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Close Reading of Challenging Texts Literacy Skills Lesson - for use in any subject.

Close Reading of Challenging Texts Literacy Skills Lesson - for use in any subject.

This is a resource that I designed in my role as Literacy Coordinator and has been used successfully across all subjects in my current school. It is designed to explicitly teach and embed close reading skills. It is a complete lesson, however it can be taught again and again with any text. As a teacher, you will choose a challenging text containing information which you would like your students to understand. Through this lesson, students will work through a series of steps to help them to close read it and process the information in detail. I have used this many times as an English teacher for fiction and non-fiction texts, and teachers across the school have used it in their own subjects as a means to help students access complex information about their subject independently. The resource contains the Powerpoint for the lesson (including teacher guidance on how to choose the text), the handout (as a word document and as a pdf) and also some sample reading materials that I have used. Please contact me if you have any questions.
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King Lear- The Story - Reading Comprehension Worksheet

King Lear- The Story - Reading Comprehension Worksheet

This Reading Comprehension worksheet is suitable for upper intermediate to proficient ESL learners. The text narrates the story/ plot summary of King Lear based on William Shakespeare's famous play. After carefully reading a text, students are required to complete some comprehension exercises including: multiple choise, True or False and character match exercises. The vocabulary used in the text is rather advanced and can also be used for IGSCE, TOEFL or IELTS vocabulary building purposes. The handout can be completed in class or assigned for homework.
MariaPht
The history of Halloween - Reading Comprehension Worksheet / Vocabulary Worksheet

The history of Halloween - Reading Comprehension Worksheet / Vocabulary Worksheet

This worksheet will introduce students to the history of Halloween. It presents the ancient origins of Halloween and provides a historical background for one of the most popular holidays nowadays. The comprehension exercises that follow will bolster the student's newly acquired knowledge. The vocabulary exercises will enhance vocabulary acquisition through fun practice.
kntonia
The Sign of Four - Cracking the Case!

The Sign of Four - Cracking the Case!

In this engaging and informative lesson enables students to make clear and insightful links between Arthur Conan Doyle’s 'The Sign of Four' and its historical context of 19th Century London. In particular, students learn about the Jack the Ripper murders and subsequent attitudes towards the police, before considering how these ideas are reflected through Athelney Jones in the novel. The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which students learn through: - Researching the context of 19th Century London, such as the Jack the Ripper murders and attitudes towards the police; - Reading and understanding chapters 5 and 6, in which Athelney Jones makes his appearance; - Identifying and analysing the language techniques used by Doyle in describing Athelney Jones; - Analysing Doyle's intentions in presenting Athelney Jones in such a manner; - Peer assessing each other's learning attempts. Included is: - Whole Lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive; - Paper Copies of Chapters 5 and 6; - Athelney Jones links to context worksheet; - Researching Context worksheet - Essay Template; - Detailed Lesson Plan There are also opportunities for group learning, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. These resources were originally taught to GCSE students, but with subtle adaptations they have also been used with both younger and older (up to A Level) students. Please note that you'll need access to internet/laptops for the researching activity. All images are licensed for commercial use, and image rights are listed on the last page of the presentation.
TandLGuru
The Evolution of Computers - - Reading Comprehension Worksheet / Text

The Evolution of Computers - - Reading Comprehension Worksheet / Text

This Reading Comprehension worksheet is suitable for higher elementary to proficient ESL learners or native English speakers. The text is gives an account of the evolution of computers from the first to the fourth generation and the current speculations about what the future generations of computers will be like. After carefully reading the text, students are required to complete some comprehension exercises including comprehension questions and True or False exercises. The text can be used for vocabulary building purposes. This handout can be completed in class or assigned for homework.
MariaPht
Edexcel Relationship Poetry: Nettles by Vernon Scannell

Edexcel Relationship Poetry: Nettles by Vernon Scannell

This resource is challenging through differentiation and equally supports the middle/lower ability learners. This powerpoint offers a mix of informative slides, with activity slides to ensure that everyone is stretched and engaged. This lesson concludes with a comparative essay title to enable learners to evidence their understanding of the devices at play in this text. If you like this resource do leave a review and look up my other poetry resources in my shop. Alternatively, contact me on twitter @jomarsh1 to enquire about bespoke bundles, marking services and additional offers available on multiple purchases.
joannammarsh
The History of Tea - Reading Comprehension Worksheet / Text

The History of Tea - Reading Comprehension Worksheet / Text

This Reading Comprehension worksheet is suitable for higher elementary to proficient ESL learners or native English speakers. The text is recounts the history of tea and how it came to be the world's second most consumed beverage. After carefully reading the text, students are required to complete some comprehension exercises including comprehension questions, gap filling and True or False exercises. The text can be used for vocabulary building purposes. This handout can be completed in class or assigned for homework.
MariaPht
The Merchant of Venice - based on William Shakespeare's play - Reading Comprehension

The Merchant of Venice - based on William Shakespeare's play - Reading Comprehension

This Reading Comprehension worksheet is suitable for upper intermediate to proficient ESL learners. The text narrates the story/ plot summary of The Merchant of Venice based on William Shakespeare's famous play. After carefully reading a text, students are required to complete some comprehension exercises including: comprehension questions, True or False, gap filling and character match exercises. The vocabulary used in the text is rather advanced and can also be used for IGSCE, TOEFL or IELTS vocabulary building purposes. The handout can be completed in class or assigned for homework.
MariaPht
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint- Exupery Summary/ Reading Comprehension Worksheet

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint- Exupery Summary/ Reading Comprehension Worksheet

This 3 page worksheet will introduce your students to "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery one of the most popular and most loved books by children, teenagers and adults in the world. The summary is followed by comprehension questions and opinion questions to help students expand their understanding of the characters and the plot. After reading the summary and completing the exercises the students will feel motivated to read the book or watch the animated movie.
kntonia
Great Expectations - Edexcel - Language Paper 1 Section A Lessons

Great Expectations - Edexcel - Language Paper 1 Section A Lessons

A rolling PowerPoint with structured resources for a series of 4-5 lessons looking at answering questions for Edexcel 19th century fiction. This is based on the specification for English Language Paper 1 Section A. There is a PowerPoint ready to use with starters, plenaries and peer-assessment. Structured worksheets have also been included - this can easily be used for mid-low ability group or to stretch a more able group.
LM7658
The Sign of Four - Links to Historical Context!

The Sign of Four - Links to Historical Context!

In this engaging and informative lesson enables students to make clear and insightful links between Arthur Conan Doyle’s 'The Sign of Four' and its historical context of 19th Century London. In particular, students learn about the Jack the Ripper murders and subsequent attitudes towards the police, before considering how these ideas are reflected through Athelney Jones in the novel. The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which students learn through: - Researching the context of 19th Century London, such as the Jack the Ripper murders and attitudes towards the police; - Reading and understanding chapters 5 and 6, in which Athelney Jones makes his appearance; - Identifying and analysing the language techniques used by Doyle in describing Athelney Jones; - Analysing Doyle's intentions in presenting Athelney Jones in such a manner; - Peer assessing each other's learning attempts. Included is: - Whole Lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive; - Paper Copies of Chapters 5 and 6; - Athelney Jones links to context worksheet; - Researching Context worksheet - Essay Template; - Detailed Lesson Plan There are also opportunities for group learning, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. These resources were originally taught to GCSE students, but with subtle adaptations they have also been used with both younger and older (up to A Level) students. Please note that you'll need access to internet/laptops for the researching activity. All images are licensed for commercial use, and image rights are listed on the last page of the presentation.
TandLGuru
Room 13 - Chapter 1 Reading comprehension and activity.

Room 13 - Chapter 1 Reading comprehension and activity.

Included in this resource is a reading comprehension with different styles of questions including author intentions, vocabulary, inference, deduction and opinion. Alongside this is an activity to enhance the understanding of what has happened in the chapter. It focuses on imagery and gathering evidence from the text to create an illustration for the chapter.
miketaylorsthelens