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Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome – teaching guide

Cornerstones Love to Read teaching guide for Swallows and Amazons*, packed with ideas for classroom activities that encourage children to talk about their reading.

Summer holidays don't get better than this! Swallows and Amazons is an innocent adventure story with lots of detailed descriptions on how to sail a boat and survive on an island for a few days – providing you have helpful, understanding adults not far away. Apart from the technical sailing vocabulary, the language is fairly simple and accessible and the story will be enjoyed by both boys and girls.

*book sold separately

Format: 28 page A4 booklet

Theme: Adventure; Freedom; Imagination

Related Curriculum Project: Flow

Delivery: 3-5 working days

Product Type: Hard Copy
Category: Reading, Teaching guides
Key Stage: LKS2
Year Group: Year 3

About Love to Read

Our Love to Read teaching guides help you teach classic and contemporary children’s literature, whatever your literary experience or knowledge. They provide a deeper understanding of literary effects to help you meet the expectations for reading comprehension at Key Stage 2.

The series is made up of books that represent a balance of styles, periods and authors to help children experience a range of literature over time.

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  1. Question

    Sarah Kelly

    Do the ‘Love to Read’ teaching guides give ideas for writing opportunities or are they ideas for reading only?

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    • Nick Purcell

      Nick Purcell

      Hi Sarah

      Thank you for your question.

      Currently, our Love to Read guides do not make explicit links to writing. However, our consultant Lesley has written some suggestions below about how the existing activities could be used in writing sessions.

      There are opportunities for linking children’s writing to the texts in Swallow and Amazons as with all the guides.

      For example, using the guidance in the ‘Narrative Techniques’ section, teachers could incorporate features discussed in the text into writing activities. In Swallows and Amazons, this would include use of setting in writing, use of narrative techniques such as third person narrator, creating suspense, use of active voice.

      In the ‘During Reading’ section, teachers could extend the idea of using active voice to show action or writing lists, incorporating them into writing tasks.

      In the ‘After Reading’ section, suggestions for possible writing opportunities include writing an adventurous story, making lists and activity logs, writing a booklet. This section is where the suggestions for writing activities are most specific.

      Hope that helps.

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