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Teachit Talk

19th February 2015


World Book Day

World Book Day is the perfect opportunity to improve your students' reading skills (especially those 'critical' ones).

We've rounded up some resources that will engage and encourage even the most reluctant readers.

Lindy Leslie

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20 teaching ideas for reading/library skills

20 creative and snappy teaching ideas to help reading flourish in your class. From reading circle activities to genre switching there's something for every kind of reader.

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Reading activities - An Inspector Calls

A brand new resource with a selection of tasks focusing on reading to encourage critical and independent thinking.

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Making links between texts – learning mat

An accessible learning mat to help students make links between texts and the world around them.

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Literary criticism viewpoint cards

Students are assigned a particular literary stance from which to explore the same text.

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Year 9 curriculum pack – Journeys

Help your students improve their critical reading skills with our KS3 Journeys teaching pack. Designed to help students get to grips with unseen and/or challenging texts, this is a great warm-up for the GCSE years.

The pack is free to subscribers or £10 for free members.

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Journeys teaching pack

David Crystal's grammar posters

This set of ten posters explores how grammar works in context, starting with the essential question, 'What is grammar for?'

Perfect for reference, reinforcement and as a springboard for further exploration for KS3-5 students, the posters will help students with key aspects of grammar including word classes and sentence structure

If you order more than one set of any of our posters, you'll get at least 10% off and a discount on P&P!

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Hitting the headlines

Schools to change term dates to allow families to take cheaper holidays (Independent)

Row over Scotland teacher numbers (BBC)

Miliband in 'apprenticeship guarantee' for school leavers (BBC)

Book news and competitions

Unseen poems written by Iain Banks have been published on what would have been his 61st birthday.

Lots of great prizes on offer for the BBC Young Writers' Award with Booktrust 2015. Students aged 14-18 should submit a short story on any topic by Wednesday 25th February.

What's on



Mark Lawson Talks To Kazuo Ishiguro

The novelist talks about his life and career and his latest novel The Buried Giant.

Sun 22nd Feb | 8pm - 9pm | BBC Four


Desert Island Discs

Mark Rylance chooses eight of his favourite recordings.

Fri 20th Feb | 9am - 9.45am | BBC Radio 4


Fear and Misery of the Third Reich

A new adaptation of Brecht's powerful, political drama.

20th March - 28th March | Questors Theatre, Ealing

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