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The White family are delighted when a friend gives them a monkey's paw that will grant them three wishes. They gain a little but at what cost? The paw turns happiness to fear and despair. Collins Soundbites is a revolutionary series of readers for students who are struggling to achieve NC level 4 at Key Stage 3. The Monkey's Paw has a Reading Age of 8-9, with 40 words per page. Six readers are published in a pack at each stage or level of ability. Soundbites is the first series of readers for students with poor literacy that delivers the curriculum. Also available are Mixed Packs that contain six different readers at each of the three stages (stage 1: reading age 6-7; stage 2: age 7-8; stage 3: age 8-9). Two thirds of each book is 'narrative' style text. One third of each book covers information, using a variety of text types such as autobiographies, biographies, journals, diaries, letters (personal and formal), travel writing, leaflets, reports, reviews, adverts, newspaper/magazine articles, tables. Specialised, difficult or technical vocabulary explained on the page, plus a one-page glossary at the end. The topics covered address the KS3 curriculum in different areas. Photocopiable teaching resources, containing a range of literacy-boosting activities, are available in the Soundbites Bumper Pack.
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The series editor, John Foster, is author of numerous successful resources for schools, as well as a best-selling poet. His other series with Collins include English Direct, Issues, Lifelines, Viewpoints, Your Life and Studywise.From AudioFile:
The mischief of the monkey's paw is as intriguing as it was when written at the turn-of-the-century. The three wishes granted to the owner of this mysterious relic unfold in a sinister short story. Lide's smooth and distinctive British voice captures the haunting quality of the story and makes it memorable. The period mood of the voices is essential and Lide produces it beautifully. THE MONKEY'S PAW is one title in a new series called "The Creative Short Story Audio Library," from Listening Library, which includes selections of Poe, London and Conan Doyle. Each short story is recorded on a single cassette and may be paired with a beautifully designed hardcover book. The programs are attractive and accessible teaching tools. The use for language arts in the classroom is obvious and will be a fine supplement to discussion. Brief notes about the author and the context of the work complete each program. These are great choices for the whole family or an enticing introduction to audio listening. R.F.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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