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Alternatives to the big book

  1. 1. Alternatives to thetraditional “big book”
  2. 2. Transliteracy – “The ability to read, writeand interact across a range of platforms,tools and media from signing and oralitythrough handwriting, print, TV, radio andfilm, to digital social networks.” Wikipedia
  3. 3. Current event news stories presented in a student-friendly format.WHY?-Excellent for comprehension.- Students learn new vocabulary.- Students are exposed to world wide events.- Stories are archived so you can search for particular topics.
  4. 4. Newspapers are non-fiction texts.- You can discuss the features of an article/newspaper (eg,headlines, captions, images etc).- You can annotate on the articles for your teaching focus.- Students learn about real life, worldwide events.
  5. 5. Non fiction texts.- Go to “more issues” to view all of the archived editions.- Young Explorer is great for Prep/Grade 1 students.- Explorer is suitable for older readers.- You can listen to the story or read it yourself.
  6. 6. Short, engaging clips can enhance your Literacy Program.- Choose relevant clips to reinforce a teaching point. Trysearching for “School House Rock” clips.TIP – If you don’t want all the “stuff” around the outside of theYouTube clip, use QuietTube. Google it, follow the instructions to addit to your toolbar and then when you’re viewing a YouTube clip, justclick on QuietTube on your toolbar.
  7. 7. Many titles to choose from.- Engaging stories for young readers.- Great for comprehension, extending vocabulary andteaching students about narratives.
  8. 8. Speakaboos - - - Online Stories -
  9. 9. Go to “Reading and Writing Worksheets”WHY?- A big range of fiction and non-fiction comprehension texts.- Activities are sorted into different grade levels (Grade 1 – 5).- Great for NAPLAN practice.
  10. 10. Blogging is an authentic way to teach literacy.- Great way to discuss writing conventions and to reinforcefluent reading.- Students can learn from other students all around theworld by reading different class blogs.
  11. 11. A range of engaging and entertaining stories for all ages.- There are three levels of stories to cater for a wide range orreaders.- Follow up questions/activities etc make it a meaningfulliteracy avenue for teaching comprehension.
  12. 12. http://www.woodlands- For something different, play a literacy game about aparticular reading or writing convention during your wholeclass focus.- Grammar and punctuation can be hard to teach, so usingonline games is a good way to reinforce the skills.
  13. 13. Turn a pdf document into an online flipbook to read and share withothers.- Great to recognise student work and demonstrate good examplesof writing in a variety of genres.- Embed your flipbook onto your blog.Tip: When saving a document in Word or PowerPoint etc, save it as aPDF by going to “Save As” and select “PDF”.
  14. 14. Explore the different websites andactivities and find something youplan to use in your classroom this week!