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Articles from No. 13, Spring

A Beginner's Guide to Walter De la Mare, Literary Forensics and Poetic Finger-Printing
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Winter Clouded with snow The cold winds blow, And shrill on leafless bough The robin with its burning breast Alone sings now. The rayless sun, Day's journey done, Sheds its last ebbing light On fields...
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Another Turn of the Key: Unlocking Literature for the New GCSE Specs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A message received soon after Unlocking Literature was first published: All teachers strive to keep interest when trawling thought the poetry that is covered for GCSE. 20 odd poems to have a secure understanding of ......
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Any English Questions? A Series in Which Classroom Invites Questions for Different Guest Respondents Each Term
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Our guest for this Poetry issue is Dr Sue Dymoke, Poet and Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University of Leicester. Sue is also Principal Investigator for 'Poetry Matters', the ESRC Seminar Series in 2011, which is described...
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Clare Cottage
One of the most renowned poets of the English countryside, John Clare was born in 1793, in the village of Helpston a few miles outside the culturally expanding city of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire. He was the son of illiterate parents who raised...
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Clear-Sited
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Poetry Just because I felt like it, I put 'Poetry' into Google and came up with 78.5 million results. (Prose just brought up 18 million, by the way. I felt smug about that until I typed in 'Stories' and got 1,580 million...
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Developing Gifts and Talents in English (Part Two)
In the last article I proposed the unremarkable view that the whole personal repertoire is relevant in English, not just the skills that turn a D into a temporary C. The view seems less unremarkable now that the political agenda is emphasising the...
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Don't Turn to Page 47 ... Richard Durant on Teaching Poetry
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. I've often toyed with the idea of developing a poetry-teaching course called Don't turn to page...
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Dove Cottage, the Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery
At Dove Cottage, one of our major aims is to inspire children of various ages both to engage with poetry from the past and also to be creative themselves. We feel very lucky to be able to combine the house where so much poetry was written with the...
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How to Teach Writing across the Curriculum (8-14)-Second Edition
How to teach writing across the curriculum (8-14)--second edition Sue Palmer David Fulton 2010 ISBN 9780415579902 Softback 112pp 19.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This is the 'sequel' to How to teach writing across the...
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'Miss, but What Does It Mean?' Moving Reluctant Boys Away from the 'Right Answer' Approach to Poetry
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There's a bit of a dichotomy at work in the world of secondary English. On the one hand the revised National Curriculum Orders demand 'creativity' in the classroom. The perennial issue of 'independent learning' rears its head...
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Multimodality Originality: Using Film Poems to Engage, Enthuse and Enhance Achievement
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In their book, Visual Approaches to Teaching Writing (Sage), Eve Bearne and Helen Wolstencroft call poetry 'the perfect multimodal text'. They argue that children first encounter poetry--in the broadest...
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Poetry and Young People: Four Professionals from the Literature Sector Look at How Their Interlinking Projects Aim to Investigate and Strengthen Young People's Engagement with Poetry through Informal and Digital Opportunities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Young Poets Network Angel Dahouk, the Poetry Society The Poetry Society is 101 years old. It is one of the longest established poetry institutions in Britain which, from its very beginnings, has placed education...
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Poetry at Southbank Centre
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Imagine London in 2012. The preparations are complete. Airports and train stations are bustling with excitement. The hotels are fully booked, and cafes, bars and restaurants are serving spicy Nigerian...
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Poetry in the Primary Classroom
All the resources mentioned (in bold) in this article are freely available for the life of this issue on the special NATE Classroom page at: http://www.teachitprimary.co.uk/nateclassroom. Children never seem to lose their enthusiasm for poetry....
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Poetry Matters ESRC Seminar Series 2011-2012
The Poetry Matters, ESRC Seminar Series began on 11th January 2011. The series, led by Dr Sue Dymoke (University of Leicester) and co-convenors, Dr Anthony Wilson (University of Exeter) and Professor Andrew Lambirth (University of Greenwich) has the...
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Proud of Poetry
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Relaxing one Sunday evening with a box of chocolates in one hand and the remote control in the other, I was hit by a sudden pang of envy. I had chanced upon ITV1's Morse follow up, Lewis, and the man causing my jealousy was...
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Reading: A Sport for All
1. If a trilogy means three novels what is the word for four related books? 2. What type of powder was used by wizards to travel using fireplaces? 3. What boy discovered that he was the modern day son of the Greek god Poseidon? 4. What is...
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Rhymes, Jingles, Song and Poetry-Out of Fashion or What?
Ever since there has been language people have played with it. Archaeologists have found funny rhymes scratched on the walls from Ancient Roman times and all over the world people have made up tongue twisters, riddles, puns and all sorts of wordplay.'...
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Sharing Poems: Teaching Poetry at Key Stage 2
This popular title was first published by NATE in 2000. This Poetry issue of Classroom offers a good opportunity to re-present the important messages of its introduction, and show a sample of its pages. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Why do so many children...
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Teachit Round-Up: What's New on Teachit? What's Going on in the Teachit Staffroom? Read on to Find Out
New GCSE resources and controlled assessment wiki-wall Normally, here at Teachit, we pride ourselves on publishing resources that have actually been used in the classroom, but as every teacher knows, rules are there to be broken! So back last Spring,...
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The English Teachers' Larder: Sustaining a Network Group
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Periodically English teachers can lament the squeeze on creativity, often as a result of over structured curriculum plans and additional, imposed and time-consuming assessment requirements. It was a discussion on such matters...
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Theme for This Issue: Poetry
I pay a subscription in aid of a particular charity and in return I receive a monthly poem penned by a friend--who now has a large circle of friends who have opted to do the same. It's a brilliant arrangement because I know that a small African school...
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The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
Learning is at the heart of the new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum: how Robert Burns learned, and how students visiting the site learn about Burns, shape the interpretation of one of Scotland's Collections of National Significance. [ILLUSTRATION...
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The Tennyson Research Centre
In the dome of Lincoln Central Library lies the Tennyson Research Centre, a treasure trove of all things Tennysonian. Tennyson's library lines the room alongside the libraries of his father, son and brother. Thousands of letters, proofs, manuscripts...
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Unlocking the Reader in Every Child: The Book of Practical Ideas for Teaching Reading
Unlocking the Reader in Every Child: The book of practical ideas for teaching reading Susan Elkin Ransom Publishing 2010 ISBN 9781841679709 Softback 234pp 19.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Not every teacher of English...
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Website Development for Teachers of English
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As English teachers we are always looking for creative new ways to engage our students, and while we are all too well aware of the potential and possibilities of the Internet as a teaching tool, it is often difficult to incorporate...
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Wham, Bam, Thank You SLAM!
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the Autumn Term of 2010, Buckinghamshire School Improvement Service collaborated with The Poetry Society to bring SLAMbassadors UK to the county. A total of 19 schools, including Grammars, Uppers (Secondary Modern), a Primary,...
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Who Is the Missing Poet?
Listed you will find the opening lines to twelve famous poems. Eleven of the poets responsible are listed--so who is missing? I wandered lonely as a cloud Cargoes by John Masefield That floats on high o'er hill and vale By the shore of Gitchie...
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Wishes, Dreams and Poetry Ideas
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Babies and toddlers are natural poets. Their practising of words, phrases, songs and nonsense rhyme has the freedom and rhythm of poetry. The play with words and sounds which...
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