Reading for pleasure

Learning focus

To learn about what an author does and review your favourite book.

This lesson includes:

  • one video to show you what authors do

  • one video of actor Aimee Kelly reading from My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards

  • three activities

Learn

People who write books are called authors.

Watch this clip to learn about what authors do.

Find out about what an author does.

An author chooses everything about a book:

  • where it is set
  • what happens
  • who the characters are
  • what those characters are like

This is called authorial intent.

Authors also think hard about what they want their readers to feel when they are reading their books.

When someone reads a book and really likes it, they often read other books by the same author. This is because they enjoy how that author writes and how that author makes them feel.

For example: Lots of people enjoy reading Roald Dahl’s books because they know they’re usually funny, have interesting characters and will be written in a way that makes them feel happy.

Practise

You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1

How much can you remember about what authors do? Try this short quiz to test your knowledge so far.

Activity 2

Watch this video of actor Aimee Kelly reading from My Naughty Little Sister by the author Dorothy Edwards.

Listen carefully. Aimee reads some extracts and explains what she loved so much about Dorothy Edward’s writing when she was younger.

Watch actor Aimee Kelly reading from 'My Naughty Little Sister' by the author Dorothy Edwards.

You can write your answers down on paper, or discuss them instead.

1. Why does Aimee like the stories in My Naughty Little Sister so much?

2. Do you think Aimee is similar to any of the characters in My Naughty Little Sister?

3. Do you think you would like reading My Naughty Little Sister too? Why?

Activity 3

Now think about a book you’ve enjoyed reading or listening to. You're going to review that book and the author - just like Aimee did in the video.

Write your review on lined paper and split it into five sections, like below.

Aim for each section to be at least three sentences long.

Title

  • Give the title of the book and the author's name.

The plot

  • Write a summary of what happened in the story (but don't give too much away!).

The characters

  • Give an outline of the characters in the book - what are they like?

My opinion

  • Explain why you liked the book, with reasons.

Star rating

  • How many stars would you give the story and why?
    (1 = I would not recommend, 5 = It was amazing!)

Where next?

In this lesson you have learnt about what authors do and reviewed a book you’ve enjoyed reading.

There are other useful articles on Bitesize to help you enjoy reading.

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