A collection of the absurd, ridiculous, sublime and characteristically anarchic verse from the brilliant Spike Milligan. With his very own illustrations, this collection, which includes the famous On the Ning Nang Nong will make you laugh from the bottom of your belly - just like Spike did.
When asked by the school inspector what he thought of poetry, an eleven year old replied that "it's all la-dida and daffodils, isn't it?" In his primary school the boy had come across very little poetry apart from nursery rhymes, snatches of rhyming verse and a few comic pieces and nonsense poems. Poetry to him was something arcane, not really related to his own life. He had studied no powerful, challenging, contemplative, arresting, quirky poems and had written very few poems himself. His teacher admitted that he was no English specialist, had received few ideas at college on the teaching of poetry and didn't really know where to start. As children progress through the primary school they need to be exposed to a rich diet of poetry and encouraged to read, perform and write it themselves. Providing a varied and stimulating environment is essential if is to flourish. In addition, children need specifi c guidance and ideas to start them off writing their own poems. This book, written by a former teacher and school inspector, and popular and widely published children's poet, offers an accessible, practical and structured programme for the teaching of this sometimes neglected aspect of the English curriculum.
Author: Bob Cox
Publisher: Crown House Publishing Ltd
Release Date: 2016-07-30
In Opening Doors to Famous Poetry and Prose, Bob Cox introduced teachers to engaging strategies which use literary heritage texts as the stimulus for excellent learning. This new companion book, Opening Doors to Quality Writing, for ages 6 to 9, puts the focus on pupils producing quality writing – developing their literacy skills and a love of reading in the process. In the course of his educational consultancy work, Bob has seen many teachers successfully use the scope and depth which literature can offer to inspire high standards, mastery learning and, above all, a love of language in its many forms. Schools using the ‘opening doors’ strategies told Bob they led to: more teacher empowerment and confidence; more knowledge building for pupils and teachers; a growing confidence with literature, including poetry; planning from the top becoming a norm; planning for mastery learning becoming a norm; improved comprehension skills; improved quality writing and associated excitement. They also asked Bob for further examples of inspiring, quality texts, and more ways in which pupils of all abilities can access them. Bob was only too happy to oblige. These 15 units of work cover poetry and prose: each unit provides exciting stimulus material, creative ideas for writing projects, and differentiation and support strategies, meaning all pupils can achieve the quality writing objectives. All the units should help teachers facilitate understanding of the challenging texts and maximise the huge potential for quality writing. Discover a multitude of ready-to-use ideas, inspired by classic literature and great writers’ works, along with plenty of new strategies and advice. Units include: Part 1: Opening doors to poetry 1. His Waistcoat and Trousers Were Made of Pork Chops – ‘The New Vestments’ by Edward Lear 2. Prefabulous Animiles – ‘The Hippocrump’ by James Reeves 3. Slowly the Tide Creeps Up the Sand – ‘Slowly’ by James Reeves 4. Colour Your World – ‘What is Pink?’ by Christina Rossetti 5. The Nymph and the Goblin – ‘Overheard on a Saltmarsh’ by Harold Monro 6. Pictures in My Head – ‘A Child’s Thought’ by Robert Louis Stevenson 7. He’s Behind You! – ‘The Elf Singing’ by William Allingham 8. The Sounds of Silence – ‘Lonely Street’ by Francisco López Merino 9. Pond Dipping – ‘Daddy Fell into the Pond’ by Alfred Noyes Part 2: Opening doors to prose 10. The Making of World-pap – The Water Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby by Charles 11. Master No-book and the Fairy Teach-all – Uncle David’s Nonsensical Story about Giants and Fairies by Catherine Sinclair 12. Turning the Key – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 13. The Old Oak Chest – The Riddle by Walter de la Mare 14. The Winking Scarecrow – The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum 15. The Psammead – Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
Discusses children's poetry, the techniques and forms of poetry, and related topics, and provides advice for teachers on such aspects of using poetry in the classroom as reading aloud, dramatization, and student poetry writing.
First published in 2005, Modern Children's Literature has established itself as an indispensable introduction to the academic study of children's literature. This collection of stimulating essays combines accessible close readings of children's texts with informed descriptions of genres, issues and critical contexts, making it an ideal practical textbook for students. The second edition of this classic work has been thoroughly revised, updated and expanded to reflect current critical debates, recent books for children and young adults, and the latest scholarship. It includes new chapters by leading names on key topics such as canon formation, psychoanalytic approaches, fantasy and technology, and features an essay on poetry by the former Children's Laureate, Michael Rosen. Supported by explanatory boxed material and suggestions for further reading, Modern Children's Literature remains the essential guide to this popular area of writing.
Lightning provides: 32 books with 3 levels of differentiation per book; whole texts that provide NLS genre coverage; linked themes across fiction, non-fiction and the wider curriculum; focussed teaching support for each book including comprehension and writing activities; and a teaching and practice CD that provides opportunities for ICT.
Author: Laura Barber
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release Date: 2008-09-25
Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare's idea of the "seven ages" of a human life, this new anthology brings together the best-loved poems in English to inspire, comfort and delight readers for a lifetime. Beginning with babies, the book is divided into sections on childhood, growing up, making a living and making love, family life, getting older, and approaching death, ending with poems of mourning and commemoration. Ranging from Chaucer to Carol Ann Duffy, via Shakespeare, Keats, and Lemn Sissay, this book offers something for each of those moments in life - whether falling in love, finding your first grey hair or saying your final goodbyes - when only a poem will do. Contains an introduction by Laura Barber.