World Book Day is a great opportunity to get young people excited about reading.
This year’s event takes place on Thursday 6 March, and the aim – as always – is to celebrate the power of storytelling and inspire a lifelong love of books.
If you are wondering how to get involved with EAL learners then try using Talking Tutor and the App to hear stories read aloud in English. Two Can Talk can be used to ask parents about stories from their country of origin. Why not invite them to read out a traditional story in assembly. You can always use Text Tutor to translate passages from famous books into English.
There are many reading-themed ideas to support our global citizens.
- Pre-school children might like finger rhymes or acting out a favourite story. Make a picture book of the children’s drawings from the rhymes and let others read it aloud.
- Primary students might enjoy organising a book swap or sharing stories from their early years. A class book-review book is a great way to inspire readers. Ask the local library if they have certificates for the number of reviews written. Look for some performance poetry and try it out with the children, a great poem to use is ‘Wriggle bum John’, it’s funny and has a great potential for movement.
- Secondary pupils could have a book election to find their year group’s three favourite books of all time, or they could organise a sponsored event. Why not try performance poetry with different age groups, a firm favourite is
‘Mum used Pritt Stick,
instead of Lipstick,
then went and kissed my dad.
Two day passed,
both stuck fast,
longest snog they’ve ever had.’
There are lots of resources on the World Book day website including assembly plans, posters, dressing up ideas and quizzes about World Book Day’s featured authors and illustrators (and their books, available for £1). They are: David Melling, Hello, Hugless Douglas!; Emily Gravett, Little Book Day Parade; Jim Smith, I Am Not a Loser; Jill Murphy, Fun with the Worst Witch; Lauren St John, The Midnight Picnic: A Laura Marlin Mystery; Terry Deary and Martin Brown, Horrible Histories: Terrible Trenches; James Patterson, Middle School: How I Got Lost in London; Sarah Lean, Jack Pepper; Robert Muchamore, Rock War: The Audition; and Maureen Johnson, The Boy in the Smoke.
Decorate your classroom for World Book Day with dual language text, EMAS UK has a range of books that can be used as posters or language mats. Their knowledge shares make ideal starting points for discussions about world stories. Ask the students to look at stories from around the world, translate extracts
Writing a book review is the focus of this lesson for students aged 11-14. The aim is to write a critical review of a substantial text, taking account of the context in which it was written and the likely impact on its intended readers. There is also the future reader to be considered, so writing for an audience should also be considered. Consider a reflective writing task in the form of a book review which encourages students to write about a text, taking account of the needs of others who might read it.
And finally, why not read Pip or for younger children use the picture book and ask them to tell their story using the pictures as a guide. See http://shop.emasuk.com/category/2612/pip_books for a list of the books available in many languages including picture only and English and hear what the creator has to say and ideas for teaching @