LiteracyPlanet & the Australian Curriculum: Year 7

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LiteracyPlanet & the Australian Curriculum: Year 7

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LiteracyPlanet & the Australian Curriculum

Welcome to LiteracyPlanet & the Australian Curriculum. LiteracyPlanet is the most comprehensive online literacy resource for Australian schools. It features 1,000s of exercises to support the development of key literacy skills from the early learning years to Year 9 and up, including pre-reading, phonics, sight words, reading, spelling, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar and punctuation. An Australian-developed resource, LiteracyPlanet is founded on the beliefs that literacy skills are an essential foundation for life, and students learn better when they are engaged and having fun. Teachers are instrumental in helping their students develop these valuable skills, and need curriculum-aligned resources that are effective and easy to use. LiteracyPlanet’s content is developed by educators and designed to complement and support teaching of the Australian Curriculum, with a primary focus on English. This guide helps teachers understand how LiteracyPlanet is aligned to the Australian Curriculum, and links each exercise to the associated knowledge, skills and learning outcomes. Using this guide, teachers will be able to see how the content is mapped to the general outcomes and strands of the English Curriculum, and what is available for their day-to-day planning. Thank you for making LiteracyPlanet a resource in your school. We are excited to be a part of your students’ learning journey.

Adam McArthur CEO, LiteracyPlanet.

Content Summary

Pre-Reading

Sight Words

Targeting ages 3-5, pre-reading exercises are colourful and highly interactive. They cover the following three areas:

Sight words constitute two-thirds of all vocabulary in early reading and about half of all adult reading material.

Visual skills includes visually distinguishing differences and similarities, exploring concepts of directionality and identifying sizes, pairs and missing parts. Sequencing covers matching symbols, positional language, sequencing events and letter matching. Learning the alphabet deals exclusively with learning letter names (not sounds). The concept of vowels and upper and lower case letters is also explored, and an opportunity for revision is available at the end of the section.

LiteracyPlanet’s sight word section features two categories of words: Common Sight Words and More Sight Words. The 720 words listed under Common Sight Words include the 220 Dolch Words and other commonly occurring words in children’s literature. The section titled More Sight Words was compiled by Macquarie University’s Department of Cognitive Science based on studies into sight word acquisition. More than 1,400 words are covered by these two categories. All sight word lists are available on the LiteracyPlanet site, or teachers can create their own.

Each of these areas includes interactive tutorials to introduce key concepts and numerous exercises to test students’ knowledge and application.

Spelling

Phonics

The latter years spelling lists are predominantly made up of phonemic word grouping, word family groupings, prefix and suffix groupings, conventional spelling and etymological groupings.

The phonics content in LiteracyPlanet incorporates both an analytic and a synthetic phonics approach to target the early primary years. The key steps to reading acquisition are followed: 1. Phonemic awareness 2. Blending 3. Basic sight vocabulary 4. Double letter sounds 5. Long vowel rules 6. Soft ‘c’and ‘g’ 7. Complex double letter sounds (diphthongs) 8. Vowel sounds with ‘r’ 9. Silent letters Each new letter sound correspondence is introduced via a tutorial, followed by interactive exercises to test students’ understanding and application.

LiteracyPlanet offers a variety of spelling categories and word lists for years Foundation to Year 8.

Students are able to click on the sentence speaker in the toolbar to hear the word used in a sentence in word play games. There are 14 word play games to help students identify, familiarise and learn their spelling and sight words in a fun and engaging manner. Teachers can also create their own word lists to suit the varying needs of individual students, their class and school.

Reading Fluency

Grammar and Punctuation

LiteracyPlanet’s reading section provides students with a range of levelled extracts based on eight categories: Creatures, Disasters, Discoveries, Mysteries, People, Bizarre, Sport and Miscellaneous. With over 400 extracts, there is something to please even the most reluctant reader.

LiteracyPlanet’s grammar section includes over 500 exercises, and content covers the early primary years to senior schooling.

Students can select either fluency mode or reading mode to complete a reading exercise. Fluency mode records the words read per minute as students progress through the activity. Additionally, students can click on any unfamiliar words to hear them. These unfamiliar words are highlighted and voiced when the extract is played back at the recorded fluency rate and the words are displayed in the teacher report. Reading mode allows students to read the text independently. Both the fluency mode and reading mode feature general comprehension questions, in a multi-choice format to ensure that students have read the extract. Many of the reading fluency extracts also feature in the comprehension section.

Comprehension The comprehension section features hundreds of fiction and non-fiction extracts, covering a range of genres. These extracts are levelled using seven internationally recognised reading schemas: Reading Recovery, Fountas and Pinnell, PM, Developmental Reading Age (DRA), Rigby, Lexile and Wings. Students can select from eight categories: Creatures, Disasters, Discoveries, Mysteries, People, Bizarre, Sport and Miscellaneous. The questions that follow each extract target three key comprehension skills: literal, inferential, and metacognitive. These skills are targeted using twelve strategies for reading processing: main idea, facts and details, sequencing, cause and effect, comparing and contrasting, predicting, words in context, conclusions and inferences, fact and opinion, author’s purpose, figurative language, and summarising. Many of the texts in the comprehension section also feature in the reading fluency section.

Key concepts covered include: parts of speech, vocabulary, phrases, clauses, types of sentences, punctuation, and proof reading and editing. Students have the assistance of a grammar tip in each exercise, coupled with three examples, which are located in the tool bar. Each grammar tip provides a definition of the exercise to help students understand what they are being asked to do, to allow for a more independent learning experience.

Year 7 (Age 12-13) The Independent to Advanced Reader and Writer

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Year 7 | Content Overview

Content overview matched to Australian Curriculum content descriptors, strand and elaborations. Year 7: The Independent to Advanced Reader and Writer Comprehension

Read texts such as short stories, letters, folk tales, free verse, newspaper articles, novel extracts, historical and scientific reports, autobiographies, poetry and discussions. Answer questions with a focus on the comprehension strategies: main idea; facts and details; sequencing; author’s purpose; figurative language; cause and effect; comparing and contrasting; inferring and drawing conclusions.

Matching ACARA Content Descriptors

Strand / Elaborations

ACELA1531 Understand and explain how the text structures and language features of texts become more complex in informative and persuasive texts, and identify underlying structures such as taxonomies, cause and effect, and extended metaphors.

Literacy Elements addressed: Comprehending texts through listening, reading and viewing: comprehend texts; navigate, read and view learning area texts; interpret and analyse learning area texts. Composing texts through speaking, writing and creating: compose texts; use language to interact with others. Text knowledge: use knowledge of text structures; use knowledge of text cohesion. Word knowledge: understand learning area vocabulary.

ACELY1721 Analyse and explain the ways text structures and language features shape meaning, and vary according to audience and purpose.

Literacy Elements addressed: Comprehending texts through listening, reading and viewing: comprehend texts; interpret and analyse learning area texts. Composing texts through speaking, writing and creating: compose texts; compose spoken, written, visual and multimodal learning area texts. Text knowledge: use knowledge of text structures; use knowledge of text cohesion. Grammar knowledge: use knowledge of sentence structures: use knowledge of words and word groups. Word knowledge: understand learning area vocabulary.

ACELY1722 Use prior knowledge and text processing strategies to interpret a range of types of texts.

Literacy Elements addressed: Comprehending texts through listening, reading and viewing: comprehend texts; navigate, read and view learning area texts; interpret and analyse learning area texts. Text knowledge: use knowledge of text structures; use knowledge of text cohesion. Grammar knowledge: use knowledge of sentence structures: use knowledge of words and word groups. Word knowledge: understand learning area vocabulary.

ACELY1723 Use comprehension strategies to interpret, analyse and synthesise ideas and information, critiquing ideas and issues from a variety of textual sources.

Literacy Elements addressed: Comprehending texts through listening, reading and viewing: comprehend texts; navigate, read and view learning area texts; listen and respond to learning area texts; interpret and analyse learning area texts. Text knowledge: use knowledge of text structures; use knowledge of text cohesion. Grammar knowledge: use knowledge of sentence structures: use knowledge of words and word groups; express opinion and point of view. Word knowledge: understand learning area vocabulary.

Spelling

Learn to spell extension words.

ACELA1539 Understand how to use spelling rules and word origins, for example Greek and Latin roots, base words, suffixes, prefixes, spelling patterns and generalisations to learn new words and how to spell them.

Literacy Elements addressed: Word knowledge: understand learning area vocabulary; use spelling knowledge.

Grammar and Punctuation

Learn about complex and compound sentences, clauses, theme and rheme, direct and indirect objects, transitive and intransitive verbs.

ACELA1532 Understand the use of punctuation to support meaning in complex sentences with prepositional phrases and embedded clauses.

Literacy Elements addressed: Comprehending texts through listening, reading and viewing: comprehend texts; interpret and analyse learning area texts. Grammar knowledge: use knowledge of sentence structures: use knowledge of words and word groups. Word knowledge: understand learning area vocabulary.

ACELA1534 Recognise and understand that subordinate clauses embedded within noun groups/phrases are a common feature of written sentence structures, and increase the density of information.

Literacy Elements addressed: Comprehending texts through listening, reading and viewing: comprehend texts; interpret and analyse learning area texts. Grammar knowledge: use knowledge of sentence structures: use knowledge of words and word groups. Word knowledge: understand learning area vocabulary.

ACELA1536 Understand how modality is achieved through discriminating choices in modal verbs, adverbs, adjectives and nouns.

Literacy Elements addressed: Comprehending texts through listening, reading and viewing: comprehend texts; interpret and analyse learning area texts. Grammar knowledge: use knowledge of words and word groups. Word knowledge: understand learning area vocabulary.

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Year 7 | Spelling, Comprehension

Spelling Find a comprehensive selection of spelling lists on the LiteracyPlanet website, or create your own.

Exercise

Literacy Knowledge and Skill Focus

Description

Alphabetical Word Monster

Reading

Decoding

Graphic

Categorising

Select the words in the correct alphabetical order

Word Order

Reading

Decoding

Graphic

Categorising

Select the words in the correct alphabetical order

Static Words

Reading

Decoding

Graphic

Word recognition

Game - identify the written word that matches the spoken word.

Word Snap

Reading

Decoding

Graphic

Word recognition

Game - identify the pairs of written words

Floating Words

Reading

Decoding

Graphic

Word recognition

Game - identify the written word that matches the spoken word

Word Finder

Reading

Decoding

Graphic

Word recognition

Game - identify the written words in a word find puzzle

Sentence Jumble

Reading

Decoding

Graphic

Word recognition

Game - listen to the spoken words and organise the corresponding written words into the correct word order

Word Builder 1

Writing

Encoding

Graphic

Blending

Build the correct word by choosing the correct grapheme and position to spell words

Word Builder 2

Writing

Encoding

Phonemic

Blending

Build the correct word by choosing the grapheme from the keyboard and typing it to spell words

Spell this Word

Writing

Encoding

Phonemic

Segmenting

Listen to the spoken word, segment the phonemes and choose the correct graphemes from the keyboard to spell the words

Dictation

Writing

Encoding

Phonemic

Segmenting

Listen to the spoken word, segment the words and choose the correct graphemes from the keyboard to spell the words and reproduce the spoken sentences

Flash Card

Writing

Encoding

 

Word recognition

Practise spelling the words from visual memory using the look, cover, write, check strategy

Memory Game

Reading

Fluency

Graphic

Word recognition

Game - identify the pairs of written words from memory

Jigsaw

Writing

Encoding

Phonemic

Blending

Build the correct word by choosing the correct pairs of grapheme to spell words

Comprehension Strategies covered: main idea (MI), predicting (P), author’s purpose (AP), compare and contrast (CC), facts and details (FD), conclusions and inferences (CI), words in context (WC), sequencing (S), fact and opinion (FO), cause and effect (CE), figurative language (FL) and summarising (S). All titles offer the option of a printable running record.

Topic

Title

Text Type

Genre

Reading Recovery Levels (PM Readers)

Fountas/ Pinnell

Developmental Reading Age (DRA)

Rigby

Lexile

Wings

Word Count

Creatures

Cane Toads in Australia

Narrative

Short story

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

456

Creatures

Mozzies Can Kill

Report

Information report

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

531

Creatures

A Shark Tried to Eat Me

Article

Newspaper article

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

418

Disasters

Colossus of Rhodes

Report

Information report

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

451

Disasters

The Warden’s Venom

Narrative

Novel extract

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

440

Disasters

Stuck In a Hole With Deadly Lizards

Narrative

Novel extract

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

388

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Title

Text Type

Genre

Fountas/ Pinnell

Developmental Reading Age (DRA)

Rigby

Lexile

Wings

Word Count

Disasters

Zlata’s Diary

Narrative

Novel extract

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

499

Discoveries

The Temple of Doom

Recount

Biography

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

508

Discoveries

The Discovery of Penicillin

Recount

Biography

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

551

Discoveries

Dead Sea Scrolls

Report

Information report

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

445

Discoveries

Dickon

Recount

Autobiographical speech

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

529

Mysteries

The Nazca Lines of Peru

Recount

Biography

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

529

Mysteries

The Mummy’s Curse

Report

Information report

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

337

Mysteries

Lucy Looks Into a Wardrobe

Report

Information report

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

478

People

Ramses II - Builder of Monuments

Narrative

Novel extract

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

489

People

Teenage Care

Recount

Biography

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

453

People

When I Fell From the Sky

Recount

Biography

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

505

People

The Mayor of Loserville

Recount

Biography

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

466

Bizarre

Cruel to Be Kind - Part 1

Recount

Biography

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

656

Bizarre

Cruel to Be Kind - Part 2

Recount

Autobiographical extract

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

533

Bizarre

What It Feels Like to Be Buried Alive in an Avalanche

Narrative

Novel extract

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

430

Bizarre

The Snake Charmer

Recount

Autobiography

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

556

Sport

The Spirit of Football

Recount

Autobiography

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

433

Sport

Same Tune Next Year

Report

Information report

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

483

Sport

Gold! Gold! Gold!

Exposition

Letter to editor

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

511

Miscellaneous

The Loner

Report

Historical report

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

143

Miscellaneous

The Watchful Warrior

Narrative

Novel extract

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

507

Miscellaneous

How God Made the Duck-Billed Platypus

Poetry

Free verse

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

290

Miscellaneous

The End of a Splendid Journey Part 1

Description

Novel extract

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

442

Miscellaneous

The End of a Splendid Journey Part 2

Report

Historical biography

Independent

Z

70

N/A

900 1100

N/A

503

Year 7 | Comprehension

Topic

Reading Recovery Levels (PM Readers)

8

Year 7 | Grammar and Punctuation

Grammar and Punctuation Strand

Instruction Area

Selecting contractions

Writing

Punctuation

Graphic

Apostrophe marks

Matching words to their contractions

Apostrophes

Identifying the correct use of the apostrophe -1

Writing

Punctuation

Graphic

Apostrophe marks

Choosing the correct use of an apostrophe in a contraction

Punctuation

Apostrophes

Identifying the correct use of the apostrophe -2

Writing

Punctuation

Graphic

Apostrophe marks

Choosing the correct use of an apostrophe in a contraction

Punctuation

Apostrophes

Correct use of apostrophes in sentences - 1

Writing

Punctuation

Graphic

Apostrophe marks

Identifying correct apostrophe usage on the end of a word/name

Punctuation

Apostrophes

Correct use of apostrophes in sentences - 2

Writing

Punctuation

Graphic

Apostrophe marks

Identifying correct apostrophe usage on the end of a word/name

Kinds of sentences

 

Interrogative types

Writing

Grammar

Sentences

Interrogatives

Identifying interrogative sentences

Kinds of sentences

 

Text types

Writing

Grammar

Sentences

Types of sentences

Understanding the difference between interrogative, declarative, imperative and exclamatory

Sentences beginnings

Adjectives (attributes)

Beginning match - 1

Writing

Grammar

Parts of speech

Adjectives (attributes)

Understanding how to use sentence endings on sentences that begin with an adjective

Sentences beginnings

Adjectives (attributes)

Beginning match - 2

Writing

Grammar

Parts of speech

Adjectives (attributes)

Understanding how to use sentence endings on sentences that begin with an adjective

Sentences beginnings

Adverbs (circumstance)

Beginning match - 1

Writing

Grammar

Parts of speech

Adverbs (circumstance)

Understanding how to use sentence endings on sentences that begin with an adverb

Sentences beginnings

Adverbs (circumstance)

Beginning match - 2

Writing

Grammar

Parts of speech

Adverbs (circumstance)

Understanding how to use sentence endings on sentences that begin with an adverb

Types of sentences

Revision

Identifying types

Writing

Grammar

Sentences

Types of sentences

Identifying the different types of sentences

Types of sentences

Compound sentences

Completing compound sentences

Writing

Grammar

Sentences

Types of sentences

Completing compound sentences using the correct punctuation and conjunctions

Types of sentences

Complex sentences

Clauses in complex sentences

Writing

Grammar

Sentences

Types of sentences

Identifying dependent/subordinate and independent/principal clauses in a sentence

Types of sentences

Complex sentences

Connecting complex sentences

Writing

Grammar

Sentences

Types of sentences

Using subordinating conjunctions to form a complex sentence

Types of sentences

Complexcompound sentences

Identifying clauses

Writing

Grammar

Sentences

Types of sentences

Identifying dependent/subordinate and independent/principal clauses in a sentence

Types of sentences

Complexcompound sentences

Punctuating sentences

Writing

Punctuation

Graphic

Compound sentence structure

Applying the correct punctuation to a compound-complex sentence

Parts of a sentence

Theme and rheme

Identify the rheme

Writing

Grammar

Sentences

Rheme

Identifying rheme in a sentence

Parts of a sentence

Direct and indirect object

Identify the direct and indirect object

Writing

Grammar

Sentences

Objects

Identifying direct and indirect objects in a sentence

Parts of a sentence

Transitive/ intransitive verbs

Transitive or intransitive verb

Writing

Grammar

Sentences

Verbs

Identifying transitive and intransitive verbs of a sentence

Topic

Category

Exercise

Punctuation

Apostrophes

Punctuation

Knowledge

Learning Objective

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