Nelson Thornes Framework
English 2 Skills in Non-Fiction

By Geoff Reilly & Wendy Wren
September 2003
Nelson Thornes, UK
ISBN: 0-7487-6948-X
112 Pages
$26.50 paper original

Covering all the Framework objectives using a clearly structured and rigorous approach, Nelson Thornes Framework English offers an attractive and dynamic route through the demands of the Framework for Teaching English, Years 7-9, laying particular emphasis on the basic skills of English in order to raise standards in writing. Using a twin-track approach with a student text covering fiction and non-fiction, each book provides 18 units of themed stimulus texts plus differentiated activities at word, sentence and text levels to meet the requirements of the Framework.

Encompassing a wide range of genres, styles and conventions, the activities allow for the incorporation of direct whole class teaching, group work and individual work placing emphasis on the development of extended writing. The teacher's guide offers suggestions for delivery of activities including starter activities and plenary suggestions, as well as homework and answers covering all 36 units. Detailed notes containing the National Literacy Strategy objectives are provided and the learning objectives and assessments are outlined.

The companion resource book provides copymasters at word, sentence and text levels plus anthology texts relating to each of the 36 units in the student books. Extra practice in the basic skills and writing frames for the extended tasks are provided to support students needing to progress from Level 3 to Level 4 in writing. The resource book includes practice papers in preparation for optional tests at Year 7.

Unit 1 Whodunnit?
1 Conan Doyle
2 Return of death penalty rejected Stephen Goodwin
3 Hamlet on screen
Unit 2 The final frontier
1 Mars: the dead planet
2 Houston - we have a problem ... Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger
3 How to explore your CD-Rom
Unit 3 Water, water everwhere
1 Lake Kariba
2 Scientists Close in on Elusive Giant Squid William J Broad
3 Black Sea Artifacts may be Evidence of Biblical Flood
Unit 4 We had fed the heart on fantasies
1 The Cottingley Fairies Garth Haslam
2 Fantasy made flesh
3 Superhero comic books Joel Grineau
Unit 5 Green grass, running water
1 The land of red apples
2 Flip-flop on storing nuclear waste shakes up tribe Tony Davis
3 Search for Nanook
Unit 6 Smiling damned villain
1 The Villains' Opera A CurtainUp Review
2 How to run a good bad guy
3 To Prove a Villain - The Elizabethan Villain as Revenger

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