Using readers in the classroom
Before you read' activities.
Use the cover of the book or a picture from the inside to encourage pupils to talk about what they can see and to predict what the Reader is about. You can do this as a whole class or a small group activity. When pupils hear or read the Reader they can find out if their predictions were right or not;
Elicit some key words using the cover of the Reader or a picture from inside the book;
Pre-teach some key words which are central to the pupils' understanding of the Reader;
If it is a fiction Reader, tell the story to the
pupils and encourage them to participate with words or actions as they listen;
Show the pictures in the book as the pupils listen to the Reader on audio cassette;
Teach one of the chants from the Reader to the pupils.
'Before you read' activities
They:
make pupils interested in the Reader
help pupils with key vocabulary
give pupils a reason for reading
encourage pupils to read for 'gist',
catching the general idea, (see the example below)
encourage pupils to predict what they are going to read
activate what pupils already know about what they are going to read
While you read' activities
They:
help pupils with their reading
encourage pupils to keep on reading
help pupils develop different kinds of reading skills
enable pupils to confirm their predictions
YOUNG STARTER
Up to 200 headwords - all colour inside
to be (present tense)
present simple
present continuous (present use)
can / can't (request / ability)
the imperative
"Wh" questions
like / don't like
there is / there are
have got
let's
TITLES
A Ghost Story
Zazar
Brob the Brontosaur
Merlin the Wizard
Nessie the Monster
Penelope and Tod
Space Adventure
Zazar and the Fox
Zazar and the Seashell
Zazar and the Sun
STARTER LEVEL
Up to 300 - 500 headwords - all colour inside
to be (past tense)
past simple
there was / were
going to (future)
will (future)
must (obligation)
adverbs (frequency, manner)
adjectives (degree, description)
prepositions: in, into, under, etc.

TITLES
Radio Boy
Robin Hood
The Happy Prince
Dracula
Ghost stories
The Canterville Ghost
LEVEL 1
Up to 500 - 600 headwords - all colour inside
past simple (regular and irregular verbs)
past continuous
could / couldn't
must
tag questions
can (permission)
gerunds
would like (request and offers)
let's, shall (suggestions)
adverbs (time, manner, place)
adjectives (comparatives and superlatives)

TITLES
Oscar
The Boy from Yesterday
Maria's Dilemma
Bonnie and Clyde
Frankestein
The Haunted Castle
A Christmas Carol
Alice in Wonderland
Escape from Alcatraz
The Vampire
LEVEL 2
Up to 600 - 800 headwords - all colour inside
modal verbs (present tense)
modal verbs (past tense)
present continuous (future)
going to (intentions)
present perfect
past perfect
passive (simple forms)
must / can't (deductions)
have to (obligation)
should (advice)
gerund as subject
too / enough + adjective
reported speech
zero, first and second conditional
defining relative clause

TITLES
Where's Mauriac?
Craigen Castle Mystery
The Road through the Hills and...
Treasure Island
American Indian Tales
Moby Dick
Robin Hood Stories
Robinson Crusoe
The Last of the Mohicans
The Wind in the Willows
Uncle Tom's Cabin
LEVEL 3
1200 headwords - all colour inside
was / were going to
vpresent perfect continuous
passive (all tenses excluding modals)
used to
make / let
may / might (possibility)

TITLES
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Cold Feet
LEVEL 4
1800 headwords - all colour inside
past perfect continuous
had better / would rather
future perfect
future continuous
passive (modals)
third conditional

TITLES
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Jane Eyre
Dracula
Sense and Sensibility
ADVANCED LEVEL
2000 + headwords - all colour inside

TITLES
A Study in Scarlet
Hamlet
Pride and Prejudice
Romeo and Juliet
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The Pit and the Pendulum
The Scarlet Letter