Learning Intention: 
  • To make connections, identify main ideas, summarise, evaluate and synthesise facts when reading longer texts through learning conversations.
Choose a 
'Book Buddy'

The role of a 'Book Buddy' is 
to act as a critical friend. 
That means you will read the same text so that you can 
have rich learning conversations as you make your way through the different chapters.

Read for at least 
30 minutes 
during each Reading block

Choose a book that both you and your 'Book Buddy' 
will be reading. Remember to talk to each other about 
why you think the story might be something you 
both would like to explore. 

Identify the main idea

What did the author want you to think 

about when reading this text? 

Why do you think this was?

Use your negotiating skills to collaboratively decide what the answer to this question.


Making Connections

Tell about a connection you made with the story

Explain to your 'Book Buddy' how this connection helped you understand the story.


While you are reading the
text think of 3 questions you could ask your 'Book Buddy' to help them make a stronger connection to the story.

Your questions should challenge them to use the evidence in the text to explain their thinking.

Your role in this task is to act as a critical friend. This means you will need to give them feedback and feed forward.


Use evidence from the text to explain how your thinking changed as the plot and characters developed


An evaluation is your opinion.  

What did you like/not like about what you read today?  

Why/Why not?

Remember to use evidence from the text to explain your thinking.

Narrative Analysis

All our novels are written 
as a narrative. This means they have an orientation, problem and a solution.

Use the narrative framework to help you
and your 'Book Buddy' collaboratively decide which parts of your novel 
fit into each part of the narrative structure. 

Remember to use evidence from the text to explain your thinking.

Read the texts independently 

Each person to write 20 important
words from the text 

Collaboratively decide which are the
6 most important words 

Use those 6 words to sum up the information in a few sentences

Exploring Characters

Describe the main character.

List their physical characteristics (what they look like)
Identify their personality traits (e.g. friendly, kind, horrible, nasty).
What is your impression of them? Why?

How did the author use vocabulary evidence to create your character’s personality

What changes has the character gone through?

Describe a second character using the same criteria

Compare the similarities and differences between both characters.

Remember to use evidence from text to explain your thinking.

Click here for reading frameworks


Identify new and/or interesting words in each chapter.

Define each word so that you both understand

their meanings.

Look at the synonyms that could have been used

in place of these words.

Have a learning conversation with your 'Book Buddy' to explore how these words have been

used within the sentence.

What is the impact these words have in the story?

What image or picture do these build in your head?