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Articles from No. 18, Fall

A Group of Writings
More creative writing by members of teachers' writing groups. Prose and poems sit alongside teachers' reflections on belonging to a writing group, with commentaries on their particular pieces. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 'War Poetry Controlled Assessed...
Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian
Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian Eoin Colfer Puffin 2012 ISBN 9780141340814 Hardcover 12.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Eoin Colfer is at his best with the last instalment in the Artemis Fowl...
A Techno Roundup
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] What is technology? If you ask a politician, technology in education may trigger debates about the need for computer programming. An ICT student may, with little enthusiasm, define it as computers and desktop publishing....
Audio Notetaker
Audio Notetaker Sonocent, software programme 95.99 [pounds sterling] (single user licence; for site licences, contact the company directly) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This is a clever little tool which makes working with audio files a much...
Before I Fall
Before I Fall Lauren Oliver Hodder 2010 ISBN 9780340980903 Paperback 7.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I seem to get all the crying books, and oh yes, Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall makes you cry--but in a good way. Beautifully...
Corpus Conscious
At first, using statistical methods to investigate language can seem to be against the creative spirit of English. It's more at home with mathematics and economics. But researching in a corpus is addictive; it's akin to treasure-hunting. You never...
Creative Writing with Cameras
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I think creative writing underpins everything we do as English teachers. However, when we're addressing it directly, I think it is important to clarify what we mean by 'creative' writing, and I asked some of my Year 7 students...
Dark Eyes
Dark Eyes William Richter Razorbill 2012 ISBN 9781595146007 Paperback 6.39 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Dark Eyes is a novel for the mature end of the teen market. William Richter is a Hollywood screenwriter and his cinematic...
Dead Time
Dead Time Anne Cassidy Bloomsbury ISBN 9781408815502 Paperback 6.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Anne Cassidy has been a successful and prolific writer of teenage fiction for 20 years and it is good to see an ex English...
Dolphins, Football, Facebook and Riots: Enlivening and Informing Teenagers!
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] What will wake them up? What will grab their interest? How do I inspire discussion and facilitate genuine debate, effective collaboration, enthusiastic participation? I have surveyed the shelves in the English office with...
Don't Put Your Phones Away
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] How many times have you had to tell students to turn off their phones and put them away? Wouldn't it be nice to say, just occasionally, 'Take your phones out'? This article will look at why we should...
Dying to Know You
Dying To Know You Aidan Chambers Bodley Head ISBN: 978037033269 Hardback 12.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A famous author, recently bereaved, suffering writer's block and squaring up to the onset of old age is asked--in...
Editorial
Theme for this issue: English and ICT With technology as a focus, this issue was always going to scan the horizon keenly and squint into the future. However, first I have to dwell on the past because this is the final edition of Classroom, and next...
EMC Latest News and Projects
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Poetry Player-help develop our new App! 'My Year 7 class loved this site, just for the chance of HEARING and SEEING poetry in performance so they know that it is allowed and aloud!' 'Will show Donne and Marvell to my...
Exploiting the Competition: Little Confidence in Handling Media Content Ends with Some 'Weird' Success
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If I'm honest, the subject of this article was never something I thought I'd write about. If anything I thought I would perhaps begin a discourse on my current trials and tribulations of ensuring...
Exploring Genre: War
Exploring Genre: War Barbara Stanners Phoenix Education 2012 ISBN 9781921586019 Paperback A4 25.95 [pounds sterling] (order from nate.org.uk/bookshop) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This excellent book provides the ideal student introduction...
Four Children and It
Four Children and It Jacqueline Wilson Puffin ISBN 9780141341422 Hardback 12.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I chose this book to review because I thought the title seemed familiar from my childhood and I was right. E...
Gladiator NWS Fight for Freedom
Gladiator NWS Fight for Freedom Simon Scarrow Heinemann (New Windmills) 2012 ISBN 9780435077969 Paperback 7.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Back in 1980 Bernard Cornwell created the character of Richard Sharpe (the tale...
Grammar for Writing: Using Knowledge of Grammar to Improve Writing
There's a definite emphasis on grammar knowledge in the draft National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2. It's headed up in the Programmes of Study where 'Grammar and Punctuation' replaces 'Language Structure', and the Appendix is a fairly hefty list...
Hana's Suitcase: A True Story
Hana's Suitcase: A True Story Karen Levine Evans Brothers 2012 ISBN 9780237545352 5.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Holocaust is a subject which, of course, should be treated with the utmost sensitivity and respect....
Improving Writing through Blogging?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Key Stage 2 teachers should, according to the National Curriculum, be providing pupils with writing opportunities in which 'the range of readers for writing should include teachers, the class, other...
In the Beginning Was the Word Processor ... a Brief History of English and ICT
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the beginning was the word processor. It's impossible to consider the history of ICT (IT as it was then) without tracing the development of this particular application. While other applications have come and gone, the word...
Learning about Language
Learning about Language John Foster Routledge ISBN 9780415536813 Paperback 18.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I do sometimes wonder if there is anything new under the sun in terms of educational texts. The official blurb...
Medal-Winning Books
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Following the sweet summer of sporting success in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, let's take a look at books which won medals, books which came close and books to watch out for this autumn. Carnegie and Kate Greenaway...
Opening Doors: Mobile Narrative
The use of mobile devices in our schools over the last 18 months has been expanding. Institutions where students and teachers each carry an iPad or iPod, or where 'Bring Your Own Device' is a possibility, are increasingly common. At the same time,...
Putting Writing in the Limelight
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Reading has had a strong focus in recent years, with lots of independent agencies fighting its corner and many national initiatives. However several new projects and pieces of research have been turning the spotlight on writing....
Scoop!
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 'News is what a chap who doesn't care much about anything wants to read.' 'I read the newspapers with lively interest. It is seldom that they are absolutely, point-blank wrong. That is the popular belief, but those who...
Silver
Silver Andrew Motion Cape 2012 ISBN 9780224091190 Hardback 12.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As a fan of Treasure Island, this sequel had a lot to live up to. As a fan of Andrew Motion, I wanted it to succeed and, overall,...
Teaching English Language 16-19
Teaching English Language 16-19 Martin Illingworth and Nick Hall Routledge/NATE 2012 ISBN 9780415528252 Paperback 19.99 [pounds sterling], NATE members 15.90 [pounds sterling] (nate.org.uk/bookshop or email maureen@nate.org.uk) [ILLUSTRATION...
Teachit Round-Up
Over the summer we held a 'Digital Day Out' and invited teachers to join us and discuss all things digital--how they use ICT in their class, how they'd like to use ICT in their class and what they think of ICT and the interactive offerings we have...
The Digital Classroom: What Can We Do to Bring New Media into Our Learning Environments?
As a self-confessed geek and gadget lover I have to say that being alive in this age of rapid digital expansion is fantastic. If I could tell my sci-fi loving younger self that in the not too distant future, information will be beamed directly to you...
The Essential Charles Dickens School Resource
The Essential Charles Dickens school resource Gill Robins and Laura-Jane Evans-Jones David Fulton 2012 ISBN 9780415695558 Paperback (& CD) 29.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Back when I was a younger man, my mates...
The ICT Buffet-With Magic
Interactivity is always a boost to an English lesson--shared talk, show and tell, dissecting good and bad examples. Here pupils can experiment with written language to hone their ideas, and ICT can be a fantastic enabler. A good writer immerses their...
The Poetry Archive in the Classroom: Poets' Workshops for Teachers, and a Poetry Reading Showcased How the Poetry Archive Can Support the Teaching of Poetry in the Classroom
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ' slurch, sloop, squelch sloooo-uuuu-rrrr-ch-ch' This is one teacher's imaginings of the sounds a slug might make,...
The Sonnets
The Sonnets Arden Shakespeare and Faber and Faber iPad App, 9.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The first thing that strikes you about the Shakespeare's Sonnets app is that it is a thing of great beauty. It is clear that a lot...
The Technology Cage: Waiting for the Break out
Lately I've been thinking much about the Westward spread of paper from China late in the eighth century. When paper reached the Middle Eastern cradle of civilisation, what would have been the effect? At that time, would-be writers were probably struggling...
Try This! Ten ICT Hints & Tips
Smart polling Are you fed up that the Humanities department always seem to have booked out the handheld poll devices just when you need them for your lesson? One solution could be to employ twtpoll.com--an easy to use (and free!) website that enables...
Unlocking Poetry: An Inspirational Resource for Teaching GCSE Literature
Unlocking Poetry: An inspirational resource for teaching GCSE Literature Trevor Millum and Chris Warren Routledge/NATE 2012 ISBN 9780415623131 CD 52.00 [pounds sterling], NATE Members 41.60 [pounds sterling] (nate.org.uk/bookshop or...
Vintage Children's Classics
Vintage Children's Classics Random House Paperbacks 5.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A number of years back, in a burst of manic energy, I organised the books in my classroom by type. One box had the...
Why English and ICT? the NATE ICT Committee's Approach to the English Curriculum in the Era of New Freedoms and Challenges
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Michael Gove surprised commentators who saw him as wedded to the 17th century, with a copy of Dryden under one arm and his commemorative Bible on the lectern, when this January he entered the noisy Babel of Olympia to deliver...
Writing to Change the World: Combining Grammar for Writing with the Desire to Persuade
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 'Miss, we're writing to change the world today!' To hear these words spoken by a nine-year-old child at the start of a writing exercise is a primary school teacher's dream. To then see the children write with passion, enthusiasm...
Writing Voices: Creating Communities of Writers
Writing Voices: Creating Communities of Writers Teresa Cremin and Debra Myhill Routledge 2012 ISBN 9780415579810 Paperback 25.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Teresa Cremin and Debra Myhill's book, Writing Voices: Creating...
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