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Articles from No. 16, Spring

A Greyhound of a Girl
A Greyhound of a Girl Roddy Doyle Marion Lloyd Books ISBN 9781407129334 Hardback 10.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A 12-year-old Irish girl, Mary, is visited by the ghost of her great-grandmother, Tansy, who appears in...
A Group of Writings
In this issue of Classroom, we present a new feature: creative writing by members of teachers' writing groups. Two such groups have been tapped so far, yielding prose and poems which are full of interest together with their reflections on belonging...
All Talk (and Quite a Lot of Trousers): A Free Resource for Studying Spoken Language from Key Stage 3 to 5
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Here's a situation. I walk into my classroom one wet February afternoon. Two girls, who generally sit at the back and giggle, come rushing through the door to stand in front of my desk. 'You know...
Any English Questions?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Our regular feature which invites questions for different guest respondents for specific themes. Our guests for this 'Grammar & Writing' issue are Professor Debra Myhill, University of Exeter,...
Book Awards
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A regular feature in Book box is a trawl through the rich variety of annual Book Awards on offer to children's writers sponsored by companies working in the UK. These awards offer welcome publicity to those who make it to...
Classroom Grammar
Grammar has received a fairly bad press over the years and it's hardly surprising. Critics have claimed it's hard to learn (probably true), difficult to teach (sometimes true) and largely useless when it comes to having any effect on students' writing...
Clear-Sited
Websites dealing with grammar are plentiful, but many of them are of limited use for the mainstream English teacher. Many are aimed at the EFL/EAL market and while they can be interesting, tend to dwell on areas that many of us will find well beyond...
Creative Reading/creative Writing
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A key piece of advice heard frequently from established writers is unequivocal: if you want to be a better writer, make sure you are a prolific reader. This notion is reflected in academic research surrounding the links between...
Dead Man's Cove
Dead Man's Cove Lauren St John Orion Children's Books ISBN 9781444001488 Paperback 6.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This is the sort of book that commands attention immediately, and holds it throughout--I read it in one...
Developing Stories
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As the National Association of Writers in Education, NAWE is constantly seeking to enhance and extend the work that professional writers undertake in the classroom. We recently commissioned a guide for 'getting started as...
Drama Sessions for Primary Schools and Drama Clubs
Drama sessions for Primary Schools and Drama Clubs Alison Day Routledge 2011 ISBN 9780415603386 24.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Alison Day outlines 33 practical and user-friendly drama sessions; 11 for each term. This...
Focusing on Grammar: Where to Start?
Helen Lines' and Debra Myhill's excellent piece in the Autumn 2011 edition of NATE Classroom gave an account of how pupils can be taught the construction of clauses as a tool for shaping narrative writing. What though, is a clause? A common definition...
Gangsta Granny
Gangsta Granny David Walliams Illustrated by Tony Ross Harper Collins ISBN 9780007443888 Paperback 10.99 [pounds sterling] This book has been heavily advertised in the press and promoted by the author himself on national television so...
Getting to Grips with Grammar Key Stage 2
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 'What big teeth you have, Grammar!' The question of the usefulness of formal grammar teaching in helping children to improve their writing and the form it should take in schools has long been a contentious one. As long ago...
Grammar Dismantled
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 www.teachit.co.u k/nateclassroom I have often noticed that people who write badly have a poor sense of grammar...
Grammar for Writing: Sentences under the Spotlight
Grammar for Writing At the University of Exeter, a large-scale research project titled Grammar for Writing? set out to investigate if teaching grammar in the context of writing has any positive effect for young writers. We worked with 32 teachers...
How NATE's National Writing Project Is Making a Difference to Teachers and Children: 41 Reasons (at Least) Why You Should Join a Teacher's Writing Group
NATE's National Writing Project, led by Jenifer Smith and Simon Wrigley, is now in its third year. It promotes and networks writing groups for teachers in order to explore the personal and professional effects of collaborative creativity. These groups...
ICT Hints & Tips: A Series from NATE's ICT Committee
Grammar It is always a mistake to fragment knowledge and disconnect it from its proper context and purpose. In the case of grammar, the true context is surely writing and reading. Teaching grammar isolated from that context inevitably means that...
Inspiring Able Learners in English at KS2
Inspiring able learners in English at KS2: contexts for developing literacy skills Bob Cox Tribal 2011 41.88 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This is a practical, photocopiable resource, which is aimed at supporting the teaching...
Just Imagine
Just Imagine (second edition) James Carter Routledge 2012 ISBN 9780415607933 27.99 [pounds sterling] Book and CD [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This book will provide you with a wealth of ideas to inspire the writer within you. Once you have...
Mister Creecher
Mister Creecher Chris Priestley Bloomsbury ISBN 9781408811047 Hardback 10.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In a year when Hollywood has produced 28 films that are sequels, it's not really surprising that writers of fiction...
Mixed Messages
Grammar matters --updating the old NATE adage Language matters (ref. Angel Scott et al, in another century!), and equally and deliberately ambiguous: a) matters concerning grammar b) grammar is something that matters --obvious enough, but...
NATE Conference 2012
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] NATE's 49th annual conference, 'English: the subject of discussion' takes place between Friday 29th June and Sunday 1st July at the Park Inn Hotel in the historic city of York. 2012 is York's 800th anniversary as a city, with...
Quote ... Misquote the Art of Coarse Coursework
Once upon a time there was a Flat Earth Society, which seemed to exist solely for the purpose of holding an annual dinner. I can think of worse reasons. The unschooled infant will presume that the earth is, indeed, flat--give or take the odd mountain,...
Roller Coaster Writing: Or How to Write the Exciting Bits
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We know roller coasters in Blackpool. We know the gradual, groaning ascent as cogs clank and chains creak, straining to tug coaches loaded with fearful, excited passengers up rusting metal tracks until they perch high above...
Scrivener's Moon
Scrivener's Moon Philip Reeve Marion Lloyd Books 2011 ISBN 9781407115269 Paperback 6.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In a future land once known as Britain, mammoth-warriors prepare to fight a terrifying enemy--the first-ever...
Teacher Creative Writing: The Importance of Developing Teachers' Own Practice as Writers
Finding space to develop teachers' own creative writing can have a powerful impact on motivating, inspiring and supporting students to improve their owl writing. As writing attainment in English schools continues to lag behind that in reading, and...
Teaching English Using ICT
Teaching English Using ICT Tom Rank, Chris Warren, Trevor Millum Continuum 2011 Paperback 22.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] To put this review in a little context, as a teacher in her late twenties, I am not the most technophobic...
Teachit Round-Up: Explore Some of Teachit's Nooks and Crannies and Find Hidden Depths
Hidden gems We all know that teachers have hours spare to while away looking for resources and exploring every part of the Teachit site ... sorry what's that you say? Teachers are busy people? Er ok, you might have a point there! Here at Teachit...
The Benefits of Freedom: Evidence from Buckinghamshire Teachers as Writers Group (TAW), Part of the NATE Writing Project (Nwp.Org.Uk)
Writing journals (or notebooks) are not a new idea, but a recent emphasis on progress achieved exclusively through teacher-directed, heavily scaffolded, target-driven writing has left their potential relatively unappreciated. Writing journals enrich...
The House of Silk
The House of Silk Anthony Horowitz Orion 2011 ISBN 9781409133827 Hardback 18.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Readers can soon tell the difference between a labour of love and a piece of contracted writing that is simply...
The Primary English Encyclopedia (4Th Edition)
The Primary English Encyclopedia (4th edition) Routledge 2012 Margaret Mallett ISBN 9780415589529 29.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Have you ever doubted your knowledge of the English primary curriculum, especially as...
Tricks of the Writer's Trade
Tricks of the Writer's Trade (and how to teach them to children aged 8-14) Rick Vanes Routledge (David Fulton) ISBN 978015677790 22.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This is a very good book! In the first sentence of the...
Unlocking Speaking and Listening
Unlocking Speaking and Listening (Second edition) Edited by Deborah Hones and Pamela Hodson Routledge (David Fulton) 2012 ISBN 978 0415603171 22.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The premise of this book is that, regardless...
Unlocking the Poet in Every Child
Unlocking the Poet in Every Child David Orme Ransom 2011 14.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Back in the olden days, when I was a lad and had a literacy budget that could be spent on fripperies, I would come across what I...
Unlocking the Reader in Every: Child Unlocking the Writer in Every Child
Unlocking the Reader in every Child Unlocking the Writer in every Child Susan Elkin Ransom ISBNs: 978184167970; 9781841679716 19.99 [pounds sterling] each [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It is possible to discuss...
Using Comic Art to Improve Speaking, Reading and Writing
Using Comic Art to Improve Speaking, Reading and Writing Steve Bowkett and Tony Hitchman Routledge 2012 ISBN 9780415675512 Paperback 19.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Let me declare something before I start this review;...
Wonderstruck
Wonderstruck Brian Selznick Scholastic Press ISBN 9780545027892 Hardback 14.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Following the highly acclaimed, now Scorcese-filmed, The Invention of Hugo Cabret Brian Selznick's second 'novel'--a...
Writing, Grammar and Punctuation
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: www.teachitprimary.co.uk/nateclassroom Lessons in grammar, from the past, can conjure up images of rewriting...
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