Author(s): Dinah O'Meara
The Pearson English textbook offers formative teaching tasks to lead students towards assessment for any of the eleven NCEA Level 1 English Achievement Standards. The intention is that teachers can dip into chapters to access tasks for a particular achievement standard or select a specific theme and build a programme around one of the four chapters. Possible outcomes are modelled with a strong emphasis on using easily accessible (and free) information technology tools, such as Spiderscribe, Prezi, and Fakebook. Many of the internal standards allow for oral and/or visual presentation methods in addition to the more traditional paragraph and essay-type responses and the use of web tools is a great way of engaging students in the learning. Simple strategies are also offered for each standard to support students towards higher level thinking in order to gain Excellence.