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Reading skills

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Reading strategies checklist
A handy checklist for active reading strategies. Perfect for encouraging wider reading.
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Text deconstruction - a help sheet
Useful prompts to guide students through deconstructing a text.
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Fact or opinion?
Get back to basics with facts and opinions. Students discuss examples and build up to writing short pieces of their own.
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Following instructions
A classic test that challenges students' ability to follow instructions. They need to read the instructions carefully in order to succeed!
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What sort of language?
Students define different styles of language (e.g. poetic, emotive etc.) and then match each term to the examples provided.
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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 Non-fiction and media teaching pack.
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Textual organisers
A really versatile way to look at organisational features such as: title, subtitle, font, size of font, illustrations, photos, graphs, etc.
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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.
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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'.)
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Adrian Mole's new year
Unjumble the opening to 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole', with our interactive jigsaw puzzle, Choptalk .
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Book reviews
Children investigate a variety of children's stories as part of a preparation or research project. Variety of books required! (Best on A3 paper.)
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The Da Vinci Code - the opening
Focus on the writer's use of language with this cloze activity and accompanying questions. Great for Y9.
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Opening hooks
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.
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Reading paper levels 5, 6 and 7 - moving through the gears!
Strategies for ensuring answers are concise and analytical.
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Whose theme is it anyway?
An activity to explore key themes in any text and how discussion contributes to the creation of knowledge.
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PEE Mobile
Create mobiles highlighting how a PEE chain works.
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Analysing an opening chapter
We think this is useful for its close textual analysis frame. Would work well on an interactive whiteboard.
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Close reading techniques: descriptive writing extracts
A focus on close reading and language, using extracts from a range of texts. Useful.
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Book response
A guide for writing a book review. The original resource is followed by a differentiated version for use with students with SEN.
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The PEE chain
A handy poster-style guide to POINT-EXAMPLE-EXPLAIN.
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Author profile
A simple sheet to help students record what they find out about an author.
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7 golden rules for reading comprehensions
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Reading poems - teacher notes
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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.
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What is character?
Use 'character wheels' to write character descriptions. Structured and user friendly.
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Tortoise book review: complete the tortoise's shell!
A Teachit oldie!
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Buddy’s letter provides an opportunity for students to redraft and edit a letter by hand. It is always interesting to note the empathy that some of the students have for Buddy, and this can come across as a desire to ‘punish’ Buddy’s mother.  

Fran Nantongwe, Literacy and English Lead

 

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