Active English is a series of activity books for classes 1 to 6 that is firmly based on text types. What makes Active English unique is the special emphasis on critical and visual literacy. The chosen text excerpts are from a variety of mixed text types, both literary and non-literary. The structure and features of each text type are reinforced in each unit of work leading towards independent reading and writing. In each unit, emphasis is given to all language skills with exercises in contextual grammar and spelling. There are also activities to encourage teachers to initiate whole-class discussion. At the end of each unit, there are discretionary, sometimes challenging extension tasks based on applying the text type that is featured in each unit.
John and Jenny Barwick are experienced teachers and widely published authors in textbooks and children's fiction and non-fiction, including the successful English Skills for Primary Students series.
1. You've got to have breakfast; 2. Luke Lancelot; 3. Safe or fun? Choosing new playground equipment; 4. The oceans; 5. Magnetic monsters; 6. An apple a day; 7. The white mouse; 8. A wild website for wild kids!; 9. Why you need a skeleton...; 10. Uluru and bald rock: Australian monoliths; 11. Community volunteers we can all be proud of; 12. Finding a new spring; Answers.