Shared reading

This strategy will help students to:

  • tune into and critically analyse a healthy relationships or sexuality topic or issue.


  1. Use a picture book or simple novel as a starting point or to reinforce key messages and understandings.
  2. Provide students with a short period of time to preview the text silently either individually or as a group.
  3. Ask students to share their predictions of the main ideas with a partner or the class. Suggested question prompts include:

What do you think the story will be about?

How do you know?

  1. After reading, use these prompts to help students to think critically about the text:

How did the illustrations make you feel?

What is the message of this story?

What would the character/s have felt like? Have you ever felt like that?

What feelings did the other characters in the story show? Why?