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. The woolly rhino; 2. Spilled water; 3. Should Antarctica be mined?; 4. Why cheating at sport isn't worth it; 5. What to do if you meet a wombat; 6. Forbidden words; 7. Fly a rebel flag; 8. Science with a twist; 9. Why paper is recycled; 10. The first houses of Sydney town; 11. What the explorers really ate; 12. The lion's share; Answers.