Lower KS2 (7-9yr old) 5 Plagues of Reading
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Michael BondMany children will know this story through the film. A bear is discovered on Paddington station having traveled from deepest, darkest Peru. The family find the bear, name him after the station. Paddington then goes on to have disasters because often because he is new to the country and not used to the things he finds in the Brown's household, e.g. the bath. The vocabulary and sentence sructures epresent language from a while ago. Who goes to the 'snack bar' nowadays?
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Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryRoald DahlThis book springs to mind because I am currently reading it with my students but many of Roald Dahl's books are the same, and contain lots of description. Instead of just saying "They were shocked" he will use four or five different adjectvies, some of which are not very common anymore. He also often uses made-up words. This is not necessarily archaic language but is a more complicated, old-fashioned way of speaking than the children are probably used to.
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Title of bookAuthorNotes about the book: content summary and how it fits the plague
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Journey to Jo BurgBeverley NaidooResistant text- This is a book about two siblings travelling alone from their village to Johannesburg, in oder to bring their mother back as their baby sister is ill. The plot is complex for children as the story is based during the apartheid and touches on racism, inequality and poverity. X
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Pippi LongstockingAstrid LindgrenThis book is about a fiery 9 year old girl with red braids and shoes that are too big for her. Her mother died when she was a baby, and her father, a ship's captain, is lost at sea. She used to travel with him and claims to see much of the world. Pippi believes her father is alive and will return ot her. This book was published in 1945 and has old-fashioned language in it.
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The ExplorerKatherine RendellComplexity of plot - this story is about 4 children marooned in the Amazon. They meet an explorer and have to learn to live by his rules in the jungle. There are lots of plot twists and challenging vocabulary in the story. There is also a lot of imagery and symbolism. I read this with a YEar 3 class and they absolutely loved it - indeed many of them purchased their own copies of this book.
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Journey to Jo BurgBeverley NaidooThis book is like teaching history, its how times use to be for some people and how difficult life was.
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Storm BreakerAnthony HorowitzAction adventure book about spies and M16.
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The Lion the Witch and the WardrobeC S LewisOld fashioned language. Lots of symbolism. Sentence structure can be complex.
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Any Book by Oliver JeffersOliver JeffersReaders have to work hard - unreliable narrator, non-linear time, fantastic worlds
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The Tale of Troy
Roger Lancelyn Green
Complex vocabulary in which readers have to work hard to understand.
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The Reluctant DragonKenneth GrahameArchaic - a very simple story, but incredibly difficult language for the children to understand. There is also an usborne version with a much simpler version of the story!
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The Wild GirlChris WormellA picture book but with a great story behind it. There are some great learning opportunities for vocabulary and grammar.
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Who Let The Gods Out Maz EvansA fun story about a boy who is introduced to several Greek Gods. An interesting way to introduce Greek Gods.
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Blitz Vince Cross Archaic vocabulary.
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The Firework Makers DaughterPhilip PaullmanFantastic story about a daughter of a firework maker who is meant to get married and have children. Some archaic language and lots of exciting vocabulary.
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The Tailor of GloucesterBeatrix PotterArchaic language
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FoxMargaret WildExquisite language. Also, because set in Australia, some vocab needs teasing out for non-Australian readers. Amazing illustrations. Opportunities for discussing characters' motivations and reliability. Oblique, ambiguous ending.
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Larklight trilogy Philip ReeveSteampunk, genre-defying adventures. Multiple narrators (male and female) and complex, often archaic language. Great books!
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Wind in the willowsKenneth GrahameAdventures of four animals.Lots of language to explore.
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Thieves of OstiaCaroline Lawrence
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Superhero StreetPhil EarleA boy called Mouse in search of any way that will make him stand out in a crowd. Relatable to this age group and how they may be feeling curently.
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Charlotte's webE.B. White
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Stig of the DumpClive KingPublished in 1963. I read this to my Year 3 class.
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Journey to the River SeaEva Ibbotson Archaic language with it being set early in 20th century. Lots to explain about class and society.
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The Miraculous Journey of Edward TulaneKate DicamilloBeautiful story of a china rabbit that loves no one and then gets lost. He then has different owners and over the course of time, he learns to love each one,
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