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Creative Ways to Teach Literacy

Creative Ways to Teach Literacy
Ideas for Children aged 3 to 11

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June 2011 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Shortlisted for the UKLA Academic Book Award 2013!

Covering the essential areas of practice, this book suggests ways to make your literacy teaching as creative and engaging as possible. Children get the most out of their learning when it is exciting, and this book offers great ideas for classroom practice, whilst making careful links to research.

Sections advise on teaching narrative, poetry and non-fiction, and each chapter contains case studies and ideas to try out in practice. The authors cover a broad range of topics, including:

- exploring traditional tales

- writing from experience

- using playground games as a foundation for literacy

- performing poetry.

Written for teachers working with children aged 3-11 years, this book gives you the opportunity to develop children's literacy in enjoyable and interesting ways.

Virginia Bower
Enhancing Children's Writing
Caroline Tancock
An Exploration of Traditional Tales
Justine Earl
Writing from Experience
Sue Hammond and Karen Vincent
Playground Games as a Foundation for Literacy Lessons
Susan Barrett and Virginia Bower
Using Poetic Form: An Approach to Poetry Writing in the Primary Classroom
Andrew Lambirth
Poetry is Slamming: Different Ways to Perform Poetry in Primary Schools
Michael Green
Inspiring and Enthusing Children as Readers and Writers of Non-Fiction
Tracy Parvin
Lights, Camera, Action...Take 9!
Virginia Bower
Enhancing Children's Language Acquisition and Development Through Non-Fiction

'It is pleasing to see this book, written by experienced primary practitioners, offering imaginative, practical ideas all of which are underpinned by sound learning theory. All primary teachers can benefit from the excellent examples of effective primary practice described' -
Prue Goodwin, Lecturer in Literacy and Children's Books

'Covering topics ranging from: exploiting opportunities to write from experience, to poetry slamming in the classroom, to 'harnessing the potential of new technologies' (Green 2011, pp. 70) the chapters provide the detail required for immediate classroom transfer, including references to relevant children's books, websites and free teacher resources. However, read as a collection, the practice discussed provides more than a collection of creative ideas: many common messages and themes are revisited across the case studies meaning that readers potentially derive insight into the nature and principles of effective literacy instruction.'

Frances Bodger
English 4-11

This book provides useful background, case studies and ideas to try out in the classroom. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on traditional tales, and referenced it to my students as we explored the value of traditional tales in KS1. It provided an excellent base to promote discussion and develop unit plans in preparation for their KS1 school experience.

Mrs Beverley McCormick
Education Coleraine, Ulster University
December 12, 2022

This contains some really insightful chapters. I found Bower's chapter particularly enlightening and have recommended it to various trainees currently doing their independent studies.

Mrs Eleanor Jane Power
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
April 19, 2016

A good resource that combines practical teaching ideas with relevant theoretical perspectives.

Dr Elaine Haywood
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
December 16, 2014

Not as strong as some other books in this field, of which there any many.

Mr Ian Barrett
Department of Education, London Metropolitan Uni (North Campus)
May 1, 2013

an easy read book for great ideas of how to create a more interactive and fun literacy hour. A must for level 3 students within the childcare sector

Mrs Karen Cooke
health and social care, Bolton Community College
September 17, 2012

Very practical

Mrs Clare Hallam
Health, education and social care, Barnet College
September 6, 2012

This book says exactly what it is on the cover. So it is really aimed at the specific role of supporting literacy. If this is what you are supporting students with then perfect but only if that is an area they are developing.

Mrs Helen Chester (Christie)
Health & Social Care, Somerset College of Arts & Technology
May 25, 2012

very useful for teacher training with specific information at this level. Good supporting text

Mr Gerard Ryan
Business School, Staffordshire University
May 7, 2012

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