The importance of reading should not be overestimated. It is a crucial skill that impacts on all elements of a person's life and learning.
The CHS reading expectation has been that students should read for a minimum of 15 minutes daily. At present, this is more crucial than ever. The more a student reads, the more confident and competent they will become. With more time at home and more time to read, we expect students to be reading for 30 minutes daily during this period. This can be done in one block, or broken up in to chunks. It can be a bedtime novel, news article, non-fiction. It all counts.
What can I expect in terms of reading material and support:
- Each week, a non-fiction reading lesson will be available for students to complete as part of their English package of work on Microsoft Teams. This will focus on the reading of a news article and will remind them of the key CHS Reading Strategies.
- Each week, a fiction reading lesson will be available for students to complete. This will focus on an assigned novel that can be accessed through the CHS e- Library.
- The CHS e-Library: an online resource of 1500 e-books available to students that they can access online. This will be comprised of a number of online packages: SORA, MyOn and BorrowBox
- If your child was part of the Accelerated Reader programme in school, then your child will shortly be able to access an additional library of books that they can then quiz on; continuing their Accelerated Reader journey at home. Students will be able to search for books by topic or according to the ZPD score of a book.
- Weekly parental tips and guidance for encouraging reading and supporting less confident readers.
All of this will be supported by a Developing the Reading Habit chart, encouraging students to log their 15 minute reading chunks. When students have completed their chart, they simply send a picture of the completed chart to the email firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on instagram @chorltonhighschool for prizes and recognition.
Sora - Fiction for Year 7 and 8 readers
One of the joys of English lessons can be the shared reading of books and the discussion of the ideas and issues that they raise. Obviously, distance learning makes this more challenging. To help keep the conversation around books going, we are launching a book club for each year group (Year 7-10) which is open to all students within that year group. The idea is that students will read the text independently (or watch the accompanying videos of one of the English teachers reading the text if they are a less confident reader) and then have the opportunity to discuss what they have read through Microsoft Teams on a Friday (exact times to be confirmed).
In order to ensure that all student are able to access the text chosen, we have selected books that are simultaneous user titles on SORA. This ensures that the cost of buying a book will not be a barrier for any students who wants to take part. A simultaneous use title means that as many students as want to take part can read the same book at the same time. Unfortunately, the range of simultaneous use titles is not as wide and varied as the choice of single use titles and therefore the range from which to choose has been limited. We have tried to pick texts that will be accessible and enjoyable to all students in the chosen year group whilst at the same time having language that will promote vocabulary development.
The first text that each year group is reading has been chosen by Miss Morgan, but once we know how many students in each year group are keen to take part, we can put forward different options for future book choices.