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R&V1 - Book Knowledge - Intentional

Teaching Strategies

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Teaching Opportunities

Literacy sessions
Library sessions
Leisure time
Sensory play


Teaching Resources

Interactive books
Big books
Personalised books
Sensory books
Sound button books
Tactile books
Laminated illustrations
Lift the flap books
Board books


Levels Of Support

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Modelled Response (M) »
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Assessment Strategies



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Syllabus Outcomes and Content
Syllabus Outcomes

Early Stage 1 Outcomes (2012)

ENe-4A A student demonstrates developing skills and strategies to read, view and comprehend short, predictable texts on familiar topics in different media and technologies

ENe-8B A student demonstrates emerging skills and knowledge of texts to read and view, and shows developing awareness of purpose, audience and subject matter

ENe-10C A student thinks imaginatively and creatively about familiar topics, simple ideas and the basic features of texts when responding to and composing texts

ENe-12E A student demonstrates awareness of how to reflect on aspects of their own and others’ learning

Life Skills 7-10 Outcomes (2012)

ENLS-4A A student views and responds to a range of visual texts, media and multimedia

ENLS-5A A student recognises and uses visual texts, media and multimedia for a variety of purposes, audiences and contexts

ENLS-6A A student reads and responds to a range of written texts in familiar contexts

ENLS-7A A student uses strategies to obtain meaning from and interpret a range of texts


HSC Life Skills 11-12 Outcomes (2007)

HSC LS4.1 Recognises individual photographs, pictures, symbols or words for personal use

HSC LS4.5 Comprehend and responds to a variety of texts in a range of formats to obtain information, engage in a range of recreation and leisure activities and to undertake further education, training and employment

HSC LS6.1 Recognises familiar objects and images when presented in a range of formats so as to make choices and communicate needs

HSC LS6.2 Views images and interprets their meaning, information and content

Syllabus Content

Early Stage 1 (ENe) Content 


-recognise basic book conventions, e.g. open and hold books correctly, turn pages 4A

-share picture books and digital stories for enjoyment and pleasure 10C

-develop an appreciation for books, poetry and song and the importance of narrative 12E



Life Skills (ENLS) Content 


-view and respond to a range of visual texts, media and multimedia for enjoyment  4A

-respond to a variety of texts 4A


HSC Life Skills (LS) Content 


-select material with photographs or pictures of family members or friends, for personal enjoyment 4.1

-select printed material with photographs or pictures of favourite people, objects or items 4.1

-select written material to read for recreation and leisure 4.5

-use public libraries to select a variety of written material 4.5

-select material for viewing from a personal collection 6.1

-indicate preferences for specific visual material from an available selection of familiar items 6.1

English Learning Continuum Content

Briefly looks at a book

Explores a book with senses

Briefly looks at a book 

Use motivating books with a student in a one-to-one situation saying, “SN we are going to look at a book.” Hold the book within the student’s field of vision and if necessary move it around to attract the student’s attention. Wait for the student to look at the book and immediately praise them saying, “SN is looking at the book. Good looking SN!” Read the story to the student and point out key features of the illustrations. Continually praise the student when they are looking at the book to shape this behaviour into an intentional action. Motivating books could include those that cover favourite topics or characters as well as sound, sensory or lift the flap books.


Read big books to the class group with a focus on student ‘looking’ behaviour. Always praise students for looking at the book and/or offer them a reward to reinforce and encourage this behaviour.


Prior to group big book reading sessions, choose a section of each illustration and cover it with a piece of paper. As the book is read, encourage students to listen to the story and look at the illustration to try and guess what is hidden under the paper. Select one student to lift the paper and reveal the hidden section of the illustration. Continually praise students for looking at the book in order to shape this behaviour into an intentional action associated with reading experiences.


Explores a book with senses 

Prepare laminated colour copies of illustrations from a book. Read the book to the class group and as each section is read, have a support person hold the corresponding illustration directly in the student’s line of sight. Encourage the student to take hold of, or explore the illustration using sight, smell or touch.


Provide opportunities for students to hold board, tactile or sensory books and explore them using sight, smell or touch. As the student explores the book describe their actions using words associated with basic book knowledge such as, “SN is touching the front cover!”, “SN is smelling the page” etc. 




Make personalised sensory books for students to explore with sight, smell or touch. For example, the book could be about textures or colours incorporating the student’s photo/name on each page with a different object to explore with sight, smell or touch. Say, “SN has a fluffy, yellow duck” or “SN can see the green garden”.



Key Assessment Points



  • The level of prompting required for the student to complete a task should always be recorded.
  • Observation could occur throughout the school day in a variety of activities when assessing these skills.
  • Skill checklists/rubrics could be used to assess some of these skills.



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