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Reading To Understand

Primary School children read lots of books, but do KS1 and KS2 children understand what they have read? Not always!

Many children will skim read books with the aim to finish it quickly. Some start books but never get to the end of them. Children should be encouraged to read and look at a variety of reading material that is fiction and non-fiction. This way they can appreciate the importance of reading. Children don't have read storybooks only. A child who doesn't like to read story books may prefer to read comics, magazines, newspapers etc. They are more likely to understand what they are reading if they have an interest in the reading material.

Writing A Book Review

Writing a book review can help children think about reading and understand what they have read.

Encouraging children to recall who the main characters are in a story, where the story takes place, the main events that happen in a story, all help with understanding a story. If they can't answer a question, it gives them a reason to go back and find the answer.

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Why Encourage Children To Write a Book Review?

1. Encourages Thoughtful Reading:
When children write book reviews, they are prompted to think more deeply about the plot, characters, and themes of the story. This thoughtful engagement with the material enhances their comprehension and analytical skills, contributing to a more profound understanding of the books they read.

2. Develops Critical Thinking Skills:
Writing a book review requires children to evaluate and critique various aspects of the story.
They learn to express their opinions on the plot development, character motivations, and writing style, fostering critical thinking skills that extend beyond the realm of literature.

3. Boosts Communication Skills:
Writing a book review is an exercise in articulation.
Children need to find the right words to convey their thoughts and feelings about a book. This process enhances their ability to express themselves clearly and succinctly, laying the groundwork for strong communication skills in various aspects of their lives.

4. Fosters a Love for Writing:
By providing a platform for children to express their opinions on the books they read, writing book reviews can ignite a passion for writing. It allows them to see writing not just as a task but as a means of self-expression and creativity.

5. Builds Confidence:
Knowing that their opinions matter and that others may benefit from their insights boosts a child's confidence. Writing book reviews helps children develop a sense of agency and empowers them to share their perspectives with a broader audience.

6. Cultivates a Community of Readers:
Book reviews create a sense of community among young readers. When children share their reviews, they contribute to a collective conversation about literature. This communal aspect of reviewing fosters a shared love for books and encourages a sense of camaraderie among readers.

7. Teaches Responsibility:
Crafting a book review involves a commitment to finish the book and provide a thoughtful analysis. This teaches children responsibility and the importance of completing tasks, skills that are valuable in all areas of life.

There are many reasons for encouraging children to write book reviews. It goes beyond promoting literacy. It nurtures critical thinking, communication skills, and a love for both reading and writing.

Download A Free Book Review Template

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Teach My Kids - Activities for children:
Ask your child to choose a short story to read. Then use this literacy writing template to write a book review. Your child can write in full sentences or bullet point answers.

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