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PETAA’s high-quality, classroom-focused publications lead the field in Australian English and literacy education


Drawing upon recent and relevant research, PETAA publications are grounded in quality pedagogy and feature best quality classroom teaching and learning practice.  Many titles are written by teachers and leading academics for teachers, making them suitable as undergraduate textbooks, as well as practical references in classroom practice.

Publications address the understandings in the Australian Curriculum: English and multiliteracies across other key learning areas while also addressing some of the demands within the digital environment.

Of related academic interest: See also information concerning the PETAA Research Grant


Tell Me Your Story: Confirming Identity and engaging writers in the middle years

Tell me your story: Confirming Identity and engaging writers in the middle years

By Janet Dutton, Jacqueline D’warte, Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton

Teaching with Intent: Scaffolding Academic Language for Marginalised Students

Teaching with Intent: Scaffolding Academic Language for Marginalised Students

By Bronwyn Parkin and Helen Harper

Sample pages  (.pdf 744 kB)
Talking the Talk: Snapshots from Ausralian Classrooms

Talking the Talk: Snapshots from Australian Classrooms

Edited by Pauline Jones, Alyson Simpson and Anne Thwaite

Sample pages (.pdf 2.3 MB)
A Literature Comapnion for Teachers cover featuring a tree and bilby

A Literature Companion for Teachers 2nd Edition

Lorraine McDonald

Sample pages (.pdf 3.5 MB)
Becoming a Meaning Maker

Becoming a Meaning Maker: Talk and interaction in the dialogic classroom

Christine Edwards-Groves and Christina Davidson

Sample chapter (.pdf 4MB)
Inspiring writing in Primary Schools cover

Inspiring Writing in Primary Schools

Liz Chamberlain

Sample Chapter (943 kB)
(Adobe PDF File)
Assessment into Practice

Assessment into Practice: Understanding Assessment Practice to Improve Students’ Literacy Learning

Edited by Heather Fehring

Sample chapter (.pdf 2.6 MB)
Beyond the Script: Drama in the English and Literacy classroom

Beyond the Script: Drama in the English and Literacy Classroom

Robyn Ewing and Jennifer Simons

Sample Chapter (.pdf 1.7 MB)
For the Love of Reading: Supporting struggling readers

For the Love of Reading: Supporting struggling readers

Kaye Lowe

Sample Chapter (2.2MB)
(Adobe PDF File)
A Closer Look atSpelling in the Primary Classroom

A Closer Look at Spelling in the Primary Classroom

Grace Oakley and Janet Fellowes

Sample chapter (.pdf 435 kB)

Put it in Writing: Context, Text and Language

Joanne Rossbridge & Kathy Rushton

Published August 2015

Sample Chapter (.pdf 357 kB)

Classrooms of possibility: Supporting At-Risk EAL Students

Edited by Jennifer Hammond & Jenny Miller

Published March 2015

Sample Chapter (.pdf 133 kB)
Book cover: Picture books and Beyond

Picture Books and Beyond

Edited by Kerry Mallan

Published November 2014

Sample Chapter (412 kB)
(Adobe PDF File)
Book cover Literacy in the Middle Years

Literacy in the Middle Years: Learning from collaborative classroom research

By Professor Barbara Comber et al

Published March 2014

Sample Chapter (182 kB)
(Adobe PDF File)
Writing like a writer: Teaching narrative fiction, front cover

Writing Like a Writer: Teaching Narrative Writing (New Edition)

By Libby Gleeson

Published July 2014

Sample Chapter (1.6 MB)
(Adobe PDF File)
Classroom Talk book cover

Classroom Talk: Understanding Dialogue, Pedagogy and Practice

By Michèle Anstey et al

Published November 2013

Sample Chapter (138 kB)
(Adobe PDF File)
Thinking Through New Literacies for Primary and Early Years cover

Thinking Through New Literacies for Primary and Early Years

Edited by Eileen Honan

Published July 2013

Sample Chapter (1.1 MB)
(Adobe PDF File)
The Shape of Text to Come, cover

The Shape of Text to Come: How Image and Text Work

By Jon Callow

Published May 2013

Sample Chapter (879 kB)
(Adobe PDF File)