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Resources that are designed to meet the highly personalised needs of students who experience barriers to their learning.

Resources that are designed to meet the highly personalised needs of students who experience barriers to their learning.
Victorian England History Life Skills Program of Study
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Victorian England History Life Skills Program of Study

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This Life Skills Program of Study was constructed for students in Stage 4, 5 and 6 within a Support Unit. Resources are taken from various websites and the booklet used is a TES resource (thank you!) Some resources can be found on Save Teacher’s Sundays. Teachers within a Support, Special Education or even mainstream setting, can easily adjust this program to suit the needs of your learners. Any reviews would greatly appreciated. Thanks.
The Ultimate Travel Journey Advertising Campaign Task
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The Ultimate Travel Journey Advertising Campaign Task

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Students will will be forming your their tourism company, which specialises in the fabulous country of their choice. The following TWO PARTS will need to be designed and completed for your project: Part 1: • Company name, logo, business card etc. • An itinerary of where students will take their customers and for how many days • Types of transport that will be using throughout certain parts • A TRAVEL BROUCHURE including FIVE different destinations and tourist attractions to be explored. • A cost package PART 2: Students then sell to the class their ULTIMATE JOURNEY TRAVEL PACKAGE in a 1-2 minute speech to the class.
Hauki, Renga and Tanka Poetry Lesson Differentiated
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Hauki, Renga and Tanka Poetry Lesson Differentiated

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These differentiated resources introduce students to Haiku, Tanka and Renga Japanese poetry by examining the form, use of syllables and environmental themes. The PowerPoints and accompanying worksheets are highly scaffolded and would work well in both a mainstream and Support classroom setting.
Literacy Lynx:  A Levelled Program of Study in Reading, Comprehension, Grammar and Spelling Skills
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Literacy Lynx: A Levelled Program of Study in Reading, Comprehension, Grammar and Spelling Skills

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This program was designed for a multicategorical class in an Australian Support Unit (SEN) in which all of the students were diagnosed with ASD. The program worked on a small group or pair rotational basis and the students thoroughly enjoyed the transition between different Literacy areas of focus. This program would work well in any small group setting in which students are grouped on their areas of strength and areas for improvement.
Anti-Hero Sequence of Lessons Using Despicable Me and Megamind
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Anti-Hero Sequence of Lessons Using Despicable Me and Megamind

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This sequence of 6 lessons introduces students to the concept of the Anti-Hero and the notion of redemption via a study of the two films ‘Despicable Me’ and ‘Megamind’. Students work in pairs for a lot of the non-viewing activities to provide differentiation in a mainstream or Support setting.
Thematic Study of Journeys and the Film Lion 10 Week English SOW for Australian Life Skills
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Thematic Study of Journeys and the Film Lion 10 Week English SOW for Australian Life Skills

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This Australian thematic unit of work engages students in the study of three key areas of the concept of a journey; physical; inner and imaginative. It uses the film ‘Lion’ as a core text and other comparative material is studied including the Robert Frost’s poem ‘The Road Not Taken’; an overview of the autobiography ‘Tracks’ and the film ‘Big Fish’ by Tim Burton. Students will see the similarities and differences in these concepts and become familiar with the concept of the journey being the essential aspect, not necessarily the destination. The structure of this unit of work is based on the Stage 6 Area of Study studied in mainstream Standard English and modified to meet students’ needs.
Poetry Program of Study using Australian Life Skills Outcomes
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Poetry Program of Study using Australian Life Skills Outcomes

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This resource was developed to meet the needs of an IO class within a Secondary Support Unit (SEN). It has been constructed for a Year 9-11 class who experience an intellectual disability and adjustments can easily be made to meet the needs of your learners. Any reviews or feedback would be greatly appreciated.
'Kensuke's Kingdom' 10-Week Program of Study (SOW) for a  Stage 4 (KS3) Support Class (SEN)
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'Kensuke's Kingdom' 10-Week Program of Study (SOW) for a Stage 4 (KS3) Support Class (SEN)

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The unit engages students in a close study of Michael Morpurgo’s novel ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’. Students will explore the themes, characters and techniques developed by the author and illustrate their understanding of these via a combination of creative and analytical tasks. Students will: • understand the features of a characterisation, narrative and themes and identify these throughout a close reading of the novel • develop their ability to infer meaning from the novel and consider their own interpretation of the concepts covered. • be introduced to analytical writing via the PEE formula and use quotations to support their points of view in their writing • recognise some basic narrative techniques and explain their use and effect on the viewer • adopt these narrative techniques in their own creative writing • use multimedia to compose an engaging Book Trailer. Any reviews or feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
10 Week Advertising Unit of Work Australian Life Skills
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10 Week Advertising Unit of Work Australian Life Skills

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This unit is designed to have students think critically about the advertisements they are exposed to in daily life. Students will learn a combination of persuasive devices used to persuade a target audience alongside the skills of visual literacy. Student will work with print, online, radio and television advertising material and learn to annotate these in detail. Students will be assessed on their ability to both analyse and create advertisements in these various forms with the unit concluding with students developing, planning and presenting a detailed advertising campaign on a new brand of bottled water.
Secondary Support Program on Literacy Skills and Personal Stories
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Secondary Support Program on Literacy Skills and Personal Stories

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This program was designed using the Australian Curriculum Life Skills Outcomes and is designed to cater for the highly personalised needs of students in a Secondary Support Class. This unit is divided into four parts and is closely linked to the Literacy Progressions. Students will be assessed on their abilities and areas for progress in the skills of Sight Words, Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Reading Accuracy and Fluency. The results from a combination of diagnostic assessments will allow students to be placed on the Literacy Progressions in the three areas of Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Reading. Student achievement and progress will be on display in the classroom via a Bump It Up wall in the area of Reading. This is to encourage students throughout their completion of the MultiLit Reinforced Reading Program. Students will also be completing a highly personalised Sight Words program followed by a Phonemic- based Spelling Program. These three skill-based areas will continue throughout the first semester of the school year. Finally, as a reading and writing component, students will complete a series of reading and writing tasks based on the genre of Personal Narratives. These will be modelled with an emphasis on planning, proof-reading and editing published work. Students will: • Complete a series of Literacy assessments which will benchmark their ability and areas for progress • Participate in a 1:1 Sight Words program with accompanying spelling and reinforcement activities • Learn vital phonemic spelling rules and strategies as they complete the Sound Wave Phonemic Spelling Program whilst working at their personalised level • Complete MultiLit’s 1:1 Reinforced Reading Program twice per week and have their progress assessed and charted fortnightly • Learn the purpose, audience and form used in Personal Narratives • Appreciate the significance of planning, proof-reading and publishing pieces of written work. *** This is only the program***
Simple Assessment Task Sheet for a Magazine Article
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Simple Assessment Task Sheet for a Magazine Article

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This resource was designed to reinforce student understanding of Purpose, Audience and Form when composing texts. The assessment clearly states three criteria which students have to reflect upon after receiving their teacher’s comment and target. Students then evaluate on how they believe they went in this task and provide a response to the teacher’s feedback. I have found this form of assessment invaluable in setting clear and achievable goals that are personalised to my students needs, both in a mainstream and Special Education/ Support setting. I hope you find the same.
Living and Non-Living Things Life Skills Program of Study
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Living and Non-Living Things Life Skills Program of Study

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This Life Skills Program of Study was designed to be delivered to Stage 4, 5 and 6 throughout an Australian Support Unit. The program makes various adjustments to meet the needs of learners who have a mild to moderate intellectual disability. The teaching and learning activities and resources are tailored to meet the age-appropriate needs of Secondary students and adjustments can easily be made to meet the highly personalised needs of your students. Any reviews or feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Personal Narratives - a collection of recounts and descriptive writing with 3 Folio Tasks and Rubric
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Personal Narratives - a collection of recounts and descriptive writing with 3 Folio Tasks and Rubric

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These resources were designed for a high ability Year 7 class and led to creation of a Personal Narrative Folio consisting of 3 pieces of descriptive writing. Task 1: A description of a student’s first day of school Task 2: A description of a person a student admires Task 3: A recount of a student’s experience at school camp with an emphasis on using sensory imagery A marking rubric is included.
Class or Small Group Behaviour Strategies and Triggers Worksheet
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Class or Small Group Behaviour Strategies and Triggers Worksheet

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This is a simple yet highly effective worksheet in which students who experience challenging behaviours, sit down together (with teacher and SLSO/ Aide support) to share their ‘triggers’. These are noted on the sheet and the group discussed possible strategies for each student. This task encourages empathy and teamwork as the students work to identify their own barriers to their learning and/or communication with others, whilst thinking about their peers and what supports they may need when they are struggling. These sheets (best done in A3) can be displayed in the classroom so as to reinforce the significance and effectiveness of this task.
What is Wellness? A Semester long program on looking after yourself and others.
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What is Wellness? A Semester long program on looking after yourself and others.

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This program was designed for a Secondary Support Unit class and uses outcomes from the Australian Curriculum in English and PDHPE. It was created for my weekly Social Skills lessons and investigate what students know about healthy and unhealthy relationships. This is done by examining various forms of behaviours and communication; both inside and outside the school. Students will also explore their highly personalised triggers and how their response to conflict affects how they and others feel. They will learn techniques in identifying if they are feeling overwhelmed or develop strategies such as distancing themselves from stressors or asking for help from an appropriate adult. Resources, data and content have been taken from current evidence-based research in relation to adolescent mental health (e.g. R U OK?) and campaigns that have been released from Australian and U.K. Education Departments in addressing young peoples’ wellbeing. The sources and material used range from KS1-KS4 so that they are age-appropriate for both Primary and Secondary students in a Support Setting.
'Journeys' Thematic Cross-Curricular Program of Study for Students in a Support or SSP Setting
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'Journeys' Thematic Cross-Curricular Program of Study for Students in a Support or SSP Setting

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This program was designed to cater to the needs of an Australian SSP (School for Specific Purposes) class for students who exhibit challenging behaviours. The program was written for an Australian Stage 4 class (Years 7 and 8) but could easily be adapted for younger or older students. The outcomes are from the Australian Curriculum (mainstream) with adjustments made throughout to cater for students’ highly personalised learning and behaviour needs.
Fit and Healthy Cross -Curricular Program of Study for a Behaviour or Support (SEN) Setting
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Fit and Healthy Cross -Curricular Program of Study for a Behaviour or Support (SEN) Setting

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This program was designed to cater to the needs of an Australian SSP (School for Specific Purposes) class for students who exhibit challenging behaviours. The program was written for an Australian Stage 4 class (Years 7 and 8) but could easily be adapted for younger or older students. The outcomes are from the Australian Curriculum (mainstream) with adjustments made throughout to cater for students’ highly personalised learning and behaviour needs.
Anti-Hero 10 Week Life Skills Program
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Anti-Hero 10 Week Life Skills Program

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The unit engages students in the study of two films, ‘Despicable Me’ and ‘Megamind’ as the Anti-Hero and what that entails. Students will learn the Visual and Film techniques both use in depicting their central characters and will then start using their knowledge in annotating key scenes from this. Students will again be reintroduced to the PEEL formula whereby, they will compare and analyse both films for their similarities and differences. Students will be looking at; the process of character development; narrative structure and indicators (especially quotes); film techniques and their impact on the audience. Students analytical skills will all come into play by the end of the unit, where they compose a complete 5 paragraph modelled analysis of the films and the themes and techniques used to show their character development.
Healthy Relationships Social Skills Program for a Support Class
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Healthy Relationships Social Skills Program for a Support Class

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This Social Skills program utilises outcomes from the Australian Curriculum in English and PDHPE. The program was designed after issues outside the classroom became known via my school’s Welfare team. This program was designed to explicitly teach what IS a healthy relationship and what choices or strategies are available when this is not the case.
Literacy Lynx 2: Reinforced Reading and Informative Texts
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Literacy Lynx 2: Reinforced Reading and Informative Texts

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This unit of work is 10-weeks of planning and addresses the broad textual focus of informative writing. Teachers are encouraged to select a specific informative text type to focus on throughout the unit e.g. information report, factual description, explanation. In addition to this, learning is consistently personalised to each students’ interests and ability level as there are various content topics for students to write about e.g. objects, animals, phenomena and numerous scaffolds and differentiated resources throughout. The topic of Informative Texts is again reinforced throughout pair and small group reinforcement tasks that take place with the class SLSO. Students complete these tasks with 1:3 (maximum) support on a rotational basis throughout each 2-week learning cycle. Alongside this, the class teacher will be conducting the 1:1 Reinforced Reading component of the MultiLit Program. Levelled Informative Texts are read by the students at least once per 2-week learning cycle. The Pause, Prompt, Praise delivery of the program will allow the teacher to gauge reading fluency, accuracy and comprehension (verbally discussed after each 15 min reading session). The teacher will select 5 words of difficulty from the session and these are recorded by student in the back of their English book. Throughout the plenary of each lesson, the student will use each word in a written sentence in their books. Assessment of student goals, strengths and areas for improvement are consistently assessed via teacher questioning and discussion. The core key questions of the unit will be informally discussed and assessed using a student friendly Assessment Rubric throughout Weeks 9 and 10. Students will: • Complete a series of Literacy assessments which will benchmark their ability and areas for progress • Complete MultiLit’s 1:1 Reinforced Reading Program twice per week and have their progress assessed and charted fortnightly • Work in pair and individual settings as they complete levelled work on Informative Texts.