Class Novel

Book Review: Run For The Hills

by admin on 22/12/2016

run_for_the_hillsThe Story

The book is set in Glensinna, a place inhabited by red foxes only. They have all heard about the legend of Sionnach the Great White fox which is said to have looked after the land in times of great danger and lived in the Valley of Gleann an tSionnaigh (the valley of the white fox) which is now known as Glensinna. No one has ever seen the white fox and his history has turned into legend. [click to continue…]

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Book Review: Kings of the Boyne

by admin on 27/10/2016

kings_of_the_boyneI have recently finished the historical novel, Kings of the Boyne, by Nicola Pierce. The book was mainly about the famous battle, Battle of the Boyne. The chapters switched between four groups of people: – Gerald O’ Connor and his French friend, Jacques, fighting for King James II; the brothers Robert and Daniel Sherrard, fighting for King William III and the two kings, King James II and King William III. [click to continue…]

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george_speaks_novel“George Speaks”, a novel by Dick King Smith (author of “The Sheep Pig” and “The Hodgeheg”), is about a baby called George, sister to Laura and son to Mum and Dad. However, George is no ordinary small baby. He does all the usual baby things like sleep a lot, drink milk, wear nappies – however George, very early in life, discovers he can speak. He first divulges the secret to his sister Laura, and later to his parents.

The story of the novel, told in eight chapters, concerns the first year of George’s life [click to continue…]

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Book Review: Rugby Flyer

by admin on 14/02/2016

rugby_flyerThis is the fourth book in the series. If you’ve read ‘Rugby Spirit’, ‘Rugby Warrior’ or ‘Rugby Rebel’ then I’m sure you will love this book as well. But rest assured you do not need to read the others to enjoy Rugby Flyer. Rugby Flyer is a book all about rugby.

In this series, this was the first one I read. If you don’t know the basics of rugby but still want to read it (like me) then I think you would still love it as I did. It’s just that in the match you might not understand what’s happening at all. This book isn’t about the matches but more about rivalry, characters, ghosts and Irish history. [click to continue…]

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list_of_class_novels_fifth_sixthTeachers are always seeking advice and recommendations for novels suitable for particular class standards. There are many lists out there, but few are lists recommended by practising classroom teachers. So, in an attempt to compile a list of novels suitable for use in Irish classrooms, at the end of August, 2015 I asked teachers to complete a short form through the website, based on their classroom experience. [click to continue…]

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Book Review: The Midnight Carnival

November 10, 2015

I recently read “The Midnight Carnival” by Erica Mc Gann. It is a very detailed book about six teenage girls, all of whom study the art of witchcraft. The girls’ names were Grace, Jenny, Delilah, Adie, Una and Rachel. The story is mainly about the girls going to this new carnival in town and not […]

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Book Review: Conor’s Caveman

October 31, 2015

“Conor’s Caveman” is an enthralling book written by Alan Nolan. It is about a young boy named Conor who is part of a team of scouts. Every weekend the scouts go camping at different destinations. Conor is so shy it cripples him. Conor only has one friend called Charlie, who is the toughest girl he […]

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List of Class Novels – 3rd/4th Classes

October 22, 2015

Teachers are always seeking advice and recommendations for novels suitable for particular class standards. There are many lists out there, but few are lists recommended by practising classroom teachers. So, in an attempt to compile a list of novels suitable for use in Irish classrooms, at the end of August I asked teachers to complete […]

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List of Class Novels – 1st/2nd Classes

October 19, 2015

Teachers are always seeking advice and recommendations for novels suitable for particular class standards. There are many lists out there, but few are lists recommended by practising classroom teachers. So, in an attempt to compile a list of novels suitable for use in Irish classrooms, at the end of August I asked teachers to complete […]

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List of Class Novels – Infants

October 13, 2015

Teachers are always seeking advice and recommendations for novels suitable for particular class standards. There are many lists out there, but few are lists recommended by practising classroom teachers. So, in an attempt to compile a list of novels suitable for use in Irish classrooms, at the end of August I asked teachers to complete […]

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Peg Comprehension: Flat Stanley 02

September 28, 2015

This resource is aimed at junior/middle pupils or SEN pupils at the beginning of literacy work on comprehension. It is based on chapters 3-4 of the novel “Flat Stanley” by Jeff Brown. Either the pupil reads the story themselves, or the teacher/SNA reads the story to the pupil. Laminate all of the pages in the […]

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Peg Comprehension: Flat Stanley 01

September 21, 2015

This resource is aimed at junior/middle pupils or SEN pupils at the beginning of literacy work on comprehension. It is based on chapters 1-2 of the novel “Flat Stanley” by Jeff Brown. Either the pupil reads the story themselves, or the teacher/SNA reads the story to the pupil. Laminate all of the pages in the […]

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Book Review: A Hollow in the Hills

September 20, 2015

I started to read “A Hollow in the Hills” by Ruth Frances Long with great anticipation and the powerful prologue really captured my attention but, I have to confess that I found it difficult to complete the book. However, I have great respect for the author. The reason I found it difficult is that I […]

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Book Review: Brian and the Giant

August 29, 2015

This book was written by Chris Judge and Mark Wickham. I really liked the cool pictures in this book. These were drawn by illustrator Mark Wickham. The story was about a giant who was really smelly. He wanted to take a bath so he broke up the villagers’ houses. Then he made a dam out […]

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List of Class Novels

August 29, 2015

Teachers are always seeking advice and recommendations for novels suitable for particular class standards. There are many lists out there, but few are lists recommended by practising classroom teachers. So, in an attempt to compile a list of novels suitable for use in Irish classrooms, I’m asking teachers to complete this short form, based on […]

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