Writing on the Map

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An introduction to literacy in Geography

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Writing on the Map

  1. 1. “ Writing on the Map” Vital Teachshare: 08/11/11
  2. 3. Writing <ul><li>“ the set of skills which allows an individual to engage fully in society and in learning, through the different forms of language, and the range of texts, which society values and finds useful.” </li></ul>
  3. 4. Writing <ul><li>“ the set of skills which allows an individual to engage fully in society and in learning, through the different forms of language, and the range of texts, which society values and finds useful.” </li></ul><ul><li>Geography’s contribution ?? </li></ul>
  4. 6. Tim Oates Chair of Curriculum Review Aims &quot;embody for all children in England their cultural and scientific inheritance, enhance their understanding of the world around them and introduce them to the best that has been thought and written&quot;
  5. 7. Core knowledge & literacy <ul><li>What are we going to be teaching ? </li></ul><ul><li>What is core knowledge in geography ? </li></ul><ul><li>What writing will be asking students to do ? </li></ul><ul><li>Who are ‘the best’ writers ? </li></ul>
  6. 8. What is curriculum making ? “ the creation of interesting, engaging and challenging educational experiences which draw upon teacher knowledge and skills, the experiences of students and the subject resource..”
  7. 9. OFSTED <ul><li>“ LITERACY” a focus for inspectors in the revised OFSTED framework... </li></ul>
  8. 10. “ Language provides the medium for learning geography in every classroom and should therefore be a major consideration in the planning and preparation of lessons.” Graham Butt, University of Birmingham Originally contained in 2 nd edition of Balderstone and Lambert (2010)
  9. 11. DARTS D irected A ctivities R elating to T ext
  10. 12. Courtesy: Learning Teaching Scotland
  11. 15. Vocational Resources on GA website – job applications
  12. 16. Geographyalltheway.com
  13. 18. “ The Language of Landscape”
  14. 22. Student Experiences Geography: the subject Teacher Choices Writing Geographically Which type of writing ? For which audience ? Living Geography & ‘curriculum making’
  15. 23. Literacy in 8X’s lesson ? Previous experience Textbook / resources School management priorities Class teacher Others ?? Prior learning from other lessons Prior learning from geography Learning from friends and family Learning from media Personal experience What do 8X bring to the lesson ?
  16. 24. The Future
  17. 25. A GeoLiteracy badge ?
  18. 26. “ Childhood is a branch of cartography” Michael Chabon
  19. 27. Urban tales… Maps break down our inhibitions, Stimulate our glands, stir our imagination, Loosen our tongues Carl Sauer, 1956
  20. 28. Smartphone apps: writing content ?
  21. 29. Assessment
  22. 30. &quot;may just be the most revolutionary geography-related book ever published&quot; - Geographical Magazine review Produced by the Geography Collective On the Road & Camping out now Keep an eye out for Discover Explore http://www.missionexplore.co.uk

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