Quality literature

Reading, viewing, responding to and composing quality literature should be an appealing and pleasing process providing students with an opportunity to develop an appreciation of the language, linguistics and artistic expression in the text. Responding to and creating quality literature should be enjoyable, challenging and allow students to develop a love of literature.

Quality literature:

  • is widely regarded (for example, award-winning or classics)
  • contains rich language
  • has powerful images
  • has characters and plot which are engaging and interesting for the students
  • enriches discussion
  • is complex with meanings on multiple levels
  • can be read and enjoyed more than once, exposing layers each time
  • allows the exploration of the literary devices which composers use to communicate, inform, persuade or entertain
  • can be examined for their conceptual textuality to develop deep, critical and new ways of thinking.
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