Before you read the passage to the class, tell pupils they will be tested on what they have heard and what they can remember. Treat it as a challenge.
When you have read the passage, ask the class to write down the answers to five questions that you have prepared. This works best if you use these top tips:
- Insist that the answers are written not called out (this takes a bit of practice with some classes).
- Write the questions on the board and show them to the class before reading the passage. This helps them to listen for a purpose.
- Make the questions increasingly difficult. For example, the first two could be true or false answers.
- Ensure answers are clear and unambiguous. This saves stress on the teacher
Andy Steward is Advanced Skills Teacher at Ashton Park School in Bristol.