TI-AIE: Reading for information

What this unit is about

In this unit you will explore ways of helping your students develop effective skills to read for information. By incorporating texts from a range of subject areas into your language and literacy classroom, you will support your students’ active reading across all areas of the curriculum.

You will be introduced to a number of activities that are suitable for students from Class V upwards. These include an ‘anticipation guide’ to prepare students to read unfamiliar or challenging texts, a list of features that can support them in locating the key points in curriculum subject texts, and a table that can be used to distinguish the importance of the ideas in a passage. The unit also encourages you to monitor your students’ progress and adjust your teaching accordingly.

Reading and understanding information is a key life skill that will make a significant difference to your students’ success in school and beyond. Your role in teaching them a range of strategies to read different types of information-based texts is therefore vital, particularly if they have few opportunities to read outside school.

What you can learn in this unit