A Creative Approach to Teaching Writing

Author: Steve Bowkett
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441118950
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Why should children learn to write fluently? What difference will it make to them and the opportunities available to them later on in life? The ability to communicate clearly, accurately and persuasively is a vital life skill. Deficiencies in motivation and thinking skills pervade the challenge of improving children's literacy levels. Get Them Thinking Like Writers! combines practical activities to help children aged 7-11 develop their writing skills, with insights into the attitude that experienced writers apply to their craft. The activities explore different working methods - such as how authors tap into and develop their creativity and how they deal with 'writer's block' - and are supported by strategies for thinking that will develop children's literacy and the way they use language to express their opinions in all subject areas. Steve Bowkett, author, storyteller and education consultant, provides the key concepts and learning benefits of each strategy, along with a series of activities, extension ideas and useful links. Linked resources can be found on the series companion website.

Breaking Open the Box

Author: Nancy DaFoe
Publisher: R&L Education
ISBN: 1475802757
Format: PDF, ePub
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We need a more creative approach to teaching writing. A methodology incorporating creativity, as modeled by students in this text, demonstrates the kind of progress we are all seeking, offering an exciting challenge for young writers and educators alike.

Wordtamer

Author: Judy Waite
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315527952
Format: PDF, Docs
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Imagine a funfair in the classroom... invite dragons to school...let pupils travel through time! Written by award-winning children’s author Judy Waite, Wordtamer offers over fifty ideas for exciting, innovative writing activities and creative workshops. The book explores how authors actually work and what they achieve through their methods. It considers how teachers and children can incorporate these techniques into their own work, and so improve creative writing. Wordtamer provides easy-to-follow instructions to: set up and run inspiring writing lessons and workshops cover basic elements such as character and setting identify craft skills that link writing with the school curriculum develop ideas into contemporary, science fiction, fantasy or time-travel scenarios using tried-and-tested templates that expand on core concepts engage reluctant writers by using visual and kinaesthetic approaches develop independent and group-work practice enrich creative practice and awareness explore different writing styles improve teaching styles and children’s writing through a range of innovative and interactive activities appreciate why, as well as how, these techniques are so effective. Underpinned by theory and Judy’s own experience of working as an author in schools and running writing workshops for all ages, Wordtamer offers step-by-step, inspiring plans for creative writing lessons that will make a buzz in the classroom. Pupils won’t just create characters...they will become them.

A Creative Approach to Teaching Grammar

Author: Peter Burrows
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472909046
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book offers a whole school approach to the teaching of grammar and punctuation that is fully matched to the demands of the English grammar and punctuation test and the new curriculum. With the shift towards elegant, well-constructed sentences, it offers the busy teacher three simple steps to motivate and engage children, through: • explicit teaching and modelling; • over forty practical games and activities; • application and improvement within editing and proof reading. This book draws on recent research but also is based on many years of classroom practice and a number of case studies. Practical examples develop teachers' understanding of grammatical terms and progression and show how it is possible to have a significant impact on vocabulary, sentence structure and children's writing in general. A balance is found where skills are explicitly taught but within the context of an exciting and interesting curriculum.

Getting the Buggers to Write

Author: Sue Cowley
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441193499
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In this third edition, bestselling author Sue Cowley offers advice on improving skills and confidence, and getting students excited about writing - not just in literacy or English, but across the curriculum. This book is full of engaging and creative approaches for writers at all stages of confidence and competence: from children just starting to write, to experienced learners looking to perfect their own style. This edition includes new material on: • writing in the Digital Age• creative ideas for getting boys to write• cross-curricular writing projects On the companion website you'll find lots of useful extras, including advice about the teacher as writer - how you can use your writing skills beyond the school. This thoroughly practical guide will interest all educators who want to maximise the potential of every one of their students. It is an invaluable resource for teachers working at secondary and FE level, but equally a source of inspiration and practical advice for practitioners in primary schools.

Language and Literacy 3 7

Author: Jeni Riley
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1849202699
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This practical guide considers the research evidence that is needed to inform enlightened practice, and offers concrete suggestions and teaching approaches for early years settings and classrooms. This comprehensive book shows the 'what' the 'how' and the 'why' of innovative, creative practice for teaching language and literacy. The author clearly examines how young children learn to use both spoken and written language, and shows how to assess, plan and teach for the effective learning of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Each chapter includes case studies, learning and teaching suggestions and further reading, and topics covered include: o Learning to communicate o Developing spoken language in early years settings and classrooms o The links between oracy and literacy o The inter-relatedness of the literacy process o Teaching literacy holistically o The assessment of language and literacy o Supporting literacy in Keystage 1, teaching reading and teaching writing for different purposes o Children and books o Teaching children for whom English is an additional language o Language, literacy, learning and ICT.

How to Teach Writing Across the Curriculum Ages 6 8

Author: Sue Palmer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136931244
Format: PDF, Docs
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Now in an updated second edition How to Teach Writing Across the Curriculum: Ages 6-8 provides a range of practical suggestions for teaching non-fiction writing skills and linking them to children’s learning across the entire curriculum. Providing a number of suggestions for teachers and putting emphasis on creative approaches to teaching children writing in diverse and innovative ways, it provides: techniques for using speaking and listening, drama and games to prepare for writing suggestions for the use of cross-curricular learning as a basis for writing planning frameworks and ‘skeletons’ to promote thinking skills information on key language features of non-fiction texts examples of non-fiction writing guidance on the process of creating writing from note-making. With new hints and tips for teachers and suggestions for reflective practice, How to Teach Writing Across the Curriculum: Ages 6-8 will equip teachers with all the skills and materials needed to create enthusiastic non-fiction writers in their primary classroom.

Being Creative in Primary English

Author: Adrian Copping
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1473987172
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Why should we foster creativity in primary English? A practical and accessible text that demonstrates how creative thinking and learning can support primary English teaching. With chapters mapped to the Teachers' Standards and links to the new National Curriculum, each chapter provides a case study exploring high-quality primary English practice including planning, rationale and ideas for the classroom. These are fully grounded in a wide range of theoretical frameworks, viewpoints and values. Reflective activities in each chapter offering practical exercises and additional reading suggestions, encourage trainee teachers to further their understanding of how theory translates to classroom practice. This inspiring book helps support learning, teaching and assessment without losing innovation, excitement and motivation for both teachers and children.

Preparing Our Teachers

Author: Peggy McNamara
Publisher: Joseph Henry Press
ISBN: 9780309182850
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Today’s teachers face huge challenges, especially for teaching reading in the primary grades. They must understand as much as possible about how children develop and learn, what they know, and what they can do. They must be able to apply a variety of teaching techniques to meet the individual needs of students. Equally important, teachers must identify students’ strengths and weaknesses and plan instructional programs that help students make progress. But a recent study reveals that fewer than half of American teachers report feeling “very well prepared†to meet such challenges. Preparing Our Teachers seeks to improve that statistic by extracting practical information from the groundbreaking report issued by the National Research Council in 1998. This new book carefully outlines what classroom teachers need to know and what they need to be able to do to give children in preschool through grade 4 the essential opportunities to become good readers. It discusses what teacher education programs need to do to make their students good teachers of good readers and looks at what schools and school districts need to do to keep their teachers up to date for teaching reading. Students at risk for educational failure represent the fastest growing segment of our school population. Preparing Our Teachers demonstrates to educators, parents, and policy makers alike that the first and most enduring way to meet children’s literacy needs is to support their teachers and teachers-to-be.

How to Teach Writing Across the Curriculum Ages 8 14

Author: Sue Palmer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136929770
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Now in an updated second edition How to Teach Writing Across the Curriculum: Ages 8-14 provides a range of practical suggestions for teaching non-fiction writing skills and linking them to children’s learning across the curriculum. Emphasising creative approaches to teaching children’s writing in diverse and innovative ways, it provides: information on the organisation and language features of the six main non-fiction text types (recount, report, instruction, explanation, persuasion and discussion) suggestions for the use of cross-curricular learning as a basis for writing planning frameworks for children to promote thinking skills advice on developing children’s writing to help with organisational issues – paragraphing and layout, and the key language features examples of non-fiction writing suggestions for talk for learning and talk for writing (including links to 'Speaking Frames'; also published by Routledge) information on the transition from primary to secondary school. With new hints and tips for teachers and suggestions for reflective practice as well as a wealth of photocopiable materials, How to Teach Writing Across the Curriculum: Ages 8-14 will equip teachers with all the skills needed to create enthusiastic non-fiction writers in their classroom.