Literacy Works started way back in 2000. I was teaching Music in an inner city high school. My students were really struggling with literacy, especially writing, so I asked my brother for advice. (He’s an awesome teacher in Queensland.) He showed me some literacy worksheets he had developed and we talked a lot about what students need. I developed my own worksheets for my subject and they worked a treat to help students in my classes. Then I thought, ‘Maybe other teachers might be interested in this’ … and Literacy Works was born.
Following on from Music resources, I started collaborating with subject teachers to work on new subjects: Science, Drama, English and more. Now Literacy Works has subject-specific literacy resources for most high school subjects.
Now I’m a publisher, teacher educator and consultant in literacy. Along the way, I managed to get a PhD in secondary school literacy so I could make sure I’m sharing the best, research-based information and resources.
I am well aware of the limited budgets that teachers have – my budgets were tiny! That’s why all Literacy Works resources are blackline masters so you can copy or print them as much as you like. I want to make sure everyone can get what they need for a good price.
Literacy Works resources are used in 95% of NSW schools, 40% of Queensland schools and also schools in Victoria and around the country – not big percentages yet, but I’m hopeful! I’m also planning teacher professional development resources for later this year, so watch the website for more.
I hope you find Literacy Works makes literacy easy in your subject. Please get in touch if you have any questions and thanks for reading this.
Trish Weekes PhD