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Making links between texts learning mat
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Reading strategies checklist
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Text deconstruction - a help sheet
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Fact or opinion?
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Get back to basics with facts and opinions. Students discuss  … read more
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Following instructions
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What sort of language?
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Students define different styles of language (e.g. poetic, emotive  … read more
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The key to a good blurb
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Textual organisers
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Quick match up
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The rats grew bolder...
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Adrian Mole's new year
Unjumble the opening to 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole', with  … read more
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Book reviews
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Children investigate a variety of children's stories as part  … read more
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The Da Vinci Code - the opening
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Opening hooks
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Reading paper levels 5, 6 and 7 - moving through the gears!
Strategies for ensuring answers are concise and analytical.  … read more
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Whose theme is it anyway?
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PEE Mobile
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Analysing an opening chapter
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Close reading techniques: descriptive writing extracts
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Book response
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The PEE chain
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Author profile
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How to write a book review
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What is character?
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Tortoise book review: complete the tortoise's shell!
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