This course is designed to show how knowledge of English and literacy skills can be integrated through literature based sequences, which promote reading for pleasure, deep understanding of text and purposeful writing. Our planning is sensitive to the demands of subjects and links to wider learning are made where the connections are strong.
Our approach is derived from research undertaken for a project conducted for the London Schools Excellence Fund and supported by the DfE (4XR, 2016). Since then we have continued to refine the model which emphasises process rather than isolated skills teaching in order to promote sustained learning and mastery.
The Take One Book approach starts with exploring the potential of the text, and explicates the importance of teacher subject knowledge. It then moves through a series of incremental stages which scaffold deeper comprehension and support writing.
Area of focus
- Outline of the Take One Book framework
- One Size does not fit all: the needs of readers and writers
- Selecting texts and identifying text potential
- Bridging texts to support accessibility
- Before reading: hook and orientation
- During reading: explore, explain, expose
- After reading: review and reflect
- Reading strategies: which, why, when?
- A closer look at inference and how to teach it.
- Inspiring writing
- Exploiting wider learning opportunities
- Using journals
- Teacher assessment
Key Stage Suitability
Recommended course length
For embedding this approach, we recommend the following format:
Two and a half days or three days:
Day one – introductory course and gap task
Day two – coaching sessions with identified lead teachers
Day three half day or twilight CPD for review and planning next steps
A second year is recommended for embedding the approach. The format is best negotiated after the first year to meet the needs of the school.
A one-day version of the training covers the basic principles.
Bespoke programmes can be devised for MATs seeking to develop this approach across several schools.
Between the Lines (p xx) works well with this course as it provides the opportunity to look in more depth at specific strategies which are synthesized in the Teach One Book framework.
Participants receive a worked-up exemplar with a copy of the text and resources.
A dedicated subscription website with interactive planning tool, additional sequences, resources and case studies will be launched in September 2019
Copies of the 4XR handbook are available at a discounted training price. To order contact email@example.com
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