Students are always interested in what is going on in the world around them, especially when they are learning about events that relate to them or have a direct impact on their lives. The study of non-fictional texts like newspaper articles, magazine advertisements, historical biographies and documentaries can add a 'real-life' dimension to the study of literacy in the primary classroom. 

For example, lessons about weather can be greatly enhanced by non-fiction texts related to severe weather conditions.  Non-fiction texts like newspaper articles and news reports about the Brisbane floods from February 2011, earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand and cyclones that occurred in the north of Australia, can create wonderful opportunities for learning about literacy.

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