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Creating excitement around a new class book

Added 04 Sep 2019 | Updated 10 Sep 19

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Introducing a new book to a class can be intimidating, particularly with reluctant readers.

This resource encourages children to use their detective skills in exploring a passage of text and to develop questioning techniques, express tentative thoughts, apply inference and interpretation skills, build on one another's contributions, and create a buzz of excitement around the new book.

The resource includes:

  • Advice on introducing the book to your class through a taster activity
  • Prompts for questions to explore their first impressions and interpretations
  • Tips for revisiting and revising these impressions when you return to the book

This activity is drawn from our Reading for Pleasure CPD, which explores the link between a love of reading and attainment. The course helps teachers and literacy leaders working in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 to drive an improved reading culture across their school. Contact for more information.

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