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English Years 3–4 with Mrs Jegers: Text Detectives

In this lesson, Mrs Jegers teaches you how to make predictions about the content of a text. She demonstrates five simple prediction steps you can take as a text detective, and she gives you some tips on recognising the key features of an informative text.

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Writing drafts with Sally Rippin

Listen as Sally Rippin describes how her reading feeds into her writing. Why does she sometimes stop reading when she's in the early stages of writing a new story? Do you write a few drafts of your stories before you get to your final version? What does Sally say about the first draft of a story?

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English Year F with Ms McAlister: Decoding words by segmenting individual sounds

In this lesson, you will learn how to segment words into individual sounds to decode words. Ms McAlister demonstrates how to segment words into individual sounds, blend the sounds together and re-read while enjoying a book. She provides opportunities for you to use your phonological knowledge when reading at home.

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English Year 2 with Leanne: Decoding unfamiliar words using context

In this lesson, you will learn how to use context to decode the meaning of unfamiliar words. Leanne demonstrates how to use clues in the text and illustrations; make connections; and ask questions when reading. She provides opportunities for you to have a go at home.

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English Year F with Leanne: Decoding unfamiliar words using onset and rime

In this lesson, you will learn how to decode unfamiliar words by breaking them up into onset (the starting sound) and rime (the ending of words). Leanne demonstrates how to build and read new words by changing the onset. She provides opportunities for you to have a go at home.

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English Year 2 with Annaka: Reading comprehension using inferencing

In this lesson, you will learn how to infer when reading a book. Annaka demonstrates how to comprehend a story by putting together the word clues, picture clues and what you already know. She provides opportunities for you to have a go at home.

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English Years 3–4 with Mrs Jegers: Inference Investigators

In this lesson, Mrs Jegers teaches you how to make connections when reading. She demonstrates how to use prior knowledge and clues from her character clue bag to make an inference, and she gives you some tips on how to be an inference investigator by making your own character clue bag.

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English Years F–1 with Oliver: Syllables

In this lesson, you will learn how to hear and identify syllables. Oliver demonstrates how to hear the beat in words and break up words into syllables to decode faster. He provides opportunities to join in and have a go at identifying syllables at home.

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English Years 3–4 with Mrs Jegers: Syllable Surfing

In this lesson, Mrs Jegers teaches you how to monitor your understanding when you're reading. She takes you on a smooth ride, demonstrating how to be a syllable surfer by breaking down larger words by identifying vowel sounds and syllables.

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Characters as friends

Do you agree with Morris Gleitzman when he says that characters you create are like friends? How hard do you think it is to put your characters through difficult situations and make them suffer if you feel this way?

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Talking dino - app for iPad

This is an iPad app. Design a talking dinosaur to present at show and tell. Create your dinosaur by selecting from a range of elements such as mood, size and colour. Choose a voice and background picture for your dinosaur. Decide on a name that suits your talking dinosaur. Select a note about your dinosaur. Watch the animation. ...

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What do you call someone who plays a flute?

What do teenage writers Noa and Francis love about writing? Do you love writing for similar reasons? Or for different ones? Francis says that practice makes perfect when it comes to writing. He also says that thinking won't make you a better writer, writing will. Noa says that reading more has helped her improve her writing. How?

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English Year 1 with Janet: Writing a narrative text

In this lesson, you will learn how to write a narrative. Janet demonstrates the important features of a narrative, and she provides the opportunity for you to write your own at home.

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English Years F–1 with Mr Meissner: Rhyming

In this lesson, you will learn how to hear and identify rhyming words. Mr Meissner demonstrates how to find rhyming words in a book, and he provides opportunities to make your very own treasure box of rhyming things at home.

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What is spec fic? Rebecca Lim explains

Have you heard of the term 'spec fic'? What is speculative fiction? If you're interested in reading some, why not find out more about the books that Rebecca Lim refers to.

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Reading with Rebecca Lim

Watch this clip to find out what author Rebecca Lim liked to read when she was younger. How have these early interests influenced her writing as an adult? Do you get creative inspiration from books you read? What advice does Rebecca give to people who want to be writers?

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English Years 3–4 with Mrs Jegers: Personification Professionals

In this lesson, Mrs Jegers teaches you how to recognise the figurative language of personification. She demonstrates how to visualise an object or animal by giving it a human characteristic, and she gives you some tips on how to be a personification professional creating your own sentences using personification.

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Poetry from the Poetry foundaton - iTunes app

View poems from classic and contemporary poets. From William Shakespeare to T.S. Eliot to Emily Dickinson this app turns your device into a mobile poetry library. Free when reviewed 5/6/15.

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How to get better at writing in rhyme

What does author Tony Wilson suggest doing to improve your rhyming skills? Why do you think reading might help? Are you familiar with the books and authors Tony mentions? Dame Lynley Dodd is the author of the Hairy Maclary books and Julia Donaldson is another successful author who uses rhyming in her books. Look them up ...

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Story starting points

Do you sometimes have trouble finding an idea to write about? Watch this clip to learn how author Tony Wilson developed the idea for his book 'Stuff Happens: Jack'. Is there a dramatic moment from your life that might inspire a story? Remember what Tony says about building a fictional world around this real starting point, ...