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Teacher guide Literacy Empowerment Project: Literacy Backpack Program

TLF ID S7087

This teacher resource is about the Literacy Backpack Program established in 16 remote school campuses in the Katherine region of the Northern Territory. The program supplies books and magazines to schools and homes in the region as part of a levelled reading program and is designed to foster a community approach to reading. The resource describes how the program worked in classrooms and the part played by the backpacks themselves, book awards and vouchers, and creative workshops with some of the authors. The resource discusses the outcomes achieved and provides references and links to relevant readings.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource is of value in supporting the reading component of the English curriculum area and its application in the context of student diversity. It describes the Literacy Backpack Program in some detail and examines its success for the Aboriginal students involved. Standard Australian English is an additional language or dialect for all the students involved, with many of the students also experiencing multiple learning difficulties. The resource discusses the lessons learned from the program as well as its next steps.
  • This resource is useful in describing the highly positive effects of bringing extensive numbers of books and magazines into the communities' schools and homes. Although having some books may well be better than no books, the resource highlights the fundamental importance of the reading materials being relevant and part of a levelled program so that readers can bridge from the known to the unknown.
Year level

F; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10

Learning area
  • English
  • English/Language
  • English/Literacy
  • English/Literature

    Other details

    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 2014-04-04
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
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    • Copyright holder
    • Date of contribution: 2014-04-04
    • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
    • Organisation: Commonwealth of Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
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    Metadata contributors
    • Resource metadata contributed by
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL:
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    • Teacher guide
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