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SOLO Taxonomy and Making Meaning Book 1

Text purposes, audiences and ideas

Textual literacy is a cognitively demanding activity, requiring students to make meaning of many aspects of a text such as its purpose, audience, ideas, language features and structure. This series offers innovative and rewarding strategies for supporting this activity with visual maps and self assessment rubrics built from SOLO Taxonomy. By unpacking different learning verbs and text structures, these maps and rubrics help to scaffold the deep understanding of text that students need.

Ages: 12-15 | Pages: 56 | Code: 5716 | ISBN: 9781927190920

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Pam Hook

Pam Hook is an educational consultant who advises schools and institutions in New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and the Pacific Islands on developing curricula and pedagogies for learning to learn based on SOLO Taxonomy. She is a popular keynote speaker at conferences. Pam is author of more than 25 books on SOLO Taxonomy, including titles translated into Danish, and has developed a series of SOLO web-based apps, Apple iPad apps and YouTube videos. She hosts collaborative online communities for SOLO practitioners on Twitter @arti_choke @globalsolo and Pinterest
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Liz McNeill

Liz McNeill has taught English for the past 16 years in New Zealand and overseas, and has most recently been the professional learning facilitator (SCT) and head of English at Lincoln High School, Canterbury. She is passionate about teaching and learning and loves to read young adult fiction. A highlight of her teaching career has been attending the 2007 International Conference on Thinking in Norrkorping, Sweden. A late introduction to motherhood has meant she has chosen to juggle relief teaching, caring for her young family and writing teaching resources.


An overview of this series4
New Zealand curriculum links5
What is SOLO Taxonomy?6
Effort and effective strategies6
Academic language7
SOLO maps and self assessment rubrics8
Introducing making meaning with SOLO Taxonomy9
Making meaning of text purposes and audiences10
Anthony Browne's Voices in the Park14
John Marsden's Letters from the Inside and Jillian Sullivan's "Dear Ex-Dad"20
Making meaning of ideas within language contexts29
Six examples using extended and short texts33
List of templates and exemplars56