline McLeod, Children’s and YA Literature Specialist, Riverbend Books
Webinar replay – 60 minutes

This webinar is most relevant for upper primary and lower secondary teachers, teacher librarians and library staff and for those who have an interest in children’s and young adult literature. Recommending books categorised as Young Adult literature can be difficult for both teachers and parents and the ‘recommended’ reading ages in publisher’s blurbs are highly unreliable. Books that are age appropriate for a year 11 student may not be appropriate for a year 7 student but are all categorised as ‘Young Adult’.

As a supplier of texts to many high schools the years 7-9 is the age group that Pauline receives the most queries about for advice about suitability, language, content and themes. During the webinar Pauline will introduce participants to some new titles that deal with complex issues and themes but are targeted at the 11-14 years age group.

Participation in this webinar will assist teachers to:

  • Select the most recent texts aimed at the 11-14 years age group for classroom teaching purposes.
  • Be aware of new authors writing for this age group.
  • Identify literature that is engaging to readers for pleasure and also for bookclubs
  • Reacquaint themselves with some classic texts for this age group and find comparable texts to match with or replace old favourites

Pauline McLeod is the Children’s and YA Literature Specialist at Riverbend Books, Bulimba. A Teacher-Librarian and former English and History teacher, for over a decade Pauline was a coordinator of UQ Library’s award winning school outreach program UQL Cyberschool. She has an MA in Children’s Literature and Graduate Diplomas in Secondary Education and Teacher-Librarianship. She has a special interest in YA fiction and is passionate about promoting and encouraging Australian stories. In 2015 Pauline was awarded the ABA Elizabeth Riley Fellowship for Children’s Bookselling. Pauline is a current judge for 2019/2020 of the older reader’s category of the CBCA awards.

For all States and Territories:
This webinar addresses the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
3.3 – Using teaching strategies
3.4 – Select and use resources
6.2 – Engage in professional learning and improve practice.

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Find Your (Story) Treasure the Book Week

With Megan Daley, Teacher Librarian
Webinar replay – 60 minutes

Australia has an incredibly diverse, vibrant and fabulous children’s literary community which produces some of the most outstanding children’s books in the world and the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards recognise some of this exceptional talent each year. This webinar provides a personal overview of the shortlisted titles in each category and pathways to supporting resources to enrich the reading experience and provide inspiration for the 2018 theme, ‘Find Your Treasure’. Book Week celebrations provide the perfect opportunity to have books shine as treasures and Megan will share a wide range of innovative online and offline activities, many aligned with the curriculum, which will transform your library for one of those weeks in the year that libraries truly shine.

This webinar is relevant for primary and secondary teachers, teacher librarians and library staff, as well as anyone with an interest in children’s literature and the wonders of Book Week. Participants will gain:

  • An overview of the shortlisted titles across the award categories
  • Understanding of suitability of titles for various age ranges
  • Inspiration and suggestions for sharing the books to students and colleagues
  • Guidance in sourcing relevant resources and connecting strategies to the Curriculum
  • Awareness of electronic resources to support individual titles and Book Week celebrations
  • Access to an electronic list of the websites and their URLs to facilitate easy access after the Webinar.

Megan Daley is passionate about children’s literature and sharing it with young and old alike. She blogs about all things literary, library and tech at Children’s Books Daily. Megan is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and was recently awarded the Qld Teacher Librarian of the Year by The School Library Association of Queensland. In late 2017 she was awarded the national Dromken Librarians Award, presented at the State Library of Victoria. Megan has a non fiction book on reading development and reading in the digital age, aimed at parents and educators, due out with University of Qld Press (UQP) in early 2018. Megan is a former National Vice President of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, a judge on the Queensland Literary Awards and an editor for the Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Book Week publication. Megan writes academic journal articles and newsy pieces for online and print parenting magazines espousing the virtues of quality children’s literature. Each month she is the guest on the ‘BookWorms’ show on 612ABC radio and she regularly presents at conferences and literary events. She is on the Qld chapter of the board of the Australian Children’s Laureate and the Publications Committee of the National Library of Australia.

For all States and Territories:
This webinar addresses the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
3.3 – Using teaching strategies
3.4 – Select and use resources
6.2 – Engage in professional learning and improve practice.

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Connected Books – Getting Smart with Literature

With Dr Jennie Bales, Adjunct Lecturer, Charles Sturt University
Webinar replay – 60 minutes

Literature plays a significant part in our understanding of, and appreciation for, the world we live in. Developing students into life-long readers has cross-disciplinary significance that goes beyond ‘being literate’ to impact on attitudes, beliefs and responsibilities. Increased access to technology and advances in publication and distribution of texts in multiple formats and genres offer exciting opportunities to engage students in literature and literary practices in and beyond the classroom. Technology enables students to experience and appreciate literature in new ways to build on proven practices. It has the power to expand individual and group reading horizons as they share and celebrate their reading experiences with others to build a reading community that transcends the classroom walls. During the webinar participants will be introduced to a range of digital text types, explore online pathways for responding to literature and consider options for participating in reading communities.

This webinar will explore a range of technology-based options to broaden students’ reading experiences. Primary and secondary teachers and teacher librarians will be able to add to their literary practices as they are introduced to:

  • a range of web-based literature for personal reading and shared reading,
  • individual and group literature response activities, and
  • options for publishing and accessing students’ responses to their reading experiences.

Jennie’s passion for children’s literature has spanned a lifetime – as a reader, teacher and teacher librarian. Her current endeavours as an adjunct lecturer with Charles Sturt University, social media editor for the CBCA Tasmania, reviewer and sales representative for INT Books keeps her immersed in children’s literature. She sees technology as a springboard that can deepen the reading experience. Jennie is inspired to explore ways to harness the digital world, to expand students reading horizons, and to connect with others to celebrate great reading experiences.

For all States and Territories:
This webinar addresses the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
3.3 – Using teaching strategies
3.4 – Select and use resources.

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Click to viewThe Book Week Package Deal – Everything you need for a ‘great escape’

with Dr Jennie Bales (Adjunct Lecturer, Charles Sturt University
Webinar replay – 75 minutes

Book Week is a significant and inspiring literary event on the annual calendar for classroom and English teachers, and teacher librarians, with its focus on quality children’s literature. This webinar provides a personal overview of the shortlisted titles in each category and pathways to supporting resources to enrich the reading experience and provide inspiration for a great “Escape to Everywhere”. Participants will gain insights that will help them map their journey for an escape into the rich and varied stories signposted in the 2017 Shortlist. Ideas for sourcing and applying a range of supporting material on the short listed titles and their authors will be interspersed with connections to the curriculum.

This webinar is relevant for primary and secondary teachers, teacher librarians and library staff, as well as anyone with an interest in children’s literature and the wonders of Book Week.

Participants will gain:

  •  An overview of the shortlisted titles across the award categories
  • An understanding of the applicability of individual titles for different audiences and purposes
  • Inspiration and suggestions for sharing the books to students and colleagues
  • Guidance in sourcing relevant resources and connecting strategies to the Curriculum
  • Awareness of electronic resources to support individual titles and Book Week celebrations
  • Access to an electronic list of the websites and their URLs to facilitate easy access after the Webinar.

This is a Teacher Identified Professional Learning Course.

Click to view2016 CBCA Short List – Australia is the Story Country!

with Tricia Scott (CBCA Judge) and Dr Jennie Bales (Adjunct Lecturer, CSU)
Webinar replay – 65 minutes

Reflecting a wonderful array of talented authors, this year’s shortlist highlights some of the spellbinding stories being written and published in Australia.

Insights into the shortlisted titles for several categories of the 2016 CBCA Awards are shared by experienced CBCA Tasmanian Judge, Tricia Scott; and Jennie Bales, drawing on her teacher librarian and children’s literature background. Tricia introduces the Book of the Year Older Readers and Younger Readers shortlist, sharing her thoughts about these titles. Jennie provides input on the Picture Book of the Year and Early Childhood categories. This webinar is relevant for secondary and primary teachers and teacher librarians as well as anyone with an interest in children’s literature. Curriculum connections are interspersed throughout.

Participants will gain:

  • An overview of the shortlisted titles in all four fiction award categories.
  • An understanding of the applicability of individual titles for different audiences.
  • Inspiration to introduce the books to students and colleagues.
  • Connections between the book and the curriculum.

This webinar addresses the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:
3.3.2 – Use teaching strategies
3.4.2 – Select and use resources

Click to viewChildren’s Book Week 2016 – Australia: Story Country

with Susan Stephenson (The Book Chook)
Webinar replay – 50 minutes

Susan Stephenson/The Book Chook takes a look at where Children’s Book Week can be integrated with curricula. She explores the meaning and implications of this year’s Children’s Book Week theme, Australia: Story Country, and takes a broad view of Story. Susan delves into possible discussion points and activities centred around the theme. View the recording to take a closer look at storytelling activities and resources, and generally celebrate all things Children’s Book Week.

This webinar addresses the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:
3.3.2 – Use teaching strategies
3.4.2 – Select and use resources

Postmodern Literature – Fun, Frivolity and Finesse in the English Classroom

with Dr Jennie Bales, Adjunct Lecturer, Charles Sturt University
Webinar replay – 60 minutes

This webinar provides a brief introduction to Postmodernism and its increasing popularity in children’s and young adults’ literature. A range of techniques and devices employed within the genre will be exemplified through contemporary picture books and novels. The ensuing changed relationship between the author and the reader provides opportunities to engage students in literal and subversive interpretations, develop visual literacy skills, become more critical readers and promote ethical debate. As such they are an ideal medium to not only support the Literature strand of the English Curriculum but are also an effective vehicle for literacy development. Postmodern literature is full of surprises, challenges, irreverence and delight – explore the possibilities!

Participation in this webinar will assist teachers to:

  • identify and become familiar with a range of techniques and devices employed by postmodern authors and illustrators;
  • select postmodern texts (print and digital) for classroom teaching purposes;
  • make connections between postmodern literature and English learning outcomes;
  • identify literature that will engage readers for personal pleasure and enjoyment.

This webinar addresses the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:
3.3.2 – Use teaching strategies
3.4.2 – Select and use resources

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Click to viewBook week 2015: Digital Resources to Engage Students

Dr Jennie Bales, Adjunct Lecturer, Charles Sturt University
July 2015 – Webinar replay – 60 minutes

Book Week is a significant event on the annual calendar for classroom and English teachers and teacher librarians with its focus on quality literature. Supplementing and extending these reading experiences with resources available on the Internet and the use of web tools for students to respond creatively to the literature enriches the Book Week experience.This webinar provides an overview of links to supporting material on the short listed titles and their authors, and includes strategies and tools to inspire students in responding to the books through the creative use of technology.

Outcomes for the attendee:

  • Web links to author information, book reviews, teaching resources and other relevant sites on each of the shortlisted titles.
  • Suggested websites to follow for additional Book Week resources, teaching and display ideas.
  • Digital tools and ideas to stimulate students’ response to the literature.
  • Access to an electronic list of the websites and their URLs to facilitate easy access after the event.

This webinar addresses the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:
3.3.2 – Use teaching strategies
3.4.2 – Select and use resources

 

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