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Raise literacy and attainment by bringing a favourite children’s book to life in your classroom. This CD-ROM is packed with time-saving resources to help you teach The Wreck of the Zanzibar.
- Multimedia activities for whiteboards
- Writing frames
- Image banks and audio/video clips
- Interactive text extracts to annotate
- Author interviews and biography
The Read & Respond series takes growing readers into the heart of popular children’s books which inspire a love of reading. It uses group discussion, thinking games, creative writing and craft activities to engage every child with timeless stories.
This CD-ROM is ideal for use with our Read & Respond resource books or as a stand-alone product.
Karen Vive from Binfield C E Primary School takes a look at Read & Respond Interactive: The Wreck of the Zanzibar for us.
I have always been a fan of the Scholastic Read and Respond series, using them over the years with several age groups and with children of all abilities – so I was excited to acquire the Interactive version of the Michael Morpurgo book “The Wreck of the Zanzibar”.
It has obviously been designed to use with a large group – if not whole class – of children, thus making the cost of £30 more acceptable to budget constraints. Ideally one would like the children to have individual copies of the book too, as only parts of the text are reproduced. However, I can envisage using this with a small group of children each having the text – or as a class novel read by the teacher in between activities if necessary. Being on a CD Rom, there is provision for a lot of background information relating to aspects of the book. The child with less imagination can relate to the information via a bank of images and audio clips.
There are opportunities to use some of this information for work in other curriculum areas (for example the documentary video clip about leatherback turtles). The interview with the author adds a further dimension to the children’s understanding of the book. The CD provides a wealth of activities relating to the book and to other aspects of literacy.
Many can be easily adapted to use with other contexts – reducing the work load of the busy teacher. Teachers’ notes are comprehensive. Learning objectives are clearly indicated – in this example, taken from both the Year 5 and Year 6 strands, with reference made to Y6/7 transition. Thus the resource could be used with mixed age or mixed ability groups easily. Tasks allow for whole class, group or individual activities and ideas for support and extension are provided in many of the sessions. For teachers unfamiliar with interactive books, the help provided is clear and useful.
Personally I do not like to think of books of the calibre of those written by Michael Morpurgo being analysed in great detail by children. I think they should be simply enjoyed. But curriculum requirements today demand a level of analysis to prove understanding of the author’s intent which must occasionally mean an in depth study of a particular text.
In this Interactive Read and Response resource, Scholastic have ensured that everything required is easily to hand; that less confident practitioners have the tools and support required to enhance their pupils’ understanding ; that additions such as video clips help to bring the text to life for the reader; that readers have the opportunity to feel that they are actually there. It is a valuable resource that could not easily be replicated in any other way.
Read & Respond
To get started with Read & Respond all you need to do is:
- Choose a children’s book, from Owl Babies to Kensuke’s Kingdom, to study with your class
- Order the corresponding Read & Respond Teacher Resource Book
- Add a Read & Respond Interactive CD-ROM to really get your lessons buzzing!
Read & Respond Teacher Resource Titles
In-depth analysis of each book to get the whole class thinking about the story—and expressing their thoughts aloud and in writing. Within each Teacher Resource Book you’ll find:
- Background information
- Detailed chapter notes
- Plot, character and setting activities
- Shared reading section, with three extracts to read as a class
- ‘Talk about it’ section to get the children discussing feelings and ideas around the book
- ‘Get writing’ activities to help children structure and express their views about the book
- Assessment activities*
Read & Respond Interactive
These multimedia CD-ROMs can be used as standalone products, or to expand upon the corresponding Read & Respond teacher’s book. Read & Respond Interactive is ideal for exploring cross-curricular themes and for inspiring reluctant readers.
Each CD-ROM contains:
- Teaching notes, including lesson plans, differentiation, cross-curricular links and editable notes
- An author interview or biography
- Audio clips
- Text extracts
- Cross-curricular photos and video clips to help put the story into context
- A word bank – linked to the text extracts – containing audio and text definitions
- A selection of interactive whiteboard activities.
We can supply each children’s title covered by the Read & Respond series as a pack of 6 or 30 books, or as a single purchase.
Read & Respond Interactive
What are the minimum system requirements for the Read & Respond Interactive CDs?
You will need a PC or Mac with a 4x speed CD-ROM drive and 128MB RAM; Recommended minimum processor speed 450Mhz.; Windows 98/2000/XP or Mac OSX 10.2 or later; 16bit sound card and graphics card.