Reading for ages 12 to 16
Combining skills-based phonics practice with reading for pleasure
Piper Books offers a fresh chance to those who have fallen through the educational net. Catch-up learners with weak or missing phonics knowledge need opportunities to read intelligent and engaging texts. This is exactly what the stories offer. The MRI programme establishes automatic decoding skills within stories that students can read and want to read.
From the tragicomedy of Henry VIII to the doom of an Aztec city, from the antics of Africa’s spider demi-god to the trials of Miss Elizabeth Bennet, from Hamlet’s insanity to Beowulf’s heroics, the fifty Mature Reading Instruction books offer a darkly comic take on history, myths, folk tales and literary masterpieces.
MRI Sets 1 and 2: 32,000 words
MRI Sets 3 and 4: 48,000 words
See Free Resources for copies of Set 1: Book 6: Macbeth
Set 2: Book 8: Story 3: Problems with the Number Nine
Set 3: Book 9: Story 3: Athena and Arachne
Set 4: Book 5: Extract from Pride and Prejudice
Plus progress assessment sheets and graphs
The majority of older readers will start with Set 1, but students with very poor reading skills will benefit from the shorter and simpler Starter Set (See Older readers: Reading for ages 9-11).
MRI also offers abundant Systematic Phonics practice for ESL (English as a Second Language) programmes.
MRI Tutor Guide
The photocopiable MRI Tutor Guide enables all teachers to assess exactly where a student is in his/her progress towards becoming a competent reader. Information and procedures are clearly and simply explained.
Practical Teaching Points, Initial and Final Assessment, Background Information About the Stories, Record Keeping, Fluency Practice, Copying and Dictation Exercises, Frequently Asked Questions, and Troubleshooting.
“The overview is very clear and practical and provides the tutor with all the important introductory information – research base, relevance to Synthetic Phonics, range of literature spanned and suggestions for further activities.”Adult Literacy Teacher