Course Description

Are you an English teacher, and an avid reader? Ever been disappointed by the fact that your students would rather pick up a game console than a book? This course looks at ways to encourage the love of reading, and to teach students to be critical readers.

Traditional approaches to reading are not necessarily the best ways to do this – we need to look at new and exciting ways to approach texts in the class, and to new ways of communicating our expectations around reading to our students. Learn how to best share your passion for books and stimulate it in others.


This product is aimed at secondary English teachers, mainly across years 7 - 10.

Teaching Standards

1.2.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Understand how students learn:  Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn,

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area:  Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities,

2.5.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Literacy and numeracy strategies:  Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement,

3.1.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Establish challenging learning goals:   Set explicit, challenging and achievable learning goals for all students

Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Completing Making Students Enthusiastic and Critical Readers will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Education Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework, addressing standard descriptors 3.5.3 from the Australia Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1: What Gets in the Way of Reading?

    • Meet the Presenter

    • Introduction

    • What Gets in the Way of Reading?

    • Some Book Recommendations for Further Study....

    • Reflection Questions

  • 2

    Module 2: Improving Students' Attitudes to Reading

    • Introduction

    • Improving Students' Attitudes to Reading

    • Wider Reading - AUSVELS based Task

    • Sample Reading List (Send to Parents and Students)

    • 15 Ways to Support Reading at Home

    • Sample Wider Reading Letter to Parents

    • Sample of Activity: Create an Activity to Promote Reading

    • Reflection Questions

  • 3

    Module 3: What Good Readers Do

    • Introduction

    • Things Good Readers Do

    • Sample Chapter - Mosaic of Thought

    • Sample of Activity - Create Three Activities

    • Create Three Activities!

    • Reflection Questions

  • 4

    Module 4: "Accidentally" Incorporating Reading

    • Introduction

    • "Accidentally" Incorporating Reading

    • Sample of Activity: Design Three More Activities

    • Design Three More Activities!

    • Reflection Questions

  • 5

    Module 5: Literature Circles - and Other Ways to Get Students Talking

    • Introduction

    • Literature Circles - And Other Ways of Getting Students Talking

    • Literature Circle/Book Club Response Sheet

    • Extra Reading from Minilessons for Literature Circles

    • Extra Reading - Building a Better Book Club

    • Extra Reading - Socratic Circles

    • Socratic Questions to Aid Discussion

    • Socratic Circles Observation Sheet

    • Create a Set of Norms for Good Conversation

    • Create a List of Literature Circle Texts

    • Reflection Questions

  • 6

    Module 6: Readers' Notebooks

    • Introduction

    • How Readers' Notebooks Can Bring it All Together

    • A Special Mention of the Coronavirus

    • Reflection Questions

  • 7

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback

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