Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Update 3 April 2014 - ANZAC focus

Kia ora tātou,

I hope you are enjoying your week and survived April Fool’s Day.  I am always amazed at the literary effort that goes into ‘tricking’ readers on the first of April.  The Otago Daily Times ran an entertaining piece on the secret installation of water meters!  Dunedin water meters installed ultra-fast. I wonder if you use these examples to discuss literary forms with your learners.  

ANZAC focus:

Although ANZAC day falls in the holidays there is still time to celebrate this day.  Check out this blog post on NZC Online:

As I was reading around the curriculum aspects of this national event I came across the idea of Historical significance, historical thinking, and historical literacy. One element of historical literacy is being able to ‘read’ a monument - using language, symbols, and texts. There is so much here to unpack for teachers beyond just the historical ‘story’ of the day.

This SET reading provides some interesting prompts for thought

In my classroom ANZAC day was very authentic learning for our students when we baked ANZAC biscuits and visited the RSA to learn some of the history. We shared our stories on our blog.  The experience of actually visiting and talking to the ladies making the wreaths and talking to the men gathered sharing stories will stay with the students forever.
This very poignant reflection really captures the feelings our learners were able to gather.

Anne’s Latest Literacy Links and Look ups…

  • Look Smart: Don’t Make these Dumb Writing Mistakes! Although they are recommending you download this and keep it close to help you avoid mistakes, I think it would be incredibly powerful to have your learners create their own.
  • Why are we Blogging? Check out this wonderful post looking at the impact of blogging.
  • The You Matter Manifesto by Angela Maiers is always well worth reading and remembering the key messages.
  • Unplug with a book – brilliant ad campaign (pictures) Check out the covers!  I wonder how learners could create messages to encourage each other to read!


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Ngā mihi nui
Anne Kenneally
Literacy Online Facilitator
CORE Education

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