Write to an Author

Children are more likely to be engaged in writing if they have a genuine reason for writing. One strategy is to encourage children to write to an author (particularly a favourite author of books they love).  As a part of this activity, you can teach the different components of a formal letter (address, date, greeting, […]

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Question–Answer Relationships

    There are four key types of comprehension questions that students will encounter. Many students will find it useful if these questions types are explicitly taught and practised. Four Types of Questions: Right There Questions (Literal Questions): The answer to literal questions can be found by looking back in the text. Often the words used […]

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Environmental Print

Environmental print refers to the print that we see around us in the various aspects of our life. We see print in our environment on signs, logos, catalogues, brochures, labels and a range of advertisements. When children are just beginning to learn the sounds of the alphabet and beginning to blend letters and combinations of […]

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Developing Fluency

Fluent reading is defined as being able to read with speed and accuracy.  It is an important skill for all readers to develop as there is a direct correlation between fluency and comprehension.  Yet, fluency is a skill many struggling readers find difficult to develop. Developing fluency needs to be approached at multiple levels. Firstly, […]

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Create an Image Tree

Descriptive language describes a person, object or place in such a way that the reader is able to visualise the image in the same way as the writer. It requires the writer to pay close attention to details using all the senses: Taste, touch, sight, smell and hearing. Writers use a range of techniques to […]

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