Independent Learning

Remote Reading Period

Overview of what students should do in their 'Remote Reading Periods' this Half Term

W/C

11th Jan

 Y7 Text = ‘Stormbreaker’ by Anthony Horowitz

 

 Link to online text (if students don't have a copy at home):

 https://fliphtml5.com/nkhg/nsqk/basic

 

 Link to online audio book:

 https://onlinereadfreenovel.com/anthony-horowitz/42493-stormbreaker.html

 

 Y8 Text = ‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett

 

 Link to online text (if students don't have a copy at home):

 https://www.gutenberg.org/files/113/113-h/113-h.htm

 Link to online audio book:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Heo96fQPtc0

 

 This week - Read Chapters 1 and 2 and then complete activities below

 This week - Read Chapter 1 and then complete activities below


 After reading the chapters indicated above, Y7 and 8 students should reflect on their reading and complete the relevant row in their 'reading journal' (this could be an electronic copy or a printed paper copy)

 Year 7 Reading Journal - Click Here

 Year 8 Reading Journal - Click Here

 

 They should then have a go at one, two or all of the following activities:

 

  • Let’s predict! Using the front cover and/or blurb (summary information on the back of the book), predict what the book will be about/what will happen.

 

  • Produce a spider diagram exploring the connotations of the book’s title (So produce a diagram to show what you think the book's title suggests).

 

  • Both texts immediately introduce their main characters (protagonists) to the readers – what are your first impressions of these characters and why? Provide three quotes (‘evidence’) and explanations of effects (See examples below)

 

 Y7 ‘already well built’ connotes Alex Rider has an athletic physique.

 

 Y8 ‘everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen’ illustrates Mary Lennox was considered physically unattractive.

 

 Students should keep their work safe. The English Department will be setting up Teams in due course and will ask for evidence of students 'reading journals' to be submitted in the last week of this half term.

 

W/C

18th Jan

 Read up to Chapter 4 and complete ‘Reading Journal’. Once you have identified five new words, write one sentence using each new word. You could also attempt any of the tasks from last week.

 

W/C

25th January

  ‘Stormbreaker’ activities (Y7)

  • Start by creating a five bullet point list of events so far (Title: ‘The story so far’)

 

  • Read Chapter 4 (‘So What Do You Say?’), Chapter 5 (‘Double O Nothing’) and Chapter 6 (‘Toys Aren’t Us’)

 

  • Find definitions for the following words from Chapter 5: ‘rendezvous point’, ‘sneering’, ‘hesitating’ and ‘apologetically’

 

  • Using each word separately, write one sentence about Alex Rider / the book ‘Stormbreaker’

 

  • Make notes about the gadgets Alex receives in Chapter 6 (see example below)

  name of gadget: what gadget does (yo-yo: can lift weights of up to two hundred pounds)

 

  ‘Secret Garden’ activities (Y8)

  • Start by creating a five bullet point list of events so far (Title: ‘The story so far’)

 

  • Read Chapter 4 (‘Martha’) and Chapter 5 (‘The cry in the corridor’)

 

  • Find definitions for the following words from Chapter 4: ‘embroidered, ‘tapestry’, ‘obsequious’, ‘subservient’, ‘indifference’ and ‘indignant’

 

  • Using ‘Point’ – ‘Evidence’ – ‘Explain’, summarise the main differences between Mary Lennox and Martha (Who is the friendlier character? Try to use the vocabulary from the previous task in this task).

 

 1st Feb

 ‘Stormbreaker’ activities (Y7)

  • Start by creating a five bullet point list of events so far (Title: ‘The story so far’)

 

  • Read Chapter 9 (‘Night Visitors’), then answer the following questions:

 

  1. What game does Alex play with Herod Sayle?

 

  1. What was Alex’s opinion of the Stormbreaker computer?

 

  1. What job does Herod Sayle say Ian Rider had?

 

  1. What does Alex see emerging from the sea?

 

  1. Who does Nadia Vole meet?

 

  • Read Chapter 10 (‘Death in the Long Grass’), then create five of your own questions and answers about this chapter.

 

 ‘Secret Garden’ activities (Y8)

  • Start by creating a five bullet point list of events so far (Title: ‘The story so far’)

 

  • Read Chapter 5 (‘The Cry in the Corridor’), then answer the following questions:

 

  1. Where did Mary eat her breakfast?

 

  1. Which type of bird does Mary talk to?

 

  1. How does talking to the bird make Mary feel?

 

  1. What did Mr Craven do with the key to the door?

 

  1. What is Mrs Medlock’s instruction about the door?

 

  • Read Chapter 6 ("There was someone crying – there was!”), then create five of your own questions and answers about this chapter.

 

 

 8th Feb

 ‘Stormbreaker’ activities (Y7)

  • Using knowledge gained from both last week’s ‘Reading Period’ and this week’s Live Lessons, make three predictions about what might happen to Alex in the next chapter – Chapter 11.

 

  • Read Chapter 11 (‘Dozmary Mine), then answer the following questions:

 

  1. What is the atmosphere of Port Tallon like on the first two pages of the chapter? Pleasant? Unpleasant? Welcoming? Unwelcoming? Quiet and peaceful?

 

  1. What does Alex discover at the library?

 

  1. How do you think Alex felt as he travelled through the mine and why?

 

  1. As Alex travels through the mine, is the atmosphere similar or different to what we experienced at the start of the chapter?

 

  1. The chapter ends ‘It was only now that he realised that it might lead only to a grave’ – why does this ending make us want to continue reading? What do we want to find out from reading on?

 

  • Read Chapter 12 (‘Behind The Door’), define the following words from the chapter, and write one sentence for each about what you’ve read today: opaque, decontaminated, biocontainment, sabotage and illuminated.

 

 ‘Secret Garden’ activities (Y8)

  • Using knowledge gained from last week’s ‘Reading Period’, make three predictions about what might happen to Mary in the next chapter – Chapter 7.

 

  • Read Chapter 7 (‘The Key to the Garden’), then answer the following questions:

 

  1. What is the atmosphere like in the opening of the chapter? Pleasant? Unpleasant? Welcoming? Unwelcoming? Quiet and peaceful?

 

  1. What is our impression of Martha based upon the description: ‘She was going to walk five miles across the moor to the cottage, and she was going to help her mother with the washing and do the week’s baking’?

 

  1. How does Mary feel when she knows that Martha is not in the house?

 

  1. What animal returns to visit Mary?

 

  1. For how many years does Ben Weatherstaff say that no-one has seen inside the garden?

 

  1. What does Mary find in the ground at the end of the chapter? Why does this discovery encourage us to read on?

 

  • Read Chapter 8 (‘The Robin Who Showed The Way), then create five of your own questions and answers about this chapter.

 

 

 22nd Feb

 ‘Stormbreaker’ activities (Y7)

  • Start by creating a five bullet point list of events so far (Title: ‘The story so far – Chapters 1 to 12’)

 

  • Read Chapter 13 (‘The School Bully’) and Chapter 14 (‘Deep Water’), then write a diary entry as though you are Alex Rider.

 

 The diary entry should be written in first person (use ‘I’, ‘me’, ‘my’), be one paragraph long and contain the following information: three things that have happened to Alex in these two chapters; two sentences about how Alex is feeling and one sentence about what he hopes will happen in the future.

 

 ‘Secret Garden’ activities (Y8)

  • Start by creating a five bullet point list of events so far (Title: ‘The story so far – Chapters 1-8’)

 

  • Read Chapter 9 (‘The Strangest House Anyone Ever Lived In’) and Chapter 10 (‘Dickon’), then write a diary entry as though you are Mary Lennox.

 

 The diary entry should be written in first person (use ‘I’, ‘me’, ‘my’), be one paragraph long and contain the following information: three things that have happened to Mary in these two chapters; two sentences about how Mary is feeling and one sentence about what she hopes will happen in the future.

 

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