• Literacy

Sharp Reading: Comprehension and Critical Thinking (Prerequisite: Comprehension Strategy Instruction Stage 3)

PL # 12720.
Starting on 27 Oct 2020
Cancellation permitted until 23/10/2020
For Members$125
For Catholic Members$155
For Non-Members$195
Registration Close Date 23/10/2020
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Registrations open to

  • AISWA Member Schools (non-CEO)
  • Catholic Member Schools
  • Non-Members


This course builds on the basic constructing meaning strategies covered in Comprehension Stage 3 (course prerequisite). Sharp Reading: Comprehension and Critical Thinking provides students with strategies to deepen their thinking and to analyse and evaluate text as they read. 

This workshop provides participants with:
• a refresher of Stage 3 Comprehension component of the Sharp Reading Progression.
• an understanding of the 4 most important comprehension strategies that help readers interpret and clarify the deeper meaning of text.
• tools and strategies that enable students to critically analyse and evaluate narrative and non-fiction text.
• a means for embedding these strategies into their Sharp Guided Reading routine.

The day will begin with refining the Stage 3 Comprehension routine followed by the addition of the Deep Four Strategies from Stage 4 of the Sharp Reading  Progression. The workshop moves onto investigating the critical analysis and evaluation of text beyond sentence level which is Stages 5 and 6 of the Sharp Reading Progression.

12 months of online tutorials valued at NZ $99. 
Twelve months of small step, at-your-own pace learning with tutorials, video modelling and supporting resources. 

Principals, Literacy Leaders, Primary and Secondary Teachers, Support Teachers and Teacher Assistants 


Christopher Witt (AISWA Staff)

Literacy Consultant

Christopher Witt joined AISWA in 2009. Prior to that he was a Consultant at STEPS Professional Development.  At STEPS, Chris developed a literacy resource for secondary teachers: Tactical Teaching Reading. It included materials and professional learning courses and had great success nationally and internationally, helping many secondary teachers to successfully support literacy across their curriculum area.

After teaching for 25 years, Chris worked in various advisory and consultancy roles in curriculum improvement. He has been at AISWA for ten years as a Literacy Consultant providing support for teachers and schools in professional learning and literacy improvement initiatives. This includes Sharp Reading, First Steps and Primary Connections. Key PL programs developed by Chris at AISWA include Scaffolding Adolescent Literacy and Programming and Assessment in English (P-10). 


Event Segment

Date / Time

Starts: 09:00
Finishes: 15:00


AISWA Seminar Room (First Floor)
Suite 5, 41 Walters Drive
Osborne Park WA 6017


Parking bays are available on Walters Drive (max. fee is $5.00 p/day). Alternatively, public transport is available via train & bus: Joondalup Line – Stop at Glendalough Station. Bus transfers: Bus no. 407, Bus stop: 25350

Learning Area

  • Literacy

School Area

  • Middle Primary (3-6)
  • Secondary (7-10)
  • Senior Secondary (11 - 12)
  • Leadership
  • Education Assistants

Event Contact

AITSL Standards