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  1. Teaching Classroom Drama and Theatre

    Practical Projects for Secondary Schools, 2nd Edition

    By Martin Lewis, John Rainer

    This revised and updated edition of Teaching Classroom Drama and Theatre will be an essential text for anyone teaching drama in the modern classroom. It presents a model teachers can use to draw together different methodologies of drama and theatre studies, exemplified by a series of contemporary,...

    Published May 27th 2012 by Routledge

  2. How to be a Brilliant English Teacher

    2nd Edition

    By Trevor Wright

    Now in its second edition, Trevor Wright’s hugely popular How to be a Brilliant English Teacher is packed with practical advice drawn from his extensive and successful experience as an English teacher, examiner and teacher trainer. This accessible and readable guide offers sound theoretical...

    Published May 16th 2012 by Routledge

  3. Hit the Headlines

    Exciting journalism activities for improving writing and thinking skills

    By Colin Macfarlane

    Hit the Headlines charts out a series of fun and inspiring, cross-curricular journalism workshops that enhance key skills and confidence in areas such as: Writing and editing. Critical assessment. Interviewing and observation. Mental flexibility and resourcefulness. Role-playing and...

    Published May 3rd 2012 by Routledge

  4. Creativity and Learning in Secondary English

    Teaching for a creative classroom

    By Andrew McCallum

    Creativity in secondary English lessons today is a democratically conceived quality that all pupils are expected to achieve and a resource on which all are entitled to draw. But what exactly is creativity? And how does it relate to English? Creativity and Learning in Secondary English answers these...

    Published March 15th 2012 by Routledge

  5. The Essential Charles Dickens School Resource

    Contemporary Approaches to Teaching Classic Texts Ages 7-14

    By Gill Robins, Laura-Jane Evans-Jones

    Charles Dickens is arguably the greatest storyteller in English Literature and his novels have been loved and respected for nearly two hundred years. As accurate reflections of Victorian society they are unparalleled. Vivid characters and realistic settings are created in the mind of the reader,...

    Published February 7th 2012 by Routledge

  6. Using Comic Art to Improve Speaking, Reading and Writing

    By Steve Bowkett

    Using Comic Art to Improve Speaking, Reading and Writing uses children’s interest in pictures, comics and graphic novels as a way of developing their creative writing abilities, reading skills and oracy. The book’s underpinning strategy is the use of comic art images as a visual analogue to help...

    Published December 16th 2011 by Routledge

  7. Teaching Poetry

    Reading and responding to poetry in the secondary classroom

    By Amanda Naylor, Audrey B. Wood

    Teaching Poetry is an indispensible source of guidance, confidence and ideas for all those new to the secondary English classroom. Written by experienced teachers who have worked with the many secondary pupils who ‘don’t get’ poetry, this friendly guide will help you support pupils as they access,...

    Published December 7th 2011 by Routledge

  8. The Media Teacher's Handbook

    Edited by Elaine Scarratt, Jon Davison

    The Media Teacher’s Handbook is an indispensible guide for all teachers, both specialist and non-specialist, delivering Media Studies and media education in secondary schools and colleges. It is the first text to draw together the three key elements of secondary sector teaching in relation to...

    Published December 1st 2011 by Routledge

  9. Tricks of the Writer's Trade

    And how to teach them to children aged 8-14

    By Rick Vanes

    What links Cinderella to Harry Potter? What can The Simpsons teach us about character creation? What is the False Horizon moment? What are the two classic openings and five effective endings of a newspaper story? Aimed at primary and early secondary school teachers, Tricks of the Writer’s Trade...

    Published November 16th 2011 by Routledge

  10. Teaching Secondary English as if the Planet Matters

    By Sasha Matthewman

    Series: Teaching... as if the Planet Matters

    ‘This is an important book for all concerned with the teaching and learning of English, exploring new and hugely significant areas in a scholarly, thought-provoking and eminently practical way.’ – David Stevens, University of Durham, UK Drawing together ideas from a range of disciplines in the...

    Published December 13th 2010 by Routledge

  11. Debates in English Teaching

    Edited by Jon Davison, Caroline Daly, John Moss

    Series: Debates in Subject Teaching

    What are the key debates in English teaching today? Debates in English Teaching explores the major issues all English teachers encounter in their daily professional lives. It engages with established and contemporary debates, promotes and supports critical reflection and aims to stimulate both...

    Published December 13th 2010 by Routledge

  12. Storytelling and Imagination: Beyond Basic Literacy 8-14

    By Rob Parkinson

    Storytelling helps pupils develop a wide range of skills. Do they dream and fantasize? Do they lie, waffle and distract? These are not just bad habits but marvellous starting points for teaching an art that can help them to pass on experience, train and use imagination, develop language skills,...

    Published December 8th 2010 by Routledge

  13. Cross-Curricular Teaching and Learning in the Secondary School ... English

    The Centrality of Language in Learning

    By David Stevens

    Series: Cross-Curricular Teaching and Learning in...

    What is the role of the individual school 'subject' and 'subject teacher' within school? Is it to teach a set of core subject knowledge, skills and understanding in a way that remains faithful to long-standing subject cultures and pedagogies? Or is there another way to consider how the curriculum...

    Published October 21st 2010 by Routledge

  14. Grammar Survival

    A Teacher's Toolkit, 2nd Edition

    By Geoff Barton

    Focusing on what you need to know in the classroom, Grammar Survival provides you with the essential knowledge and tools you’ll need to teach grammar effectively. This second edition has been updated and restructured to reflect the revised framework for English, and ten new sections have been added...

    Published January 4th 2010 by Routledge

  15. English Teaching in the Secondary School

    Linking Theory and Practice, 3rd Edition

    By Mike Fleming, David Stevens

    Now in an updated third edition, English Teaching in the Secondary School is a comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of teaching English. Presenting an informed view of current educational policy, the authors provide advice to help students creatively and independently interpret government...

    Published November 10th 2009 by Routledge

  16. Teaching Reading Shakespeare

    By John Haddon

    Teaching Reading Shakespeare is warmly and clearly communicated, and gives ownership of ideas and activities to teachers by open and explicit discussion. John Haddon creates a strong sense of community with teachers, raising many significant and difficult issues, and performing a...

    Published January 22nd 2009 by Routledge

  17. Active Assessment in English

    Thinking Learning and Assessment In English

    By Brenda Keogh, John Dabell, Stuart Naylor

    Everybody seems to be talking about Assessment for Learning. This book shows you how to do it. The thinking behind the highly influential ‘Assessment for Learning’ approach is translated into usable and practical strategies for all those teaching literacy in primary and secondary classrooms. The...

    Published July 12th 2007 by David Fulton Publishers

  18. Teaching Reading in the Secondary Schools, Second Edition

    By Geoff Dean

    Being able to read well is one of the most important literacy requirements in our society. It is fundamental to almost all secondary school subjects and the English programme in particular. The new Key Stage 3 focus on teaching reading compels us to find exciting ways to engage young people with...

    Published July 5th 2005 by David Fulton Publishers

  19. Teaching Character Education through Literature

    Awakening the Moral Imagination in Secondary Classrooms

    By Karen Bohlin

    This book shows how secondary and post-secondary teachers can help students become more responsive to the ethical themes and questions that emerge from the narratives they study. It helps teachers to integrate character education into the classroom by focusing on a variety of ways&...

    Published May 5th 2005 by Routledge

  20. English Teaching in the Secondary School 2/e

    Linking Theory and Practice, 2nd Edition

    By Mike Fleming, David Stevens

    Presenting an informed view of current educational policy, this text encourages students of secondary English to take a creative and independent interpretation of government initiatives in order to achieve effective teaching practice. It provides a good balance of theoretical material with...

    Published June 24th 2004 by David Fulton Publishers

  21. Improving Low-Reading Ages in the Secondary School

    Practical Strategies for Learning Support

    By Paul Blum

    This highly practical guide shows how learning support teachers and assistants can work effectively with secondary school pupils who are struggling with their reading. It relates directly to the working practices of teachers, steering them through issues such as: assessing the low-age reader...

    Published April 14th 2004 by Routledge