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Articles from No. 4, Spring

2simple Literacy Collection, 2simple Software, 2006
2Simple Literacy Collection, 2Simple Software, 2006 1 user--39.00 [pounds sterling] 5 user--79.00 [pounds sterling] 10 user--149.00 [pounds sterling] 20 user--249.00 [pounds sterling] Site Licence--299.00 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION...
Book Box News
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Teaching poetry According to a report published by Ofsted on December 7th 2007 poetry teaching was found to be good or very good in two thirds of schools. 86 schools received English subject inspections between September...
Clear-Sited
For me it is that time of year again. The writing triplets for SATs. Students eagerly learn acronyms for persuasive techniques. As a class we practise using them. But when it comes to creating persuasive texts they are notably absent from the students'...
Don't Be Afraid: Poetry in the Classroom
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] English teachers can be rather afraid of poetry, particularly at the secondary level where exam specifications are involved. This is a great shame as they are equipped and placed to be one of its most natural champions and...
Double Take and Other Films (DVD)
Double Take and other films (DVD) English and Media Centre 90 mins 55.00 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This compilation will be welcomed by both the growing number of enthusiasts who now regularly use short-films in their teaching,...
Fantastic Casting: Podcasts and Problem Solving
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As a youth I was a geek. A nerd if you will. I loved Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, Dungeons & Dragons, Greek myths and the 2000AD comic/graphic novels. So getting the chance to share my enthusiasm for '80s geek stuff was...
Filming Poetry: An Audiovisual Approach to Poetry Appreciation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction This article reports on an exciting project between English teachers and curriculum development officers working at the South West CLC in Sheffield on a 'South Yorkshire E-Learning Project'. Information about...
Fostering Imaginations through Storytelling in the Classroom
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Imagine That! Often in settling down to a session of storytelling with children I ask them if they have their imaginations with them. Children's responses to my asking about their imaginations vary widely. Some children...
Into the Woods: Responding in Poetry to a Narrative of Nature
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It is surprising how quickly children from urban areas respond creatively to the natural world. From a practical point of view, though, nature provides children with real and exciting things. Even a coltsfoot flower growing...
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night And
This could be the best time to make storytelling a powerful and creative part of the work in your classroom. Why? The renewed framework has revived an emphasis on oracy after a long period of neglect, if not active discouragement. Speaking and listening...
Picture Power 3
Picture Power 3 English and Media Centre, 2007 Single user licence, CD rom 59.50 [pounds sterling] (Site licence 199 [pounds sterling]) A4 photocopiable book with Notes, Activities, Images 80pp 17.50 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Podcasts
A podcast is a digital media file that is distributed over the internet. These media files can be played on portable mp4 players and personal computers. In a simpler form a podcast is mainly an audio or video file. You can find many podcasts by browsing...
Reworking the Bardic Tradition: Storytelling in Wales
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] from RAPPIN' ON THE WINDOW We are five young men, like you've never seen before, The Mari Lwyd party who've reached your door Rapping on the shutters, and stamping on the floor With the... Old grey Glass-eyed stare...
'Shakespeare Day' at the University of Leeds
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] As Year 9s across the country filed into halls in silence, nervously marching towards their exam desks, one group knew that they'd had the best preparation possible for the English Shakespeare question. A large cohort...
Stories across the Divide: A Cross-Phase Project Creates an Audience and Inspiration
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] I confess to temporarily abandoning the Year 8 scheme of work to embark on this project, relishing the opportunity to write for a real audience with purpose! The 'audience' was a group of Year 5 pupils from a local feeder...
Storyboxes for Storytelling
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] The seven questions which follow all relate to the use of storyboxes in current classroom practice in Buckinghamshire primary schools. We have recorded some of the very practical strategies a number of schools have been developing...
Storytelling
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] What is it about human beings? We do love our stories. We endlessly tell them to each other, watch them on the big screen, listen on radio and CD, recount narrative-based jokes ('There was this gorilla who went into a bar...
Tackling the Language of Narrative Poems
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When we want to teach a narrative poem to pupils, the easiest bit to tackle is the storyline, but helping pupils to appreciate the language of the poem can often be much more of a challenge. The secret is to focus on a few...
Taking the Fear out of Teaching Poetry
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Creativity in the curriculum Over the past several years there has been a real push for schools to work with artists and bring them into their classrooms. 'Creative Partnerships', the government's initiative for schools,...
Taking Time with Poems
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] You really don't get to know someone till you live with them. Sometimes going on holiday with them is enough. You discover things about people who seem perfectly reasonable that you would never have expected. Other people,...
Teachit Staffroom Roundup-Hot Topics
Every now and again, something happens in the staffroom. After weeks, even months, of calm, somebody comes along and posts a small message that sparks off a big debate. 'The Nword in Steinbeck' is just such a thread. What begins as a message about...
Telling Stories: Teachit's Narrative Poetry Resources
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] All the resources mentioned in this article are freely available on the special NATE Classroom page at http://www.teachit.co.uk/nateclassroom. The title of each resource (here in bold) is listed and links directly to the file...
The Magpie Teacher: On Poetry and Storytelling
So, we've been reminded by the government that although English teaching is generally very good (praise indeed), the area in which there is most room for improvement is poetry teaching. One quite reasonable comment and five minutes later the man on...
Themes for This Issue: Poetry and Storytelling
I guess that poetry and storytelling might be the antithesis of what is meant by 'Functional English' but they are at the very heart of why English teachers choose their profession. In this Classroom you'll find articles about the art of storytelling...
The Poetry Archive
Early in 2004, I was approached by Andrew Motion to take on some freelance work for a new project he was putting together with Richard Carrington. He told me the basics: it was about recording English-language poets and making the recordings available...
The Poetry Library
In June of last year, the reopening of the Royal Festival Hall was celebrated with a weekend of music, dancing and poetry. The newly refurbished Festival Hall is part of Southbank Centre, a multidisciplinary arts centre that also encompasses the Queen...
Why Schools Need Storytellers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] An edition of this magazine devoted to poetry and storytelling will, inevitably, have more written about poetry than storytelling. Poetry is a written form, storytelling isn't. An article about poetry can be illustrated with...
Working with the Poetically Challenged!
I have always loved teaching poetry. I remember with some pride, wonderfully successful lessons on 'The Highwayman' and 'The Listeners'. Needless to say, these were delivered in my HRPLC (highly respected primary literacy coordinator) days. I even...
Writers' Club: Dartmouth Community College
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Meeting No. 396 The bell rings for end of morning school on the last day of the summer term, 2007. On one of the library tables (three tables forming an octagon) there are a few A5 writing books and some pots in the centre...
Writing Elegies with Year 5
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 'The curfew tolls the knell of parting day, The lowing herd winds slowly o'er the lea, The ploughman homeward plods his weary way, And leaves the world to darkness and to me ... ' 'Elegy written in a Country Churchyard'...
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