“Room on the Broom”, by Julia Donaldson, is one of my clients’ favourite books. And for good reason. It’s a rollicking tale about new friends recounted in lively, almost hypnotic verse. Although the art by Axel Scheffler is wonderful, the book’s popularity owes much to its use of language, including the variety of specific verbs and concrete nouns, the repetition of key phrases, and the clever weaving together of simple, compound and complex sentence structures.
In this 54-page oral language companion to the “Room on the Broom”, we have adopted some of the language used in the book – the vocabulary, sentence structures, and events in the original tale – to create an oral language workout that’s fun and challenging.
Contents included in this pack:
- Page 5: Verb identification (regular and irregular past tense verbs)
- Page 6-9: Compound sentences – “and” (past tense)
- Page 10: Blank’s language level 2: Find the one that is X and Y
- Page 11-16: Compound sentences with “but”
- Page 17-20: Following directions (coordinated, temporal and, then): natural place names, 2 step “then” commands
- Page 21-26: Subject Verb Adverbial Phrase Adverbial Phrase (SVAA) (past tense)
- Page 27-36: Blank’s language level 2 questions: How are these two different?
- Page 37-43: Possessive ‘s workout
- Page 44-48: Blank’s language level 2 questions: function questions
- Page 49-53: Subject-Verb-Negative-Object sentences (past tense)
Suitable for preschoolers, as well as older children learning English as an additional language, and older children with developmental language or other learning challenges, we hope you find this oral language companion to the “Room on the Broom” to be a useful complement to the story.
If you work with young children, “Room on the Broom” is a must-get. Pick up a copy, new or secondhand, from a local bookstore, or from an online bookseller.
If, for any reason, you can’t get hold of the book, you can access a lovely retelling of the story here.