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

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