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Reading: Skills to Improve Comprehension

Price: £25.00
Age Range: KS3

Visual cues are vital to comprehension. Low attainers in particular can dramatically improve their ability to comprehend if they are shown how to focus first on the written and pictorial signs which alert them to what is happening in a situation. (Updated from: Comprehension: Reading the Signs)
Topics include: Signs; Symbols; Reading adverts; Extracting information; Newspapers; Interpretation; Dewey library coding.

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Size: 66 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 873562 82 6
Code: RESI
Popularity rank: 137

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Contents List


  • 1 LIBRARY CODES Introducing students to the basics of the Dewey system and library book coding.
  • 3 KNOW YOUR BOOKS Signs that book covers offer the reader, such as genre, typeface, illustration, title and author.
  • 5 TWO OF A KIND This page looks at the differences between autobiography and biography.
  • 7 BUYING BY MAIL ORDER Students learn to 'read' the signs and extract information from a mail-order catalogue; then make an informed purchasing decision.
  • STOP PRESS! Students investigate newspaper signs and different aspects of newspapers.
  • 11 READ ALL ABOUT IT Students examine newspaper front pages and go on to produce their own front pages.
  • 13 KNOW YOUR HEADLINES This page introduces students to newspaper headlines and what can be learnt from them.
  • 15 GETTING YOUR ATTENTION This page examines the signs used in a newspaper report to gain a reader's attention. They do a matching exercise and write their own newspaper reports using similar signs.
  • 17 GOING CLASSIFIED This page introduces students to signs in advertising, using the information in a newsagent's window advertisement.
  • 19 READING ADVERTS This page helps students explore the signs using the information in press advertisements.
  • 21 ESSENTIAL READING This page looks at the various signs associated with magazine front covers.
  • 23 YOUR TV VIEWING Students explore the signs in television listings and use examples of television listings to plan the viewing for different individuals.
  • 25 KNOW YOUR CARTOONS This page helps students to recognise the different signs that cartoon strips give us.
  • 27 KNOW YOUR SOAPS Students examine the signs of a soap opera as a television style and go on to write their own soap opera scripts.
  • 29 A VISIT TO THE THEATRE Examining the type of information young people need before they go to the theatre.
  • 31 SIGNS AND SYMBOLS This page examines some common signs and symbols from our daily lives.
  • 33 THE HIGHWAY CODE This page looks at traffic signs in The Highway Code. Students answer questions about a range of signs and then devise their own traffic signs.
  • 35 A DAY AWAY Looking at the symbols on a map and how we interpret them. After a symbol matching exercise, students use the information to write a short description of an area.
  • 37 GOING TO A CONCERT This page examines the components that make up a clear, informative pop concert poster.
  • 39 GETTING THERE Looking at the variety of signs and symbols found in a bus station. Students produce their own simple guide to a bus station.
  • 41 EATING OUT This page looks at what signs different restaurant menus use. Students are asked to create their own.
  • 43 YOUR MONEY Students read and understand the signs found on bank statements and go on to design their own bank statement.
  • 45 THEME PARK DAY Students look at the signs and symbols in a typical theme park, matching relevant signs with their meanings and producing their own theme park ride.
  • 47 GOING AWAY Students interpret the signs in travel brochures and go on to produce a travel brochure page.
  • 49 READ THE INSTRUCTIONS This page looks at a set of instructions and encourages students to write their own.
  • 51 KEEP FIT Students consider the signs in a typical leisure centre.
  • 53 GOING SHOPPING This page looks at the signs and symbols associated with shopping malls.
  • 55 SIGNS ABOUT PEOPLE This page invites students to examine signs and symbols that represent or are linked to people. They then devise a shield of symbols to represent themselves.



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Promotes independent work/thinking/partner work and encourages/motivates preparation then reporting back.
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Liked the style and the freedom to consider, discuss, and design.
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They enjoyed the mix of tasks and discussion and especially enjoyed the follow on oral work.
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Very good, clear instructions. Very useful.
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Teacher Testing Report

Its strengths seem to be firmly based upon self help and this is especially valuable for students in year 11/12.
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