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    • Sneaky Learning Alec Williams [email_address] 07977-590189
    • ‘ Sneaky Learning’ will look at:
      • The role of fiction, poetry, folktales and other formats in learning
      • Why it’s useful
      • How to incorporate it in your work
      • How to convince subject teachers of its worth*
      • Examples of titles to use*
      • Events and activities*
    • ‘ Sneaky Learning’ will consider:
      • Why use fiction anyway?
      • What’s in it for the students?
      • What’s in it for the staff?
      • What books are out there?
      • Which projects have worked?
    • ‘ Sneaky Learning’ will provide:
      • A chance to exchange successful titles
      • An opportunity to pool ideas about how to convince departments
      • Sharing activity ideas
      • A booklist of titles (soon on the SLA site, with additions)
      • Ideas for how to find out more titles with subject relevance
    • Fiction: range included
      • Picture Books
      • Short Stories
      • Novels (extracts, and more?)
      • Poetry: thematic anthologies, single poets, performance
      • Graphic Novels
      • Audio versions
      • DVDs/Videos
    • Using fiction: four ‘value areas’
      • A great opportunity simply for more reading for fun (extra strawberries!)
      • Reading for pleasure’s support of English: spelling, vocabulary, etc.
      • The ways in which fiction can inform and illuminate other curriculum areas
      • The wider benefits of reading: self-esteem, confidence, emotional literacy, articulacy, identification, consolation
    • Reading for pleasure improves:
      • Reading attainment and writing ability
      • Text comprehension and grammar
      • Breadth of vocabulary
      • Positive reading attitudes
      • Greater self-confidence as a reader
      • Pleasure reading in later life
      • From : www.literacytrust.org.uk/research/
      • readpleasure.html
    • It also impacts on:
      • General knowledge
      • A better understanding of other cultures
      • Community participation
      • A greater insight into human nature and decision-making
      • From : www.literacytrust.org.uk/research/
      • readpleasure.html
    • … and there’s evidence of:
      • Promotion and enhancement of social skills
      • Combating feelings of loneliness in young adults
      • More likelihood of reading with a sense of purpose
      • From : www.literacytrust.org.uk/research/
      • readpleasure.html
    • An example: historical fiction
      • It arouses children’s curiosity
      • It levels the playing field
      • It reinforces everyday details
      • It puts people back into history
      • It presents the complexity of issues
      • It promotes multiple perspectives
      • It connects social studies
    • Good historical fiction should:
      • Present a well-told story that doesn’t conflict with historical records
      • Portray characters realistically
      • Present authentic settings
      • Artfully present historical facts
      • Provide accurate information through illustrations
      • Avoid stereotypes and myths
    • Finding more titles: Print sources
      • Your own library’s catalogue
      • SLA Booklists: Riveting Reads 8-12, 12-16, View of the World, Narrative Information
      • SLA Guidelines: e.g. Fully Booked
      • Other booklists and guides: Who Next?, ‘Ultimate’ series
      • Publishers’ catalogues: e.g. Longman
      • Poetry anthologies, folktale collections, assembly stories
    • Finding more titles: Web sites
      • Booktrust: Is keyword-searchable, and throws up fiction choices
      • Amazon: Not subject keyworded, but has links, and ‘Others who bought’ facility
      • Book Suppliers: Ask SLS about access?
      • Now, two examples from each of these three sources…
    • Reading Revival
      • Alec Williams
      • [email_address]
      • (07977) 590189