The Sleeping Baobab Tree by Paula Leyden, like its predecessor The Butterfly Heart, is set in Zambia. One morning twelve-year-old Fred wakes up with an unaccountable sense of foreboding, which his friend Bul-Boo, one of the twins from next door, insists is just his imagination. However, the feeling persists – and grows stronger when Fred’s scary and extremely eccentric great-granny, Nokokulu, asks him to accompany her on a trip to an ancient burial site called Ng’ombe Ilede, a place described by their teacher, Sister Leonisa, as the Place of Death. [click to continue…]
This is a short quiz on the theme of books. There are five rounds of six questions as well as a tie-break round. All answers are provided. There are some questions about books in general as well as questions about the novels Under the Hawthorn Tree, The Iron Man, War Horse and Narnia – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Source: Kathleen Byrne [click to continue…]
Table Quiz based on the book “Wildflower Girl” by Marita Conlon Mc Kenna. It consists of 127 Powerpoint slides with all of the questions based on the book. There are eight rounds with six questions in each round. All of the answers, along with a Tie-Break round are provided. Hopefully, there is a mixture of easy enough questions and some to challenge the memory of the pupils. The aim really is that pupils should be able to get a good few correct with the harder ones there to sort out winners. [click to continue…]
Tomorrow, Thursday March 7th, is World Book Day so I thought I’d share some ideas about doing book reviews with your class. My pupils recently did book reviews on their blogs. The following are some guidelines I gave them for completing the exercise. You may find some tips that may be helpful for your pupils, whether they are doing the book review in a copy, on a sheet or online.
When writing a Book Review, here are some things to keep in mind. Write an interesting starting sentence for your review. Some people like to start with a question. Other reviewers like to start with the book facts: author, illustrator, and publisher to make it easy for others to find the book. Essentially, the book review should contain two main elements: [click to continue…]
This workpack for the novel “The Iron Man”, breaks the book into eighteen day’s work. There is an after-reading activity, homework activity and suggested vocabulary for each day. Key comprehension strategies are utilised to assess understanding of the reading. There is also a list of possible questions after each chapter. [click to continue…]