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Teaching English by the Book
Putting Literature at the Heart of the Primary Curriculum

ISBN 9781138213159
Published December 11, 2017 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

Teaching English by the Book is about putting great books, wonderful poems and rich texts at the heart of English teaching, transforming children’s attitudes to reading and writing and having a positive impact on learning. It offers a practical approach to teaching a text-based curriculum, full of strategies and ideas that are immediately useable in the classroom.

Written by James Clements, teacher, researcher, writer, and creator of shakespeareandmore.com, Teaching English by the Book provides effective ideas for enthusing children about literature, poetry and picturebooks. It offers techniques and activities to teach grammar, punctuation and spelling, provides support and guidance on planning lessons and units for meaningful learning, and shows how to bring texts to life through drama and the use of multimedia and film texts.

Teaching English by the Book is for all teachers who aspire to use great books to introduce children to ideas beyond their own experience, encounter concepts that have never occurred to them before, to hear and read beautiful language, and experience what it’s like to lose themselves in a story, developing a genuine love of English that will stay with them forever.

Table of Contents

1. A Case for Books: Books at the heart of the curriculum  2. Reading: Learning to be a confident reader  3. Reading: Developing the desire to read  4. Writing: Composition  5. Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling  6. Oracy and Drama  7. Film and Digital Texts  8. Planning with Books  9. Books Across the Curriculum  Appendices. Adaptable units of work

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James Clements is a writer, researcher and the founder of the education website shakespeareandmore.com. Formerly a teacher and school leader in London, James works with teachers, groups of schools and education authorities in the UK and across the world to support the teaching of English.


"I was delighted to see this book - as a school librarian, encouraging children to love books and reading is close to my heart, and this excellent book will really help with that. A book that is definitely for librarians (in school and in the community) as well as teachers... It is essential that we encourage our children to love books and reading, and this book is ideal to do that."— Parents in Touch