1st Edition

Teaching Children's Literature Making Stories Work in the Classroom

By Diane Duncan Copyright 2009
    236 Pages
    by Routledge

    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    Drawing on a series of recently conducted classroom workshops and live interviews with the authors, this inspiring book examines five popular children’s authors: Philip Pullman, J.K. Rowling, Michael Morpurgo, Anthony Browne, Jacqueline Wilson and the genre of comic books. Four genres are explored in detail: the picture book, written narrative, film narrative and comic books.

    Teaching Children’s Literature provides detailed literary knowledge about the chosen authors and genres alongside clear, structured guidelines and creative ideas to help teachers, student teachers and classroom assistants make some immensely popular children’s books come alive in the classroom.

    This accessible and inspiring text for teachers, parents, student teachers and students of children’s literature:

    • includes a variety of discussion, drama, writing and drawing activities, with ideas for Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning which can be used to plan a unit of work or series of interrelated lessons for pupils aged between seven and fourteen years
    • provides detailed, literary knowledge about the authors, their works, language, plot and characterisation, including exclusive transcripts of interviews with three contemporary children’s book authors
    • shows teachers how pupils can be encouraged to become more critical and knowledgeable about screen, picture and comic narratives as well as written narratives
    • demonstrates how reading stories can help connect pupils and teachers to a broader pedagogy in ways which promote deeper thinking, learning and engagement.

    This lively, informative and practical book will enable teachers, students and classroom assistants to plan inspiring and enjoyable lessons which will encourage them to teach children’s literature in an entirely different and inventive way.

    Acknowledgements  Preface  Introduction 1. Part 1- Teaching Michael Morpurgo  Part 2 - Michael Morpurgo, Weaver of Magic  2. Part 1 - Teaching Anthony Browne  Part 2 - The Art of Anthony Browne’s Picture Books  3. Part 1 - Teaching Philip Pullman  Part 2 - Philip Pullman: Parallel Worlds and Penny Dreadfuls  4. Part 1 Teaching Comics  Part 2 - Powers and Responsibilities: Comic Books in Education  5. Part 1 - Teaching Jacqueline Wilson - Part 2 Jacqueline Wilson: Girls Behaving Badly …  6. Part 1 - Harry Potter and the Magic of Film  Part 2 - J.K. Rowling: Love, Loss and Magic  Children’s Literature Journals and Magazines  Bibliography  Index


    Diane Duncan, formerly a primary headteacher and university lecturer is now an educational researcher, writer and consultant. She is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire.

    'A significant and inspiring contribution to the teaching of children's literature.' --Michael Morpurgo

    'This is one of the best books I've looked at for a while.' - Graham Smith, PGCE course director, University of Northampton

    '[The book] looks fantastic and spot on for our students. [The layout is] most pleasing and accessible.' - Joanna Moxham, course director for BA QTS undergraduate ITT course

    'Di Duncan's book, Teaching Children's Literature, is outstanding in respect of its scholarship and depth of research, yet presented in an accessible way, with an array of practical suggestions and useful contacts. Di Duncan is to be congratulated on producing such a wonderful book.' -- Denis Hayes, University of Plymouth, UK

    'What a superb resource. As a primary school teacher I can honestly say that this book is exactly what teaching should be all about. The creative and inspiring ideas and activities bring each of the well chosen texts to life. Teaching Children’s Literature is a reminder that Literacy lessons can be fun, rewarding and taught in this way will most definitely enable our children to achieve the highest of goals. To have written a book that perfectly meets the needs of teachers who want to introduce or extend the use of drama within the curriculum is a fantastic achievement.' - David Allen, Deputy Head, Nascot Wood Junior School