Using texts to develop literacy units of work


Facilitated by: The Literacy@Massey team: Dr Christine Braid, Tamara Dahm and Claire Knight

This one-day workshop is based around how we can use a variety of texts within rich tasks for reading and writing.

“Complex text offers opportunities to develop academic language and acquire knowledge about the world, both of which contribute to development of reading comprehension.” Shanahan et al, 2010

Section 1: Examine

  • components of picturebooks and how these components can be used at all levels for class discussion and writing options;
  • components of other texts such as School Journals and novels and how to use these in classroom literacy practice;
  • sentence combining and mentor sentences to improve reading comprehension and writing; and
  • using texts for vocabulary development, including expanding vocab and spelling knowledge through morphology.

Section 2: Explore

  • applying the knowledge of the components in Section 1 to see the potential of a range of texts we will have available.

Section 3:

  • Using the information from Sections 1 and 2 to create a unit of work for classroom teaching.

Venue: Massey University, Tennent Drive, Palmerston North

Cost: $300 +GST per person – includes morning tea, light lunch, a handbook on picturebooks and access to units created on the day



  1. To register and pay, click the button below and submit by 5.00 pm Friday 10 November 2023.
  2. Numbers are limited to 50 participants on a first-come-first-served basis.
  3. Confirmation details will be emailed as soon as possible after registration.
  4. If you are unable to attend the workshop but have paid, another person can attend in your place. Refunds will only be considered on a case-by-case basis.