Programming for Reading




Programming is a juggling act of pulling together content from the English syllabus, school requirements and the current learning needs of the students in the class. This course unpacks ways to address all of these in a unified and time effective manner. The research basis for this course is the work of Alan Luke and Peter Freebody (A map of possible practices. Further notes on the Four Resources model in Practically Primary, Vol 2, No 2 pp5-8, 1999). The Four literacy Resources provide an understandable model that examines the complexity of learning to read. The four cornerstones of quality literacy teaching: balanced, integrated, explicit and systematic come from the 2005 National Inquiry into the teaching of literacy. (Louden et al, ‘In teacher’s hands: Effective literacy teaching practices in the early years of schooling, Monitoring Learning, 2005)

This course is the third in the series Teaching reading. All courses stand alone and can be completed separately.

Reading essentials

Reading Essentials – Guided reading

Programming for reading

The Target Audience

This course has been designed for primary teachers teaching students from kindergarten to year six.

Learning Objectives

  • Increase understanding about the key elements of effective programming for reading K-6
  • Reflect on current practices around programming for reading and identify possible improvements


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