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Opening Doors to Famous Poetry and Prose: Ideas and resources for accessing literary heritage works by [Cox, Bob]
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With a carefully selected and considered collection of inspirational poetry and prose texts, Bob Cox has provided this extraordinary book to give teachers the confidence to teach beyond the limits many assume. Appreciating the central importance of language, SPaG and inspiration, this book encourages imagination and deep levels of engagement and is inspired by some of the greatest writers the English language has produced, offering practical ideas and activities to support learning. --Colin Hill Founder and Web Editor, UKEdChat<br ><br >Opening Doors is a very apt title which takes the teacher way beyond the usual approach to literacy. This is not literacy: it is English teaching at its finest. For some time, primary teachers have been impeded by the requirements of SPaG and the promotion of wow words which, in themselves, are not bad things but they have stilted the learning of words for their own value. Children approach writing with a tick list of what needs to be included and they have a determination to win that tick regardless of whether the inclusion of that adjective or colon actually improves the writing. This book is arranged in standalone units and each starts with wonderful writing and poetry then leads into activities. Each unit is organized in the same way. I particularly like the opening access strategies. These are a variety of ways (quizzes, games, puzzles) to get the pupils into the literature without mentioning the words writing, reading, poetry or the title of the text. There are suggested questions to ask always ask the most difficult first , says Bob - as well as the good old lesson objectives but unlike other programmes, they do not lead the work. The areas for extension work, beautifully called Beyond the Limit and Wings to Fly are there to be used flexibly. Each unit ends with Reflecting on impact . These units are not simply about an English lesson but deepening the love of literature and writing in the pupils. Often, we forget to look at the bigger picture that a unit of work has produced. It obvious that Bob has such a love of English literature and is incredibly well read; he also includes a did you know? section to give you those tit bits to complete the tapestry. You can imagine him in the classroom with your pupils, enthusing them! This is not a book to pick up over coffee that will give you an idea to take back to class. It is for teachers who want to get back to teaching English as a language and a culture. It will hold your hand as you go through the steps (a CD is provided with lots of resources that are referred to throughout) and give you a wonderful sense of achievement in both your learning and that of your pupils. Take heed, though. Don t skip the introduction! It may start off as rather a dry read but it is key to understanding the philosophy behind the contents and will ensure that you have made the very best of an excellent resource. --Julia Skinner, Founder, 100 Word Challenge

Opening Doors is a very apt title which takes the teacher way beyond the usual approach to literacy. This is not literacy: it is English teaching at its finest. For some time, primary teachers have been impeded by the requirements of SPaG and the promotion of wow words which, in themselves, are not bad things but they have stilted the learning of words for their own value. Children approach writing with a tick list of what needs to be included and they have a determination to win that tick regardless of whether the inclusion of that adjective or colon actually improves the writing. This book is arranged in standalone units and each starts with wonderful writing and poetry then leads into activities. Each unit is organized in the same way. I particularly like the opening access strategies. These are a variety of ways (quizzes, games, puzzles) to get the pupils into the literature without mentioning t --Julia Skinner, Founder, 100 Word Challenge

Opening Doors is a very apt title which takes the teacher way beyond the usual approach to literacy. This is not literacy: it is English teaching at its finest. For some time, primary teachers have been impeded by the requirements of SPaG and the promotion of wow words which, in themselves, are not bad things but they have stilted the learning of words for their own value. Children approach writing with a tick list of what needs to be included and they have a determination to win that tick regardless of whether the inclusion of that adjective or colon actually improves the writing. This book is arranged in standalone units and each starts with wonderful writing and poetry then leads into activities. Each unit is organized in the same way. I particularly like the opening access strategies. These are a variety of ways (quizzes, games, puzzles) to get the pupils into the literature without mentioning the words writing, reading, poetry or the title of the text. There are suggested questions to ask always ask the most difficult first , says Bob - as well as the good old lesson objectives but unlike other programmes, they do not lead the work. The areas for extension work, beautifully called Beyond the Limit and Wings to Fly are there to be used flexibly. Each unit ends with Reflecting on impact . These units are not simply about an English lesson but deepening the love of literature and writing in the pupils. Often, we forget to look at the bigger picture that a unit of work has produced. It obvious that Bob has such a love of English literature and is incredibly well read; he also includes a did you know? section to give you those tit bits to complete the tapestry. You can imagine him in the classroom with your pupils, enthusing them! This is not a book to pick up over coffee that will give you an idea to take back to class. It is for teachers who want to get back to teaching English as a language and a culture. It will hold your hand as you go through the steps (a CD is provided with lots of resources that are referred to throughout) and give you a wonderful sense of achievement in both your learning and that of your pupils. Take heed, though. Don t skip the introduction! It may start off as rather a dry read but it is key to understanding the philosophy behind the contents and will ensure that you have made the very best of an excellent resource. --Julia Skinner, Founder, 100 Word Challenge

About the Author

After 23 years in English teaching Bob Cox became a local authority school improvement consultant and a freelance trainer. He runs conferences, courses and Insets and a Saturday Challenge school for primary pupils to inspire creative approaches with teachers and pupils both nationally and internationally.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10625 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing (29 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LKBSBSG
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
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