Every week, as part of their homework, our year 10 students will be set a directed reading homework. They will be sent a link or PDF to an article, short story or extract and given a week to read it. This will be followed up with a 5-a-Day starter and a discussion about what they’ve read at the start of a Language lesson. Reading widely is intrinsically valuable but they’ll also be exposed to a variety of writing to develop their understanding of how to structure and organise texts for effect.
I’m going to share what we’re setting in this blog post (updated weekly because I want some of the articles to be current and for the fiction to link in with what’s happening in lessons/their lives where possible). If you’d like to do the Reading Challenge with your class I’d absolutely love that and would love to hear how it’s working and how it can be refined/adapted.
Click this link to go to the GoogleDrive with the follow up 5-a-Day starters.
Week 2: ‘The Stormchasers’ by Adam Marek
Week 10: ‘The Wish’ by Roald Dahl
Week 12: ‘The Selfish Giant’ by Oscar Wilde
*As a Christmas holiday treat, this is not a story in print that is freely available so students will listen to Jon McGregor reading it for Radio 4.
Week 18: The Story of An Hour by Kate Chopin