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A Practical Guide to Using Storyline Across the Curriculum
Inspiring Learning with Passion

ISBN 9781138483170
Published September 12, 2018 by Routledge
204 Pages 78 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

A Practical Guide to Using Storyline Across the Curriculum provides a comprehensive introduction to the Storyline approach to teaching and learning – an approach that embraces and encourages children’s passion for learning. Putting children at the centre of learning, the book explores how educators and teachers can harness pupils’ innate appetite for stories to make interdisciplinary teaching and learning enjoyable and successful.

Demonstrating how teachers can easily use the Storyline approach within the curriculum, this book offers a step-by-step introduction to learning developed through the use of narrative. Key topics explained include:

  • planning individual lessons and sequences of lessons;
  • guidance on planning and progress;
  • assessment and evaluation of learning;
  • links with visible learning and growth mindset approaches.

Filled with detailed examples of storylines that have been tried and tested in the classroom, A Practical Guide to Using Storyline Across the Curriculum offers new and experienced teachers an accessible guide to the Storyline approach, with ready-to-use ideas to enable, inspire and support learners.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Theory, Philosophy and Approach Explained

  1. Introduction
  2. What is storyline?
  3. Learning and the curriculum
  4. Learning and pedagogy
  5. What does Storyline look like in the classroom?
  6. Part II: Four Approaches to Planning a Storyline

  7. The Street
  8. A storyline on the topic of World War 2

  9. The Letter
  10. Storylines on The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark and on working with another school

  11. The Challenge
  12. A Junior Dragon’s Den Storyline

  13. The Visitor
  14. Storylines about visitors from space, from novels and from a poet

    Part III: Assessment and Planning Approaches

  15. Choosing your Storyline approach
  16. Storyline and curriculum planning
  17. Wats of presenting and assessing the learning

Part IV: Appendices: Practitioner Examples, Plans, Case Studies and Templates

  1. Storyline in a day
  2. Alien writing frame
  3. Practitioner example: Alien story
  4. Practitioner example: WW11 example plan
  5. Practitioner example: Highland Clearances (The Street)
  6. Practitioner example: Wizard School (The Street)
  7. Practitioner example: M Q of S (The Letter)
  8. Practitioner example: Forest School (The Letter)
  9. Practitioner example: Our Railway (The Challenge)
  10. Practitioner example: Middle Ages (The Challenge)
  11. Practitioner example: Egypt: (The Visitor)
  12. Practitioner example: Wind Farm (The Visitor)
  13. Practitioner example: Noisy neighbours and Refugees (The Street)
  14. Synopsis planning format
  15. Blank planning format
  16. Storyline Planning template
  17. WW11 complete synopsis
  18. WW11 complete plan
  19. Rainforest complete synopsis
  20. Rainforest complete plan
  21. Deforestation example
  22. Assessment blank proforma
  23. Completed assessment grid

  24. Using Templates

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Peter Tarrant has been involved in teaching for 36 years and is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Initial Teacher Education at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He has been involved in a number of research projects involving topics such as teacher confidence and behaviour management, developing reflective practice, and using a peer learning approach towards metacognitive practice. He is author of Metacognition in the Primary Classroom (Routledge 2015). Peter regularly does INSET in schools and colleges and can be contacted at [email protected]

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