Active Literacy: Whole School Literacy Framework

My whole school literacy framework is made up of the following elements:

  1. Professional development for staff
  2. Literacy elements embedded in learning sequences
  3. Intervention for those students working below level

Literacy elements are taught explicitly in English, but expanded upon and made specific in other Domains.

(Victorian Curriculum, 2015)

Literacy elements:


Whole school vocabulary initiative based on the Marzano 6 step process

ESC Vocabulary model

Reading and viewing

Reading and annotating text

Active Literacy reading program


Whole school writing – Text Types

Whole school writing – Write to Learn

Information literacy – Effective Research

Speaking and listening

Year 9 Your voice, your choice

Substantive talk




Whole School Literacy Program



I am thrilled to have been appointed as the Literacy Leader in our school this year.

I am allocated class time with our year 7 and 8 classes, and will work on a system of withdrawing groups of students to form co-operative learning teams to learn with and from each other.

Students will be pre-tested in literacy concepts, then will participate in an intensive Active Literacy session with myself or their classroom teacher.

For details of the program you can refer to my Active Literacy page, and the Writing tab which provides a range of writing frameworks with rubrics and student checklist.  This is a work in progress, so check back from time to time!

I am happy for anyone to use my resources, acknowledgement would be appreciated.

What strategies or resources have you found useful in improving student literacy?  Add your feedback as a comment!


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