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Literacy Programs


Fountas & Pinnell is a system of reading levels developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. We use this system as a tool to assess students reading throughout the school year. It assesses accuracy and comprehension and guides teachers' curriculum planning for reading.


Our literacy teachers are trained in Bastow's Leading Literacy program, which focuses on literacy and leadership in both primary and secondary school contexts. The leadership component builds the capabilities and dispositions required to lead school improvement that result in improved student outcomes.


Multilit is a program to assist students from Year 2 and above in supporting them to build their knowledge in reading sight words. Other work is done developing decoding and spelling skills. Students share reading and discuss their understanding of what has been read. Students meet regularly on an individual basis with our MultiLit instructors.


Reader's Notebook is specially designed to promote reflection and dialogue about reading. Reader's Notebook is practical and easy to use. In it, students transform traditional book reports into active dialogues. The notebook becomes a personal storehouse of students' thoughts and feelings and a place to access them for later review, reflection, and sharing. It is also a way for teachers to systematically assess students' responses to the texts they are reading independently. 
Used throughout the school year, the notebook serves as a continual record of one reader's book list, interests and reading responses. 


The Seven Steps is a unique system that chunks writing into seven main techniques. 
1 Plan for Success, 2 Sizzling Starts, 3 Tightening Tension, 4 Dynamic Dialogue, 5 Show, Don't Tell, 6 Ban the Boring, 7 Exciting Endings.
Seven Steps provides students with proven and fun techniques to use in their writing. All teachers of literacy at Lake Bolac College have been trained in this program, which has created common writing vocabulary across our school.


Spelling Mastery is a six-level Direct Instruction series that teaches students dependable spelling skills by blending three approaches: the phonemic approach, the whole word approach and the morphemic approach. Each approach has advantages and possible disadvantages. Spelling Mastery is designed to maximize the advantages of each approach and minimize the disadvantages. This program is run on a weekly basis, consisting of three 20 minute sessions.


Sounds-Write is a quality first phonics program. Its purpose is to provide classroom professionals with a comprehensive system with which to teach reading, spelling and writing.

Lake Bolac College acknowledges the traditional owners of the land, the Djab Wurrung people. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

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