Non-Fiction November

November is National Non-fiction month and is the ideal time for us to consider how to provide rich reading experiences with non-fiction texts. To begin, it’s important that good non-fiction writing does more than convey information. We can distinguish between factual literature and information text. While information text is solely for conveying information, factual literature […]

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Building the Next Generation of Readers

James Clements is the director of ShakespeareandMore.com . He is the author of Building an Outstanding Reading School , a report about creating a strong reading culture in a school. James will be leading a practical session looking at how teachers can support children to access classic texts at OUP’s 2016 English Conference For the Love of Reading: Passing on the Passion Learning to read is one of the most […]

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TreeTops Greatest Stories: Meet the authors

Next month sees the publication of our new TreeTops Greatest Stories series. Each of the 35 titles is beautifully retold and illustrated by some of our most popular authors and illustrators. We’re also fortunate to have best-selling author Michael Morpurgo as Series Editor and Kimberley Reynolds, Professor of Children’s Literature at Newcastle University, as Series Advisor. Over the […]

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Focusing your guided reading to get the best out of your strong comprehension, strong word reading groups

To find out more about how to group your class for effective guided reading, see my original post which takes you through using The Simple View of Reading to organise your class into guided reading groups . In a nutshell children are organized into groups based on their strengths and weaknesses in comprehension and word recognition. This enables you to adapt your teaching style and focus your guided reading session in a more accurate way than […]

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