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Alec Williams, Sneaky Learning

  1. 1. Sneaky Learning Alec Williams [email_address] 07977-590189
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 : </li></ul><ul><li>readpleasure.html </li></ul>
  8. 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 : </li></ul><ul><li>readpleasure.html </li></ul>
  9. 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 : </li></ul><ul><li>readpleasure.html </li></ul>
  10. 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. 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. 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. 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>
  14. 20. Reading Revival <ul><li>Alec Williams </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>(07977) 590189 </li></ul>