Middle School Reading and comprehension lesson plans and activities

Resources and ideas for Reading and comprehension, written by teachers to support teaching and learning

Library Challenge Cards

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

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1

A complete 12 week scheme of work that is fully resourced and differentiated. Contains powerpoint lessons, medium term plan, text extracts and sample practice papers. Everything you need to teach the new GCSE English Language Paper 1. Also contains revision activities for GCSE Literature Paper 1 (easily adapted to suit your texts.)

By stebbingk05

AQA New 2017 Specification: English Language, Paper 2 Section A: Nonfiction Reading

AQA New 2017 Specification: English Language, Paper 2 Section A: Nonfiction Reading

10 fully resourced lessons to prepare students for the AQA English Language Paper 2, Section A exam: 'Writer's Viewpoints and Perspectives'.This resource bundle includes:Two powerpoint presentations totalling 142 slides.A full lesson by lesson scheme of work including clear learning objectives and outlining assessment opportunities.Eight different extracts to use with students from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Each lesson is clearly structured with learning objectives, learning start activities, learning review activities and opportunities for students to demonstrate and assess their learning in a number of ways. The lessons aim to develop a common approach for tackling each question to build students' confidence. There are a number of opportunities for students to tackle the different question types and the presentations provide clear steps and guidance to support students during the assessment process. Model answers and assessment sheets also included.Extracts included:'American Sniper', Chris Kyle'The Charge of the Light Brigade', William Howard Russell'Letter to My Mother', Wilfred Owen'A Beautiful Job', Gunner William Towers (WW1)'The Death of Lord Nelson', William Beatty'We Shall Fight Them on the Beaches', Winston Churchill'Surrender Speech', Chief Joseph (taken from the AQA Reading Support Booklet)'The Gettysburg Address', Abraham LincolnIn addition to this, the presentations also include some optional Paper 2, Section B questions that link to the extracts and aim to develop students' nonfiction writing skills.The lessons and extracts are focused around the theme of war so they can be linked with the 'Power and Conflict' AQA poetry anthology to develop students' contextual understanding for the English Literature exam.Any feedback on the resource would be greatly appreciated!

By RojoResources

Harry Potter Comprehension

Harry Potter Comprehension

An activity to revise and test students understanding of a story. Using Harry Potter allows the students to connect to a well known text. ***The extract used is copyright of the author J.K Rowling.

By Sazo123

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1, Question 3 Lesson (8700) New Specification

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1, Question 3 Lesson (8700) New Specification

A full lesson which introduces the structural question of the AQA English Language Paper 1 examination paper.It covers some of the structural features that the exam board are wanting students to analyse and chunks down the question so students understand the requirements. See my other lessons for English Language Paper 1.

By vgacek

Handa's Surprise ee ea e-e game Phonic Screen Year 1

Handa's Surprise ee ea e-e game Phonic Screen Year 1

this game covers the sounds ee ea e-e plus nonsense wordsHow to playEach player needs Handa and her basketPlace the two huts in the middle of the table.Decide which is the start pile hut and which is the return pile hut.Shuffle the cards place on start hutPlayer 1 turns over a card. If they read it they place in their basket.If they reveal an animal from the story they steal all your cards! Place these stolen cards in the return hut.Play continues until all cards are finished – watch out for alien goat and parrot!

By LiziP

Handa's surprise Mixed sounds game Phonic screen year 1

Handa's surprise Mixed sounds game Phonic screen year 1

a mixture of phonic sounds to support decoding skillsHow to playEach player needs Handa and her basketPlace the two huts in the middle of the table.Decide which is the start pile hut and which is the return pile hut.Shuffle the cards place on start hutPlayer 1 turns over a card. If they read it they place in their basket.If they reveal an animal from the story they steal all your cards! Place these stolen cards in the return hut.Play continues until all cards are finished – watch out for alien goat and parrot!

By LiziP

Handa's Surpise inspired phonics game Year 1 Phonics screen  sounds or aw aw ore oor

Handa's Surpise inspired phonics game Year 1 Phonics screen sounds or aw aw ore oor

How to playEach player needs Handa and her basketPlace the two huts in the middle of the table.Decide which is the start pile hut and which is the return pile hut.Shuffle the cards place on start hutPlayer 1 turns over a card. If they read it they place in their basket.If they reveal an animal from the story they steal all your cards! Place these stolen cards in the return hut.Play continues until all cards are finished – watch out for alien goat and parrot!

By LiziP

Handa's suprise phonics game Year 1 phonics screen game - sounds oe ow oa o-e

Handa's suprise phonics game Year 1 phonics screen game - sounds oe ow oa o-e

How to playEach player needs Handa and her basketPlace the two huts in the middle of the table.Decide which is the start pile hut and which is the return pile hut.Shuffle the cards place on start hutPlayer 1 turns over a card. If they read it they place in their basket.If they reveal an animal from the story they steal all your cards! Place these stolen cards in the return hut.Play continues until all cards are finished – watch out for alien goat and parrot!

By LiziP

Handa's Surprise phonics game ai ay a-e family. Year 1 phonic screen game

Handa's Surprise phonics game ai ay a-e family. Year 1 phonic screen game

How to playEach player needs Handa and her basketPlace the two huts in the middle of the table.Decide which is the start pile hut and which is the return pile hut.Shuffle the cards place on start hutPlayer 1 turns over a card. If they read it they place in their basket.If they reveal an animal from the story they steal all your cards! Place these stolen cards in the return hut.Play continues until all cards are finished – watch out for alien goat and parrot!

By LiziP

Paragraph Party! Organisation within a paragraph, fun whole class activity, space

Paragraph Party! Organisation within a paragraph, fun whole class activity, space

This is a fun and engaging whole class activity about organisation within a paragraph. Using a non-fiction context (information about space) pupils go to a paragraph party. They have to work out who is hosting the party (the topic sentence), who is the uninvited guest (information that doesn't belong) and various other activities.In short, it's a lively and memorable way of exploring non-fiction paragraphs.

By extra golden-time

Bundle of Handa's Surprise 5 phonics games. Year 1 phonic screen fun school/home

Bundle of Handa's Surprise 5 phonics games. Year 1 phonic screen fun school/home

games coveringai familyee familyoa familyor familymixed sound familyHow to playEach player needs Handa and her basketPlace the two huts in the middle of the table.Decide which is the start pile hut and which is the return pile hut.Shuffle the cards place on start hutPlayer 1 turns over a card. If they read it they place in their basket.If they reveal an animal from the story they steal all your cards! Place these stolen cards in the return hut.Play continues until all cards are finished – watch out for alien goat and parrot!

By LiziP

Alphabet Letters Clip Art  Polka-Dot Bold Colours BUNDLE

Alphabet Letters Clip Art Polka-Dot Bold Colours BUNDLE

Catch eyes on newsletters, worksheets, posters, product covers, and other teaching resources with this alphabet clipart set. Add whimsy and fun with this bold polka-dot pattern on thick letters, numbers, and symbols. Included in each of these eight bundled sets (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, and grey) are the letters A-Z in both the upper and lower case, the numbers 0-9, and 13 punctuation symbols (#, $, £, %, &, ÷, +, =, -, ?, !, comma, period/full stop) for a total of 600 images! By buying this bundle, you save over 50% off the retail value of purchasing each set individually. Capital letters measure approximately 15 cm in height at 300 dpi.Each of 8 colour sets includes:26 upper case clip art alphabet letters26 lower case alphabet clip art lettersthe numbers 0-913 various punctuation symbols, listed above75 total images in each set, 600 images total!Please ensure you can extract zipped files before downloading this product.*****************************************************************************Terms of Use: ● Commercial use: This clip art may be used in commercial products, but MUST be flattened and secured if you use the images in products you sell (distribute). Clip art must not be the main element in your product, ex. coloring pages, and may not be used to create other clipart or digital paper. ● Personal classroom use: This clipart may be used in lessons, activities, SMART board or PowerPoint lessons/activities that are not distributed or sold.● Blog/Website Usage: Images may not be displayed in blog posts, websites, or anywhere on the Internet in their original form. This would allow anyone to easily download and use the clipart. They may be used if flattened and secured with other design elements.● Commercial credit is required: A link to my Crunchymom store is required in both commercial products and freebies. A CM Logo image is included in the download file. The CM Logo with a link to my store must be visibly displayed if clipart is used on a blog or website.A full copy of the Terms of Use is included in the download file.*****************************************************************************THANK YOU for stopping by my store!

By Crunchymom

Love poetry mixed ability full term SOW

Love poetry mixed ability full term SOW

Full SOW looking at a selection of love poems with a mixed ability group. Used in term 6 so prior understanding of terminology is assumed, but there is a revision task at the beginning of the PP to go back over definitions and examples. Ability range from 3a to 7a in old levels terms. All lessons have differentiated tasks into the poems, exemplar PEE paragraphs, sentence starters and structured peer assessment. Range of interactive activities to encourage students out of their seats and research through 'information stations' around the room. Some creative writing and creative tasks to help understand the poems and look at different types of love. Poems include:Pre 20th century :Grief: Music when soft voices – Percy ShelleyRomance: Sonnet 18 - ShakespeareFriendship: Love and friendship – Emily Bronte21st century:Family: Nettles – Vernon ScannellModern romance: The quiet world – Jeffrey McDanielBreakup: Keyways – Owen SheersWriting poetry – creative lesson

By jessica_grace

Alphabet Letters Clip Art Red Polka-Dot

Alphabet Letters Clip Art Red Polka-Dot

Catch eyes on newsletters, worksheets, posters, product covers, and other teaching resources with this alphabet clipart set. Add whimsy and fun with this bold polka-dot pattern on thick letters, numbers, and symbols. Included are the letters A-Z in both the upper and lower case, the numbers 0-9, and 13 punctuation symbols (#, $, £, %, &, ÷, +, =, -, ?, !, comma, period/full stop) for a total of 75 images. Capital letters measure approximately 15 cm in height at 300 dpi.NOTE: This set is part of my Bold Polka-Dot Alphabet Clip Art Lettering BUNDLE. Get this set in 8 colours for over 50% off the retail value of purchasing each individually!This set includes:26 upper case clip art alphabet letters26 lower case alphabet clip art lettersthe numbers 0-913 various punctuation symbols, listed above75 total images Please ensure you can extract zipped files before downloading this product.Need another colour? This set can be found in my shop in bold red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, and grey.*****************************************************************************Terms of Use: ● Commercial use: This clip art may be used in commercial products, but MUST be flattened and secured if you use the images in products you sell (distribute). Clip art must not be the main element in your product, ex. coloring pages, and may not be used to create other clipart or digital paper. ● Personal classroom use: This clipart may be used in lessons, activities, SMART board or PowerPoint lessons/activities that are not distributed or sold.● Blog/Website Usage: Images may not be displayed in blog posts, websites, or anywhere on the Internet in their original form. This would allow anyone to easily download and use the clipart. They may be used if flattened and secured with other design elements.● Commercial credit is required: A link to my Crunchymom store is required in both commercial products and freebies. A CM Logo image is included in the download file. The CM Logo with a link to my store must be visibly displayed if clipart is used on a blog or website.A full copy of the Terms of Use is included in the download file.*****************************************************************************THANK YOU for stopping by my store!

By Crunchymom

DOLCH: READING FLUENCY: READERS

DOLCH: READING FLUENCY: READERS

Dolch words, also called sight words are the most common words found in Children’s Literature. Help your students become better readers with this Fluency Reader set of 220 Dolch words. VERSATILITY: → Easy large outline for your students to colour, shade or highlight the sight words.→ You may have students glue them in their interactive notebooks or simply staple strips at the top.→ There are 10-11 words conveniently placed on a single sheet giving you the flexibility to use them as spelling lists or to introduce in smaller batches.WHAT’S INCLUDED: ♦ 40 Pre-primer Dolch Words♦ 52 Primer Dolch Words♦ 41 First Grade Dolch Words♦ 46 Second Grade Dolch Words♦ 41 Third Grade Dolch WordsThis Dolch Fluency Reader set will not only help students identify common words by sight but will also be a great visual reference tool when students are crafting their own writing masterpieces.

By lauranerae

PHONICS: FLUENCY READERS: SILENT CONSONANTS

PHONICS: FLUENCY READERS: SILENT CONSONANTS

Build reading fluency of 60 Silent Consonant words with this innovative pack of fluency reader strips/accordion foldables. Each set comes in: ✓ Colour✓ Blackline✓ With visuals✓ Without visuals→ The blackline formats feature words in large outline so your students may colour in, write, or highlight inside to reinforce spelling and reading. → You may have students glue the accordion strips in their interactive notebooks or simply staple them at the top.→ All accordion foldables have 6 words conveniently placed on a single sheet giving you the flexibility to use them as spelling lists or to introduce in smaller batches. There are two copies of a single strip on a single page for two students.→ You may also use a brad fastener to attach the reading strips together and spread-out to read as a fan. Great to send home with students to practice reading and spelling.→ There are ten silent letters each featuring six words with a total of 60 words in all.The Silent Consonants in focus in these fluency reader strips/accordion foldables are: ♦ Silent Consonant /b/: climb, comb, lamb, bomb (fire), plumber, thumb♦ Silent Consonant /c/: crescent, descend, muscle, scene, scent, scissors♦ Silent Consonant /d/: badge, edge, handkerchief, handsome, hedge, wedge♦ Silent Consonant /g/: design, foreign, gnarl, gnat, gnome, sign♦ Silent Consonant /h/: ghost, hour, rhythm, what, which, white♦ Silent Consonant /k/: knead, kneel, knight, knit, knock, knot♦ Silent Consonant /l/: calf, half, palm, salmon, stalk, yolk♦ Silent Consonant /p/: cupboard, psychedelic, psychiatrist, psychic, raspberry, receipt♦ Silent Consonant /t/: butcher, castle, listen, match, watch, witch♦ Silent Consonant /w/: wrap, wreath, wrench, wring, wrist, write→ Please note the diverse range of words featured to suit the reading needs of your students.Reading will not be too overwhelming as your students fold and read each fluency strip foldable. This is definitely a great way to engage students in reading, besides this resource could also serve as an effective way to also teach vocabulary and spelling.

By lauranerae

PHONICS: FLUENCY READERS: FINAL CONSONANT BLENDS

PHONICS: FLUENCY READERS: FINAL CONSONANT BLENDS

Build reading fluency of 148 Final Consonant Blends with this innovative pack of fluency reader strips/accordion foldables. These accordion foldables may be glued into students’ interactive notebooks or stapled at the top to compile a mini strip booklet. For foldables featuring two strips of ten words, you may glue strip 1 over strip 2 to create one long accordion foldable. Perfect to send home with students or for display in the classroom.Each set comes in: ✓ Colour✓ Blackline✓ With visuals✓ Without visuals→ The blackline formats feature words in large outline so your students may colour in, write, or highlight inside to reinforce spelling and reading. → You may have students glue the accordion strips in their interactive notebooks or simply staple them at the top.→ Accordion foldables have between 6 -10 words conveniently placed on a single sheet giving you the flexibility to use them as spelling lists or to introduce in smaller batches. Some sheets also have two copies of a single strip on a single page for two students.→ You may also use a brad fastener to attach the reading strips together and spread-out to read as a fan. Great to send home with students to practice reading and spelling.The Final Consonant blends in focus in these fluency reader strips/accordion foldables are ♦ FINAL CONSONANT BLENDS N- & MP ♦ FINAL CONSONANT BLENDS -L♦ FINAL CONSONANT BLENDS -R♦ FINAL CONSONANT BLENDS -S♦ FINAL CONSONANT BLENDS -T Reading will not be too overwhelming as your students fold and read each fluency strip foldable. This is definitely a great way to engage students in reading, besides this resource could also serve as an effective way to also teach vocabulary and spelling.

By lauranerae

PHONICS: FLUENCY READERS: CONSONANTS MEGA BUNDLE

PHONICS: FLUENCY READERS: CONSONANTS MEGA BUNDLE

Build phonemic awareness, phonic skills and reading fluency with this mega bundle of Fluency Accordion-style Readers featuring 269 consonants. Each Fluency Reader set comes in: ✓ Colour✓ Blackline✓ With visuals✓ Without visuals→ The blackline formats feature words in large outline so your students may colour in, write, or highlight inside to reinforce spelling and reading. → You may have students glue the accordion strips in their interactive notebooks or simply staple them at the top.→ For foldables featuring two strips of ten words, you may glue strip 1 over strip 2 to create one long accordion foldable. Perfect to send home with students or for display in the classroom.→ Most accordion foldables have 10 words conveniently placed on a single sheet giving you the flexibility to use them as spelling lists or to introduce in smaller batches.→ You may also use a brad fastener to attach the reading strips together and spread-out to read as a fan. Great to send home with students to practice reading and spelling.→ Reading will not be too overwhelming as your students fold and read each fluency strip foldable. This is definitely a great way to engage students in reading, besides this resource could also serve as an effective way to also teach vocabulary and spelling.

By lauranerae

Year 7 Treasure Island- Lessons 1-5

Year 7 Treasure Island- Lessons 1-5

Approx. 20 lessons altogether. Follow the SOW.Included in this resource is a Scheme of Work, PowerPoints for every lesson, short extracts taken directly from the unabridged text, worksheets, resources and a homework booklet. The activities link to the AQA skills needed for GCSE English Literature. Students also have opportunities for creative writing. Each lesson links to specific chapter in the novel which makes the development of the plot easy to follow. This was working towards a Sp&L, reading and writing assessment. The Scheme of Work specifies the order of the lessons, which PowerPoint to use and the resources needed.

By megan9519

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English Assessment Policy Bundle

English Assessment Policy Bundle

Reading, Writing and Literacy Marking symbol system with powerpoints and sheets that students can use, stick in their books to help sharpen their assessment and your own. Feedback Improvement time sheet template, a Phases of English learning poster to show students the levels of challenge they need to work through to raise their English grade. There are Homework and presentation grading sheets and powerpoints

By danielmoan

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Reading Marking Symbols and Presentation

Reading Marking Symbols and Presentation

A sheet of marking symbols and detailed outline of how to use them to help students identify the skills they need to develop when marking their work. A powerpoint is also available to show students how to improve each skill.

By danielmoan

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Phases of English Learning Poster

Phases of English Learning Poster

A powerpoint that is designed to highlight to students how to build up their English Learning Skills from level to level. There is a self assessment sheet as well and these can be turned into posters for printing you have around your classroom, or to print for their students to have in their books.

By danielmoan

Suspense Writing: Full Writing Scheme of Work

Suspense Writing: Full Writing Scheme of Work

This scheme takes the group step by step through the stages of how to write a story. It is adapted from the government initiative 'Improving Childrens Writing' getting children from level 3 to level 4. I have changed it a little, so that it is also suitable for level 2 and 3 as well. Some resources you will have to get from the government published folder 'improving childrens writing'.

By asadler79

Holes by Louis Sachar - Unit of Work

Holes by Louis Sachar - Unit of Work

This resource contains a range of vocabulary and quality discussion questions for each section of the novel. It also includes a choice of follow-up tasks children could complete as they read the book. It is designed to last 7 weeks, however it can be adapted to suit your learners.I have used it in my classroom following the Highland Literacy Project's way of organising reading in the upper primary classroom. Children engage in reading 3 times per week:Session 1 - Pupils discuss the text, read the set pages independently and look up new vocabulary from the pages they have read.Session 2 - Pupils discuss the pages read with their group and the teacher.Session 3 - Pupils complete a follow-up task based on their book to demonstrate further understanding.When I have used this, I have printed a few pages of the document to share between pupils in the reading group. For Week 1, Session 1 - pupils use page 1 of the document. For Week 1, Session 2 - pupils use page 2 of the document. For Week 1, Session 3 - pupils have completed follow-up tasks in their jotters.This download includes both PDF and Word document formats, so it can be easily edited. I hope you find this resource useful, however you choose to use it!

By missdickson7

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Nicola Sturgeon Reading Comprehension (General Election 2017)

Nicola Sturgeon Reading Comprehension (General Election 2017)

A reading comprehension about Nicola Sturgeon that children can use in the build up to the 2017 election. It is also useful as a general reading comprehension about important people. Included is: a fact file about Nicola Sturgeon that is also a reading comprehension. This includes three differentiated worksheets with 10 questions each and answers included to test children's comprehension knowledge as well as learning about Nicola Sturgeon at the same time.

By krisgreg30

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Political Leaders Reading Comprehension Bundle (General Election 2017)

Political Leaders Reading Comprehension Bundle (General Election 2017)

Reading comprehensions about the leaders of the four biggest parties based on 2015 seats that children can use in the build up to the 2017 election. It is also useful as a general reading comprehension about important people. Included is: a fact file about them that is also a reading comprehension. This includes three differentiated worksheets with 10 questions each and answers included to test children's comprehension knowledge as well as learning about party leaders at the same time.

By krisgreg30