Collins Soundbites is a revolutionary series of readers for 11-14 year olds with poor literacy skills. Escape from Colditz has a reading age of 8-9 and around 40 words per page. The book tells the true story of Colditz and goes on to introduce students to some basic historical concepts. This pack contains six copies.
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. Escape from Colditz is a stage 3 title with a reading age of 8-9 and around 40 words per page. Six different level 1 books are available in a pack (0003230856).
The book includes stirring narrative-style text about imprisonment in Colditz, as well as basic historical 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 History 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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‘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.’
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.
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