The Literature strand in the Australian Curriculum: English Foundation to Year 10 aims to engage students in the study of literary texts of personal, cultural, social and aesthetic value. These texts include some that are recognised as having enduring social and artistic value and some that attract contemporary attention. Texts are chosen because they are judged to have potential for enriching the lives of students and expanding the scope of their experience, and because they represent effective and interesting features of form and style.
The range of literary texts for study from Foundation to Year 10 comprises Australian literature, including the oral narrative traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as the contemporary literature of these two cultural groups, and classic and contemporary world literature, including texts from and about Asia.
Each year level description in the Australian Curriculum: English Foundation to Year 10 provides information about the nature of texts to be studied including appropriate types of texts and typical linguistic and structural features. Across the years of schooling, students will engage with literary texts in spoken, written and multimodal form, including digital texts, such as narratives, poetry, prose, plays and films.
Teachers and schools are best placed to make decisions about the selection of texts in their teaching and learning programs that address the content in the Australian Curriculum while also meeting the needs of the students in their classes.
Links to lists of illustrative texts appropriate for students at different levels are provided below. These lists also include texts relevant to the cross curriculum priorities of Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.
|Premiers’ reading challenges|
|Australian Capital Territory||http://www.det.act.gov.au/teaching_and_learning/chief_ministers_reading_challenge/book_lists_and_forms|
|New South Wales||https://products.schools.nsw.edu.au/prc/booklist/home.html|
Other websites that may be of interest include
|Children’s Book Council||http://cbca.org.au/|
|Speech Pathology Australia||http://www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/news-and-events/book-of-the-year-awards|
The Asia Education Foundation (AEF) has developed a website to support teachers to select classic and contemporary texts from and about Asia. Texts on the AEF website are organised to support the year level descriptions in the Australian Curriculum: English. Lists are available for the Foundation Year and Years 1, 2, 3–4, 5–6, 7–8, 9–10.
The texts engage with Asia-related themes in a range of ways, including texts written by people from the countries of Asia, either living in Australia or elsewhere, and those exploring Asia-related themes, characters or settings
The following websites provide suggested texts to support teachers in selecting texts that are relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.