LITERACY AT ST JOSEPH’S COLLEGE GEELONG A Whole School Approach to Literacy Principal and Director of Curriculum provide leadership and support to specialised roles Professional Development Coordinator Literacy Coordinator Learning Enhancement Coordinator **Helps ensure staff receive appropriate **Promotes literacy and **Promotes innovative teaching strategies that professional development and education in teaching strategies that enhance help improve learning outcomes** literacy** literacy throughout all KLAs** Educational Support Coordinator **Provides specialist assistance to students with high learning needs** All teachers receive support and education to improve student literacy outcomes Educational Support • Student funding for eligible students • Integration aides and teacher support in the classroom • Breakfast Club – Small support group for needy students before school • Additional support classes at Years 7, 8 for needy students. Plans to extend this into Year 9 Literacy • CKLAG – Cross KLA Literacy Action Group. Promotes literacy and effective teaching strategies across the curriculum • Literacy tips published online and in the College newsletter • Diagnostic literacy testing held at Years 5, 6, 7 to identify student needs • Premier’s Reading Challenge, Book Week, Writer’s Club, writing competitions • Dedicated literacy program in the primary years including guided reading and literature circles • Literacy as a part of integrated teaching and learning units in Primary School Literacy tip # 1, 2005 Reading a wide range of material is crucial to improving literacy. Encourage your son to read. Reading material could include novels, short stories, newspapers and magazines or instruction manuals, provided that students receive a variety of reading experiences. • Even more important is the shared reading experience where a student can discuss what he has read with someone else. For example: # Read the story on the front page of the newspaper, pass it onto your son and ask his opinion on it; # Ask your son to read out instructions to you while you assemble the new BBQ; # Show your son a humorous passage from the novel you are reading; # Read your son’s school novels so you can talk to him about them; • Make reading a part of everyday activities and dialogue. Remember it is important for children to see their parents reading too, particularly for sons to see their father reading. Recommended reading: Sparring with Shadows – Archie Fusillo (Years 9- 10) Learning Enhancement Group • Professional learning team focusing on professional development in a range of strategies to engage students, promote literacy and cater to individual learning styles. • Bloom’s taxonomy, multiple intelligences, prior knowledge, individual learning plans, graphic organisers, assessment rubrics Examples of teaching strategies: Graphic Organisers **Concept map - argumentative writing** evidence Argument 4 examples Argument 1 Main examples idea/point of view evidence Argument 2 Argument 3 examples evidence evidence examples Examples of teaching strategies - Scaffolding writing - HOW TO STRUCTURE A TEXT RESPONSE OR ARGUMENTATIVE** ESSAY (Year 9-10) Introduction: • Define topic & outline point of view (1-2 sentences) • Outline key points to be discussed (ie: why you think the way you do – 3 sentences) • Reinforce main contention (1 sentence) Paragraphs 1 - 4 • Topic sentence (1 sentence) • Explain/Evidence (examples / quotes – 4 - 6 sentences) • Links (to topic / point of view – 1- 2 sentences) **NOTE: In an argumentative essay paragraph 4 should be an acknowledgement of a key opposing argument and subsequent rebuttal HOW TO STRUCTURE A TEXT RESPONSE OR ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY (Year 9-10) continued Conclusion Topic sentence – reiterate point of view (1 sentence) Sum up key points/arguments ( 3 – 4 sentences) Reiterate point of view. Closing statement (1 sentence) EXAMPLES OF TEACHING STRATEGIES Annotated Model - Argumentative Writing Introduction Background Pugilism is one issue that has been under the spotlight for a while now. It was under heavy fire and criticism after the death of another professional boxer. Now, the question under speculation is should Contention boxing be banned? Boxing should not be banned as it is a sport that teaches discipline and commitment to those who participate. Those who argue that Preview of key reasons boxing should be banned can’t digest the fact that boxing is not the most dangerous sport and that banning boxing will be banning the freedom of choice of pugilists.
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