Soundbites is a graded series of readers aimed at reluctant readers in Key Stage 3, with accompanying teaching resources. - Soundbites has three progressive stages of readers. Volcanoes is a stage 1 title with a reading age 6-7) and around 30 words per page. Six different level 1 books are available in a pack (000323083X). - The book includes narrative-style text covering the explosion of the volcano on Montserrat, as well as basic Geographical concepts. - A variety of text types are used, such as autobiographies, biographies, journals, diaries, letters (personal and formal), travel writing, leaflets, reports, reviews, adverts, newspaper/magazine articles, tables. - Specialised, difficult or technical vocabulary is explained on the page, plus a one-page glossary at the end. -The topics covered address the KS3 English and Geography curricula. - Photocopiable teaching resources, containing a range of literacy-boosting activities, are available in the Soundbites Bumper Pack (ISBN 0 00 323086 4) or individually (0007116926).
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The series editor, John Foster, is author of numerous successful resources for schools, as well as a best-selling poet. His other series with Collins include English Direct, Issues, Lifelines, Viewpoints, Your Life and Studywise.Review:
'sure to be a welcome addition to any school's library of materials to support the development of literacy in weaker readers [the] books blend fiction and non-fiction interestingly and attractively should appeal to both girls and boys.' TES
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