1st Edition

Literacy in Action: Football
24 Flexible Lessons for Ages 9-11

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ISBN 9780415564854
Published July 12, 2010 by Routledge
168 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

USD $38.95

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Book Description

Get ready for kick off and prepare to meet all of your literacy goals with Literacy in Action: Football.

All year 5 and particularly year 6 teachers know about the pressure to help children deliver levels of achievement laid down by higher authorities than themselves. Many of the reluctant writers are passionate about football. Literacy in Action: Football could be the answer to their and your prayers, offering expert, tried and trusted techniques for teaching literacy, developed within the context of the 'Beautiful Game'. For those not bitten by the football bug there are alternative options. Literacy in Action: Football is a fun and inspiring addition to your literacy teaching.

This unique classroom resource contains twenty-four lesson plans, each structured like a football match. For an hour, transform your classroom into Wembley Stadium! Each detailed lesson plan includes:

  • short, kinaesthetic, focussed tasks with instant feedback and praise
  • speaking and listening exercises – children engage in talking and collaborative work before completing a writing task
  • key points from research in to boys’ writing in special notes for teachers
  • alternative tasks available for those not interested in football
  • differentiated material for a wide ability range.

Literacy in Action: Football is written by Heather Butler, a writer, literacy consultant and story writing workshop leader. Literacy in Action: Football has been tested extensively by year 5 and year 6 teachers in leafy-green, inner city, multi-cultural and rural settings with amazing results. Why not try it for yourself?

Table of Contents

1. Writing’s all right  2. Writing Rocks Quiz Show  3. Character Profile  4. Q&A Conversations  5. Organising Research  6. Verb Diary  7. The Unexpected Football Match  8. Programmed for Success  9. Walter Tull – suitable for work promoting black/ethnic personalities  10. Fernando Fiddle’s injury  11. Speaking of Pronouns  12. Story time Planning  13. Story time Writing  14. Story time Editing & Publishing  15. Munich Plane Crash  16. FAQs and vocabulary  17. Connective Obituary  18. Football - good or bad?  19. Ixed Advert for Ladies Football  20. Wheelchair football in a sentence  21. Five Sense Poems  22. Playing with Words and Boots  23. Match Report  24.Commas, Clauses and Café Menus

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Heather Butler has over twenty years of experience teaching in various UK primary schools and has been a literacy coordinator in a number of different settings. Since 2002 she has also worked as an education consultant specialising in literacy, storywriting and training and staff development work on boy's writing. She has seen very significant increase in demand for consultancy work and inset training related to boy's literacy.

She is also mentor for the National Association of Writers in Education to train writers wanting to work in schools and works as a tutor for Open College for the Arts (affiliated to Open University) for their children’s story writing and beginners writing courses.