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The Alphabet key

Compile a list of words from A to Z which has relevance to topic. Younger students can find the words starting with the letters of the alphabet and a picture for each slide. Older students should write sentences either with definitions or meaning of the word in context. Great activity for Reading and Inquiry.

The 5 Ws

Basic comprehension questions starting with the 5 Ws. Students identify Where, What, Who, When, Where as it happens in the story.

Analyse the Storyline

Identify the conflict or issue and be able to say how it was resolved.

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Describe this Character

Describe one aspect of the character and find an example from the story that support your description, go on to add more aspects.

Chapter Title Assignment

Students type in all the titles of the chapters from the novel. They then make a prediction of what the first chapter contains. They then read that chapter and record what the adjustments are. They then make a prediction for the next chapter, read the chapter and make adjustments and so on.

Development of Plot

Students are identifying and analysing characters, conflicts and themes.

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Story Development

In a story development students have to be able to identify what was the main problem or issue and then describe how it was solved.

Character Relationships

Identify the relationships between characters by linking them with coloured arrows relating to the key.

Development of a story

Map how a story builds with rising and falling action, climax, anti-climax and secondary climax.

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Create your own Wordfind with words from your story.

Character Diary

Write from the point of view of a character in a book. Make a diary entry for each chapter highlighting the issues, problems, climaxes, anti-climaxes, feelings and thoughts through the eyes of the character you have chosen.

Letter or email to Character

Write a letter or an email to a character. You could be writing to complain, express an opinion, thank them or ask them questions.

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Excitement Chart

Create an excitement chart that tracks the ups and downs the character feels. Add the feeling on the chart and then explain why the character feels like this, describe the action or event that is happening.

Wanted Poster

Make a Wanted Poster about a character. Identify what the Character is wanted for and a description of what they look like.

Story Cube

Choose six important parts of your story and draw pictures on the cube to tell the story. Make a story mobile by hanging them together. Or use the online Cube Creator and make a cube with Questions and answers.

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Use this timeline as a reading activity where students pick out the main events in order. They can draw a picture of the event and then write about it.

Character Collage

Find pictures in magazines or on the internet that you think look like the characters in your story. Make a collage of them and then add quotes that those characters made to the pictures. Share with your group and see if there are any similarities in the pictures you chose.

Trading Cards

Make a series of Trading cards where each have a picture of a different character on them with information about them. Students can then print them out, laminate them and use them for trading games.

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Similarities and Differences

Similarities and differences compare qualities and characteristics. Students need to be able to categorise what is the same and what is different, once they have that information they can present their findings as a summary.

What does it mean

Sometimes there is a whole phrase or a sentence that can be quite complex. Using this Graphic Organiser you can break the sentence down into single words, find the dictionary meanings of those words and then try and work out what the sentence really means.

Narrative Outline

Analyse the details of a plot by identifying all the language features. Show the developing understanding of comprehension.

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Sequence of events

This Graphic Organiser helps students to write a sequence of events with adverbial phrases. It will help them to focus on the order of events.

Character Description Meanings

Sometimes in stories characters have lots of of character traits. This Graphic Organiser allows the students to list them, find meanings for the words and then make an informed statement about the character.

Editable PowerPoint Newspapers

Template Download the PowerPoint Template from this website, choose the look of your front page and edit it

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Interview Questions

Write some interview questions for a character in a book. Use the starter words to help form questions to ask.

The Question Key

This is one of Tony Ryan’s Thinker keys. Students will need the answer to be able to write 5 questions that will link to the answer. Make the answer a name of a character and students have to write questions where the answer is the name of the character

Prediction Wheel

Students make predictions of the future about statements that cannot be proved...yet! They have to justify their predictions by answering the question starters. They will need to think about whether they can answer all the questions. Use this as a reading activity where students predict what is going to happen later in the book.

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Expanded Question

Sometimes students are tempted to answer a question with a limited answer. By following the expanded question format they have to answer a question by breaking it down and then writing the final answer from what they have written.

Concept Layer Map

A concept map illustrates knowledge and sharing of information. Use this as a reading activity with students making an outline of the whole story/novel.

Big wide Questions

This Graphic Organiser helps students to develop deeper questions. This will encourage more meaningful research rather than finding superficial answers.

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Narrative Writing Framework

Narratives are written to entertain, motivate or teach morals and values. They are written in 2nd and 3rd person and are written in the past tense. Students need to be able to identify a conflict, write the important points in order and then identify the moral or summarise the story.

Prediction, Evidence, Adjustment

Students can make predictions about what they are going to read but they need to be able to support those predictions with evidence or clues that they have picked up. Once they have read the text they can then see how close their predictions were by adding any adjustments.

How to answer a question

Use this as a teaching tool for showing students how to write an answer to a question

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Pre-Character Description

Reading about the Character

What is Fact or Opinion

Sometimes descriptions of characters are provided by other characters in the book, so they are opinions. Find all descriptions of one particular character and provide evidence that agrees or disagrees with the descriptions.

Skim and scan the text and find out as much information as you can about the character. You can use text and visual clues that will describe everything about them with the information you have been provided.

Sometimes students can have difficulty identifying what is fact or opinion in a piece of writing. Use this graphic organiser to help them sort the sentences into Facts or Opinions.

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Text Message Conversations

Making Sense

T Chart

Write Write a text message conversation

  • between 2 characters in a book

  • between 'you' and a character in a book

  • between 'you' and a famous person

  • between you and a member of your family or a friend

  • as part of a Digital Citizenship exercise

The internet is full of information, sometimes too much. Using the keyboard shortcut of Ctrl F, insert a keyword and click OK to find that keyword in a body of text. Read the text, if it answers the question then copy that text over to the Internet information box. Highlight the key points in the internet information and use those key points to write new information to answer the question. Following this procedure the student has to make sense of the internet information and form new information from it. The teacher is able to see if the student is able to do this by comparing the internet information with the new information.

T Charts can be used in many different ways and for many different purposes. It all depends what criteria you set.

  • ===Advantages/Disadvantages===

  • ===Fact/opinion===

  • ===strengths/weaknesses===

  • ===pros/cons===

  • ===problems/solutions===

  • ===inferring/evidence===

  • ===looks like/sounds like===

  • ===I infer/because===

Before and After Web

From your Prior Knowledge write what you already know about what you are going to read.

Once you have read the text add what you have learned in the outside box. Adapted from

an idea by Sheena Cameron.

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