Reading Guides for Your Students

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 20 December 2019 > Pedagogy Shine Bright Lycée

We promised them and here they are. Our first four Reading Guides are available for books on the 1ère LLCER curriculum by Edgar Allan Poe, George Orwell, Harper Lee and Mark Haddon. Designed for class or home use, they will help pupils successfully meet the challenge of reading their first full fictional works in English.

Reading two books in English for the LLCER classes is a big ask for many pupils. And fitting  work on the books into class hours is a challenge for teachers. We've designed these guides to reassure pupils and help you ensure they get the most out of the experience in an efficient, structured way.

Each guide opens with a section to help discover the author, the context the book was written in, and start making hypotheses from the book cover and blurb.

The main section of the guide presents key extracts from the book, accompanied by step-by-step comprehension and analysis activities and intermediate tasks. For the Poe short stories, the guide contains the entire text. For the longer works, an activity after each extract encourages pupils to be active as they read on in the book.

Finally, the guide concludes with four pages of ideas for connected works pupils could include in their portfolio for the Bac, and associated activities.

You'll find a detailed downloadable teaching guide on the companion site for each book, as well as audio files and links to sites and videos used in the guide, which are also directly available  by scanning the pages of the guide with the NathanLive app on a smartphone or tablet.

You can browse samples of the guides by clicking on the titles:

"The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" Edgar Allan Poe
Animal Farm George Orwell
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon

Coming later in the year: Of Mice and Men and The Importance of Being Earnest.