Wider Reading in KS3: Mirrors and Windows

“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined… Windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author… however, a window can also be a mirror…and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences.” 

Rudine Sims Bishop (1990)

KS3 students have been exploring a range of fiction – through a wider reading homework project – which reflects ethnically diverse experiences and viewpoints. Students have been asking questions; making connections between their life experiences and those of the characters they are reading about; and responding creatively to each text. 

Do encourage your child in KS3 to talk to you about the extracts they have read. If you would like further information or advice about choosing diverse books for children and teenagers, please contact Ms. Zipfel (English Department). 

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