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Rosa to the rescue

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By Bev Long — Educational Consultant

Read this great themed story, which draws on some heroic events from traditional tales, but shows heroism in a familiar setting and within an everyday event.

There are plenty of opportunities for children to infer characters’ thoughts and feelings.

These teachers’ notes accompany the PRINT ONLY guided reading leaflet.

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Before reading

  • Ask the children to identify some heroes and heroines from story books and films that they have read or seen, and to discuss the kind of things these people do that makes them heroes. List these actions and characteristics.
  • Discuss whether the children think there are heroes in real life. Who are they and what kinds of things do they do? Compare the two groups of heroes. Refer to On-screen resource 2 Real or imaginary? and Poster 2 A Real-life Hero
  • Explain that the story is about someone becoming a hero and ask the children to decide, as they read, who this is and why they were heroic.
  • Ask them to look out for other heroes, or stories about heroes, that are referred to in the leaflet. Explain that these people are not mentioned by name but the ideas are used and that they need to look closely at the pictures as well as reading the text.
  • Remind the children of the strategies they can use to read new or difficult words.
  • Model reading the first two sentences, showing the children how to blend all the way through longer words. Ask the children what is meant by ‘lolling’.
  • Recap the common suffixes -ing and -ed and some grapheme choices for long vowel phonemes that the children find more difficult.
  • Together, blend ‘daydreaming’ and use sound buttons to identify each phoneme.
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