Teaching Children's Literature
Making Stories Work in the Classroom
By Diane Duncan
Routledge – 2009 – 224 pages
Routledge – 2009 – 224 pages
Drawing on a series of recently conducted classroom workshops and live interviews with the authors, this inspiring book examines five popular children’s authors: Philip Pullman, J.K. Rowling, Michael Morpurgo, Anthony Browne, Jacqueline Wilson and the genre of comic books. Four genres are explored in detail: the picture book, written narrative, film narrative and comic books.
Teaching Children’s Literature provides detailed literary knowledge about the chosen authors and genres alongside clear, structured guidelines and creative ideas to help teachers, student teachers and classroom assistants make some immensely popular children’s books come alive in the classroom.
This accessible and inspiring text for teachers, parents, student teachers and students of children’s literature:
This lively, informative and practical book will enable teachers, students and classroom assistants to plan inspiring and enjoyable lessons which will encourage them to teach children’s literature in an entirely different and inventive way.
'A significant and inspiring contribution to the teaching of children's literature.' --Michael Morpurgo
'This is one of the best books I've looked at for a while.' - Graham Smith, PGCE course director, University of Northampton
'[The book] looks fantastic and spot on for our students. [The layout is] most pleasing and accessible.' - Joanna Moxham, course director for BA QTS undergraduate ITT course
'Di Duncan's book, Teaching Children's Literature, is outstanding in respect of its scholarship and depth of research, yet presented in an accessible way, with an array of practical suggestions and useful contacts. Di Duncan is to be congratulated on producing such a wonderful book.' -- Denis Hayes, University of Plymouth, UK
'What a superb resource. As a primary school teacher I can honestly say that this book is exactly what teaching should be all about. The creative and inspiring ideas and activities bring each of the well chosen texts to life. Teaching Children’s Literature is a reminder that Literacy lessons can be fun, rewarding and taught in this way will most definitely enable our children to achieve the highest of goals. To have written a book that perfectly meets the needs of teachers who want to introduce or extend the use of drama within the curriculum is a fantastic achievement.' - David Allen, Deputy Head, Nascot Wood Junior School
Acknowledgements Preface Introduction 1. Part 1- Teaching Michael MorpurgoPart 2 - Michael Morpurgo, Weaver of Magic 2. Part 1 - Teaching Anthony Browne Part 2 - The Art of Anthony Browne’s Picture Books 3. Part 1 - Teaching Philip PullmanPart 2 - Philip Pullman: Parallel Worlds and Penny Dreadfuls 4. Part 1 Teaching Comics Part 2 - Powers and Responsibilities: Comic Books in Education 5. Part 1 - Teaching Jacqueline Wilson - Part 2 Jacqueline Wilson: Girls Behaving Badly … 6. Part 1 - Harry Potter and the Magic of FilmPart 2 - J.K. Rowling: Love, Loss and MagicChildren’s Literature Journals and MagazinesBibliographyIndex
Diane Duncan, formerly a primary headteacher and university lecturer is now an educational researcher, writer and consultant. She is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire.