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Discussion in 'English' started by How We Laughed, Jul 5, 2006.
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maudthecat, could I please see your SOW for Daz4Zoe? My year 9s profess to hating it (think that, secretly, some do like it). Struggling to make it appeal, resorting to showing a video of an escape to stimulate their ideas. Mine are low ability, so could offer differentiated resources back. My email: julia(dot)shekleton(at)btinternet(dot)com Thanks
Class Novels, read every day for half an hour
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The Tiger who came to tea, The Dinosaurs Packed Lunch, Blessu,
The twits, George's Marvellous Medicine, Flat Stanley, The Giraffe the Pelly and Me, The Magic Finger,
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Wreck of the Zanzibar, The Hodgeheg, The Legend of Captain Crow's Teeth, The Dancing Bear, The BFG, James and the Giant Peach, Tom's Sausage Lion, Charlie and the Cat Flap, Charlie and the Great Escape,Dinosaur School, The Sleeping Sword
Carrie's War, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Goodnight Mr Tom, Charlotte's Web, The Diary of a Killer Cat, Tracey Beaker, The Lottie Project
Clockwork, I am David, Mister Monday, Grim Tuesday, Drowned Wednesday, Gideon the Cutpurse, Bad Girls, and others that I can't remember
Forgot Kensuke's Kingdom and the Firework-maker's Daughter for Year 5
Can I know what you really do with the novels? I do read a novel to my class for 30mins a day too. Some teachers advised me to use big books too. However, my class is a high ability class (yr 2) so I thought the content in big books just wasn't stimulating intellectually for them.
I have so far covered the Twits, and am reading the BFG and Charlotte's Web to them. Although I must admit that some words used in the latter two books are difficult, they do enjoy the stories. They also have short dictation passages based on the novels weekly. I have thought about using RT, but am facing a shortage of time.
I am currently teaching 'Doll' by Nicky Singer, and loving it, but would love to know if anyone else has resources to share. I have put together a scheme of work - of sorts - and would like to exchange ideas. Sam
I forgot to say, I'm teaching year 9s.
I've never had as much fun with a class than when doing Stormbreaker with Year 9s. Have also taught No Angels by Robert Swindells; that's a brilliant novel (IMO) but there is a heck of a lot of bad language in it, which caused some giggling amongst the less mature in my group! I would reccommend it, though. Year 8 is a funny year for books ... I like doing Oliver Twist with my lot, as at least then they have aproached a classical text, but other good texts for this age include Madame Doubtfire and Holes, of course. Year 7s seem to get stuck with Skellig!
We are yet to have year 7s at our school but,
Year 8 - Holes, Animal Farm for top sets, Kit's Wilderness by David Almond (although this has mixed reviews from different teachers, I haven't taught it myself) and we're starting A Little Piece of Ground by Elizabeth Laird this year - set in Gaza - excellent!
Year 9, have completely revised teaching this year, we are using booklets with fiction/non-fiction/poetry/drama extracts based on themes of conflict/relationships/society - we are using Private Peaceful, Persepolis, Daz 4 Zoe, war poets, blogs, Junk by Melvin Burgess, and stuff from Essential Articles. After the SATs students will have the opportunity to read a whole text from the above list, or a text approved by the teacher, this way they cover the range they need but then get to read something they actually want to.
Oops, nearly got carried away and listed KS4 as well!
Michael Morpurgo is a favourite author with my class[yrs 3-6];we have recently read "Cool", "The Wreck of the Zanzibar" ,and extracts from"Singing For Mrs Pettigrew", which is also suitable for Key Stage 3.
I have had parents who are also primary colleagues sending in notes asking for my resources so that they can use them in our feeders (!) -suitably adapted, of course (?).
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolradio/english/machinegunners.s... - not convinced this is a 9 - 12 text, at all!
Machine-Gunners - I really don't see this as a key stage 2 text if studied in depth - I think the themes are quite strong and distressing in many places.
I think it's the age of the protagonists - Carrie is 14 and to really empathise and understand her situation and her responsibility for her brother I think that pupils/students need to be older.
Our feeders read Holes, Stone Cold, Skellig, Harry P - and yet all the characters/situations are secondary age. And we always teach them first and have invested in one or more class sets due to having to have a less roundabout curriculum.
And we are saving up for some more modern texts but many of them don't stand the test of time and are ephemeral in their appeal...
Our Year 6 uses Macbeth 2weeks, Goodnight Mr. Tom 3 weeks, The Hobbit 3 weeks, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe 2 weeks and our transition unit used to be Rose Blanche touching on aspects o fthe life of Anne Frank but our borough change this wonderful unit to the nightmare that was Michael Morpurgo's Myths and Legends with free run of all but selected stories that would be picked up in Year 7. My friend in year 7 though was just as unhappy as no plans were produced for this unit and some schools did more groundwork than others.
We were given a list of books to select from under each heading of the old literacy framework (ie The hobbit was under fantasy) and are in the situation where we could not afford to replace them yet we have had nothing regarding the new frame work so we continue to use the same books.
I know how annoying it must be if your kids have already covered the material as we rotate our resources throughout the year group some of ours hear what we are doing and get the book from the library and then struggle with prediciion work, or read to the end and so if we do character studies mid way are not able to look at where we are so far!
Maybe you could suggest to your borough literacy advisor that a defined list is circulated of books that are out of bounds for primary!
I agree! though it seems to be from KS1-Ks2-Ks3 in some areas! I am in yer 6 and we use Goodninght Mr. tom for 3 weeks, Macbeth for 2 weeks, The Hobbit for 3 weeks and the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe for 2 weeks. Our year 6-7 transition unit used to be the wonderful Rose Blanche touching on aspects of the life of Anne Frank which the borough now changed to the nightmare the is Michael Morpurgo's Myths and Legends.
My friend in year 7 is just as unhappy as no plans were given just a list of stories the primary should not touch on so some schools laid down more groundwork than others.
The novels we use came from a borough produced list for the topic headings of the old literacy framework (eg: The Hobbit ws our choice under fantasy) and so we have not been given anything like it for the new framework, and no money to replace whole sets of books, we continue along the same path we were on before!
Our last year 6 cohort went off to 8 different secondary schools so surely this is a great example of where the brough literasy advisor could step in to to produce a list of books that primary teachers should avoid?
I know how annoying it is when you are trying to teach a book that they have already read. We have one lass set of each book so we rotate across the year group and some find out and borrow the next book from the library and therefor are unable to be objective if we ask them to plan the next chapter or porduce a character study half way through!
As for G&T provision the borough have a defined list of appropriate books aimed at them relative to their progression and we borrow them from our borough KS2 G&T library service. If you want to stretch them in class we use differntiated plans on the same book we are using in class and challenge them that way. We have a G&T "club" for further reading so if we are reading Goodnight Mr. Tom we would not try and stretch them using the Machine Gunners because we know that was on the original year 7 book list and that just separates them from the rest of the class.
My son is in year 11 and I love seeing my old kids at schol functions and open evenings and seeing how much they've progressed. We are all part of their learning journey and see no trouble in working together even if it is impossible to liase directly with every school. Hassle your borough advisor to produce a list they are paid a lot more than we are!
This might seem a bit random, sorry. But I am after some advise from Literacy/English specialists (I am a scientist). A friend of mines son is in Year 6 this year but the text that has been selected is a scary horror book all about Zombies and the living dead etc. The lad is scared by the text and the parents object to it as their religious beliefs do not permit them to read such material. They have spoken with the head who has said that it is the text for the SATS and that is that, he will have to study it or he will not get a mark for his English SATS exam at the end of year 6 and will not therefore get into the chosen secondary without the SATS grade.
This sounds rubbish to me and there must alternative texts for just such occasions. Can anyone advise please.
It sounds complete rubbish to me too!