NATE Classroom

Articles from No. 9, Autumn

Angel, Bill and Friends
Looking at literature allows pupils an escape from their everyday lives and an opportunity to explore things both foreign and familiar in a safe environment. Of course, it also brings with it an opportunity to unravel techniques before applying them...
Anthony Browne
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] You must be having an exciting time recently? Yes, it's been amazing and the media coverage has been incredible. Canterbury Waterstones, you're all over the front windows. Yeah, even Canterbury Waterstones! Waterstones...
Any English Questions? A Series in Which Classroom Invites Questions for a Different Guest Respondent Each Term
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Our guest for this 'Literature' themed issue is Adrian Beard, writer and lecturer on English Language and Literature studies, chief examiner for A level English Literature. His books include Texts and Contexts: An Introduction...
A Poem a Day: Student Teachers and Poetry
He clasps the crag with crooked hands; Close to the sun in lonely lands, Ring'd with the azure world, he stands. The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls; He watches from his mountain walls, And like a thunderbolt he falls. Alfred Lord Tennyson ...
Books Aloud
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I am sure I am not alone in welcoming the gradual demise of the prescribed Literacy Strategy announced earlier in the...
Booktrust Update
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We introduced Booktrust in an article for issue no. 5 of Classroom, but can't let this theme of 'Literature' go by without another mention and bring readers up-to-date with our new initiatives. It's also good to have a bit...
Clear-Sited
Literature on the web is roughly divided into three areas of interest for teacher: texts; teaching resources; author and contextual study material. The literature itself is a logical place to begin. Let's start really easy. If you want to find a...
Enriching the Teaching of Literature
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Earlier this year, the out-going Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, aired his concerns (in a Guardian interview) about the emptiness of many students' cultural 'kit bag', which hindered them from a comprehensive...
Ever Reaping Something New: Or, 'Top 10 on the Web'
A new year, new students, new GCSE specifications in the offing--and some new websites! What more could an enthusiastic English teacher ask for? The opportunity to share some of my current favourite websites--the quirky, the original, the downright...
'It's Got to Be Funny.': About the Roald Dahl Museum
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Roald Dahl never forgot what it was like to be a child and he always wrote with his audience rather than parents or teachers in mind. As he himself said in a BBC documentary called The Author's Eye, 'It's got to be exciting,...
Killer Croc
Killer Croc by Susan Gates; The Night Runner by Alan Combes; Bad Wedding by Catherine Forde; The Return of Johnny Kemp by Keith Gray; The Story of Matthew Buzzington by Andy Stanton; The First Hunter by Robert Swindells; The Tale of Black Eye Jax by...
Left on the Shelf
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As a bookseller I receive, almost daily, glossy publication details of new children's books. I also get pre-publication uncorrected proofs and occasionally...
Literate Classrooms: Teachers, Readers and Books: A Consideration of the Importance of Children's Books in the Teaching of Reading
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I have just finished reading two brilliant books; The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and The Happiness of Kati by Jane Vejjajiva. I can't wait to see what a couple of keen readers in Year 6 make of...
Novel Ideas
All the resources mentioned (in bold) in this article are freely available on the special NATE Classroom page at http://www.teachit.co.uk/nateclassroom. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One of the best things about being an English teacher is the books....
OCR Functional Skills English Pilot CD-Rom
OCR Functional Skills English Pilot CD-Rom Richard Broomhead OUP www.oxfordsecondary.co.uk 50 [pounds sterling] + VAT [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This CD is designed around the three year OCR pilot in functional English. It is intended to...
Recreative Writing: English Literature at a Level
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As we commence on the second year of the 'new' A Levels in Literature it is an appropriate time to reflect on their impact on teaching and learning in the classroom. The key differences (there is nothing 'new' under the sun)...
Schemes and Plots for GCSE Literature
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I suppose it was a concern from the start really. Strict bands and sets had produced a true mixed ability top set, again! You know the situation; the classes have been set according to teacher assessment and also taking into...
The Classroom Cinema: The Power of FILMCLUB
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Using films in the classroom is nothing new for most English teachers. There are the films shown as an end of term treat but, more officially, the literary adaptations of novels and plays on the curriculum. These films may...
Theme for This Issue: Literature
'Literature' used to represent, for me, the still quiet centre of the English curriculum around which the other aspects demanded attention--often requiring experimental expeditions into the study of film, newsprint, non-fiction texts and perhaps a...
The Road Less Travelled'
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MIGRATION SONGS by Jean 'Binta' Breeze, George Szirtes, Fleur Adcock, James Berry, Fred D'Aguiar and Michael Schmidt Six poems about migration written by poets living and working in Britain who were born elsewhere, in Jamaica,...
The War of the Worlds? Classics, Comics and Ways of Thinking about Adaptations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Recently, a gentleman who had attended a talk I had given asked a familiar question about comics. He wondered if I had heard of the adaptations of classic fiction that he had read and enjoyed in his youth. He argued that they...
The Whole Story
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Since writing my last article for Classroom, I have been extremely lucky to obtain an AST post in a primary school in Dudley. St Edmund and St John is a wonderful inner city school, the pupils are great, and you would not...
This Isn't Kes
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 'Can I have a word, Miss?' I tried hard not to glower at the head poking round my office door. I had a set of minutes to write before I could go home and it was a quarter to six already. I should have protested more vigorously,...
Turning Boys into Reading Champions
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The National Reading Network for Schools and Early Years Settings offers three great initiatives to encourage reading for pleasure that are free...
You Can Never Be Too Old for Picturebooks-Children's Thoughts about Reading Picturebooks
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Picturebooks are for everybody at any age, not books to be left behind as we grow older. The best ones leave a tantalising gap between the pictures and the words, a gap that is filled by the reader's imagination, adding so...