Accelerated Literacy Practitioners' Association Australia


July Update

June's text notes, downloadable for ALPAA members, are focused on a 'macrogenre'; i.e. a text that  has two or more important purposes. Eyes and vision is a text that both informs and explains. Such texts are typical of the Middle Years, when students are required to present more complex thought in...

Accelerated Literacy Service Providers

A list of service providers available to deliver Accelerated Literacy professional development has been added to the website. It can be downloaded here. 

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's...

This is an idea for an activity you might like to try.  In September, 2014, Wendy Cowey observed Denise Mitchell, a Year 1 teacher at Tennant Creek Primary School, teach a lesson based on the book Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy (by Lynley Dodd).

'Seven great teaching methods not...

'Seven great teaching methods not backed up by evidence': how does this perspective fit with the theories behind scaffolding and the Accelerated Literacy teaching sequence?

Fraser Park school gets its own...

Three classes at Fraser Park Primary School in Murray Bridge were studying duck stories: Farmer Duck. Magic Finger, and Alexander's Outing. Consultant Rose Ashton, in looking for a comparative text, found a poetry website, Poem Farm owned by poet Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. She wrote to Amy, asking for...

May's text notes

May's text notes vary from our usual narratives. They are written by Wendy Cowey for a short scientific report suitable for Year 3 level. 

April's text notes

Text notes for April are up: 'The Magic Finger' by Roald Dahl. This text is suitable for the transition from picture books to novels in Years 2-3.

The purpose of Low and High Order...

Found this quotation from Heap which summarises some important goals of Literate Orientation stages. Substitute 'Literate Orientation' for 'comprehension lessons':

Reflections on using Accelerated...

This reflection was written by Eloisa Lytton-Hitchens after she attended an introductory Accelerated Literacy course in Sydney earlier this year. 

ALPAA Conference Call for Papers

The ALPAA National Conference will be held in Adelaide in October. Download the flier.  Download the Call for Papers.