3 extracts to practice skimming and scanning for key words. Artemis Fowl, Harry Potter and The Hobbit used. I have used these resources to practice speed reading with my class. They love the time element and try to beat their previous score.
Short introduction to Kingdom Brunel with a link to a detailed video about his life. I used this to start off an interactive writing lesson in small groups - the work was then adapted and written up individually. Aimed at Uears 5/6 and can link with the Victorians.