Celebrate reading in your school with these booktastic teaching ideas

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  ‘Books are a uniquely portable magic’ (Stephen King)

World Book Day is the perfect opportunity to indulge your students in the magic of reading, and it’s coming up next month. Here’s a selection of our favourite resources for the big day! 

Teachit English Editor


Resources for World Book Day

How about holding a book festival or sending books on journeys around your school? Our resource Ideas for World Book Day is brimming with inspiration for this year’s celebrations.

The Reading bingo challenge is a perfect homework project or last minute new year’s resolution challenge to raise the profile of reading in your school. Challenge your colleagues to add lists of recommendations to each square!

Our ultimate recommendations for your GCSE readers are our latest teaching pack offerings: Unseen fiction and Revise unseen fiction. Both featuring eight fiction extracts, they are designed for this challenging aspect of the English Language GCSE. Unseen fiction is a step-by-step teaching aid to develop students’ confidence and analysis skills. Revise unseen fiction is an exam-focused workbook.


World Book Day Award

The #WorldBookDay team is running a competition where you could win up to £5000 of books for your school library. They have collaborated with the Flying Fergus series and are asking you to create a display to show how your school is flying high with reading. Enter by 12th February 2018 with photos and a short paragraph about your display.

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Editor’s Q&A

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Helen Stacey

Teachit English editor

I’ve been at Teachit for nearly six years now, and in that time have also begun to teach my own growing babies some essential life skills (and a fair number of stories at bedtime!). It’s time to reflect on my classroom years …

What did you most/least enjoy about teaching?
I loved sharing my passion for great literature with students – and finding ways to make this fun. I least enjoyed the endless to-do lists and the mental load.

What was your most memorable moment?
A parent meeting where a dad got very emotional about his son having learned so much in his GCSE English lessons and from going to the West End for the first time. He was close to tears that his son got the grade he needed to then study English at A-level.

What do you most enjoy about working at Teachit?
Working with teachers to develop some of the very best English teaching resources, as well as hearing from teachers who tell us how the resources have supported their students. It’s an absolute privilege to work for the site which supported me most while I was teaching.