1st Edition

Shakespeare and the Young Writer

By Fred Sedgwick Copyright 1999

    Shakespeare and the Young Writer presents fascinating and impressive accounts of primary school children encountering Shakespeare's work for the first time.
    Fred Sedgwick shows how careful selection of scenes, lines and images from the plays and sonnets - in their original language - can be used to great effect as the starting point for children's writing. Examples of children's work show just how powerful the stimulus can be. The book will be of great value to all teachers looking for new ideas to improve their practice in teaching literacy.

    Introduction 1. Mouth full of news: single lines and single speeches 2. Now it is the time of night: A Midsummer Night's Dream 3. A local habitation: The Tempest and As You Like It Interval: Thou drone, thou snail, thou slug, thou sot 4. How goes the night, boy? Macbeth 5. Bright smoke: Romeo and Juliet 6. Furious winter's rages: King Lear and Cymbeline 7. By heart 8. Faith, hope, love and teaching Afterword


    Fred Sedgwick

    'Fred Sedgwick's eye for passages which have the cell-like suggestiveness coupled with the right kind of appeal to children's potential and actual experience is excellent, and much may be learned by pondering his examples.' - John Haddon, The Use of English