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Teaching Units of Work


Frank's Red Hat

Posted on 8/01/2024
A unit of work for Year 3-4 from the 2023 CBCA Shortlist linking to the Australian Curriculum: English, Science, The Arts (Drama), HPE and the Personal and Social Capability.


Bev and Kev

Posted on 24/08/2023
A book from the 2023 CBCA Shortlist for Years F-2, linking to the Australian Curriculum: English; Health & Physical Education; Arts (Visual Arts; Drama), and Critical & Creative Thinking.


Wild Australian Life

Posted on 24/08/2023
Year 5 English, Science. Students will interpret written and visual information and explore the way that information is organised and presented. They will use this learning to create an informative text of their own.

PETAA Papers


PETAA PAPER 224 — First Nations students and the English curriculum area

Posted on 29/11/2021
This 2021 PETAA Paper by Denise Angelo, Jasmine Seymour and Sally Dixon takes a look at the major types of First Nations language ecologies on a national scale and show how this translates into teaching considerations in schools


PETAA PAPER 221 — Reading models: putting the jigsaw together

Posted on 12/11/2020
This PETAA Paper by Bronwyn Parkin outlines the place of reading and writing in language development and provides an overview of a range of reading models.


PETAA PAPER 209 — Understanding research and evidence: a guide for teachers

Posted on 4/12/2017
This PETAA paper by Susan Feez and Robyn Cox in 2017 explores what is meant by evidence, data, research and methodology, to then consider how teachers might best use research evidence for improved language and literacy outcomes.

On Demand Webinars


Teaching language, phonics and play with picture books

Posted on 31/08/2023
Discover the journey of a picture book from creation through to the classroom. We speak with Anna Walker, award-winning author and illustrator, about her CBCA-shortlisted picture book Snap!


Using a full heart to plan with the Australian Curriculum: English

Posted on 5/10/2023
Get a sneak-peek inside the PETAA 2023 Conference as we are joined by featured conference speaker Dr Bree Hurn for an overview of a productive planning approach to working with the AC:E.


Types of literary texts—with Dr Lorraine McDonald

Posted on 24/11/2021
Join us in conversation with Dr Lorraine McDonald, author of the essential PETAA reference text 'A Literature Companion for Teachers', as she takes us on a tour of the diverse literary smorgasbord of children’s books.

PETAA Book Excerpts


Assessment of Spelling

Posted on 19/03/2024
This chapter, taken from Grace Oakley and Janet Fellowes' 'A Closer Look at Spelling in the Primary Classroom', investigates assessment purposes and strategies for spelling, providing a case study.


Systematic and explicit phonics instruction

Posted on 7/12/2023
This chapter, taken from award-winning text 'The alphabetic principle and beyond', looks at systematic and explicit phonics instruction in the primary classroom.


Teaching Mentor Texts

Posted on 17/07/2023
This chapter, taken from Lorraine McDonald's 'A New Literature Companion for Teachers', examines how teachers can effectively select, evaluate, and teach mentor texts.

Literacy Resources Portal for Early Career Teachers

This practical one-stop website contains rigorously selected and curated insights, resources and materials to support primary school teachers in the areas of English, language, and literacies. 

PETAA blog


Resource roundups, tips and hints from PETAA experts.

Resources for Reconciliation

Resources in one place for teaching and learning that relate to the cross-curriculum priority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

Authors in schools units of work

Units of work with linked video conference excerpts of authors presenting in schools

Project 40: Video essays

Video essays on a range of English and literacy topics, supported by key PETAA references — ideal for teachers' professional development. 

Author and illustrator school visits

Authors in Schools: The Guide

comprehensive guide for writers and valuable reference for educators and teachers