Any quality fictional text. Reading extracts will build understanding of characters, setting and how atmosphere is created. Reading whole novels or short stories will extend understanding of themes.
Non-fiction. Any quality newspaper, magazine or internet website discussing topical issues.
Before reading you can:
- Talk about strategies they can use if they come across an unfamiliar word.
- Focus on what they do well, encouraging them to build on their strengths as readers.
During reading you can:
- Use the internet to find information on a range of topics or read newspapers together looking for specific information; e.g. weather, television programming, sport etc.
- Read yourself – show them that reading has a purpose and is enjoyable.
After reading you can:
- Choose one or two words that they were unfamiliar with and talk about how the word could be used in other contexts.
- Ask questions to check the level of understanding of the text.
- Ask the student to write a short summary of the events in the text focusing on key elements and ensuring accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar.
- Dictate an extract from the text. The student can then check their spelling, punctuation and grammar directly from the text in order to embed learning.