Holes by Louis Sachar: whole-class reading unit (or guided reading plan)
**EDIT** Smart notebook has been added - questions now available for all children to see. There are some additional activities on non-fiction extracts that link to the story in order to support the children's understanding.

I'm a big advocate of whole-class reading over the carousel method of guided reading! However this planning could also be used with a small guided reading group.

This is a plan for roughly 6 weeks' worth of reading lessons (23 sessions - provided you do at least 4 a week. Each session lasts about 30-40 mins). It's definitely aimed towards Year 6, but could be adapted for a Year 5 class. I have used question starters taken from the 2016 sample SATs paper and real SATs paper to prepare children for the new reading curriculum.

Each week (4 sessions) is based around a different type of question - retrieval, choice, interpret, vocabulary and 3-mark questions.

I've included a "3-mark question" in some of the sessions and have based my example answers round the 'APE' (answer, prove, explain) style structure.

***It has now become apparent that 'APE' is far from a useful method to answer 3-mark SATs style questions. However, I'm going to keep them in the resource as I still think it's a good way to develop children's written responses in general. Rhoda Wilson has written an excellent blog here that explains how to write 3-mark responses for SATs: https://misswilsonsays.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/pee-off/ ***


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Created: Dec 19, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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