This Big Book was chosen for its relevance to
the theme with appropriate level of difficulty. Quite as
expected, pupils quickly learnt the sentences and joined in
the reading with the teacher. Even the weaker ones soon had
confidence to read along.
The active class participation and high
pupils’ motivation reaffirmed the teacher of the shared
book approach. She was also pleased by the ease of pupils
learning the new words. Big book reading provides pupils
with authentical opportunities to learn and to use the
During the pre-reading stage, the teacher
introduces animals to motivate pupils’ interest in
reading. Also, by creating a real life situation to let
students understand the reasons for caring for the little
During the First and Second reading stage, the
pupils are asked to predict the development of the story so
as to nurture their creativity and imagination.
The stories created by pupils’ endings were
very interesting and creative. In the writing stage, the
pupils were allowed to prepare a draft for a peer-editing.
In the post –reading, the teacher encouraged the students
to present their own story to the class. They were also
encouraged to act out the story.