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7 classroom-ready, time-saving templates and samples for primary English and literacies instruction

We know that, as educators, you are perpetually short on time.

That's why we've rounded up, excerpted and extracted 7 essential templates, samples and checklists to assist in you programming, planning, and organising the primary English and literacies block across the year groups. 

Some of these resources are exclusively for PETAA members. Not a member? Become one today.

These documents have been compiled on the PETAA Literacy Resources Portal for Early Career Teachers, an always-free compendium of guides and information designed to give you practical, easy-to-access support.

While the website was made with early career teachers in mind, the resources we've added to the site, like these templates, may be helpful for educators at any stage of their career.  

    1— Guide: Planning and programming for literacy

    This presentation PDF provides a high level overview of planning and programming for literacy, including a clear sample week-long program you could use with your class, and an example of a day in Kindergarten teaching reading.

    2— Template: lesson planning for a week of literacy teaching

    This simple template is one example of how you could plan out a week's worth of lessons focused on core literacy skills, providing a guide to mapping out plans, desired outcomes, required resources, and strategies to be used. 

    3 Structured support document: planning explicit reading lessons

    This document can help you to guide your thinking as you plan for explicit reading lessons, walking you through key strategies, points to ponder, and focusing your thinking on how you will do it and what outcomes you are looking to meet.

    4— Teaching unit structure: Year 1-2 HASS (History) and English

    This sample unit for use with Years 1 - 2 provides a clear structure for creating your own units. It includes literacy strategies and additional resources suggestions, all structured around a blend of history and English outcomes to demonstrate cross-curriculum planning in action.

    5— Template: spelling record

    This template spelling record gives primary educators a fantastic model to record their students' ability with letters; blends; and common letter patterns, as well as their morphemic knowledge.

    6— Template: text analysis

    This thorough text analysis template, by Dr Bronwyn Parkin and Dr Helen Harper, will ensure you get off to the right start with your planning and preparation. It gives primary educators a fantastic framework to structure and plan their text-level analysis, passage-level analysis and learning goals.

    7— Checklist: selecting and evaluating multictural picture storybooks

    Selecting quality, meaningful picture storybooks can be challenging in any context. Ensuring your classroom library, chosen mentor texts and lesson plans reflect the diversity of cultures and backgrounds that can be found in most Australian classrooms is critical. Fortunately, Laurie Harper and Susan Brand created a fantastic checklist that can be utilised to ensure you're selecting the right multicultural picture storybooks, that will provide meaningful opportunities for engagement with students.


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