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24th May 2017
English, secondary, library, books, reading for pleasure, lesson, KS3, KS4, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11

Promote reading for pleasure with these hand-picked library lessons and activity ideas

Under the enormous time pressures of the curriculum, it can be easy to forget that your school or class library even exists. But, with its variety of genres and subject areas, a library is undoubtedly one of the finest resources for promoting reading for pleasure. We’ve brought together a collection of the top lesson and activity ideas to help both you and your students fall in love with books. 


Holes Book Cover Lesson

holes, book cover, book design, book, books, reading, literacy, art, louis sachar,
By missedutton

Banned Books!

An exciting, engaging lesson which teaches students the thrilling history of some of their favourite books. Mad, bad and dangerous to read - some of these books have been banned from classrooms and libraries across the world and one was even banned throughout China!

This lesson culminates in a main task which asks students to write a persuasive speech which argues either for or against students reading Lord of the Flies. This task asks them to consider the wider impact of studying literature, and should stir up some excitement about reading!

This lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.

By Lauren Archer

Library lesson

An activity for visiting the school library. One lesson.
By a_froome_mts

Library Fun Pack - World Events (Research and Writing Skills)

This resource is over 80 pages of printables, no prep worksheets.
Have a substitute lesson to cover? Have no idea how to combine your history with ICT or library? Or, do you simply just want to teach your students how to research well.
This pack includes over 80 important and unimportant days, dates and world events. They will need exceptional research skills to answer the questions for a few of the days, other days will be easier to find information about. Perfect for homework too!
This pack is a full unit of work, it can be used cross curricular for English/History/Library and ICT across KS1/KS2 and KS3.

Included but not limited to
-Diabetes Awareness Day
-Independence Day (USA)
-World Nutella Day
-Christmas Day
-Good Friday
-Winnie the Pooh Day
-Celebration of Life Day
-Happy Halloween Day
-Opera Day
-Seed Swap Day
-Coastal Clean Up Day
-Pet Fire Safety Day
-World Tuberculosis Day

This resource will cover many learning objectives and outcomes. It can be extended further with individual / team presentations and projects.
By PollyPuddleduck

Activities and games

Book Club Guide

All you need to set up and run a successful book club or reading group in your school. Templates, planning tools and activity ideas. Chatterbooks book clubs can be run by teachers, teaching assistants, student teachers, parents or volunteers. Suitable for pupils of all ages and all stages of reading. Great fun, creative and inclusive. Endorsed by the Department for Education and designed to meet the statutory requirements for reading and spoken language in the English national curriculum.
By TheReadingAgency

'Book Ninjas' Library Tasks

30 engaging tasks for students to complete in the library. I created these little library challenge cards for my boys group who really engaged with them! The idea is that ninjas are silent and focused and a class in the library should be too. These vary in ability and challenge and be easily adapted!

Suitable for KS2 or KS3!
By MissCResources

National Poetry Day 2019 Resource from the Scottish Poetry Library

Riddle writing poetry activities for KS3 students. Includes 3 riddles (and answers for teachers!) as well as detailed prompts for how to structure activities for different group sizes (class, group and individual work).

By PoetryDayUk

Quiz for CBCA Book Week 2019 - Reading is my secret power

This interactive PowerPoint quiz is perfect for using in the 2019 Australian CBCA Book Week. It contains 76 questions. The first 70 questions cover famous books from Australia and around the world. This is followed by one question on each of the books in the CBCA 2019 short list for ages 7-12.

You can use this as a starter, an assembly, a filler or a main activity. All questions are multiple choice and focus on popular modern books as well as classics. After you have chosen an answer for each question, click again and the correct answer changes colour. The PowerPoint is non-editable. Please click ‘read only’ to open.

Example questions include:

  • Who visits Narnia first? Peter, Edmund or Lucy
  • Which of these books does Hermione Granger like to read? Albus Dumbledore’s Guide to Magic, The History of Hogwarts or Hogwarts: A History
  • Where do Jane, Michael and Mary Poppins have a tea party? On the ceiling, In the nursery or In Wonderland
  • What is the name of The Magic Pudding that always reforms after being eaten? Arthur, Albert or Alexander

A separate answer sheet is also included.

By Blossoming Minds

Learning Grid of Activities to use in Library lessons Years 5-8 KS2 KS3

This is a 6x6 Learning Grid of activities ranging from reading; discussion; creative activities and pair work to use in Library lessons at KS2 and KS3. Use with a dice and students work in table groups to find activities to work on for 10+minutes at a time.

I have always found it difficult to set work for library lessons but with this grid I have provided 36 activities which students chance upon themselves with a roll of a dice. These have been proving very popular among students at my school as they have the control and choice of what they are doing for the lesson.
By theblinggirl

Library Activity Worksheets - Search the Shelves!

5 library activity worksheets designed to get students searching the library shelves and learn their way around a library.

Each sheet is a short activity to complement other activities a class does while in the library.

Each sheet has two identical worksheet activities for making photocopying more paper friendly.

By roger_pooley

Library Challenge Cards

These ‘Library Challenge’ cards were made for my class library, but they could be used in a school library as well. The idea was just to get the children excited about reading and properly engaged with the books, and they’ve really enjoyed working through the activities – an added bonus being that I use this work to decorate the walls of our library.

There’s a selection of 10 Library Challenge Cards, plus a ‘Library Challenge of the Week’ which just allows for changing things up a little without having to print and laminate more cards.
By sh2810

Activities Week - Journalism

A full day of activities for students working in groups on a newspaper project for their school. Includes worksheets and resources for students to look at agony aunt columns, sports journalism, school news, interviews, reviews and opinion pieces. 6 hours worth of materials that enable students to improve their writing skills and create a coherent newspaper by the end of the day. Includes success criteria, models, scaffolds, sentence starters and more.

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