The resources below use the first chapter of a novel as a stimulus. The reason for this is that regardless of what is in your book room; you are able to find the first chapter on Google Preview or Amazon, if not from your local library. In each document there is a link to the preview online.

Each resource contains the following:

  • Links to the literacy progressions
  • Library of sentence models
  • Pre-reading task – Story Impressions
  • 3 Level Reading Guide – Literal to inferential
  • Comprehension Questions
  • Sentence model activities
  • Post reading
  • Short language quiz

You can preview what the resources look like in this sample below.

Go to the Teaching Writing page to download the relevant explicit teaching slide decks.


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Lockie Leonard: Human Torpedo

The Bad Beginning

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Hunger Games

Throne of Glass

A Monster Calls

Requested resources

I probably don’t need to create a different section, but it helps me to internally monitor engagement with my work. In this part I’m adding resources that people have requested. I can’t promise I can always get them done, but I will do my best while I can.

Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman (28/06/2021 – uploaded)

13 thoughts on “Resources

  1. This is fantastic! Can you do one for The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, and Storm Breaker, please?


  2. Could you do one for Grimsdon by Deb Abella (we are studying this in the coming term)? Also, I saw someone asked for a resource linked to Boy Overboard and I’d love to see that also!


    1. Hi Anne,

      I’ll have a look at it and if I’ve got time I’ll put something together. I’ve got a bunch I’m working on at the moment and I’ll publish them here when I’m done.


    1. Hi Kathy, thanks for commenting. Teaching is such a demanding job and the only way forward for us all, in managing the workload, is to share as much as possible and learn from each other.


  3. These resources are fantastic and your generosity in sharing your work is just amazing. Thank you so much. By chance, you wouldn’t have prepared anything for Blueback by Tim Winton?


  4. Hi Tim,
    Thanks for doing Boy Overboard! Love your work and it has really been helping my Stage 3 students!
    Some other books that would really be great are:
    – Fish in a Tree
    – Holes
    – Now by Morris Gleitzman
    – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe


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