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KING STREET phonics reading scheme from Gatehouse Books

King Street graded reading scheme from Gatehouse Books


KING STREET is an integrated, structured phonics reading programme for adult and teenage learners.

This carefully graded reading scheme can be used by trained teachers as well as volunteer and support staff, and provides opportunities for practice in all the underpinning skills necessary to produce a competent reader.

KING STREET consists of 4 sets of readers and four accompanying sets of exercises, which are designed to check comprehension and develop the learners’ reading and writing skills. In addition there is the opportunity to record phonological assessment and ongoing progress using the assessment sheets.

Set One:  10 readers plus accompanying exercises

Each book features one house on King Street and its inhabitants. The books are illustrated; they are very short and designed to be read in one session. Set One books have a word count below 100. The accompanying exercises may be completed over several weeks. Great care has been taken to ensure that they are largely phonetically regular. High frequency and irregular words are introduced gradually. Care has been taken to link, wherever possible, the vocabulary and sounds introduced to the recommended structure of the literacy strategy. Because of the adult nature of the books, there is inevitably some vocabulary linked to adult learners’ life experiences.

Set Two:  10 readers plus accompanying exercises

The stories make use of existing characters but some new ones are introduced. Stories are longer than those in Set One, with illustrations giving the reader welcome picture cues. Word count 100-200 words per book. Most of the exercises will be familiar to users of Set One. Some of the original exercises have been omitted and replaced by exercises designed to develop reading fluency. Each group of exercises includes a set devoted to a particular aspect of written English such as apostrophes, homophones, consonant digraphs and compound words.

Set Three:  10 readers plus accompanying exercises

The books in Set Three feature King Street residents introduced in Sets One and Two. The books are graded according to the complexity of the language and new spellings and structures are introduced gradually. Up to 400 words per book. Some exercises will be familiar to learners who have completed the previous sets. In addition there are more demanding exercises which deal with particular grammar or spelling points. Sentence building and punctuation feature largely in these exercises.

Set Four:  5 readers plus accompanying exercises

This set consists of 5 books about a fire in King Street. Each book is written from a different person’s point of view. Although the characters have been introduced and developed in the previous three sets of the King Street collection, this set can be read and used independently. The set consolidates and extends the language introduced in the previous sets and serves to reinforce the learner’s understanding and use of the language. The exercises not only follow familiar patterns but also develop the students’ ability to apply their knowledge in real-life contexts: form-filling, letter writing, proofreading, report writing.

KING STREET is written by literacy and dyslexia expert Iris Nunn and edited by June Lewis, a specialist in adult basic education and specific learning difficulties.

KING STREET Readers can be purchased individually priced at £4.00, Exercises at £20.00, or in sets:

Set 1: 10 Readers plus Exercises – £60

Set 2: 10 Readers plus Exercises – £60

Set 3: 10 Readers plus Exercises – £60

Set 4:   5 Readers plus Exercises – £40

Or purchase the Complete Collection for £220 and get a free set of KING STREET Games & Activities worth £18.00 (whilst stocks last).

10% discount available for Skills for Life Network members – quote voucher code SFL10 at the checkout.

Set One Set Two Set Three Set Four

To see more and order online see King Street on our website.

For our full collection of beginner readers and resources for literacy and ESOL teaching, please visit our website.

Levels: Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1, Level 2
Free: No

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