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5 Tips for Improving Literacy for the NAPLAN

Posted by Pauline Haber on 8/2/2016

Pauline Haber has been teaching in secondary schools for 7 years. Her passion is in developing literacy skills among Non-English Speaking Background (NESB) students. She favours the “Reading to Learn” program by David Rose as this technique, in conjunction with school and parent support, can directly and significantly improve the literacy skills of students. She currently supports students in their preparation for NAPLAN and holds a Bachelor of Education. Pauline is a valued author of tutenow – Australia’s best Online Tutors.

Literacy in NAPLAN incorporates five key areas: reading, persuasive writing and language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation). Below we will discuss strategies in order to help your child maximise their result.

1. Spelling

NAPLAN Spelling

This is core to the level of success your child will have in the NAPLAN. A great fun way to boost spelling skills is by having a spelling bee with your child either at school or home. A spelling bee has the ability to activate several different sensory systems as the child will listen to the word, visualise the word and say the word in a fun game environment. This activity appeals to learners who are auditory (learn by listening) as well as learners who are interpersonal (learn through interacting with others). Through activating several sensory systems your child will improve their spelling over time. For time poor parents online spelling games are a fun way to help children visualise the words they need to learn.

2. Grammar

The easiest way to track your child’s improvement in grammar is to download the application available from Grammarly.com. This application tracks the user’s sentence structure and corrects grammatical mistakes across other platforms such as Facebook and Gmail. The free trial sends you or your child a weekly summary of the grammatical mistakes they have made and their level of improvement compared to the previous week. If you prefer offline help free grammar worksheets can be found here www.education.com/Worksheets‎.

3. Punctuation

This is crucial to a good result in the NAPLAN. You can provide extra support to your child by helping them practice at home with these activities from the free site timeforkids.com. Every year students are asked to complete an exercise where they are required to place quotation marks, apostrophes and colons in the correct place. For further information on how to help your child use punctuation correctly see this free resource thepunctuationguide.com/top-ten.html.Reading

4. Reading

Students have greatly improved their reading by participating in the Premiers Reading Challenge. Students are given a number of books to read based on their year group. The advantage with this challenge is that students may also read along to the audio version of the book allowing them to complete the challenge no matter what their ability. You may also sit with your child as they complete the challenge. All children receive a completion certificate at the finalisation of the challenge.

5. Learn Persuasive writing

Some students feel that persuasive writing is a challenge for two reasons, one they don’t have a confident opinion on the topic given and two they lack the vocabulary to express it. The best way for students to improve this over time is by modelling a well written persuasive text.

Firstly breaking down the question, what are the key words?

Students decide their position on the topic.

Then construct sentences on their position in their own words.

Use these sentences to construct coherent paragraphs that contain a topic, explanation of the relevance of what they are saying and a link to the next paragraph.

Then students articulate a well written response addressing their position using persuasive language to convince the reader to agree with their stance on the topic.

Examples on how to help your child with the process of persuasive writing can be found here.

In conclusion literacy in NAPLAN incorporates five key areas: reading, persuasive writing and language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation). If you are able to dedicate time weekly in order to aid your child in the acquisition of these key literacy skills you will be able to maximise your child’s result.



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