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  • Critical Literacy

    The New Zealand Curriculum states: "Thinking is about using creative, critical, and...to this model: Click here to view a VLN conversation on Critical Literacy Development

  • Week 2: More on Wide Reading

    Hi everyone,     Last week we discussed graded readers - thank you Athlyn for the conv...readers used in an extensive reading programme. These are graded by vocabulary level. Readers with a vocabulary...

  • Understanding the different writing styles.

    Different purposes for writing require different writing styles (previously known as genre) and these need teaching...o be able to select the appropriate style of writing and to use the specific vocabulary...

  • Persuasive writing

    Purpose Persuasive writing is intended to present a point of view on an issue being debated, or to market a particular product, process or line of thought.  The...

  • Explanation Writing

    Purpose   Explanation writing is about telling how or why something happens.  In choosing a topic for th...s the reader to build their understanding more easily.  Often uses time vocabulary...

  • Descriptive Writing

    Purpose   Descriptive writing is often used in conjunction with other styles of...;s work on Show not Tell. Use precisely chosen vocabulary (precise nouns, adjectives, a...he planning focus will be on developing the rich vocabulary...

  • Narrative Writing

    Purpose The basic purpose of narrative is to tell a story to entertain, to influ...hat they do not know at the beginning of writing how things will end, as the development of characters, setting and ev...

  • Recount Writing

    Purpose The purpose of this style of writing is to recall an event or experience for the reader's information or e...ersonal comments or anecdote.    If you want you can then add vocabulary...

  • Guest Post Archive

    Here is the archive of our guest posts from the Literacy On...with Jane Carroll, as part of research into the development of phonological awareness. Pa...improve student outcomes in their oral language development and the impact this had on he...

  • Blog Links

    Some blog links that have been posted in the Literacy Online listserv: Blog posts to check out: Can we...nbsp; Seven Sharp’s Is handwriting dying  Valuable Vocabulary : Tweeting A-Z to develop vocabulary...