Key Stage 3 Reading List
Stuck for a book? Why not try one of these carefully chosen selections? Ask the librarian if you cannot find one of the books on this list.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy
Secrets of the Henna Girl
“Noughts and Crosses” series
Notes from a Small Island
Martin Luther King
Devil Kiss; The Ash Mistry Chronicles (series)
Artemis Fowl series
‘BFG’ and many many more!
‘Horrible Histories’ series
Thirteen Hours; Bend it Like Beckham
Oliver Twist; A Christmas Carol
The Diary of Anne Frank
‘The Kick Off’ series
Sword in the Storm
The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night Time
‘The Enemy’ series; ‘Young Bond’ series
‘Kes’ ( Playscript)
Boy In The Tower
Curious Tale of the Lady Karaboo
The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler
Stig of the Dump
Quadehar The Sorcerer
Hell and High Water; Buffalo Soldier
The Earthsea Trilogy
Alice in Wonderland
Goodnight Mister Tom
Kensuke’s Kingdom; Private Peaceful
Journey to Jo’burg
The Scholar; Society Within
‘Northern Lights’ series; Clockwork
The Squad; The Crew
‘Mortal Engines’ series
Robert, Na'ima B
Holes!; There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom
Phoenix; The Varjak Paw series (both with Dave McKean)
Stanley, Malaika Rose
The Diary of Adrian Mole
The War of the Worlds
East of Acre Lane; Brixton Rock
‘Tracey Beaker’ series
The Crysalids; The Day of the Triffids
Gangsta Rap; Terror Kid
October half term: spend one hour reading your chosen book over the week.
Try several short sessions if you find sitting down for a long period of time off putting.
Words, words, words
Exquisite effervescent luscious are three examples of favourite words.
Think of three more. What does the word mean? Where does it come from? Has its meaning changed over time?
Be ready to talk about them on Tuesday 3rd November.
TUESDAY 3rd November
For Thursday: POETRY BY HEART
Benjamin Zephaniah IT’S WORK
Memorise 4-8 lines for Thursday
FRIDAY 6th November
Memorise the rest of the poem for POETRY BY HEART for next Thursday, 12th November
Check Edutronic Achievement Badges, particularly to see if you are eligible for ‘IT GOES LIKE THIS.’
Make the necessary adjustments and submit your latest version.
Your reading homework is ongoing. You should be spending some each week on private reading. remember you can qualify for an achievement badge.
FRIDAY 13th November
If you have not completed ‘It’s Work’ successfully, please continue learning, you are nearly there.
Your second poem should be from the Poetry by Heart timeline and should be at least least 12 lines in length.
You will need to recite this with meaning and expression for the Soliloquy badge.
REMEMBER you can still achieve the ‘It Goes LIke This’ badge
FRIDAY 27th November
The majority of the class should be moving towards completing the reading badge. However, achieve the ‘It Goes LIke This’ badge first. Review two books you have read this term. The other badges we have attempted are still achievable.
FRIDAY 8th January
KING RICHARD III
Log onto Edutronic and familiarise yourself with the six badges for Shakespeare. Have a think about how you will achieve some of them.
On Tuesday come with evidence of the reading you have done at home since today’s lesson.
Friday 15th January
King Richard III carefully re-read two or three times, the extract in which Richard talks about Lady Anne, that has been stuck in your exercise books.
Annotate this in as much detail as you can for Tuesday’s lesson, bringing out the meaning as clearly as possible.
Tuesday 26th January:
Act 1 Sc 3 214-231
Continue from today’s classwork. Re write Margaret’s speech to Richard in your own words, as poetry or prose.
Friday 29th January
The true story behind Shakespeare’s play ‘King Richard III’
Research an aspect of the real story and write it up in your own words. be prepared to talk about it on Tuesday.
A possible source would be last night’s programme at 9pm on Channel 5: Britain’s Bloody Crown. You can access it on Demand 5.
Tuesday 8th February
Re- write a scene from the first part of the play in a different setting using your own words.
Details for this can be found in the Badge ‘Interpret a Shakespearean scene.’
Friday 4th March
Quiz on ‘King Richard III’ on paper. Submit on Tuesday.
Friday 11th March
Act 3 Sc 7 Richard accepts the crown.
1.Write ten bullet points that tell the reader what Richard says.
2. Choose three lines that you particularly like and explain what you find effective
Eg line 376 is particularly effective because Richard is being ironic when he says “...” and particularly when he says “..” it was quite amusing.
Friday 15th April
Private reading. Spend at least one hour on your novel this weekend. Be prepared to talk about what you are reading.
Thursday 21st April
Literary essay badge: You spent two lessons drafting your essay. Now you have an opportunity to make the necessary improvements against the criteria for the badge, before Tuesday.
Friday 29th April
Final drafts by Wednesday of King Richard III essay.
Friday 6th May
MORTAL ENGINES: In chapter 7, we read a description of London in the future. Now write your own description of how London might look in 500 years time. It does not have to be based on the book we are reading, it can be your own version. If you Google ‘London in the Future’ you will find some interesting images.
Write your description as if it is part of a story. Remember to include a lot of references to: colour, shape, sound, movement, and texture.
You could write your description as a journey or by focussing on a particular place and then moving outwards, as in a film.
Friday 13th May
Developing vocabulary. Eight words from Chapter 10 are written in sentences that show that you understand the word’s meaning.
Friday 27th May
We started our personalised representation of the first 15 chapters of Mortal Engines. Complete this over half term. If you get stuck, there is a lot of information about the book online.
Friday 17th May
Shrike the cyborg: carefully re-read pages 58,72, 121, 128, 171, and 178.
Make further notes to add to those you made in class on Wednesday.
For homework write a detailed description of Shrike.
TAKE THE TIME TO GET YOUR WORK UP TO STANDARD TO ACHIEVE YOUR BADGES
MAINTAIN REGULAR READING
For Wednesday 6th July
You have read the examples of letters for today’s ‘Independent.’ Write a letter of your own on an issue that is in the news. Remember most of the letters we reviewed used irony and rhetorical questions. Try to do the same. Approx. 250 words.