I shared two resources in a previous post and I thought I should add a third to the sequence.

My approach is to take a reading stimulus from a range of sources: newspapers, magazines, novel extracts, ABC articles, textbooks and on a range of topics.

Here is some of our stimulus material:

  • Slug Poo and Mushrooms (New Scientist)
  • Spider webs and hearing (New Scientist)
  • Exercise and your brain (ABC article)
  • Social Media and Defamation (ABC article)
  • Blue Banded Bees (The School Magazine)
  • Short stories – ‘Buried’, ‘Sound Wave’, ‘Family Gathering’ – (The School Magazine)

I have written other materials on participles and appositives, however they draw extracts from lots of places. We’ve also got stuff prepared on rain forests drawn from stage 4 geography textbooks.

The point of engaging with a range of stimulus is to try and keep the reading and ideas as interesting as possible even though we are doing a lot of hard work focusing of building vocabulary, language conventions, and writing.

You can preview the resource on ‘Blue Banded Bees’ below. If you like it, you can also download it. Hopefully it is of some use to you.

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