Why is flooding in this country on the increase?
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The poster text poses a series of questions about the issue of flooding in the UK, followed by some simple explanations of the elements involved. It demonstrates a range of organisational and stylistic features typical of the genre, and introduces some technical vocabulary.
Shared teaching and learning
- Discuss weather events in the headlines. Have any happened in the UK recently? Discuss the effects of flooding as reported in the news.
- Why do rivers flood? Assess what the children already know.
Children should be familiar with the differences between narrative and non-narrative texts, and be able to identify some of the features of an explanation text.
- Discuss the poster’s presentation. How do we know it is non-fiction?
- Point out that all the subheadings are questions. What will the text underneath each subheading do? Establish that this is explanation text.
- Ask volunteers to read each section. Collect unfamiliar words, modelling strategies for pronouncing them. Use dictionaries and contextual clues to work out meanings.
- Summarise the main points of each section in note form. How do the diagrams aid understanding?