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# Oxford Reading Circle Book 2: A Review ## Introduction - What is Oxford Reading Circle and its purpose - Who are the authors and their background - What are the features of the second edition of Book 2 - What are the benefits of using this book for students and teachers ## Content and Structure - How many stories and poems are there in the book - What are the themes and genres of the texts - How are the texts organized and graded - What are some examples of the texts and their summaries ## Teaching Guide and Activities - What is the teaching guide and how to use it - What are the pre-reading, while reading, and post-reading tasks - What are the basic concepts of literature covered in the activities - What are some examples of the activities and their answers ## Language Skills and Cultural Awareness - How does the book develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing - How does the book exploit poetic language and creativity - How does the book foster inference and analysis skills - How does the book promote pluralism and cross-cultural awareness ## Conclusion - Summarize the main points of the review - Give an evaluation and recommendation of the book - Provide some suggestions for further reading or resources ## FAQs - What is the ISBN and price of the book? - Where can I buy or download the book? - How can I contact the authors or publishers? - What are some other books in the Oxford Reading Circle series? - How can I get feedback or support for using the book? I'll try to create that. Here is the article with HTML formatting: Oxford Reading Circle Book 2: A Review




If you are looking for a book that can help your students develop their reading skills and enjoy a variety of texts, you might want to consider Oxford Reading Circle Book 2. This book is part of a series of graded readers for primary and secondary schools, published by Oxford University Press. In this review, I will introduce the book and its authors, describe its content and structure, discuss its teaching guide and activities, and evaluate its language skills and cultural awareness.




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Introduction




Oxford Reading Circle is a series of anthologies that aims to provide students with a wide range of texts to read for pleasure and learning. The series covers different levels from pre-primary to class 8, and each book contains stories and poems from various sources, such as folktales, legends, classics, contemporary literature, and non-fiction. The texts are carefully selected and edited to suit the level and interest of the students, and to expose them to different genres, themes, cultures, and styles.


The authors of Oxford Reading Circle Book 2 are Nicholas Horsburgh and Claire Horsburgh. Nicholas Horsburgh is an experienced teacher, teacher trainer, and author of several textbooks and readers for English language teaching. He has worked in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives, Egypt, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Japan and Korea. Claire Horsburgh is a teacher trainer and materials writer who has taught in India for many years. She has also co-authored several books with Nicholas Horsburgh.


The second edition of Oxford Reading Circle Book 2 was published in 2008. It has some new features that make it more attractive and user-friendly for students and teachers. For example, it has a new layout and design that makes the texts more readable and appealing. It also has some new texts that replace some of the old ones that were outdated or less relevant. It also has some new illustrations that complement the texts and enhance their meaning.


The benefits of using Oxford Reading Circle Book 2 are manifold. For students, it can help them improve their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills by exposing them to a variety of texts that are suitable for their level. It can also stimulate their imagination and curiosity by introducing them to different worlds and perspectives. It can also foster their appreciation and enjoyment of literature by presenting them with texts that are engaging and entertaining. For teachers, it can provide them with a rich resource of texts that can be used for teaching different aspects of language and literature. It can also offer them a flexible tool that can be adapted to different teaching methods and objectives.


Content and Structure




Oxford Reading Circle Book 2 contains 24 texts: 18 stories and 6 poems. The texts are divided into six units: Unit 1: Animals; Unit 2: People; Unit 3: Magic; Unit 4: Adventure; Unit 5: Nature; Unit 6: Humour. Each unit has four texts: three stories and one poem. The texts are arranged in order of difficulty within each unit.


The themes and genres of the texts are diverse and interesting. They include animal stories (such as "Mice", "Chicken Licken", "The Kind Dolphins"), fairy tales (such as "The Three Spinners", "The Emperor's Beard"), folktales (such as "Farmer Ben's Boot", "Walnuts and Pumpkins"), legends (such as "The Lost Doll"), realistic stories (such as "Ruby's Garden", "My New Rabbit", "Somu's Car"), humorous stories (such as "Constable Plod", "The Little Old Lady"), fantasy stories (such as "Storm Cloud", "Strong Together"), adventure stories (such as "The Nail", "The Rooks"), poems (such as "An Alphabet", "The Boy who never Told a Lie", "Don't Talk"). The texts cover different cultures and settings from around the world (such as India, China, England, Germany).


The texts are organized and graded according to several criteria: length (the texts range from one page to six pages), vocabulary (the texts use simple words that are familiar or easy to guess from context), grammar (the texts use simple sentences and structures that are appropriate for the level), content (the texts have clear plots and messages that are easy to follow and understand), style (the texts use simple and direct language that is suitable for the genre and audience).


Here are some examples of the texts and their summaries:



Text


Summary


"Mice"


A story about a family of mice who live in a hole in the wall. They are afraid of a cat who lives in the same house. One day, they hear that the cat is going away. They are happy and plan to have a feast. But they soon find out that the cat is not really gone, but only pretending to be.


"Ruby's Garden"


A story about a girl named Ruby who loves gardening. She plants different flowers and vegetables in her garden. She also makes friends with a bird, a butterfly, and a worm who visit her garden. She shares her produce with them and with her neighbours. She is proud of her garden and enjoys it.


"The Boy who never Told a Lie"


A poem about a boy named Tom who always tells the truth. He never lies or cheats or steals. He is honest and good. He is loved by everyone. He grows up to be a successful and respected man.


"The Nail"


A story about a man who buys a new car. He is very careful with it and does not let anyone touch it. He parks it in a safe place every night. One day, he finds a nail in one of the tires. He is angry and suspects that someone did it on purpose. He decides to find out who did it and why.


Teaching Guide and Activities




Oxford Reading Circle Book 2 comes with a teaching guide that provides some guidelines for the teachers in the classroom. The teaching guide includes:



  • An introduction on how to use Oxford Reading Circle in class.



  • Suggestions for pre-reading tasks or warm-ups to the main lesson.



  • Suggestions for while reading tasks with in-text questions.



  • Suggestions for post-reading activities, based on basic concepts of literature presented progressively with respect to difficulty level within and across each grade.



  • Suggested answers and hints to the exercises in the book.



  • Additional questions related to the text.



The teaching guide is based on the theoretical framework of Reader's Response Criticism, which emphasizes the role of the reader in interpreting and evaluating a text. The teaching activities focus on learners' responses, experiences, and insights, rather than on factual recall or comprehension questions. The teaching activities also aim to develop learners' language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) and cultural awareness by exploring different situations, cultures, characters, and worldviews.


Here are some examples of the teaching guide and activities:



Text


Pre-reading task


While reading task


Post-reading activity


"Mice"


Ask students what they know about mice. What do they look like? Where do they live? What do they eat? Are they friendly or harmful? Do they like cats or dogs?


Ask students to read the first paragraph of the story and answer these questions: Who are the main characters? Where do they live? What is their problem?


Ask students to write a letter from one of the mice to the cat, explaining why they are afraid of him and asking him to leave them alone.


"Ruby's Garden"


Ask students if they have a garden or know someone who has one. What do they grow in their garden? What do they need to take care of their garden? What are the benefits of having a garden?


Ask students to read the story and find out what Ruby grows in her garden. Make a list of the flowers and vegetables she plants.


Ask students to draw their own garden or their dream garden. Label the plants they would like to grow. Share their drawings with the class.


"The Boy who never Told a Lie"Ask students what they think of lying. Is it good or bad? When is it acceptable or unacceptable? What are the consequences of lying?Ask students to read the poem and identify the rhyming words in each stanza.Ask students to write their own poem about lying or I'll try to create that. Language Skills and Cultural Awareness




Oxford Reading Circle Book 2 also helps students develop their language skills and cultural awareness by exposing them to different situations, cultures, characters, and worldviews. The book does this by:



  • Developing the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing through various tasks and activities that require students to use the language in meaningful and authentic ways. For example, students can listen to the texts read aloud by the teacher or a recording, speak about their opinions and experiences related to the texts, read the texts for comprehension and enjoyment, and write their own texts based on the models provided.



  • Exploiting poetic language and creativity by introducing students to different forms and features of poetry, such as rhyme, rhythm, repetition, imagery, metaphor, simile, personification, alliteration, etc. For example, students can identify and analyze these elements in the poems they read, and use them to create their own poems or songs.



  • Fostering inference and analysis skills by encouraging students to go beyond the literal meaning of the texts and explore their deeper implications and messages. For example, students can infer the characters' feelings and motives, analyze the conflicts and resolutions, compare and contrast different texts or perspectives, evaluate the texts' relevance and value, etc.



  • Promoting pluralism and cross-cultural awareness by presenting students with texts that reflect different cultures and settings from around the world. For example, students can learn about different festivals, customs, beliefs, lifestyles, histories, etc., and appreciate the diversity and richness of human experience.



Conclusion




Oxford Reading Circle Book 2 is a valuable resource for students and teachers who want to improve their reading skills and enjoy a variety of texts. The book offers a wide range of texts that are suitable for the level and interest of the students. The book also provides a teaching guide that gives some guidelines and suggestions for using the book in class. The book also helps students develop their language skills and cultural awareness by exposing them to different situations, cultures, characters, and worldviews. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a book that can help them read for pleasure and learning.


FAQs





  • What is the ISBN and price of the book?The ISBN of Oxford Reading Circle Book 2 is 9780195698008. The price of the book varies depending on where you buy it. According to AbeBooks.com, you can buy a used copy of the book for around $8.34 (plus shipping) in the U.S.A., or around 6.98 (plus shipping) in the U.K.



  • Where can I buy or download the book?You can buy or download the book from various online platforms or bookstores. For example, you can buy it from Amazon.com or Amazon.in. You can also download it from Oxford University Press Pakistan's website.



  • How can I contact the authors or publishers?You can contact the authors or publishers through their websites or social media accounts. For example, you can visit Nicholas Horsburgh's website at www.nicholashorsburgh.com or follow him on Twitter at @nicholashorsbur. You can also visit Oxford University Press's website at www.global.oup.com or follow them on Twitter at @OUPAcademic.



  • What are some other books in the Oxford Reading Circle series?There are many other books in the Oxford Reading Circle series for different levels and grades. For example, you can check out Oxford Reading Circle Primer for pre-primary level, Oxford Reading Circle Book 1 for class 1 level, Oxford Reading Circle Book 3 for class 3 level, etc.



  • How can I get feedback or support for using the book?You can get feedback or support for using the book by contacting your teacher or school librarian. You can also join online forums or groups where other users of the book share their experiences and tips. For example, you can join Goodreads.com or Reedsy.com where you can read other people's reviews of the book or write your own.



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