English: Promoting reading for pleasure

Top resources to help you to get secondary students talking about books and making thoughtful reading recommendations to one another.

Tes Resources Team

KS3 & KS4 Students Reading For Pleasure Reading For Pleasure In Preparation For World Book Day

Reignite secondary students’ long-lost passion for books and reading with these hand-picked resources

There are many things that change during the transition from primary to secondary school and the number of students reading for pleasure is one of them. It would seem that the pressure of studying more subjects and doing more homework tends to put pupils off of books. Here, we’ve brought together a selection of popular resources to start exalting the joys of reading once again, as well as ideas to support learners as they go about choosing the right books for them.

Encouraging reading

Create a reading culture in your school
scottishbooktrust

Create a reading culture in your school

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These resources were written to support teachers with activity ideas during Book Week Scotland - they are a great way in to creating a school culture where everyone celebrates reading for pleasure. Whether you want to embed some quick but effective changes, or you want to hold a school-wide readi...
Book Bingo whole school reading incentive
TambiMaple

Book Bingo whole school reading incentive

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Three bingo cards, each with 16 spaces for book titles: one for the Autumn Term; one for the Spring Term and one for the Summer Term. Pupils are encouraged to read a wider range of books and also to read for pleasure. They are rewarded with raffle tickets per line (an extra raffle ticket for a full ...
"Why should I read?" author comments for display
Sophie Bartlett

"Why should I read?" author comments for display

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Ashley Booth (@MrBoothY6 on Twitter) started this brilliant idea by asking authors on Twitter why they think children should read - he has collated all of the responses here (there are LOADS!): https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/authors-reasons-to-read-11702156 I chose a mere 39 of those and...

Discovering new books

Reading skills KS4
Miss_s_k

Reading skills KS4

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A good way of practising close reading skills.. these resources are: 1. a selection of openings to novels; can be used in a number of ways.. with frameworks to develop close reading skills, dicussion, when beginning a novel with a particular effective opening. 2. powerpoint for reading lesson; memor...
72 young adult books to get teenagers reading
TES_Editorial

72 young adult books to get teenagers reading

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One English teacher threw away her class sets of reading books and came up with a revolutionary new canon to inspire reluctant readers. Working with her school librarian, she sought out teachable, modern books that were connected to the curriculum but were also exciting to read and relevant to stude...
Student reading project with lists and exciting varied tasks
Mrsmumbles

Student reading project with lists and exciting varied tasks

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This is an ideal pack for anyone wanting to encourage their students to read widely and perhaps try a different range of books. It is aimed at KS3 age students, mainly year sevens and eights. However, it is just as useful for aspiration Commin Entrance exam students who are keen to brush up on book ...
KS4 Reading List
rirvine84

KS4 Reading List

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An editable table of recommended reading for KS4 students, colour coded into fiction, non fiction, poetry and graphic novel.