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LinkyThinks Resources

LinkyThinks creates fun, playful and beautifully designed resources for both classrooms and home learning.

LinkyThinks creates fun, playful and beautifully designed resources for both classrooms and home learning.
Illustrated Story Mountain
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Illustrated Story Mountain

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The Story Mountain is a simple template for basic narratives, popular when giving children a sense of how a story arc can be structured into beginnings, middles and endings. This beautifully illustrated version is vibrant and approachable, incorporating more detail and explanation into the format.
Intro to Inference - 'Detective' Video, Guide and Questions
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Intro to Inference - 'Detective' Video, Guide and Questions

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From the highly acclaimed Comprehending Comprehension resource, here is an excerpt that is possibly one of the most important and often tricky aspects of reading comprehension: inference. Here, it’s taught as taking the role of a detective, finding clues and figuring out hidden meanings. For those who want to use Comprehending Comprehension selectively, here is a great chapter to focus on.
Slow Writing - Guide and Activities
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Slow Writing - Guide and Activities

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Slow Writing has gained popularity in recent years for it’s simplicity in creating balance and variation in children’s writing. This resource gives a clear and simple introduction to the concept and provides playful flashcards to use at home or in the classroom. These adaptable tools can be used in a range of ways, according to the chosen style of teaching.
Verbal Reasoning - Tips and Methods
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Verbal Reasoning - Tips and Methods

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When it comes to verbal reasoning, it can seem like you’re either good at it, or you’re not. But big improvements can be made with an understanding of how these tests work and applying a confident method. Here is a simple guide to help you on your way.
Persuasive vs Discursive Writing Guide
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Persuasive vs Discursive Writing Guide

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What is the difference between persuasive writing and discursive writing? What are they for? How are they structured differently? What kinds of language should be used in each? Here is a handy guide to both, comparing their different features, with a bunch of stylish openers to get you into the appropriate writing styles.
Rhythmic Writing - A Simple, Stylish Trick
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Rhythmic Writing - A Simple, Stylish Trick

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A really easy ‘life-hack’ for mature writing, is to think about rhythm. By simply varying the lengths of each sentence, being mindful of how each differs from the last, a piece of writing will go from stale to stylish. This resource contains a simple demonstration of the concept, with a fun, cutting-and-sticking activity to go with it. This allows for some top-standard modeling before students apply the concept to their own work.
'Show, Don't Tell' Guide
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'Show, Don't Tell' Guide

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‘Show, Don’t Tell’ is the best way to encourage more descriptive, emotive writing that engages the reader in emotions. Here is a lovely, simple, illustrated guide to introduce the concept.
Writing Hot and Cold - A Diagram for Narrative Structure
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Writing Hot and Cold - A Diagram for Narrative Structure

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A story can be simple, as long as it takes the reader on some sort of emotional or imaginative journey. Think of it as changes in temperature throughout the narrative. this flow chart shows the many ways of progressing a story, with reasonable starting points and curious endings. Story ‘mountains’ are limited and only describe one type of narrative arc. Writing hot and cold takes you wherever you want to go, while keeping the reader intrigued.
Intro to Similes Worksheet
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Intro to Similes Worksheet

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A gentle introductory worksheet to strengthen confidence with forming similes. In two main steps, it shows how to create basic and more advanced similes, using ‘as’ and ‘like.’
Comprehending Comprehension - Guides and Practice Questions
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Comprehending Comprehension - Guides and Practice Questions

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For those who want the written guides and practice, separated out into chapters, rather than the full E-book, here it is. Each question type is explained with its corresponding cartoon character, mini-text and practice questions. This includes the self-marking ‘Examiner’s Mind’ activities for each section.
Vocabulary-Building Bundle
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Vocabulary-Building Bundle

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A bundle of ways to enhance and expand vocabulary. As well as a lovely, illustrated poster to highlight the importance of a strong and varied vocabulary, a unique, editable word wheel for logging new words that uses the ‘walk the dog, stroke the cat’ method. In addition, this resource includes a new, innovative game called ‘Word Sneak.’ With instructions and a printable vocabulary list, this can be played in the classroom among peers, or as a whole class/school activity over a sustained period of time.
Metaphor-Making Method
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Metaphor-Making Method

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Understanding and recognising metaphors is one thing. Designing your own is another. Until you have a working knowledge of how metaphors function, they can often obscure a literary image, rather than paint a vivid picture for the reader. These worksheets introduce students into effective metaphors and break down their effects. Then, they show you how they can be made and how you can do the same. There is also an extra worksheet on the ways metaphors can become messy or confusing if not used carefully. In four simple steps, these worksheets will give you and your students the confidence and experience to use beautiful figurative phrases with ease.
Extended 'Detective' Questions - Inference Mini Comprehension
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Extended 'Detective' Questions - Inference Mini Comprehension

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After learning the basics of inference, here is a lovely text about two woodland creatures, with a range of inferential questions to consolidate the concept of ‘detective’ work in comprehension. Comes complete with a thorough answer sheet, explaining where marks can be gained.
Extension Questions BUNDLE
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Extension Questions BUNDLE

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All of the mini comprehensions available on LinkyThinks’ Comprehending Comprehension, complete with in-depth answer sheets. Now available as a bundle, at a lower cost than purchasing them individually.
Extended 'Writer' Questions - In Your Own Words
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Extended 'Writer' Questions - In Your Own Words

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A common comprehension question involves expressing information from the text ‘in your own words.’ This mini comprehension tests those skills in a variety of ways. It includes a rigorous marking sheet to demonstrate where answers can gain highest marks for rewording and eloquence.
Extended 'Chef' Questions - Language Analysis Mini Comprehension
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Extended 'Chef' Questions - Language Analysis Mini Comprehension

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One of the hardest aspects of comprehension is the analysis of literary devices and literary effects. This mini comprehension tests those skills to a high level, using a poetic text about an ancient tree. The task comes complete with a thorough marking sheet, to demonstrate where points can be gained from well-structured answers.
Mind Maps - A clear formula
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Mind Maps - A clear formula

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Mind Maps are often used without any structure or logic. It may be a nice way to play with ideas in a more visual way than a list, but with some method behind it, a mind map can be a very effective tool for planning or pre-planning. This layout works in stages, to help students (and adults!) organise their thoughts into topics, themes and descriptive qualities. This is the perfect introductory method for early creative writing planning. There are two differentiated examples included, with titles, ‘The Pet Shop’ and ‘The Haunted House.’