Accelerated Literacy Practitioners' Association Australia


Christmas greetings

Dear ALPAA members, 

Technologically minded members?

This is a request for input from members who play around with technology to support Transformations. We've had a couple of requests on our General discussion forum for ideas for web or phone apps that students could use to do their own transformations, and also a request for any ideas for doing...

Nice example of a literate discussion...

Paula Fahey is a Year 2 classroom teacher from Fraser Park Primary School in Murray Bridge. The enrolment is 95% Aboriginal. She sent us this anecdote:

Latest notes: The Snake and the Boy

Thanks to Wendy Cowey for putting together our latest teaching notes, for the 'The Snake and the Boy' by Azmin Sebastian.  If you are working with young children (Kindergarten and Year 1), we hope you will enjoy teaching this story.

Text notes up for August

The text notes offered for August are written for Fox, a picture book written by Margaret Wild for Primary and Middle School students, with strong illustrations by Ron Brooks. 

Studying 'Pannikin and Pinta...

  Earlier this year Wendy Cowey visited Tennant Creek Primary School and observed teachers Tracey Sant and Paul McLoughlin working on Colin Thiele’s ‘Pannikin and Pinta’. Wendy writes:

Latest teaching notes: Call it Courage

Check out our new teaching notes for 'Call it Courage' by Armstrong Sperry.  This story (which has also been published under the name ‘The boy who was afraid’) is based on a Polynesian legend about a boy who feared the sea because of a trauma he suffered as a small child.

ALEA Conference, Darwin

Helen Harper and Bronwyn Parkin are presenting a workshop The 'So What' Factor at the Australian Literacy Educators' Conference in Darwin in July. We know of several ALPAA members attending. If you will be there, look out for us and say hello. 

June notes are up

This month the text notes are for Owl Babies, written by Martin Waddell, and illustrated by Patrick Benson. Be moved! Also new on the website is a Spelling record, available for download. 

Featuring Woodenbong Central School

This month we feature Woodenbong Central School, a K-12 school located on land that lies within the Githabul Nation, in northern New South Wales.