Resource

Creating excitement around a new class book

Added 17 Jul 2019
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Introducing a new book to a class can be intimidating, particularly with reluctant readers. Why not take the opportunity of the last couple of weeks of term to build excitement and anticipation around that book and to keep your students guessing over the holidays?

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 next term

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 schools@literacytrust.org.uk for more information.