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• Week 2: It’s all about READING for PLEASURE!


Week 2 of Desborough Literacy Fortnight is also International Book Week


International Book Week Activity 4:Discussing your reading • A recent study found that young people who read for pleasure made more progress in maths, vocabulary and spelling between the ages of 10 and 16 than those who rarely read. • Reading for pleasure puts young people ahead in the classroom. • At Desborough we support your reading by giving you time TWICE a week in tutorials to read your own choice of fiction and non-fiction.


International Book Week Activity 4:Discussing your reading • How many of the points below do you think are proven results of reading for pleasure as a teenager? • • • • • • • • •

Reading attainment and writing ability; Text comprehension and grammar; Breadth of vocabulary; Greater self-confidence as a reader; Pleasure in reading in later life; General knowledge; A better understanding of other cultures; Community participation; and A greater insight into human nature and decision-making.


International Book Week Activity 4:Discussing your reading •YES! ALL OF THEM!!! And in case you’re not convinced of the benefits of improving your reading……


International Book Week Activity 4:Discussing your reading •

70% of pupils permanently excluded from school have difficulties in basic literacy skills.

25% of young offenders are said to have reading skills below those of the average seven-year-old.

A 2011 DFES study revealed that 52% of male prisoners and 71% of female prisoners have no qualifications at all.


International Book Week Activity 4:Discussing your reading • So! It makes sense on

many levels to give yourself the best chance and read as often as you can – you more you do it, the easier it gets!


1.Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 2.Ulysses by James Joyce 3.Moby-Dick by Herman Melville 4.War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 5.The Bible


6.1984 by George Orwell 7.The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien 8.The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 9.Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 10.Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger


11.Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace 12.Catch-22 by Joseph Heller 13.To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 14.Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James 15.Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte


16.Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky 17.Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 18.Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 19.Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling 20.A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens


Reading for pleasure post 16. Why bother and how to find the time? Salman Rushdie talks about the joy of reading for reading's sake alone...


Activity 4: International Book Week Q: Discuss which books you have read and most enjoyed……..(since GCSE English!) • As a class share your thoughts about the best and worst; the books which have made an impact on you and the ones which you keep meaning to read. • Make a personal wish-list based on recommendations and set yourself a target to read a few before Christmas, and University!


International Book Week Activity 5: Directed Reading time • Turn to Page 52 of the book you are reading. • Count down to the fifth complete sentence on that page, and write that sentence out on the A4 that is being passed round. • Fold the paper over and pass it on • Do not divulge the title of the book! • At the end pass it around in the other direction and read aloud the sentences recorded!


Day 6: Relax and Read! But if you’re one of the 57% boys (38% girls) who say they don’t enjoy reading, this should be the start of your reading journey to success! (Clarke and Douglas Ofsted 2011)

• Take out a book today and give yourself the time to enjoy it!


Literacy Fortnight Activity Rewards! • Each tutor group will have one winner for each activity submitted - with each winning group member earning housepoints. • Each year group will have one winner selected per activity in assembly with housepoints and glory celebrated via the school website! • And year group winners will receive BOOK TOKENS to help them to develop their love for reading and life skills!

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