This assignment requires you to draw upon the learning materials (podcasts, readings and discussions) from the first module of this unit (Weeks 1–3) in order to articulate your understanding of language and literacy development as applied to the primary school context. This understanding is foundational for your success in planning, teaching and evaluating learning in English.
The purpose of this task is for you to work towards achieving the first learning outcome, which is to demonstrate and communicate an understanding of concepts foundational to the teaching of English, including the development of language and literacy throughout the primary years of schooling. In working towards this learning outcome, you will also engage in the analysis of pedagogical approaches in teaching English, which is the second learning outcome for this unit.
This assignment supports unit learning outcomes 1 and 2.
You are to write a 1500-word persuasive essay addressing the following:
‘There is a danger that an overemphasis on one teaching strategy for reading will be to the detriment of other equally important strategies.’
What do you think is the most relevant reading model* for addressing 21st century literacy demands? Illustrate your response with examples of classroom practices consistent with this reading model.
The FOUR RESOURCE MODEL
Weeks 1–3, and appropriate scholarly literature that you have sourced independently from online education journals accessed through the Swinburne Library, to inform your argument and illustrations of practice. Your essay is to be written in third person.
Your essay will need the following: