The National Rugby League, through the One Community Program, has introduced a series of Rugby League Reads initiatives to highlight the importance of reading.
The NRL has launched a new initiative with Macmillan, the Primary (School) Publisher of the Year 2007-2012 inclusive. The partnership will see our successful Rugby League Reads program taken to another level with Macmillan coming on board to publish the curriculum based resources. Our Rugby League Reads program, is engaging primary students in reading and breaking down stereotypes that sport stars, especially Rugby League players, do not need or like to read.
The aims of the resources are to:
• Engage students in reading by using their interest in Rugby League;
• Provide teachers with practical and quality syllabus linked rugby league based literacy resources which can be used authentically in a literacy program;
• To breakdown common stereotypes that sport stars, especially Rugby League men, do not need or like to read;
• Provide positive messages about reading and the reading ontogenesis of players without players physically needing to go to the schools to deliver a program, allowing equal access to all students and teachers.
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Rugby League Reads Magazine and Teacher Resource
The Rugby League Reads magazine includes a range of texts taught in primary schools including factual and literary texts, with the focus on Rugby League as key reading content. The Magazine, and related activities, is suitable for Years 3 - 6, and each issue is available in sets of 25 copies.
All sixteen clubs are represented in each issue through a specific text as well as a focusing on a player from each club who is selected as the ‘Reading Captain’.
As well as the Magazine, complimentary Teacher Resources are provided, which include activities for each Club's text. The activities are underpinned with philosophical frameworks and theories commonly used at schools, including Bloom’s Taxonomy and Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences as well as incorporating key boy’s education strategies and research.
Teaching activities are available through the Macmillan website - click here to download the resource.
The Macmillan partnership sees the resources expanded to include a new fiction book titled “Footy Fables” - humorous short stories based around National Rugby League themes.
This dynamic book is ideal for literacy sessions, or a quiet read (with a good laugh). The diverse short fiction texts will engage a wide range of students.
Containing 16 ripping short stories – one for each NRL club – with references to current NRL players, teams, events and concepts, ensures readers will be able to relate to the characters and settings.
While maintaining an NRL theme, the humorous narratives are accompanied by action packed illustrations. Some stories are based on traditional fairy tales, while others provide a sport-related message that readers can relate to.
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