Reading with your secondary students

One of the more powerful things you can do to encourage academic success and social growth is to support your sons and daughters to read novels. An easy way to do this is to read what they are reading in English lessons and have conversations about the meaning, plot, and characters with them.

This year classes are studying:


Year 12:

Alistair MacLeod’s evocative collection of short stories Island, composed over thirty years, invites the reader to experience life on Cape Breton Island. MacLeod’s attention to the rugged and unforgiving landscape, the struggle to sustain mining and fishing industries and the conflict within families in the face of modernization and change is the focus of his work.

 Year 12 students are reading and responding to these stories and will become experts in a short selection of stories to complete an analytical text response essay.

 Year 11

Year 11 students focus this term on the early work of esteemed Australian writer Tim Winton. The focus has been on a selection of stories from a collection, Minimum of Two. Students have read and discussed these texts and embark on a written creative response that will draw on the ideas and style of Winton.  

Year 10

Year 10 students are enjoying reading Macbeth this term. We have a number of graphic options for students who may need extra assistance.


Year 9

Year 9 students are considering the notion of story and how we write and tell stories. This term they will develop written responses to the film text, Big Fish.

Year 8:

This term, Year 8 read the amazing Diego Run by Deborah Ellis. This is the story of a very resilient boy living in difficult circumstances. In her usual style, Deborah Ellis has used her investigative skills, her strong social conscience and her gift for storytelling to turn a complex situation into a rip-roaring, heart-wrenching adventure. A great way to learn about different lifestyles and foreign lands.

Year 7:

Another thought-provoking text is being explored by Year 7 this term. Author Andy Mulligan presents the story of three boys living from pickings at their local rubbish tip in an unnamed third world country in Trash. This text explores tough lives and difficult decisions in a very readable manner.

Why not read the relevant books too and join us in a virtual book club? Interested parents or guardians should contact me at or through the form below. In the comment box please indicate your Year level/s of interest.

Thank you.


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