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Literacy resources.

 Literacy ideas and resources for teaching and learning.



  • Mary-Anne Murphy

     On this page you will find five ways to fire kids up for writing.

    These are ideas you can implement in your classroom tomorrow.


    Writing Book Reviews 

    Writing a book review for Newspapers in Education.

    Write your own newspaper:

    Read newspaper articles online at 

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/ or http://www.stuff.co.nz/

    Now that you know something about newspapers and their layout, have a go at creating your own group/class/school newspaper using your computer and upload your newspaper as a file to your class display page on the navigation bar. 

    You'll find lots of help for this in the NIE Kidzone - there's a video of building your news story and another page called News Page Builder.

    Write your own digital story

    Click here for examples of digital stories using powerpoint. These can also be created using movie-maker.
    Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to create a Digitial Story using Powerpoint.
    Click here to get to snapfish to see how to publish student/group/class writing into real books (approx $16 per book plus p&p)
    Click here for lots of ways of creating digital stories
    Click here for Five Card Stories; a quick way of springboarding story ideas and building up to writing a digital story. 


    Here are a couple of links to pen pal sites you can access to get your student started.

    Students of the world

    Epals.com     A wiki from a NZ class who uses this site


    Folding Stories

    This can be done online, and can also be done safely through KnowledgeNET forum. Assign two students to a story topic of their choice. They each need to write a paragraph/sentence/s to keep the story rolling. Throughout the process, the teacher leads the students through how to structure and add interest to their story.

  • Mary-Anne Murphy

    Into the Book
    A great website to have as part of a reading rotation/small teaching group activity. It takes students through various reading skills in a fun way. Text is also read aloud, so information is accessible to ESOL students.