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The child must think about what they read and look carefully for the answer to a verbal question on a short text.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English Reading
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:L2c
TAP skill:Reading
TAP level:TAP64
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info

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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Everyday situation with words and a picture

A picture of an everyday event, or social setting e.g. crossing the road, or going to the cinema.

A story to go with the picture (no more than 5 or 6 sentences).


See the resource sheets in 'Language for Thinking' (LfT) by Parsons and Branagan (Published by Speechmark). If using this publication, use Module 3 (the child reads the story) and the level A questions.

1. Choose a scenario.

2. Let the child read the story.

3. Ask the child questions verbally focusing on questions where the child looks for the answer in the text and just uses a little background knowledge, e.g. 'Find one that is....', 'When did...', 'What does this do?' 'What else is an X? etc. ("LfT level A questions").

If a child gives a short answer, prompt them to expand it.

If the child finds these questions easy, use some questions that require more working out and understanding of the context e.g. 'What will happen next?' 'How else could he do it? ("LfT level B questions").


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