Reading with young adults
Linked to KS4 and KS5 Curriculum
- Myths, fairy tales and religious texts all have had a strong influence over
English literature and many children’s books and young adult novels deal with
similar themes and concepts; this can be an easy way to gain the kind of
contextual knowledge that can really help take their understanding of texts
they study at school to a deeper level.
- Encourage your child to read a wide range of fiction based on what they have
enjoyed reading previously or what their interests are. At school they will
read pre 1914 literature, Shakespeare plays and world literature as well as
short stories, dramas and poetry. Being exposed to these regularly and in a
way that feels comfortable to them will help them to access these texts more
easily in an educational context. There are many adaptations and versions of
classic texts that can be easier to access than the originals and help to
- Encourage reading of non-fiction. This is examined at both GCSE and A-Level
English and is an area where many young people do not read as widely.
- Close analysis is a key skill at this age in English (and many other subjects)
and this can be easily practised through looking closely at extracts from the
texts that they do enjoy and being more thoughtful about the ways that these
texts do use language.
- For young people who are studying for exams and may feel overwhelmed by the
amount of revision they have to do, English can be revised alongside other
subjects by reading the material for the subject (e.g a page of a textbook)
and by analysing it as they would a literary text.
- Most importantly, make time in the day for reading that they enjoy. At times
when they are under particular academic strain, they might prefer to read
simpler or shorter texts, but there should definitely be time made in the day
for relaxation-and reading has been proven to reduce symptoms of stress!
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