alternative approaches to reading and writing

Vlogging is a fantastic way to develop communication skills as well as proficiency in filming and editing. In this final video of the series, Jean Menzies outlines some great ways to start building an audience for your vlog and networking with other vloggers.

Vlogging is a fantastic way to develop communication skills as well as proficiency in filming and editing. In this second video of three, Jean Menzies explains the basics of filming and editing your vlog.

Vlogging is a fantastic way to develop communication skills as well as proficiency in filming and editing. In this first video of three, Jean Menzies takes you through the basics, including how to decide your topic and format.

Vlogging is an exciting way to build communication and writing skills. It involves the creation of short informative videos about a chosen topic. In this video series, vlogger Jean Menzies takes you through the process of filming and editing vlogs, choosing a topic, structuring a vlog, and building an audience if that's your aim!

To celebrate Book Week Scotland 2016, Scottish Book Trust took Scottish Hip-Hop artist Dave Hook from Stanley Odd to schools across Scotland! Dave visited 300 pupils at 10 schools to engage teenagers in innovative approaches to reading and creative writing. 

Dave Hook, frontman of the hip hop band Stanley Odd, gives advice on how to write your own lyrics and how to make your voice heard. 

If you want to reframe pupils' perceptions of poetry and capitalise on the rich use of language found in hip hop, this resource will help you use the music of Stanley Odd and other spoken word acts in your classroom or library. Stanley Odd are one of Scotland's top hip hop acts and have been instrumental in endowing the Scottish hip hop scene with credibility, giving Scottish regional accents their place on the world hip hop stage. This resource will help you explore spoken word texts and provides the option for pupils to compose their own.

Even for pupils who don't use Scots regularly, studying the language can be a rich and rewarding experience. This resource pack, written by Scots Language Consultant Bruce Eunson, helps you take your first steps into Scots and focuses on Geordie's Mingin' Medicine as the basis for activities.

Writing a comic book scene is challenging and lots of fun! In this resource, comic writers Metaphrog take pupils through the process of adapting a scene from a novel to comic book format, encouraging them to think critically at all stages about the adaptation process. The resource uses MIchael Morpurgo's book Private Peaceful as an example, but you can use it with any book to introduce pupils to the engaging world of comic creation.

Writing can be a challenge for some pupils, but with this resource you'll find tried and tested approaches from teachers across the country to help get every pupil writing. These activiies and projects showcase the best of innovative practice taken from Scottish Book Trust's Teachers and Librarians blog, and will help you embrace the wider text to change pupils' perceptions of what writing can be. There are also ideas to help utilise technology, and advice from top writers which you can pass on to your pupils.

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