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While not everyone agrees that reading is one of life's pleasures, few would dispute that reading is an essential skill for a rich and full life. Certainly, without learning to read well, schooling becomes a lot more challenging. If you're not a good reader and writer, you will encounter many hurdles in a school environment.

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There are five skills that we see in all good readers. These skills are necessary for readers to recognise words easily and quickly, focus on the meaning of the words they are reading and make sense of what they have read. 
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The idea for Helping children become better readers came to me many years ago when I was working in schools with parents and teacher aides helping children learn to read.  It became clear to me that some of the prompts being used weren't particularly helpful.
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Because reading is such an essential life skill, it is very common for caregivers or parents to be concerned about their child's rate of progress. 

But whether or not you should actually be concerned depends on these key behaviours.

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It is very common for people to say to me that their child reads but doesn't understand. This is not reading.
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The teaching sequence that you'll find in How to write what you want to say... in the secondary years: Teacher's Guide is based on the teaching-learning cycle. There are four stages in teaching the skills needed to demonstrate writing for a purpose.

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Patricia Hipwell has developed these resources using a functional and guided approach which will enable students to say what they want to say and to know how to do so.  Much thought and creativity is evident in the very helpful and well structured set of resources that are well designed to help students achieve the goal of writing with confidence to achieve an intended purpose.
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Many schools allocate one or two lessons per week for developing study skills or preparing students for external examinations. A common name for this time is ACCESS. 

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