Authors in schools

Connecting authors and illustrators with schools

Classroom units


In this project, PETAA collaborated with the Copyright Agency to produce a series of video conferences, connecting authors and illustrators with students and teachers in Australian Primary schools. 

The units of work here  link to and provide context for sessions of authors speaking to students in schools, and include direct links in lessons to the Australian Curriculum, and to other useful online resources. The comprehensive Authors in schools guide (updated in 2013 and 2014) also resulted from this project.

Deborah Abela

Deborah Abela

Read, write and talk about plot development

A unit of work in eight lessons for students in Middle to Upper Primary years.

Focus text:
Grimsdon by Deborah Abela

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PETAA owes thanks to Michelle Michaels and her staff at Gymea Bay Public School (NSW) for their valuable contributions. Michelle expertly coordinated the video conferencing, while her teachers worked with PETAA to create teaching units around the video sessions.

Author Aaron Blabey

Aaron Blabey

Developing characterisation

A unit of work in six lessons for students in Junior to Middle Primary years.

Focus texts:
Sunday Chutney by Aaron Blabey & The Deep End by Ursula Dubosarksy
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Author Ursula Dubosarsky

Ursula Dubosarsky

Author Libbay Gleeson

Libby Gleeson

Exploring human experience and resilience

A unit of work in 10 lessons for students in Upper Primary.

Focus text:
Mahtab’s Story by Libby Gleeson

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Author Oliver Phommavanh

Oliver Phommavanh

Read, write and talk about plot development

A unit of work in 10 lessons for students in Middle to Upper Primary years.

Focus text:
Thai-riffic! by Oliver Phommavanh

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