Literacy resources for older students with reading difficulties.
Spinout Stories are collections of high interest stories and related activities especially designed to appeal to upper primary and lower secondary students who are still struggling with literacy.
Each story is available at three levels of reading difficulty, to suit a wide range of students.
Topics to suit older early readers
There are two topics in each pack.
Each topic offers two stories of different styles.
Some stories are fictional, some are informative. Some are both. All are designed to grab the attention of reluctant readers.
Clicking on key words gives access to Spinout's powerful hypertext facility, which encourages students to follow up more details of the story. This encourages students to read more and more in order to obtain information beyond the basic text of the main story.
For example, clicking on trucks (or on the truck in the picture) opens a new window of text that gives more detailed information about trucks. This text offers further links to words such as engine and tray, giving even more leads for students to follow their particular interests and encouraging them to read more adventurously.
READ IT, HEAR IT, WRITE IT, PRINT IT!
The computer can read all the story text aloud (with an Australian accent). It can also help students check their own reading by saying individual words (in a different voice) upon request.
Students can use Spinout's facilities to write their own version of a story and print it, complete with all the illustrations, in black and white or colour.
FULL COLOUR BOOKS
The Spinout stories are supplied in book form as well as on CD. Extra copies are available.
EXTRA SKILL BUILDING EXERCISES
Each CD contains related reading activities, based on the text of the stories on the CD. The activities are designed to develop students' basic skills and to give them confidence in reading and understanding. All the exercises have been carefully designed by experienced teachers.
Blue Packs covers:
- Diesel and Dirt - topic - large machines: style - information
- The Best Mechanic - topic: large machines: style - fiction
- Saltwater Crocodiles - topic - crocodiles : style - information
- Reptile Zoo - topic - crocodiles : style - narrative
- Jigsaw: deals with word recognition
- Concentration: memory game requiring word recognition
- Ladders: building vocabulary
Suits Years 5 to 9.