Author(s): Tania Roxborogh; Kathryn Fitzgerald
Serious Fun in English is primarily written as a supplementary English skills workbook filled with short, student-centred activities which focus on learning core skills and using vocab, language and punctuation skills as well as activities which draw upon comprehension skills. Each of the sections focuses on a particular skill (such as close reading or making connections) and has a wide range of activities: puzzles, spelling activities, word finds, punctuation activities, crosswords and dictionary skills as well as opportunities for original art and original stories via scaffolding. The level of difficulty of the tasks in each section range from very simple/straightforward all the way through to challenging/extension. A lot of the vocab used in the tasks comes from the first 1000 words of the Academic Word list. Students can work through the book on their own, via set class work but the book can also be used as in-class study as there is opportunity for teachers to extend on the tasks included as there is scope for pair and group work to enhance the learning and enjoyment.
Suits NZ School Year Level: 09 and 10.
Note to teachers & students
1 Ko wai au? Who am I? Identity
2 Our Beginnings – creation stories
3 Fairy Tales
4 I have something to say – the language of opinion and persuasion
5 Feeling Frightened – learning about the codes and conventions of horror stories