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A place for sharing resources, ideas and strategies to raise student achievement in reading.


National Library Services to Schools website

Under the Creating Readers http://schools.natlib.govt.nz/creating-readers There is a range of ideas to engage your students, staff and community.

In the section 'Reading at home' http://schools.natlib.govt.nz/creating-readers/community-readers/reading-home They have some great tips about how to make your child become a reader. It's no so much about reading stratgies per se, more about engaging children in reading so that they want to read for their own pleasure (a key thing in raising achievement). Some awesome brochures in different languages (Maori, Samoan, Tongan, Niuean, Cook Island Maori, Tokelauan) that you can print off and give to your parents as well.

The read aloud section also has wonderful ideas and brochures in different languages available as well http://schools.natlib.govt.nz/creating-readers/genres-and-read-alouds/read-alouds 


Pamphlets for parents to slow the reading loss over the holiday periods
Slowing the Summer Slide 

  Slowing the Summer Slide 


Reading Ideas for parents  Ideas for parents on assisting with reading



"Reading Together Programme"
Reading Together programme

Read works

Phonics Failure Fuss Further evidence that a phonics approach may not offer the one effective path to success in learning to read, has been provided by University of Otago-led research involving a Japanese writing script.
See also Literacy Online http://soundsandwords.tki.org.nz/ and http://soundsandwords.tki.org.nz/Phonological-awareness
Reading Instruction that Works


Top ten tuesday: books we’d recommend to reluctant readers
Unleashing reluctant readers


Reading Comprehension Strategies

Sheena Cameron's Book


Sheena Cameron's Book "Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies - A Practical Classroom Guide




Literacy To You Literacy to You  is evidence-based, professional learning for teachers of middle years’ students (ages 8 to 13).  It offers teachers proven approaches for accelerating literacy achievement for their students through explicit comprehension instruction, and cooperative student learning in a “21st Century” digital environment. 


Online tools to assist the reader

Natural Reader Natural Reader is a free downloadable text read software that you can use to support readers decode any digital text, freeing them up to concentrate on the application of comprehension strategies.