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Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. understanding and identify ways that literacy learning can be creative and adventurous
  2. research and interpret the role and power of creativity and new directions in literacies to inspire and engage children
  3. compile literacy learning opportunities and literacy resources and critique their potential for creativity.
    • An introduction to teaching English creatively.
    • Big Ideas, where do they come from?
    • What elements of creativity can be developed through talk?
    • Developing children’s creativity through drama
    • How storying and exploring fiction supports creativity.
    • How to creatively engage young writers
    • What is possible for literacy development through the creative arts?
    • Playfully and pleasurably exploring poetry
    • The great outdoors and its impact on literacy and creativity.
    • Literacy across the curriculum – exploring nonfiction as a creative exercise.
    • Exploring ways to plan and teach creatively.
    • Setting the scene for creative literacies
    • Reflection and review
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Standard Media
      • Web links
      • Chat Rooms
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
    • Online materials

      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject is one of a set of three undergraduate option units to prepare Initial Teacher Educators (ITE) to specialise in teaching literacy and English. This unit emphasises the power of creativity to support adventurous literacies and the ways in which a teacher can use big ideas to inspire and engage children. ITE will explore, reflect critically and develop resources about new directions in literacies. They will envisage what is possible in today’s classroom and how to inspire and enhance teaching of creative literacies.

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  • Critical reflection (50%)
  • Report and presentation (50%)

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