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 1: Poverty, illness, homelessness – no wonder McDonald’s UK workers are going on strike by Aditya Chakrabortty
Week 2: ‘The Stormchasers’ by Adam Marek
Week 3: The parents complaining about strict school rules could do with a lesson or two themselves by Janet Street-Porter
Week 4: ‘The Street That Got Mislaid’ by Patrick Waddington
Week 5: Help! I’m almost 30 and my friends are procreating like humanity depends on it by Joe Lycett
Week 6: Down the Rabbit-Hole by Lewis Carroll
Week 7: Why it’s time to let go of Let it Go by Rae Earl
Week 8: Chapter One of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen
Week 9: Hedd Wyn: the shepherd poet whose story shows the stupidity of war by Giles Fraser
Week 10: ‘The Wish’ by Roald Dahl
Week 11: Watch out, manspreaders: the womanspreading fightback starts now by Radhika Sanghini
Week 12: ‘The Selfish Giant’ by Oscar Wilde
Week 13: ‘Pretend your food is disgusting’ Romesh Ranganathan’s Christmas survival guide for vegetarians
Week 14: ‘Notes from the house spirits’ by Lucy Wood
*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 15: Why I won’t be making any resolutions this year by Nicky Ellis
Week 16: ‘The Little Match Girl’ by Hans Christian Andersen
Week 17: How Hitler could solve our housing crisis by David Mitchell
Week 18: The Story of An Hour by Kate Chopin
Week 19: The obsession with strong women is just another way to keep us down by Barbara Ellen
Week 20: Chapter One of ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens