Every term a new story; every week a new adventure…

Subscribe now and motivate your students to engage with literature from WA authors. Foster an enjoyment of reading while developing an understanding of the ways in which theme, character, setting and plot are reflected in a story with our weekly serial story chapters. The weekly activities, linked the WA Curriculum: English, are most suitable for Year 3-6 students, but can be adapted for different ages and abilities.

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  • Delivery of up to 35 copies of The West Australian every Tuesday; and
  • Comprehensive teacher notes and student activities, linked to the WA Curriculum – available only to subscribing teachers.
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SAMPLE TEACHER NOTES – Off the Track – TERM 4, 2019

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Stories for 2019


TERM 4: Off the Track by Cristy Burne

From the author of To the Lighthouse comes a new adventure for young readers about falling in love with the bush, and with hiking and being in the wild. It’s about disconnecting from technology and discovering yourself.

Harry’s perfect life was straying way off-track. He looked pleadingly at Mum. Surely she could see? Spending an entire weekend tramping around stinking-hot, snake-filled scrub was a horrible mistake. But doing it without a phone? That was just brutal.

As it turns out, it was only the beginning …

Click here to view sample activities: SAMPLE TEACHER NOTES – Off the Track – TERM 4, 2019


TERM 1: In the Lamplight by Dianne Wolfer

From fighting for the right to vote to nursing conscripted young men, Rose’s life changes forever when World War I arrives in the peaceful English village of Harefield. With an influx of wounded Australian soldiers, the villagers rally around to provide care and comfort, despite suffering their own casualties and grieving for their own losses. Training to nurse Australian soldiers like Jim the Light Horse boy is hard work, but with it comes much for Rose to treasure – in the gaining of a vocation, in confidence won and in finding new love in a new land.

Click here to view sample activities: SAMPLE TEACHER NOTES – IN THE LAMPLIGHT – TERM 1, 2019

TERM 2: Swimming on the Lawn by Yasmin Hamid

Told through the eyes of Farida, as well as her inquisitive sister and brothers, this is a beautiful story about growing up in Sudan. Sudanese culture and customs are brought to life, from the ubiquitous tea service and hearty breakfasts to the commemoration of Muslim holidays and the rites of birth and death. But a happy childhood spent in the capital and the rural villages of 1960s Sudan ends startlingly with a sudden military coup that changes the make-up of Farida’s family forever.

Swimming on the Lawn is a powerful reminder that many children around the world are affected by war and are helpless against it.

Click here to view sample activities: SAMPLE TEACHER NOTES – SWIMMING ON THE LAWN – TERM 2, 2019


TERM 3: Brobot by James Foley

Sally is the world’s foremost inventor under the age of twelve, and she just knows she can build a better brother than the messy, smelly version she has. Sally’s invention – Brobot – is fantastic, that is until the remote gets broken and Brobot careens out of control. Sally realises that maybe there’s more to a brother than just his inconveniences.

A hilarious graphic novel for young readers.

Click here to view sample activities: SAMPLE TEACHER NOTES – BROBOT – TERM 3, 2019

Additional Resources

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ED! feature topic and news flash activities

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