3 simple ways to improve reading comprehension

December 6th, 2018


Reading comprehension is a fundamentally important skill. Literacy is essential for being a critical and informed consumer of text and for success in learning, careers and life opportunities.

Teachers and parents play an important role in developing the reading comprehension skills of students. Whilst teachers regularly teach comprehension and inferential skills, parents can also support skill development at home. Here are 3 simple ideas for parents:

  1. Encourage your daughter to read aloud on a regular basis, not just novels but her own school work. Reading aloud builds fluency.
  2. Provide easy access to a variety of reading materials including novels, newspaper articles, magazines, and blogs. Over the Christmas break, students can borrow an unlimited number of books through the Learning Commons and can access audio and e-books through the e-Wheeler platform.
  3. Ensure that your daughter has time free from social media by encouraging a regular reading routine.

At Progress Meetings, parents often ask how they can best support their daughter in English. We encourage parents to read the set texts at each Year level, so that your daughter can discuss characters, themes and ideas with you.  In doing this, you model good reading habits and strategies, as well as sharing your own insights into the text.

If your daughter is a reluctant reader and finds it challenging to begin reading, we suggest that you read the first couple of chapters together or that they listen to the audio copy as they read the text.

Communication is important between home and school. We recommend that any difficulties experienced by your daughter are shared with your daughter's English teacher so that together we can develop some shared strategies to support her.

The following websites may be useful in helping your daughter find interesting and age-appropriate reading material which may prove further useful in the lead up to Christmas.




2019 Set Texts:

Year 7

  • The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
  • A Long Walk to Water – Linda Sue Park

Year 8

  • Short stories – supplied by the school
  • Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian
  • Limelight – Solli Raphael

Year 9

  • Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare

Year 10

  • The Getting of Wisdom – Henry Handel Richardson
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Year 11 – Mainstream English

  • Brooklyn – Colm Toibin
  • WWI poetry – Bruce Dawe – supplied by the school
  • Bombshells – Joanne Murray-Smith

Year 11 - Literature

  • A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen
  • A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennesee Williams
  • Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  • Dark Roots – Cate Kennedy

Year 12 – Mainstream English

  • The Golden Age – Joan London
  • Old/New World – Peter Skrzynecki
  • The Crucible – Arthur Miller
  • Year of Wonders – Geraldine Brooks

Year 12 Literature

  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Tennesee Williams
  • Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare
  • A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
  • North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell

Year 11 & 12 EAL

  • The Golden Age – Joan London
  • Tracks – Robyn Davidson

Torie Gordon

Domain Leader – English and LOTE