The Pens Against Poverty team has developed a number of learning resources to help teachers empower their students to deepen their understanding of poverty and gain confidence in creative writing.
See the introduction video from Pens Against Poverty National Director, Kate Halcrow. She is joined by Pens Against Poverty Student Ambassador, Reshmi Senanayake, who shares her passion for the competition.
Curriculum & Activity Booklets
This Teaching Guide has been developed to support Year 3-6 teachers with curriculum resources and teaching ideas to accomodate: Australian Curriculum (WA, Tas, SA & ACT), NSW Curriculum, Victorian Curriculum and IB (PYP) references.
Webquest Activity Booklet
This has been prepared as an extended learning activity following the curriculum resources for Year 3-6 Teachers. Students can progress through the activities independently and if they submit their work once completed, they receive a small prize!
Year 7-10 Guide
for Teachers & Students
This resource for Year 7-10 students suitable to be self-lead by students or as activities delivered by teachers. The activities will see students develop a deeper understanding of poverty in Australia and gain confidence in starting creative writing projects.
Writing Tips from our Judges
Writers always need ideas. To get you started in thinking, visit some of the websites below for writing tips and help getting started.
Teachers, we’ve thought of you too and many of the links below may give some ideas to help get your students writing.
Learning About Poverty
The judges look for writing that primarily shows a developing awareness of poverty and homelessness. Overly simplistic writing, where an easy solution is found, gives away a lack of understanding of these issues.
While it is understood that young students are still developing in their understanding of these complex issues, teachers can actively and sensitively guide students to raise their awareness of poverty and homelessness. Age-appropriate reading, research and discussion can be used to explore these issues before and throughout the writing process.
Resources for Primary School Teachers
Reading Suggestions for Younger Primary
- Children in Our World: Poverty and Hunger by Louise Spilsbury
- A Different Pond by Bay Phi
- The Littlest Refugee by Anh Do
- Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt
- On Our Street: Our First Talk About Poverty by Jillian Roberst, Jaime Casap and Jane Heinrichs
- Same, Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
- Booklist of Children’s Books About Poverty
- Doing Good Together Book List
- Picture Booklist Celebrating Diverse Families