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					Group and guided session plans for teachers                             ‘Bath Night’

Lesson 1 – Guided Reading

Learning Objective: recognise the genre of a story

Reading strategy: predict


Introduction     Teacher introduces group‟s story - „Bath Night‟ by    1 minute
                 Anthony Horowitz


Strategy check     PREDICT Students will be picking out clues         4 minutes
                    from the beginning of the text and then thinking
                    about what they think will happen in the story.

                 Students will be picking out clues from the first
                 paragraph of the text and then thinking about what
                 will happen next in the story. To illustrate
                 „PREDICTION‟, the teacher could invite students
                 to consider where and when in life they make
                 prediction, e.g. watching soaps, films or other
                 dramas; watching or taking part in sport. The
                 teacher models „PREDICTION‟ by making some
                 predictions about the story based on its title, and
                 then again based on the first sentence and then
                 based on the whole of the first paragraph.


Independent      Before reading, teacher reminds students that         9 minutes
reading          today we are using prediction skills so that as we
                 read we look for „clues‟ about what might happen
                 next. Teacher reads to them to the end of
                 paragraph 1 on p.12. Students then read on story
                 to „making for the surface…‟ (top p.15). The
                 teacher leads a brief discussion recapping the
                 story up to this point and then students record in
                 their workbook a summary of the story so far
                 (p.2). Students should note down some of these
                 clues in their workbooks.


Returning to     Teacher asks students for clues in what they‟ve       4 minutes
the text         read about what might happen later in the story.
                 Teacher models finding one „clue‟ that raises our
                 suspicions, e.g. first sentence and explains why
                 this makes the reader suspicious. Students now
                 volunteer further „clues‟ that make us feel
                 suspicious or uneasy as we read and add them to
                 workbooks (top p.3). Students now write a
                 sentence containing their predictions for the rest
                 of the story in their workbooks (bottom p.3).


Review of        In their booklets (p.10), self-evaluate their
learning         performance as group members in today‟s               2 minutes
                 session and as active readers of the story.
Group and guided session plans for teachers                              ‘Bath Night’


Lesson 2 – Group Reading

Learning Objective: show awareness of vocabulary choices

Reading Strategy: comment

Introduction     Short story – „Bath Night‟ by Antony Horowitz          1 minute

                 Students discuss how far they read last time and
                 recap.

Strategy check    COMMENT Students will be highlighting                2 minutes
                   effective use of language and commenting on
                   some of their selections.

                 One student reads out today‟s reading strategy
                 and group discusses what they understand by
                 this.

Independent      Students read from „Isabel cried out‟ (top p.16) to    10 minutes
reading          „It couldn‟t go on forever.‟ (top p.22) and then
                 record in their workbooks a brief summary of this
                 section (p.2). They then highlight 6 examples of
                 effective use of language in this section of the
                 story and record them in the grids in their booklet.
                 They then choose three favourite words or
                 phrases from this list.

Returning to     Students compare and discuss their top choices.        5 minutes
the text         Together, they choose two or three words or
                 phrases and explain why the use of language is
                 so effective. Students should record these
                 comments in their booklets (p.4).

Review of        In their booklets (p.10), self-evaluate their          2 minutes
learning         performance as group members in today‟s
                 session and as active readers of the story.
Group and guided session plans for teachers                           ‘Bath Night’




Lesson 3 – Group Reading

Learning Objective: analyse the overall structure of a story

Reading Strategy: ask questions


Introduction     Short story – „Bath Night‟ by Antony Horowitz       1 minute

                 Students discuss how far they read last time and
                 recap.


Strategy check    ASK QUESTIONS – Students will be asking           2 minutes
                   questions to help them clarify and explore
                   meaning in „Bath Night‟.

                 One student reads out today‟s reading strategy
                 and group discusses what they understand by
                 this.


Independent      Students read from “The bus reached the traffic     12 minutes
reading          lights” (top p.22) to „“And my parents can do
                 whatever they like ”‟ (bottom p.30) and then
                 record in their workbooks a brief summary of this
                 section (p.2). Students should make a note in
                 their workbooks (p.5) of any questions they find
                 they want to ask as they read this section.


Returning to     Each student shares one of their questions. If      3 minutes
the text         there is time, students may wish to discuss
                 possible answers to one or more of these
                 questions.


Review of        In their booklets (p.10), students self-evaluate    2 minutes
learning         their performance as group members in today‟s
                 session and as active readers of the story.
Group and guided session plans for teachers                              ‘Bath Night’




Lesson 4 – Group Reading

Learning Objective: analyse the overall structure of a story

Reading Strategy: interpret patterns


Introduction     Short story – „Bath Night‟ by Antony Horowitz          1 minute

                 Students discuss how far they read last time and
                 recap.



Strategy check    INTERPRET PATTERNS – Students will be                2 minutes
                   making and using diagrams to help them
                   analyse the structure of the plot of „Bath Night‟.

                 One student reads out today‟s reading strategy
                 and group discusses what they understand by
                 this.


Independent      Students should read from „She chose a monkey-         10 minutes
reading          wrench‟ (top p.31) to the end of the story. They
                 should then go back to p.2 of their workbooks and
                 identify the main events in the plot overall.



Returning to     In their workbooks (p.6), students should place      5 minutes
the text         the main events of the story into the flow chart
                 and show how the plot is structured. Students now
                 discuss how the writer has structured the plot of
                 the story and what effects this creates, and write a
                 brief comment in their workbooks (bottom p.6). If
                 students have time, they may also wish to attempt
                 the activities on p.7.


Review of        In their booklets (p.10), students self-evaluate       2 minutes
learning         their performance as group members in today‟s
                 session and as active readers of the story.
Group and guided session plans for teachers                                ‘Bath Night’




Lesson 5 – Group Reading

Learning Objective: review a story
                    consider how typical of its genre a story is

Reading Strategy: pass judgement


Introduction     Short story – „Bath Night‟ by Antony Horowitz            2 minutes

                 Students remind themselves of the story (which
                 they finished reading last lesson).


Strategy          PASS JUDGEMENT Students will be reflecting             2 minutes
check              on and evaluating the story they have read and
                   considering how typical it is an example of
                   horror.

                 One student reads out today‟s reading strategy
                 and group discusses what they understand by this.


Independent      Students are going to re-read the work they have         6 minutes
reading          done in their booklets, making notes for their
                 reviews on the planning page in their workbooks
                 (p.8). Having done this, the students need to give
                 their judgement on the story as a mark out of ten
                 and give reasons for this judgement in their
                 workbooks (p.8).


Returning to     Students share and discuss what they have                8 minutes
the text         written. They now write short reviews of the story
                 in the space provided in their workbooks (p.9).
                 They should aim to comment on:
                       The story and its genre
                       What they thought of the plot
                       What they thought of the language
                       Their overall opinion of the story


Review of        In their booklets (p.10), students self-evaluate their   2 minutes
learning         performance as group members in today‟s session
                 and as active readers of the story.

				
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