Literacy across the curriculum

This week’s feed has a focus on reading skills and addresses literacy across the curriculum.

When we ask pupils to read a text, either in silence or by reading aloud for them to follow, how do we know they are actually reading? Are they reading actively or passively? Pupils are experts at reading-avoidance, and have a wide repertoire of strategies up their sleeves to trick us into thinking they are reading when they are actually not!

Try some of the following strategies with pupils to check their understanding and encourage more active reading:

  1. Summarise what you have just read by reducing the text to 5 sentences and then to 5 words and then to 1 word.
  2. Give each paragraph a sub-heading (this could take the form of a word, phrase, statement or question).
  3. Change the format of the writing (e.g. turn an article into a letter or an information text into a series of Tweets).
  4. Ask one pupil to read the text to their partner; the partner must record the key information from the text as they listen to it being read aloud. The listener will often be able to retrieve more information than the reader!
  5. Give pupils a photocopy of the text and ask them to highlight as they read, looking for key words/information/answers to questions.
  6. Remove key words from a text and ask pupils to fill in the missing words as they read; support lower ability pupils by providing a word bank.

Please let us know if you have any other active approaches to reading or if you have found any of these suggestions useful, email here.