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Reading Strategies

Monday 18th January 2021

LO: To be able to retrieve key information from the text


  • Read Chapter 3 again

Reading Mon 18th Jan.mp4

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Tuesday 19th January and Thursday 21st January


LO: To be able to summarise the feelings of key characters

LO: To be able to infer from what a character says and does


The input for both lessons is shown below

Chapter 4

Reading Tuesday and Thursday 19th and 21st Jan

Challenge yourself!


Questions to ask when reading:



What does this word/phrase/sentence tell you about the character/setting/mood?

By writing..., what effect has the author created? Do you think they intended to?

What other words/phrases could the author have used here? Why?

How has the author made you/ this character feel by writing...? Why?



What do you think.... means? Why do you think that? Could it be anything else?

I think....; do you agree? Why/why not?

Why do you think the author decided to...?

Can you explain why....?

What do these words mean and why do you think that the author chose them?



Find the... in this text. Is it anywhere else?

When/where is this story set? Find evidence in the text.

Find the part of the story that best describes the setting.

What do you think is happening here? Why?

Who is telling this story?



Can you think of another story with a similar theme? How do their plots differ?

Which stories have openings like this? Do you think that this story will develop the same way?

Why did the author choose this setting? Will that influence the story?



What is the main point in this paragraph? Is it mentioned anywhere else?

Sum up what has happened so far in… words/seconds or less.

Which is the most important point in these paragraphs? Why?

Do any sections/paragraphs deal with the same themes?


Compare, contrast and comment

What is similar/different about two characters? Did the author intend that?

Explain why... did that.

Describe different characters’ reactions to the same event.

Does this story have a moral?

Which... is better and why?


Be an author

Which words do you think are most important? Why?

Which words do you like the most? Why?

What does the word... tell you about...? How?

Find two ways that the author tells you...

What do you think the author meant by...?

How has the author made you feel happy/sad angry/frustrated?