Standing on a book, coverExploring How Texts Work: Second Edition

The 30th anniversary edition of a PETAA classic by Professor Beverly Derewianka investigates how texts work to achieve their purposes. We venture beyond the surface, into the structure and language features of different genres, and explore how they make meaning. Our quest is to find useful ways of talking about language in the classroom and to use this common understanding to compose effective texts.

The second edition of Exploring How Texts Work, on sale and in Member packs in March 2020 includes a new preface by Professor Beverly Derewianka and foreword by Associate Professor Pauline Jones, as well as freshly updated sample units of work.

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Standing on a book, coverStanding on a book: Stories from Classrooms around Australia

Standing on a book is a bold collection of stories written by students and compiled for teachers, with a foreword by award-winning children’s author Sue Whiting. The writing has been drawn from classrooms around Australia, and reflects the lived experiences of children with all kinds of backgrounds and strengths, in all kinds of settings and locations. Some stories will delight you, others will unsettle: they are presented to showcase what’s possible and for you to share carefully with your own students. Dive in and be amazed by the diversity of children’s voices and concerns, hopes and fears. Renew to keep your membership up-to-date (or join to include this with the million other benefits for 2019 and 2020!).

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Teaching with Agility cover Teaching with Intent 2: Literature-based literacy teaching and learning

With many students falling behind their peers, struggling to decode and draw inferential meanings from text, Teaching with Intent 2 describes a highly effective approach to teaching language and literacy that’s anchored in storytelling. Parkin and Harper developed their version of this literature-based program over years of professional practice in the classroom with marginalised students. It involves a sequence of pedagogic strategies that allow teachers to carefully build their students’ knowledge about text, language, reading and writing — thoroughly explained in this book, with practical guidance to help you apply the ideas successfully in your own classroom.

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Since 1972 PETAA has provided the teaching community with high quality and academically rigorous professional learning publications and resources that have supported educators’ expertise, professional knowledge and leadership in the teaching of English and literacies across the curriculum.

Working with leading educators and drawing upon recent and relevant research, PETAA delivers a range of printed, digital and online publications and resources, which have an underlying research/theoretical framework, are grounded in quality pedagogy and feature best classroom teaching and learning practice.

‘My love affair with PETAA books began when I was a secondary school teacher and that was over 20 years ago. Since then, I've been a primary teacher and a teacher educator. Regardless of my role, PETAA books have been exceptionally useful.’ Robyn Henderson (Associate Professor), School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood, University of Southern Queensland.

Members who automatically receive print copies of three books to which they are entitled, now also have the option of requesting the ePub version for those same books as they are released. Please email [email protected] if you wish to have the ePub version download links sent to you.

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