Blog Posts tagged: secondary school

Non Pratt

Non Pratt - 5 books that capture teens perfectly

Non Pratt will be appearing in our special Authors Live: Authentic Teens in YA event On 4 October 2017. The event promises to be a funny and insightful look at how teens are represented in young adult literature. To celebrate the upcoming event, we asked Non to recommend some books that offer authentic and convincing representations of teenagers.

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Melvin Burgess

Melvin Burgess: The Books I Loved as a Teenager

Melvin Burgess will be appearing in our special Authors Live: Authentic Teens in YA event On 4 October 2017. The event promises to be a funny and insightful look at how teens are represented in young adult literature. To celebrate the upcoming event, we asked Melvin to share some of the books that really resonated with him as a teenager.

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Two illustrated panels of a student's comic

How Forfar Academy Created Comics and Book Trailers for #ScotTeenBookPrize

Taking part in the Scottish Teenage Book Prize is a fantastic opportunity to enthuse pupils about reading. Every year, we run two competitions to enhance the fun: a graphic novel competition and a book trailer competition. In this blog post, Shona Page and Janet Spence of Forfar Academy explain how they approached both competitions.

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Painting by Sir James Guthrie - the Gypsy Fires are Burning for Daylight Past and Gone

Inspiring poetry through art in the secondary classroom

Using images as a stimulus for writing can often unlock pupils' creativity, as English teacher Gordon Fisher found when he introduced pupils to a painting by Sir James Guthrie. In this blog post Gordon shares the approach he took to get pupils writing poetry inspired by the painting. Gordon has also made some of the pupils' work available for download, as well as some of the worksheets and presentations he created during the project.

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3 Great Reasons to Try Audiobooks in Schools

Audiobooks have the potential to help struggling readers improve their comprehension skills, removing the barrier of decoding text. Listening Books provide a free service for students who would benefit from audiobooks - find out more in this blog post.

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Lauren Child at our Authors Live event

5 Highlights from Lauren Child's Authors Live Event

Our Authors Live event with the Children's Laureate will give your pupils an insight into her life as a writer. Find out how the Ruby Redfort novels came to be and get her top writing tips.

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Supporting Children with Reading Comprehension Difficulties

Reading Comprehension Impairment (RCI) is a reading difficulty where someone has the ability to decode words and their meanings, but struggles significantly with comprehension. In this blog post, Dr Sarah McGeown explores RCI and explores what can be done to help.

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A book case in the library at Craigentinny Primary School

9 Children's and Teen Books You Need to Read, as Chosen by Craigentinny Pupils

In the latest blog post in our Pupils Recommend series, young readers at Craigentinny Primary School tell us about the titles that have gone down a storm in their school.

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Lari Don: How to create riddles with children

Acclaimed children's author Lari Don is back with the second book in her Spellchasers trilogy, The Shapeshifter's Guide to Running Away. The books are full of brain-bending riddles, so we asked Lari for her top tips to help you and your pupils come up with your own riddles.

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Cover of The Little Mermaid

Metaphrog Interview: On Graphic Novels and The Little Mermaid

Comic creators Metaphrog are back with a critically acclaimed retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale The Little Mermaid. We caught up with them for a chat about the book, fairy tales, illustration, and what makes a good story.

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