A comprehensive pack of teaching activities to support the teaching of four of Oliver's books: Lost and Fount, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Stuck and his new book The Hueys.
A video of well-loved children's author Michael Morpurgo entertaining pupils at the BBC. There is also a comprehensive teaching resource pack, focusing on three of Michael's novels: Butterfly Lion, Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea, and The Kites Are Flying! The activities in the resource vary from literacy-based activities to more cross-curricular suggestions.
These resources were written to support teachers with activity ideas during Book Week Scotland - they are a great way in to creating a school culture where everyone celebrates reading for pleasure. Whether you want to embed some quick but effective changes, or you want to hold a school-wide reading celebration, these ideas will give you a great starting point. Activities span a wide age range, and include loads of ideas to get staff as well as pupils involved - you can even read about one teacher who got her entire community reading...
A selection of lesson ideas for Julia Donaldson's wonderful picture book, What the Ladybird Heard. In this book, an enterprising bunch of farm animals outwit two robbers with a cunning plan! Scottish Book Trust has a selection of other resources for Julia's books here: http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/learning/teaching-resources/author-resources/julia-donaldson
A comprehensive bank of activities designed to help you and your pupils enjoy Michael Rosen's fun and playful approach to poetry. The resources give activity suggestions for four of Michael&'s poems, and the Poetry Friendly Classroom resources will give you general ideas for working with poetry. There are also two events with Michael at the BBC, one for primary and one for secondary.
A comprehensive set of teachers' notes and lesson ideas for Linda Strachan's Hamish McHaggis series of books.
A large selection of tried and tested activity ideas which can be used with just about any book!
A video of celebrated author Jacqueline Wilson entertaining an audience of pupils live at the BBC. There is also a comprehensive teaching resource pack, with activities based on Wilson's novels Jacky Daydream and Hetty Feather. The resource contains loads of literacy activities, coupled with suggestions for cross-curricular activities and projects.
Hosting a rap battle in your class is a fantastic way to turn pupils on to the power of language, and with these resources, you can hone their discursive writing skills as well as their creativity! The Discursive Writing resource focuses on the content, and the Word War resource helps pupils to think about the form and poetic/persuasive techniques. Finally, there is also a link to a Poetry Slam event at the BBC: this event was the stimulus for these resource packs, which were created by two teachers around the event.
A video of children's author and all-round funnyman David Walliams speaking to pupils about writing, originally broadcast from the BBC in London. There is also a comprehensive pack of teaching activities for two of David's books, Billionaire Boy and Gansta Granny.
A video of Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson entertaining a group of young pupils at the BBC, with readings from her picture books and an appearance by the Gruffalo! There is also a comprehensive teaching resource pack with lots of literacy based activities for Julia's books, as well as cross-curricular activities.
A selection of lesson ideas for Chae Strathie's enchanting picture book, The Look on the Moon. The book was nominated for a Scottish Children&'s Book Award in 2012.
A unit of work based around adapting a book into graphic novel format. The activities are aimed at Jekyll and Hyde, but also offer a general guide to adapting any text.
These short story collections open the door to three different worlds. George MacKay Brown's collection A Time to Keep is an unsentimental portrait of the harshness of island life, where crofters and fishermen accept the hardships of their lives with strength and pragmatism. Iain Crichton Smith&'s stories reveal characters struggling to make sense of life, some of whom are caught up in the senselessness of war, others who aremunable to live their lives in an authentic way. Anne Donovan&';s stories are about the self discovery and revelations that come during childhood, with relatable characters
Get creative in the classroom with these brilliant teaching resources to accompany novels from the award-winning Waterstone's Children&'s Laureate Malorie Blackman. The resources relate directly to the best selling Noughts and Crosses and Malories&';s newest book 'Noble Conflict&'. * Creating a news report and TV broadcast (levels 3 and 4) * Creating a learning wall for Noble Conflict (levels 3 and 4) * I Have a Dream. Writing a political speech (Levels 3 and 4)
Patrick Ness is the author of the powerful and captivating Chaos Walking trilogy, and has also written the award winning A Monster Calls. These fabulous resources, written by librarian Jennifer Horan, are designed to help you get the most out of Patrick's books, both in the classroom and the library. These resources have been commissioned to accompany our Authors Live event with Patrick, but you can use them at any point to explore his writing with pupils. If you miss the event, never fear, you can watch it on demand shortly after.
A video of author and illustrator James Mayhew entertaining pupils at the BBC. There is also a comprehensive teaching resource pack to help you teach James' books, with lots of cross-curricular activities across literacy, technologies, drama and art. A great resource for cross-curricular work in Art and English.
This unit of work helps pupils to adapt Neil Gaiman's novella Coraline into a screenplay. The unit focuses on scriptwriting skills, and draws pupils' attention to the different conventions of print and media texts, asking them to consider how best to represent the imagery and characters in cinematography. The unit also focuses on storyboarding and adding production notes.
A video of Charlie Higson, author of the Young Bond series, entertaining pupils live at the BBC. There is also a comprehensive teaching resource pack on two of Charlie's novels, Sliverfin and The Enemy. The resource contains loads of literacy-based activities, and plenty of suggestions for cross-curricular work in Art, technologies, drama and more! A great resource for reluctant readers!
A video of Cressida Cowell, author of How to Train Your Dragon, entertaining an audience of school pupils! There is also a teaching resource pack with lots of activities for Cressida's series of books.
A couple of hat thieves get a hilarious comeuppance in I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat, and a little boy faces his fears in The Dark. Jon's books and illustrations are compelling, funny and likely to appeal to a wide age range, and these resources will help you get the most out of them with your learners. You can use these resources at any point to engage pupils with Jon&'s books. They were initially produced to help teachers and librarians get the most out of our free online Authors Live event with Jon on 11 September 2014.