The novels were carefully chosen to interest our students and are specifically selected to the needs of our students. All our students, regardless of need will be able to access the Reading Response curriculum. This is through appropriate scaffolding, using metacognition to narrating our thought processes, chunking our learning and communicating in groups to discuss our thoughts.
The curriculum has been designed to build upon students’ prior knowledge (their schema) to reduce the cognitive load placed on their working memory to learn new things. There will be regular discussion and chunking of content to explore the themes within a book and to ensure students are successful in their composite tasks.
By moulding a curriculum that moves with time and to the needs of our students, we aim to develop skilled readers. Reading Response lessons will challenge our students through their zone of proximal development to cultivate independent interpretations that demonstrate students’ ability to think deeply and meaningfully.