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Reading strategies checklist
A handy checklist for active reading strategies. Perfect for encouraging wider reading.
Text deconstruction - a help sheet
Useful prompts to guide students through deconstructing a text.
Fact or opinion?
Get back to basics with facts and opinions. Students discuss examples and build up to writing short pieces of their own.
KS3 | Skills | From the resource collection(s): Reading skills and featured in our teaching pack(s) Argue and persuade pack
A classic test that challenges students' ability to follow instructions. They need to read the instructions carefully in order to succeed!
What sort of language?
Students define different styles of language (e.g. poetic, emotive etc.) and then match each term to the examples provided.
The key to a good blurb
Focus on the language used in an autobiography's ‘blurb’ (Ishmael Beah's 'A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier') in order to appreciate ways in which a writer can grab and hold our attention.
KS3 | Skills | From the resource collection(s): Reading skills and featured in our teaching pack(s) Non-fiction and media teaching pack
A really versatile way to look at organisational features such as: title, subtitle, font, size of font, illustrations, photos, graphs, etc.
Quick match up
This works well as a starter and is ideal for easing students in to writing a book review. Identify the text type of 5 book-themed extracts.
The rats grew bolder...
A starter focusing on how effective writers create meaning. Teacher notes on page 2. Also provides a taster for a good read ('Down and Out in Paris and London'.)
Adrian Mole's new year
Unjumble the opening to 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole', with our interactive jigsaw puzzle, Choptalk .
Children investigate a variety of children's stories as part of a preparation or research project. Variety of books required! (Best on A3 paper.)
The Da Vinci Code - the opening
Focus on the writer's use of language with this cloze activity and accompanying questions. Great for Y9.
Discuss the different hooks used in this selection of story openings. The Whizzy file is a 3-way matching task using Flash - identify the title and author for each opening.
KS3 | Prose | From the resource collection(s): Reading skills
Reading paper levels 5, 6 and 7 - moving through the gears!
Strategies for ensuring answers are concise and analytical.
Whose theme is it anyway?
An activity to explore key themes in any text and how discussion contributes to the creation of knowledge.
Create mobiles highlighting how a PEE chain works.
Analysing an opening chapter
We think this is useful for its close textual analysis frame. Would work well on an interactive whiteboard.
Close reading techniques: descriptive writing extracts
A focus on close reading and language, using extracts from a range of texts. Useful.
A guide for writing a book review. The original resource is followed by a differentiated version for use with students with SEN.
The PEE chain
A handy poster-style guide to POINT-EXAMPLE-EXPLAIN.
A simple sheet to help students record what they find out about an author.
7 golden rules for reading comprehensions
Reading poems - teacher notes
How to write a book review
A comprehensive list of questions to consider when writing a book review. The original resource is followed by a differentiated version for use with students with SEN.
What is character?
Use 'character wheels' to write character descriptions. Structured and user friendly.
Tortoise book review: complete the tortoise's shell!
A Teachit oldie!
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