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Enhance literacy in your primary and secondary students with our exclusive International Children’s Book Day activities!

Enhance literacy in your primary and secondary students with our exclusive International Children’s Book Day activities!

Primary Worksheet – Parts of Speech

Print this in A3/A2 as a classroom reminder or hand out to students when teaching grammar. This handy worksheet gives a comprehensive explanation of the eight parts of speech.

Activity:

Using the poster/handout below as a guide for your students, ask the class to think of two words and write them on a sticky note.

On the board, or on a separate piece of paper, draw a table with eight columns: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, interjections and articles.

Ask your students to stick their word in the correct category. Once everyone has stuck their word on the table, facilitate a class discussion about whether they agree that each word has been placed under the correct category, and ask why/why not.

If there is a category with less than three words, ask the class if anyone can think of some more.

This exercise will help students to remember how certain words function and create meaning within sentences. It also gives them an opportunity to discuss why they think a word belongs or does not belong in a category.

Secondary worksheet – How to Write an Essay

Simplify the essay writing process for your students with our step-by-step instructions. On this worksheet we cover the popular TEEL method and break down each step to help your students write fantastic essays!

Activity:

Ask your secondary students to pick their favourite book, film or song.

Have them think about the themes of their chosen medium and come up with their own essay question that will prove why the book/film/song is nuanced.

Get your students to run their essay question past you first, so that you can either challenge or approve it before they go ahead.

This exercise gets students to think deeply about the literary or film culture that they are interested in, which not only will engage them in this exercise, but will allow them to gain valuable perspective and think critically about their chosen medium.

Top 10 Children’s Books you can read or recommend to your class

As listed by Better Reading 2021

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling
  2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  3. Possum Magic by Mem Fox
  4. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
  5. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
  6. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  7. Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
  8. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
  9. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis
  10. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

You can print this list of books and leave it in your classroom or give to students as reading recommendations!

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