Re: Literacy Drive
As part of our schools Literacy Drive, we have identified several areas of focus for the coming term and beyond. We would like to take this opportunity to inform you of these plans and ask for support in running them. Our identified Literacy Targets are:
1. To raise awareness of and promote literacy in the school.
2. To promote reading for pleasure.
3. To improve the reading ages of students through a targeted intervention of ‘DEAR Time’
Friday 26th January – Book Drive. We are asking for donations of suitable books for teens to support the creation of our ‘class libraries’. Each student who donates a book will be awarded VS Ware points.
Monday 19th February – Friday 23rd March - DEAR Time Initiative (Drop Everything and Read). We will dedicate 15 minutes of each day to Reading for Pleasure for a five week period. Students will keep track of their progress on a class wallchart. We will use the materials from the Book Drive and our own collection of books to ensure each student follows our ‘book in the bag’ policy.
As part of our extra-curricular programme, we will soon be launching a weekly Book Club. More details will be shared with the students as to exact times etc. in the coming days. The chosen book is ‘Spirit of the Titanic’ and we have already secured a visit from the author, Nicole Pierce in the near future.
We also hope to have several more exciting activities surrounding World Book Day whereby we hope to raise the profile of literacy in the school.
In addition to this, please find attached a recommended Reading List for your child. We would also encourage your child to join the local library and make reading part of their everyday habit. Research shows that teenagers who regularly read have a broader vocabulary and improved writing skills. It can also improve their critical thinking skills amongst a range of other benefits.
If you have any queries/concerns regarding our Literacy plan, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Thank you as always for your support.
Kathy Jones, Principal
First Year Recommended Reading List:
In Pieces – Trinity Comprehensive Writing Group
Tuck Everlasting – Nicole Babbitt
The Real Rebecca - Anna Carey
Girl Stolen – April Henry
Night John – Gary Paulsen
Half the Man, Twice the Lawyer – John Grisham
The Cay – Theodore Taylor
Buddy – Nigel Hinton
Skellig – David Almond
Wonder - R.J. Palacio
Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
Wilderness – Roddy Doyle
Coraline – Neil Gaiman
Girl Missing – Sophie McKenzie
Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo
Cirque du Freak – Darren Shan
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkein
The Scarecrow and his Servant – Philip Pullman
Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy
The Boy who Lost his Face - Louis Sachar
Second Year Recommended Reading List:
Stone Cold – Robert Swindells
The Dare – John Boyne
Shadows on our Skin – Jennifer Johnson
The Weight of Water – Sarah Crossan
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
Once - Morris Gleitzman
Animal Farm – George Orwell
The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
Chalkline – Jane Mitchell
Trash – Andy Mulligan
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
Into the Grey – Celine Kiernan
My Ántonia– Willa Cather
The Wind Singer – William Nicholson
*Please note that these lists are guidelines only and have been taken from the JCT website.