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Any problems please email Mrs Dodwell, hdodwell@gts.devon.sch.uk

 

Firstly, and most importantly, please spend at least 30 mins a day reading

 

Ideally more than 30 minutes if you are stuck at home anyway. To add to your own collection of reading material, there is plenty to read on The Day website. Choose a selection of articles to read and follow the associated links if you’re interested.

 

You can now set the reading level of the articles to suit your ability and you can also adjust the settings to – for example – be dyslexia friendly. (Click on the little figure in the top right).

 

In response to your reading, choose a selection of the below activities to show your understanding.

 

Reading activities

 

After reading your book for 20-30 mins, choose one of the following activities. (The ones with a star next to them are also suitable for non-fiction/factual books).

 

Create a character study. 

Choose an interesting character from your book and draw a small picture of them in the middle of your page. (If you do want to draw, try designing a font for their name to represent their personality). Around the picture, write down everything you know about the character. Add a quotation from the book to support your comments.

 

Theme study

Think of an overall theme which is explored in your book (e.g. friendship, feeling like an outsider, death etc.) Collect as many quotations/ references as you can which are relevant to this theme. Try to explain them.

 

Comic strip / storyboard

Retell the story, or part of the story, in pictures (aim for no more than ten!) Support each one with at least one quotation from the book.

 

Create a past life

Choose a character about whom the author doesn’t give much information (e.g. a mysterious character or a minor character). Create a past life for them, including details about their family, friends, childhood, home, school , job, hobbies, crimes, secrets etc.

 

Plot timeline

Draw a timeline to represent events in your story. Illustrate it and use quotations to show each key event. You could even extend the timeline into the past and/or future with your own ideas.

 

Wordsearch / Crossword.*

Create a wordsearch or crossword using clues from a book (ideally one which one of your friends / teacher / parents / siblings has also read/ is going to read, so that they can complete the puzzle!)

 

Create a factfile.*

Collect a list of the most interesting facts on a topic from your book. If you like, design a poster / leaflet to display them attractively, using illustrations, quotations, your own words and diagrams etc.

 

Design a quiz / test.*

Create ten questions based on information from your book. Write the answers down on a separate piece of paper, plus page references for where the information can be found. You can either ask a friend to test you another time, or test someone else who has also read the same book.

 

What next?*

Create a sample page(s) for a new book to follow on from the one you’ve just read. It could be the same style but on a different topic, or it might be the same topic but written / presented in a different style. Design a front cover for it too if you like.

 

Secondly, spend 30 minutes a day on Spellzone on your individual course pathway.


You can also work on your spelling and punctuation by using these websites:

 

How To Spell

Spellingframe

Grammar and Punctuation

 

Year 7

Read the poems in the anthology at the bottom of the page. Choose one and turn the story into a storyboard or film which re-tells the events of the poem.

Ballads Anthology

 

Year 8

Research the American Civil Rights movement. Make a booklet or leaflet with your findings.

Research the plot of Nought and Crosses by Malorie Blackman.

 

Year 9

Complete the below reading and activities on The Book Thief.

Year 10

Revise the literature texts we have been studying


An Inspector Calls - Plot summary - Plot summary - GCSE English Literature Revision - BBC Bitesize 


An Inspector Calls: Study Guide | SparkNotes 


'An Inspector Calls': JB Priestley - YouTube 


Spark notes - A Christmas Carol - Search (bing.com)

 

Your teacher may well have also set up the Seneca revision modules for you to use too. You will have a class code and password to log in.

 

Free Homework & Revision for A Level, GCSE, KS3 & KS2 (senecalearning.com)

 

Year 11 

 

Literature Revision


Revise Macbeth, A Christmas Carol and An Inspector Calls


Please also use Seneca, Bitesize, Sparknotes or any other revision resource such as Cliffs notes and York Notes to revise the Literature texts. 


Mr Bruff’s series of videos on either subject are also worthwhile. The first one on qu 1 is linked here. 

AQA English Language Paper 1 Question 2 (updated & animated) - YouTube 


The next videos on qu 2, 3, 4 and 5 (The writing section) should be evident.

 

Language Revision 


Mr Bruff’s series of videos are worthwhile. 


The first one on question 1 is linked here. AQA English Language Paper 1 Question 2 (updated & animated) - YouTube 


The next videos on question 2, 3, 4 and 5 (The writing section) should be evident. There are also videos on Paper 2.


If you would like some exam materials to work through, please contact Mrs Dodwell on hdodwell@gts.devon.sch.uk

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