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Classic Poetry: Developing Reading Comprehension Skills

Developing Reading Comprehension Skills is a series of eight reading comprehension books for children, focusing on high-quality literature and the full range of question types assessed in the KS2 SATs and 11+ Reading Comprehension papers. The series gives children opportunities to tackle more complex vocabulary, explore how authors use language to impact their readers and develop endurance for longer passages.  To support the adults using the books, each begins with guidance and strategies for teaching the eight different question types, plus suggestions for embedding these texts in the wider English curriculum.

The first two books in the series are available now with the remaining six still to come.

Classic Poetry: Years 5-6 is the second book in the Developing Reading Comprehension Skills series. It contains twelve classic poems. Each poem is accompanied by eight sets of questions based on the Key Stage Two Reading Content Domains. Classic poems give the reader a window into the past, to another time or another place, while building empathy and understanding. The world of poetry is a place to escape. With the power to transform and change the way readers see the world, poetry can provide peace, inspiration and hope.

The Developing Reading Comprehension Skills series is suitable for new and recently qualified teachers as well as those who are more experienced and looking to expand the range of texts they use. These books are useful in the classroom, for home learning and for long-term home education. Although aimed at Key Stage Two, they would also be appropriate in Key Stage Three for supporting children who have not yet reached the expected Year 6 standard.

Purchase Links:

Brilliant Publications website (print & e-books)

Classic Literature: Years 5-6

Classic Poetry: Years 5-6

Amazon UK (print books)

Amazon Canada (print books)

Classic Literature: Years 5-6

Classic Poetry: Years 5-6

Amazon US (print books)

Classic Literature: Years 5-6

Classic Poetry: Years 5-6

Upcoming titles: 

Classic Literature: Years 3-4

Classic Poetry: Years 3-4

Contemporary FictionYears 5-6

Contemporary FictionYears 3-4

Non-fictionYears 5-6 

Non-fictionYears 3-4

Question Types
• Vocabulary
• Retrieval
• Inference
• Summary
• Prediction
• Text Meaning
• Author’s Use of Language
• Compare & Contrast  
Classic Poems
• Night Clouds by Amy Lowell
• An Autumn Evening 
by Lucy Maud Montgomery
• In Flanders Fields 
by John McCrae
• Leisure by 
W.H. Davies
• In the Bleak Midwinter 
by Christina Rossetti
• The Way Through the Woods 
by Rudyard Kipling
• “Hope” is the Thing with Feathers 
by Emily Dickinson
• The Highwayman 
by Alfred Noyes
• The Listeners 
by Walter de la Mare
• North of Time 
by Rachel Field
• The Tyger 
by William Blake
• A Musical Instrument 
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning  
Classic Children’s Literature Extracts
• Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
• The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 
by C S Lewis
• Swallows and Amazons 
by Arthur Ransome
• The Call of the Wild 
by Jack London
• The Hobbit 
by J R R Tolkien
• Anne of Green Gables 
by Lucy Maud Montgomery
• Black Beauty 
by Anna Sewell
• The Secret Garden 
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
• The Jungle Book 
by Rudyard Kipling
• Treasure Island 
by Robert Louis Stevenson
• Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea 
by Jules Verne
• A Christmas Carol 
by Charles Dickens

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