World Book Day 2019 as usual was an exploration of some of the best Literary works there are. As a department, we shared our favourite books with our classes on the day as well as completed some close reading activities with Year 11 students on extracts from Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.
At KS3, students were encouraged to reflect on their own reading and share with their peers some of their favourite books or authors they have read or studied so far. It was very reassuring to hear them express their passion for books in this age of Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter.
Three of our Year 10 students are braving novels like Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Others are challenged to share an excerpt from the novel they are currently reading with their English class to be used for their GCSE English Language studies.
Previously on World Book day, students were rewarded with a book or cinema voucher for their reading all year round. This year however, students donated their loose change to ‘Read for Good’. The charity is raising money to provide books and storytellers to all of the UK’s major children’s hospitals and funds projects encouraging children to read for fun.