IGCSE Anthology ‘Reading Lesson’ Resources

I want the students I teach to read widely and read often. To help achieve these twin goals, I have a ‘reading lesson’ with my year 9 English class each week on Friday afternoon. For the first half, we read and discuss an extract from the Edexcel IGCSE anthology and do some basic tasks. For the second half – about 30 minutes – students read a book of their choice.

The tasks follow a fixed format:

  1. Big question
  2. A literacy task (copy and correct)
  3. A spelling test (words taken from the text)
  4. Retrieval (find supporting quotations)
  5. Basic comprehension questions

The extracts I’ve used are listed below:

  • The Danger of a Single Story, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • A Passage to Africa, by George Alagiah
  • The Explorer’s Daughter, by Kari Herbert
  • Explorers or boys messing about? Either way, taxpayer gets rescue bill, by Steven Morris
  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place, by Aron Ralston
  • Young and dyslexic? You’ve got it going on, by Benjamin Zephaniah
  • A Game of Polo with a Headless Goat, by Emma Levine
  • Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan, by Jamie Zeppa
  • The Story of an Hour, by Kate Chopin
  • Significant Cigarettes (from The Road Home), by Rose Tremain
  • Whistle and I’ll Come to You (from The Woman in Black), by Susan Hill
  • Night, by Alice Munro

Click here to access the resources (I’ve also included a copy of the IGCSE anthology).

All the resources should be easy to edit.

Hope they’re useful –



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