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Using the first chapter

Here you can read example pre-reading tasks author Sue Leather uses with an elementary graded reader to capture her readers' imaginations.
We’ve looked at exploring the cover of the book and its chapters. Another way of getting students into the graded reader that they are all going to read is to read part of the first chapter, and then do some activities related to that small section.

Here is an example of a few activities for the elementary book “Dirty Money”. Read the first part of the chapter and try the tasks that follow.

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From Dirty Money by Sue Leather

Task 1

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Discuss: What do you think happens next? What is the noise?

Task 2

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Illustrate: Draw or describe two illustrations for this part of the chapter.

Task 3

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Write: Write the end of the chapter in less than 100 words.

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