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Fiction Gateway : Enriching the curriculum with children's lliterature
The Fiction Gateway is a handbook written to promote the wider use of literature, particularly fiction, as a portal to cross-curriculum learning in the primary to lower secondary years. It is designed to be used in support of literacy strategies that develop reading ability in students who have acquired a level of reading independence. For students who have reached this stage, the focus can shift from an emphasis on the mechanics of reading to the use of reading (particularly fiction) as a tool to explore knowledge in other subject areas.
The investment in multiple copies of novels can be repaid immeasurably by the positive influence of social reading programs. The aim is to turn reading from a chore into a powerful tool that gives students pleasure and confidence and develops self-esteem associated with an ability that enhances their academic success and enriches their lives.