Guiding Lights

Marilyn Woolley

Guiding Lights

Marilyn Woolley






1 Jan 2019




Flying Start to Literacy WorldWise

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Title Information:­
Guiding Lights: Guiding Lights traces the history of lighthouses, outlining the various techniques that have been used over time to produce light that warns ships of dangerous coastlines and other hazards. It examines the main inventions and design improvements that have seen the development of lighthouses from simple bonfires on a hill, to the modern automated electric systems we see today.

Content vocabulary:aground, authenticated, automated, braziers, buoy, cargo, cemented, coastlines, design, extinguished, feeble, Fresnel lens, gale-force, harbour, hazards, illumination, lighthouse, lighthouse keeper, lightship, mortar, navigation, ports, principles, prism, reef, shipwrecks, solar-powered batteries, trade

Key concepts:
Lighthouses aim to warn ships of hazards and guide them safely as they come close to coastlines  Lighthouses have changed over time as new inventions and modern technology have been incorporated into their design

Reading Strategies: Synthesising written text and a time line

Related resource:Lesson Plan - Guiding Lights

Series Information:

WorldWise is a high-interest literacy program that encourages inquiry and questioning while extending knowledge in science and a range of STEM topics linked to the curriculum. This engaging program teaches reading strategies simultaneously with natural, earth and physical science concepts – reflecting the diversity of the world students live in.

Students will develop strategies and skills to read informative texts across a range of text types while they learn to become informative text writers. With an assortment of text types on offer, themes and concepts are introduced and revisited across the reading stages, building on initial concepts with increasing complexity.

WorldWise Lesson Plans support each Student Book, offering practical, systematic and easy-to-implement instructions. These visually appealing resources integrate oral language, vocabulary development, fluency and comprehension, writing and phonics.

WorldWise Investigations is a web-based tool that provides extension activities for titles in the program. It encourages exploration of content linked to curriculum outcomes in a deeper more hands-on way. Students are supported with a framework that encourages investigation and inquiry.

This series is supported by an array of teacher resources which can be obtained by visiting

Teacher Resources

Each WorldWise student book is supported by a corresponding Lesson Plan for teachers.

The following additional teacher resources are available:

  • Curriculum outcomes
  • Writing templates
  • Correlation charts which provide title-level information about alignment to curriculum

These additional teacher resources can be downloaded from