Blog Posts tagged: Reading Activities

What Makes a Good Book Trailer?

Creating book trailers is a fantastic task to develop pupils' writing and critical reading skills. But in order for it to be effective, you've got to know how to assess the task! In this feature, we deconstruct a book trailer for Danny Weston's novel, The Piper, by Katie Hancock and Gemma Hills from The Mary Erskine School, and ask the girls some questions about the way they put the trailer together, to help illustrate how you can assess the task and the quality of the learning that's taken place.

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Scottish Children's Book Awards: 6 Reasons Why You Should Write a Book Review

Find out why your pupils should write book reviews for the Scottish Children's Book Awards shortlisted titles - including the chance to win an author visit for your school!

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Why we should study Sir Walter Scott in schools

Sir Walter Scott is a literary giant of our fair land, so why does his work scarcely make an appearance in the curriculum? Education Scotland's Diane Anderson explores how we can get around the difficulties posed by Scott's work and make his texts accessible for study.

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A Novel Way to Take Part in Book Awards

Taylor High librarian Cathy MacIntyre found that taking part in a book awards was the perfect way to get older pupils into the library. Find out more about Cathy's experience, including some invaluable pointers to help you have a go yourself!

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5 Scots Activities for Beginners

Teacher Katrina Lucas gives some great suggestions for introducing Scots to the classroom.

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5 Strategies for Investigating Poems

Alan Gillespie explains how he inspires his classes to embrace poetry.

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How to write a five star book review

How to write a five star book review

Tips and advice for writing the perfect book review.

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5 Christmas Activities for Schools

Christmas is coming, so here's 5 ways to spread literary festive cheer in your school or library

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Character boxes, a fantastic way to respond creatively to a novel

3 ways to creatively respond to a book

The critical essay is a staple, but there are loads of fun ways to get pupils thinking critically about books

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Poetry in Motion with James Carter

How a school visit from poet James Carter inspired all kinds of creativity

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