If you're teaching at a primary school, AustLit contains a number of research datasets specifically about children's literature. The Children's Literature site is a good general starting place from which to explore AustLit's rich records on children's literature.
You can roam at will throughout the main database. From the advanced search page, you can find records for:
And more works are added to the database on a daily basis.
These datasets are designed to make it easier to engage with specific aspects of children's literature on the database:
Other datasets also include information on works for children, such as the Children's Literature section of the World War I project, and various trails in the BlackWords collection. See also the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages: an online collection of illustrated stories in Aboriginal languages from the Northern Territory.
Access The Anthology of Criticism for key critical articles on popular and frequently taught texts and authors.
AustLit provides links to the teaching resources found on Reading Australia. See Flood by Jackie French for an example of the information recorded about Reading Australian teacher resources.
AustLit Lesson Plans
Classic Australian Children's Fiction: A collection of lesson plans developed by Anthony Shaw, this set includes lesson plans for older works published from the 1940s to the 1960s, as well as contemporary texts, which explore classic Australian landscapes and spaces in children's fiction.
Finding Teaching Resources
Teachers also have the capacity to construct your search to retrieve only those records that contain teaching resources. Teaching resources includes teachers’ notes curated from the web, links to Reading Australia content, and AustLit-developed resources, lesson plans and exhibitions. From the advanced search page, simply select the option 'Teaching resources available', and select additional search criteria if required.
The advanced search page gives you even more control over your access to the database's contents. Using our advanced search function, you can perform targeted searches, searching for authors by gender, birth date, or cultural heritage, and searching for works by genre, publication date, or language.
You can also use the advanced search page to set up specific searches across the breadth of AustLit's content.
For example, did you know that AustLit has records for:
Visit the Help page for video guides and tutorials on searching and reading AustLit records.
The Gallery below includes resources from specialised areas of research that can help teachers address the three Cross-Curriculum Priorities and the seven General Capabilities objectives of the Australian Curriculum.
The Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia priority provides a regional context for learning in all areas of the curriculum. It reflects Australia’s extensive engagement with Asia in social, cultural, political and economic spheres. For more details on the Australia and Australia's Engagement with Asia priority in the Australian Curriculum.
The links below give examples of searches pertaining to works by Asian Australians, works including Asian themes and settings as well as other resources to help teachers with class preparation.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures priority provides opportunities for students to deepen their knowledge of Australia by engaging with the world’s oldest continuous living cultures. For more details on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders priority.
The links below give examples of searches pertaining to works by indigenous writers or about Indigenous communities as well as other resources to help teachers with class preparation.
Growing Up Indigenous in Australia - a collection of short stories by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders about their experiences of growing up.
See the resources for Teaching with BlackWords - lesson plans, videos, ideas and information.
The Sustainability education priority is futures-oriented, focusing on protecting environments and creating a more ecologically and socially just world through informed action. See the Australian Curriculum website for more details on the cross-curriculum priority 'Sustainability'.
The links below give examples of searches pertaining to works that include themes relating to sustainability and the environment as well as other resources to help teachers with class preparation.
Ethical understanding involves students building a strong personal and socially oriented ethical outlook that helps them to manage context, conflict and uncertainty, and to develop an awareness of the influence that their values and behaviour have on others. For more detail on the Ethical Understanding section of the Australian Curriculum.
The links below give examples of searches pertaining to works including ethics based themes to help teachers with class preparation.
More Resources : AustLit provides a number of full texts related to Ethics online
Intercultural understanding involves students learning about and engaging with diverse cultures in ways that recognise commonalities and differences, create connections with others and cultivate mutual respect. For more detail on the Intercultural Understanding section of the Australian Curriculum.
The links below give examples of searches pertaining to works featuring multiculturalism and immigration as well as other resources to help teachers with class preparation.
Personal and social capability involves students in a range of practices including recognising and regulating emotions, developing empathy for others and understanding relationships, establishing and building positive relationships, making responsible decisions, working effectively in teams, handling challenging situations constructively and developing leadership skills. For more detail on the Personal and Social Capability section of the Australian Curriculum.
The links below give examples of searches pertaining to works featuring themes of personal and social capability as well as other resources to help teachers with class preparation.
Literacy involves students listening to, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating oral, print, visual and digital texts, and using and modifying language for different purposes in a range of contexts. For more detail on the Literacy Capability section of the Australian Curriculum.
The links below give examples of searches pertaining to works featuring literacy and communication.
Critical and creative thinking involves students thinking broadly and deeply using skills, behaviours and dispositions such as reason, logic, resourcefulness, imagination and innovation in all learning areas at school and in their lives beyond school. For more detail on the Critical and Creative Thinking section of the Australian Curriculum.
The links below give examples of searches pertaining to works focused on critical and creative thinking.
Recent Works : Critical and Creative Thinking
ICT capability involves students learning to make the most of the digital technologies available to them, adapting to new ways of doing things as technologies evolve and limiting the risks to themselves and others in a digital environment. For more detail on the Information and Communication Technology section of the Australian Curriculum.
The links below give examples of searches pertaining to works featuring digital technologies.
Numeracy involves students recognising and understanding the role of mathematics in the world and having the dispositions and capacities to use mathematical knowledge and skills purposefully. For more detail on the Numeracy section of the Australian Curriculum.
The links below give examples of searches pertaining to works featuring numeracy.
The Australian Curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students by delivering a relevant, contemporary and engaging curriculum that builds on the educational goals of the Melbourne Declaration. The Melbourne Declaration identified three key areas that need to be addressed for the benefit of individuals and Australia as a whole.
They enable the delivery of learning area content at the same time as developing knowledge, understanding and skills relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia and/or Sustainability.
The general capabilities play a significant role in the Australian Curriculum in equipping young Australians to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century.
In the Australian Curriculum, capability encompasses knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions. Students develop capability when they apply knowledge and skills confidently, effectively and appropriately in complex and changing circumstances, in their learning at school and in their lives outside school.
The Australian Curriculum includes seven general capabilities, as shown in the figure above. Explore the gallery for more information on how AustLit can help teachers address these capabilities.
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