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P6 Literacy 25th February

"The Fox and the Ghost King" reciprocal reading task

Develop your reciprocal reading skills with this excerpt from "The Fox and the Ghost King" by Michael Morpurgo


This week we are looking at the "sure" and "ture" endings (see Tuesday's Literacy page).  For today's activity, practise spelling the more difficult words from your "Words for Sorting" page ahead of tomorrow's dictation.


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Main activity

For today's reciprocal reading activity, we are going to read through the opening chapters of "The Fox and the Ghost King" by Michael Morpurgo.

Download the passage below and watch today's video where Mrs Bell reads the story with you and explains what to do next.


Then it's time to begin your written activity.  In P6 we have been looking at the four key skills used in reciprocal reading which are:

  1. Clarifying - making the meaning of the text clearer.  Look for any confusing words or phrases and take steps to figure out their meaning e.g. use a dictionary, look for other clues in the story.
  2. Questioning - writing our own questions about the text.  We try to ask a variety of questions e.g. Why did...?  Who was...?  What happened when...?  Why do you think...?
  3. Summarising - picking out the main ideas and leaving out anything that is not essential.  We can use ACHE to help us - What is this passage about?  Who are the main characters?  What happened?  How did the passage end?
  4. Predicting - what do you think will happen next?  A good prediction will use clues from the story, title, illustrations etc. and make connections to things we already know (background knowledge).


Your "Reciprocal Reading worksheet" has been divided into sections to match these four skills.  If you choose the higher level worksheet, you are going to practise all four skills by:

  1. clarifying the meaning of four words;
  2. writing four questions of your own;
  3. summarising the passage in less than 60 words; and
  4. predictiing what will happen next.

If you choose the lower level worksheet, you are going to practise clarifying and summarising the passage.


When you have finished, please take a photograph of your work and email it to your teacher!

Today's story is set in Leicester and the fans of Leicester City football club are known as "The Foxes".  The king mentioned in "The Fox and the Ghost King" is King Richard III who was King of England from 1483 until his death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.  When he died, his body went missing but, in 2012, his bones were discovered buried under a carpark in Leicester!  It was this discovery that gave Michael Morpurgo the idea for his book.


Watch the videos below to learn more about the life of King Richard III.

Rex Factor the Animated Show: Richard III

This is Rex Factor the Animated Show. A rip-roaring ride through the life of King Richard III.

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