Course Title: Learning Through Literature

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Learning Through Literature

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Susan Rook

Course Coordinator Phone: By Appointment

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-Requisite Courses
Successful completion of  053016 TCHE2621 Plan for Diversity in Literacy

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course. 

For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage.

Course Description

This course is designed to extend your knowledge of contemporary literacy teaching strategies and their application in the classroom. The course examines, in depth, literary texts for children, from picture books to extended novels. It is framed around the Capabilities in the Victorian Curriculum F-10 (creative and critical thinking, ethical, intercultural and personal and social capabilities). Emphasis will be placed on developing specific strategies for supporting student learning of the construction of literary texts and expressing their responses to literary texts.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge in education
  • Show commitment to professional learning by being an independent, open-minded, resilient and critically reflective learner, seeking out, learning from constructive   feedback and adapting to meet the demands of the profession

 Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:


AITSL Standards

1. Identify the range and depth of literature for primary school children

2.1. 2.5

2. Explain how reading literary texts supports the development of Capabilities in the Victorian Curriculum

2.1, 2.5

3. Demonstrate knowledge and of how literary texts are constructed and use language effectively and powerfully

2.1, 2.5

4. Use your English curriculum and assessment knowledge to create an effective learning and teaching sequence to develop student analysis and response to literary texts.

2.1, 2.2 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

5. Integrate effective teaching and assessment strategies and into your English curriculum design

2.5, 5.1




Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of activities including online lectures, workshops, practical activities, individual tasks, collaborative group work, discussion and individual reflection.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will support your access to learning resources for this course. Readings from current educational literature will be provided through your online course site and will be drawn from highly regarded academic journals, books and conferences as well as reports, websites and other online resources.


There are services and resources available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student website. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.


Assessment Tasks

Task 1. Select, annotate and justify the choice of four outstanding texts for F-2, 3-4 and 5-6 (35%) CLO1, CLO2
Task 2. Quiz: text analysis (20%) CLO2, CLO4
Task 3. Design a unit of work to support analysis and response to a literary text for upper primary students (45%) CLO1, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5


Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.


If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: