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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 11:28 am 
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Hi,

Lots of people have mentioned that reading is really helpful for passing the CEM exams. Fortunately DD has always loved reading (although I don't think she pushes herself as hard as she could).

I'm just wondering what level of books would a student who is likely to get a grammar school place be reading independently? If it helps, the school use the accelerated reader scheme, so it may be easier to say a level from there, rather than listing titles.

I see lots of mentions of the classics, but they obviously vary in difficulty significantly, and also if we read a book together then I can explain the meaning of words that aren't understood.

She is fine with most of the comprehension exercises that we've seen, although not so keen on the inference questions (maybe reads things a bit too literally?!). I'm hoping, therefore, that we just need to keep her going, and challenge a bit rather than having to really push her, but just wanted to check that I'm not being overly complacent about her skills!

TIA :)


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 Post subject: Re: Reading level
PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:50 pm 
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The inference questions are quite important, they do find those difficult at that age.


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 Post subject: Re: Reading level
PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:49 pm 
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Thank you. We're getting there with the inference questions, just keep working on it!


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 Post subject: Re: Reading level
PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:37 pm 
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Once at GS English seems to be all about inference! It seems to be all they do! Which is why being able to read a wide range of fiction is so important I suppose.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:42 am 
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Discussing them together is as important as reading them. DG


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 Post subject: Re: Reading level
PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:29 am 
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Thank you, yes, we discuss them quite a bit and she's definitely improving.

From the sound of it, it's not her reading level per se that I need to work on, more getting her to see the finer nuances. Thanks all


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