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The Tempest: Big Book
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The National Literacy Strategy has helped to raise standards for pupils with learning difficulties. This series is designed to support teachers in this area by providing attractive, stimulating and appropriate reading materials for children with moderate or severe learning difficulties across the 7-11 age range. The series includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and could help to support a multi-sensory approach to learning. The "Inclusive Readers Series" aims to do more than develop children's reading and writing; it aims to enable readers to extend their knowledge and understanding, to develop a fascination with language, to explore a range of emotions and, where appropriate, to help them to deal with difficult issues. The books represent positively many aspects of disability and reflect the cultural diversity of society. Each pack consists of: a 66-page A3 big book, with colour illustrations; a pull-out section of characters and images from the text to cut out and laminate for use in follow-up work; a teachers' book with half-termly and weekly plans, plus activities for pupils at different levels; and photocopiable differentiated versions of the text at four levels (P5-6, P7-1C and 1C-2A) for use with individual pupils - the lowest level using words with symbols. This adaptation of Shakespeare's play is written for Year 6. The stroy is told partly by a narrator and partly through sections of the original dialogue from the play. Suggested activities include units of work on magic spells, islands and the differences between plays, poetry and prose. There are good cross-curricular opportunities in science and geography. The story provides all the elements of love, horror and magic that children love and serves as an introduction to Shakespeare.
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Maggie Walker is a freelance writer and experienced teacher. Val Davis is deputy head of a SLD school. Ann Berger is General Adviser for Bristol LEA and an experienced teacher of children with special needs.

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