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Nov 01 2013

Literature to Support General Capabilities by Fran Knight and Pat Pledger

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Pledger Consulting, 2013. ISBN: 9781876678395.
Recommended. Subtitled 'Personal and social capability, Ethical behaviour, Intercultural understanding, Numeracy'. This title contains annotated lists of novels to support the General capabilities strand of the Australian Curriculum. In addition to the topics listed in the title, literacy and ICT are also included. Lists cater for students from Reception or Foundation right through to those in Year 10. Materials listed are predominantly those which can be deemed more recent releases as well as some which libraries probably hold as part of their collections already.
Personally, I much prefer lists such as this collection to those I find online. Invariably, a large proportion of the titles which I find in digital lists either contain predominantly American voices or out-dated titles which can no longer even be sourced except from overseas. Given that we are teaching the 'Australian curriculum', I appreciate having access to literature with a genuine Australian voice, direct from Australian publishers and therefore of greater relevance to our students. I would recommend this title as an essential for every library due to the time it saves in gathering together titles on a particular capability and the quality of the literature listed in this resource. Thanks again for assisting all teachers and librarians through the content of this book!
Jo Schenkel

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