Explain to the children that they will only have a short time (approx. 5 minutes) in which they will be expected to skim through the text rather than read it all.
After the children have had enough time to skim through, ask them to write answers to these kinds of questions:
- What is the story about?
- Who is the story about?
- When did the story take place?
- Why did it happen?
- Where did it take place?
- How did it happen?
The children could work in pairs with different stories and set each other shorter time limits in which to skim through them.
They can then ask each other questions along the lines of 'Who? When? Why? What? Where? and How?'.
Recap the main techniques of skimming and its uses.
Children feedback their findings from the main and extension skimming activities.
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