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Senior Reading Skills - Teacher Guide and Student Workbook

Senior Reading Skills - Teacher Guide and Student Workbook


Complex senior close reading skills including point of view, identifying and evaluating LANGUAGE and STRUCTURAL techniques, making inferences, analyzing, discussing and comparing are all covered here! Whew! Scaffold students' understanding and appreciation of the literary process as well as their academic writing. Yes, it's all in one place because we all need that 'go-to' resource!


NZ TEACHERS, NOTE WELL:  This is a generic combination of my Sift and Lift booklets that cater more specifically for the Level 2 and Level 3 Unfamiliar Texts exams, both of which are fully editable. In this resources, fields such as tables can be typed into but is otherwise uneditable.  It includes a teacher guide, student guide, plus handy templates.


Most of us feel overwhelmed with where to start and how to progress with analyzing, discussing, and comparing unseen or unfamiliar texts with our senior students. This is a massive resource, broken into sections so that you can cover each phase of student learning one step at a time. Why have I called it ‘Sift and Lift’? Because we sift through the texts to lift our understanding and appreciation! Woo-hoo!



✅ Microsoft PowerPoint (resized to an A4 page, so this can easily be printed).  Note, you can easily upload this to your Google Drive if you prefer that suite.  It is uneditable except for the fields such as tables that require completion by students.  Note that the file containing templates is completely editable.


This resource pack includes:

  • Student workbook. Editable in the parts student must type into or click on to move to other areas of the document or to visit external sources.

  • Teacher version of student workbook to assist with planning (and perhaps reflections too). Includes an area to note dates you have/will teach each section/page plus yellow digital ‘sticky notes’ beside each page, allowing you to type yourself notes. I’ve added a few tips and suggestions too!

  • Completely editable templates in a separate document. Use these with any of your own texts/excerpts.


You and your students will enjoy:

❤️ A hyperlinked table of contents page, and a 'home page' button on every page to take students back to that table of contents. I’ve also added tabs down the side of each page so that you/students can click to any section. This ensures easy navigation. (Note the tabs do not show up if you’re printing.)

❤️ Hyperlinks to external sources to take advantage of further learning opportunities.

❤️ Clear instructions.

❤️ Information and activities to help students enhance their skills in a scaffolded and bite-sized manner. Tables, templates and examples help students all the way!

❤️ Clearly marked sections.


Specific focus areas include:

⭐ FOUNDATIONS – the catalyst, purpose, audience and idea(s)

⭐ ANALYSIS – looking at language techniques and structural devices and learning to EVALUATE these with a very handy acronym – look out for FITRACERS!

⭐ POETRY – learning to read a poem correctly for starters!

⭐ VERBS – looking at the verbs in questions. Eg: Analyse how the writer explores / reveals / compares…


⭐ DISCUSSION – how to focus on the ASPECTS of a written text, then how plan for, structure and compile a written discussion.

⭐ COMPARING TWO TEXTS – and how to plan and produce a written comparison.

⭐ CUE CARDS – an oldy but a goody. Students can type or write techniques, definitions and examples onto these, put them together with a rubber band or key ring and learn them on the bus, in Science (hehe!) or on the loo! Just learn them!


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