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Articles from No. 5, Summer

About Booktrust
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Booktrust is an independent national charity that encourages people of all ages and cultures to enjoy reading. Its relationship with teachers is at the heart of its mission to broaden access to reading, provide information...
Book Box News
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] I was fortunate enough to grow up in a house that valued books and reading. Some of my earliest memories are linked to the furtive turning of pages, read by torchlight, deep into the night. Not every child is so lucky: ...
Bridging the Gap: From GCSE to AS
The assumption from those not involved with English teaching is that all students who choose to study AS English Literature or English Language & Literature are avid readers. But practitioners know this is definitely not the case. The reality is...
Clear-Sited
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It will have crossed many teachers minds, in this the National Year of Reading, that the best way to improve reading is by reading, but I have found the web provides us with the perfect way to support reading. So, where better...
Collins Primary Literacy Years 3-6
Collins Primary Literacy years 3-6. Each year group includes: Pupil Book 8.99 [pounds sterling]; Homework Book 3.50 [pounds sterling]; Teacher's Guide 39.99 [pounds sterling]; Software 150.00 [pounds sterling] (purchase the whole scheme, contact...
Film and the New Curriculum
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] Although many teachers of English have been using films in their lessons for years, official recognition of the place of film in the teaching of English has been a long time coming. Admittedly it's not uniquely film that's...
I Am Tom: A Case Study
I was once asked, in bored, faintly patronising tones, what I did for a living by a well-fed, well-dressed, obviously self-made business executive standing next to me at a party. The following exchange ensued: 'I'm an English teacher.' 'Oh, English!...
Join the Debate: Shadowing the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards WWW.Ckg.Org.Uk/shadowing
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The CILIP Carnegie Medal The CILIP Carnegie Medal is the UK's premier award for children's literature. It is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children and young people. The Carnegie Medal was...
LCP Literacy Homework Activities
LCP Literacy homework activities Six CD-Roms, Years 1-6 Julie Crimmins-Crocker LCP, 2008 19.95 [pounds sterling] (+VAT) each CD [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If the arguments for and against homework were clear-cut, we would long ago have...
Reading Aloud's Allowed
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Forgive the terrible pun. My intention is to convince you of the benefits and pleasures to be had from reading aloud from a wide range of books at all stages of education. The powerful learning to be had in bringing words...
Reading Around: Teaching Literature from Different Cultures and Traditions, KS3 and KS4
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If we're honest, how well do we fulfil the teaching of texts from different cultures and traditions at Key Stages 3 and 4? How much time do we put aside for this aspect of the Curriculum? How inclined are we to tackle it?...
Reading Discovery
[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) links directly to the file for you to...
Reading Recovery
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] What is Every Child a Reader (ECaR)? Every Child a Reader began as a unique collaboration between charitable trusts, the business sector and government. It set out to demonstrate that literacy difficulties can be overcome...
Reality Reads: A Journey into Reality and Beyond
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] And tonight's viewing on BBC2--a behind the scene's documentary about the making of The Beatles second film 'Help"....and on Channel 4 'Last Chance Kids'. This heartening film follows staff and pupils at a London primary school......
Sharing Not Staring
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When Trevor and myself published Twenty Things to do with a Word Processor in 2001, we had a hunch it might be popular. It consisted of a collection of tried and trusted approaches that we'd created over the years; thoroughly...
'So What Is This Mango, Anyway?' Understanding Manga, Comics and Graphic Novels
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Graphic novels, comics and manga can play an important part in encouraging reading for pleasure amongst students of any age and also have a role in teaching in many subject areas. I'm going to offer a small snapshot of the...
Teachit Staffroom Roundup-Hot Topics
Book group: The Road The Teachit book group is back! The premise is simple: one of our contributors chooses a book (it can be aimed at adults or young people, but will hopefully stimulate some kind of discussion) and then writes the start of a thread....
The Librarian's Tale
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] There she stands, arms folded, in steel wool twinset, tweed skirt and sensible brogues, halfmoon glasses in disapproval mode. The lipstick is blotched in the scowl creases formed by her favourite word--shhhhh. On the prowl...
Theme for This Issue: The National Year of Reading 2008
So what are you reading at the moment? I am a reading dilettante with few principles and want to read everything anyone recommends--so I end up with at least half a dozen books on my bedside table and, having suffered a guilty conscience about 'not...
The Power of Picturebooks-Reading for Pleasure, for Learning and for Life
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Stories go in circles. They don't go in straight lines. So it helps if you listen in circles because there are stories inside stories and between stories and finding your way through them is as easy and as hard as finding...
The Society of Utterly Dangerous Boy Readers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In her article Getting those boys to read in Classroom No 1 Spring 2007, Elaine Millard suggested teachers did 'a Richard and Judy' and started up a children's book club. Recognising his boy pupils' lack of interest in and...
University Challenge
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A preamble When the NATE Post 16 Committee published Text Message: The Future of A Level English in 2004, one of our major concerns was the need for substantial rethinking of the way that A Level Literature courses were...
Why Learning to Read English Is Difficult
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It is now almost universally accepted that roughly one in five children in all English-speaking countries still don't read well by age eleven. Exeducation secretary Estelle Morris suggested recently that ministers and others...
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