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The Reading Curriculum: What to Teach and What to Assess


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Years: 3-4, 5-6, K-2

12 Pages

Product Code: TEAC1725

Resource Type: Professional Readings

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Are you wondering what to teach and what to assess in reading?

Diane Snowball gives a clear overview of the reading curriculum in this comprehensive article, The Reading Curriculum: What to Teach and What to Assess

What do teachers need to know about in order to teach reading?

    • The reading process
    • Comprehension strategies
    • Vocabulary learning
    • Fluency development
    • Word-solving strategies
    • Response to reading
    • Metacognition
    • Purpose
    • Habits and attitudes
    • Background knowledge
    • Foundation (K): Concepts of print, letter names, literacy language, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, most useful high frequency words, learning to read texts
    • A comment about the assessment of reading
    • A comment about teaching
    • The Gradual Release of Responsibility


  • Want to count your Professional Reading towards professional learning hours? We know Di’s professional readings are actionable, so we’ve included a Reflections and Actions prompt sheet which can be used as a guide to consider new learning and take action.

  • Diane Snowball is a Victorian educator with teaching experience that has ranged from prep through university levels over the past 50 years. Her experience includes both teaching and administrative roles in secondary and primary schools, but the majority of her time has been devoted to the provision of professional learning for teachers and those involved in all levels of school leadership, with a focus on improving students’ literacy.

Diane is a past president of the Australian Literacy Educators Association and has presented at many conferences in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Asia and the USA. She has written several books and articles about literacy teaching and has produced many videos, DVDs and CD-ROMs demonstrating the most effective teaching practices. In 1992 Diane was invited to provide professional learning for teachers and administrators at schools across New York City and in several other parts of the US, which she did for 16 years.
Diane’s main focus these days is on ways to provide the most effective professional development for Victorian educators so that all students have the best opportunities for achieving their potential and has been assisting the Western Metropolitan Region schools to meet this goal.
Diane was a presenter on ABC TV's 'Revolution School' in 2016, and she is a key advisor to schools/governments in literacy education. See her extensive range of literacy education information on the Victorian Department for Education and Training's website at:


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