Touching the Void Literacy Work


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Session at GA Conference 2014, with extras in addition to the 10 minute circus session

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Touching the Void Literacy Work

  1. 1. Alan Parkinson Teacher of Geography King’s Ely School Cambridgeshire @GeoBlogs
  2. 2. Whole school Reading Festival Every subject asked to focus on a book or literacy focus during one week in the Autumn term
  3. 3. Other work in the Geography Dept • Display in the department of relevant books • Teachers pictured with their favourite books • Following migrant stories from an article in ‘Geographical’ magazine • Descriptions of homes from Lynsey Hanley’s ‘Estates’ book
  4. 4. Touching the Void Scholastic Edition
  5. 5. Siula Grande, Peru, S. America Show on Google Earth…. Fly there and explore…
  6. 6. Starting point… How would you feel setting out to climb this mountain ?
  7. 7. Touching the Void Our Map Key Tent – Walk
  8. 8. Chapter 1 • Setting the Scene
  9. 9. Emotion LineSadder/MorescaredLessscared/Happy
  10. 10. Emotion LineSadder/MorescaredLessscared/Happy
  11. 11. Activities • Suggesting chapters for the titles • What is ‘the Void’ that is referred to in the title of the book ? • What did Joe and Simon do next ?
  12. 12. Prep Find out more about the book / film • Come up with 2 ‘spoilers’: things that are coming up that I didn’t want you to know before we read them • If you don’t want to spoil the story, then I’d like you to create a better map to show where Siula Grande is.
  13. 13. Observed lesson
  14. 14. Adaptations of the task for other contexts… Stories of: • Migrants – crossing deserts / arriving in cities • Explorers – biomes / environments • Formation of natural landscapes (Old Harry as a person… ) • Food stories – Banana diaries and Following the Things…
  15. 15. Google Form to fill in at your leisure • • QR CODE
  16. 16. Other recommended reads • The Ice Man – see GeographyPods unit •
  17. 17. Other recommended reads • The Ice Man – see GeographyPods unit • Games of Thrones – Castle Pyke – coastal scenery • Africa Diary – Kibera with its flying toilets • The Snail and the Whale – what is Geography ? • Clear Waters Rising – mountain landscapes • What is the What – refugee camps • Shantaram – description of Dharavi • Inferno – Dan Brown – Malthus and resource depletion • One more river – Lynn Reid Banks - conflict
  18. 18. Cities It wasn’t a city, it was a process, a weight on the world that distorted the land for hundreds of miles around. People who’d never see it in their whole lives nevertheless spent their life working for it. Thousands and thousands of green acres were part of it, forests were part of it. It drew in and consumed… …and gave back the dung from its pens and the soot from its chimneys, and steel, and saucepans, and all the tools by which its food was made. And also its clothes, and fashions and ideas and interesting vices, songs and knowledge and something which if looked at in the right light, was called civilization. That’s what civilization meant. It meant the city. ‘Night Watch’ – Terry Pratchett
  19. 19. Tony Cassidy ‘A White Darkness’
  20. 20. GeoLibrary – hundreds of books
  21. 21. References • ent/files/OfstedReports/Literacy/files/assets/ downloads/publication.pdf - with thanks to Tony Cassidy • man.html - with thanks to Matt Podbury • Thanks to Claire, Jane and Tom from King’s Ely Geography Department