Virtual Reading Session

A Short Ghost Story – We might not register, but we can still read!

Virtual Reading Session

Students in Y7-Y13 engage in a weekly reading activity called ‘Register and Read’ during registration time. Following the reading of a different 500 word extract each week students then engage in questions about the text they’ve read. The questions encourage students to appreciate the craft of the author; make predictions; recall information and engage with challenging tier 2 vocabulary.

The National Literacy Trust have released a short ghost story for students written by Phil Hickes. This is a genre of literature that features in our English literature curriculum at KS4 with the text ‘A Christmas Carol’ . What better way to spend some free time as the weather turns colder?

Please find the link below:

The Boy on the Rocks by Phil Hickes by literacytrust – Issuu Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Easily share your publications and get them in front of Issuu’s millions of monthly readers. Title: The Boy on the Rocks by Phil Hickes, Author: literacytrust, Name: the_boy_on_the_rocks, Length: undefined pages, Page: 1, Published: 2020-10-16

Perhaps you could challenge yourself to answer the questions below? 

Recall and Vocabulary Questions:

  1. Explain the meaning of the adjective ‘pungent’.
  2. Describe the boy Jake sees on the rocks.
  3. How does the writer use the weather to change the atmosphere of the extract?
  4. Jake and his dad are described as “clambering” down from the rocks. What picture does this verb choice paint in your mind?
  5. Identify the line that makes Jake realise he has seen a ghost.

I hope you enjoyed this short story. Other stories belonging to this genre can be found in our school library.

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Mrs E Taylor-Hamblett teaches English at St Thomas More Catholic School. She is also Literacy Lead Across Curriculum.