The Really Useful Literacy Book: Being Creative with Literacy in the Primary Classroom

The Really Useful Literacy Book: Being Creative with Literacy in the Primary Classroom


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As literacy remains a key issue in primary education, this book provides new and inventive ideas for the classroom together with an accessible and informative summary of the theories that underpin them. Written for the primary school teacher, student or trainee teacher, this fully revised new edition will act as a springboard for further inspiration.

The authors of this book – all highly experienced literacy specialists – show the reader how to plan units of work with flexibility and creativity, whilst retaining the objectives of the National Literacy Strategy. They offer a number of imaginative literacy units, based on exciting ideas that are designed to motivate, engage and challenge children in the classroom.

Using as their base four 'big ideas': contexts and coherence; motivation; skill building; and content and process, the authors lead the reader through a set of principles and practices which, when applied to familiar elements of the literacy strategy, will encourage the teacher to formulate their own exciting, creative and flexible literacy teaching. Amongst the literacy areas covered are:

  • narrative
  • non-fiction
  • traditional tales
  • poems
  • spoken and written language.

Chapters in this second edition will be linked with thinking skills and Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) material, reflecting areas in which some practitioners may feel less than confident. The authors have also included a brand new chapter based on working with museums and galleries in order to expand children's literary creativity. This lively and stimulating book is an essential companion for teachers in Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and 2, and those on initial teacher training courses who want to develop their practice beyond the National Literacy Strategy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415320504
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/16/2004
Series: Really Useful Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Tony Martin, Chira Lovat and Glynis Purnell work in the Educational Development

Unit of the University of Cumbria. Tony Martin (with Mick Waters) is author of

Coordinating English at Key Stage 2 (RoutledgeFalmer, 1999).

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The big ideas 2. Principles and practices 3. 'Tell me a story' 4. Playing with role in the Foundation Stage: 'Little Boy Blue' 5. Time for rhyme 6. Outside in, inside out, or reading and writing out and about: environmental print 7. Dance your way to a story 8. Reporting back: reading non-fiction and writing non-chronological reports 9. Shapely poems and calligrams: starting not from text, but from language and visual images 10. Dear Giant - Dear Jack: creating a sequence of letters 11. Cyclones! Information books on same or similar themes: literacy across the curriculum 12. Where did our writing come from? Exploring the writing process 13. Writing is not speech written down: spoken language and written language: a language based unit 14. Whatever happened to Lucy Gray? Classic poetry 15. 'We made the story!' Making whole stories with underachieveing, uninterested boys 16. Enjoying a good argument? Writing discursively Index

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