Blog Posts tagged: secondary school

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Exploring the Stories of Refugees Through Art and Drama

Find out how Greenfaulds High School used Alpha, a graphic novel about a young man's desperate journey from Northern Africa to Europe, as inspiration for a cross-curricular project exploring the stories of refugees through art and drama.

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Andrew Beasley: Burning Questions About Reading for Pleasure in Schools

How much influence can a school have in a child's reading choices? How do you persuade children to read more widely? And why do pupils who don't like reading still enjoy hearing a story? Andrew Beasley, primary teacher and author of the fantastic new S.C.R.E.A.M series, answers these questions and more in our interview.

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Why I Love Collaborative Writing

Collaborative writing can help boost the confidence and skills of pupils of all ages. In this blog post, Bev Humphrey explains how collaborative writing can be used in a number of ways, including as an aid to understanding Shakespeare.

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Promoting Scots Language at Fife College

Find out how a series of Scots-focused events at Fife College proved eye-opening for students and their teacher!

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Tips to encourage writing in school

Library assistant Chris Kelso has a fantastic track record of getting pupils to engage with creative writing, paying close attention to their individual needs and coming up with strategies to motivate writers of all abilities. Check out this blog post for some top tips from Chris!

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My top 5 Sherlock Holmes stories

Robert J. Harris is the author of the fantastic new Artie Conan Doyle Mysteries. Given his love for all things Holmes, we thought we'd ask him for his top five tales featuring the great detective!

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Using Radiohead Lyrics to Discuss Consumerism in Class

Consumerism, advertising and their effect on mental health is something we really need to talk about with teenagers. In this blog post, find out how some Radiohed lyrics and a short story called 'Jumper' by Garrett Adams can be used as a springboard for some highly worthwhile discussions.

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Get Your Pupils Writing Comics

Scottish Book Trust's Live Literature programme can help you fund a visit from a writer, whether you're a school, library or other community organisation. In this blog post, Doon Academy library assistant Chris Kelso tells us more about he used Live Literature to bring in graphic novelist Edward Ross for a comic writing session with pupils.

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See the Winning Book Trailers and Comic Strips from #ScotTeenBookPrize

This year, we challenged Scotland's teenagers to produce book trailers and comic strips based on the three books shortlisted for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize. Check out this post to find out more about the winners of each competition for 2017, including comments from our panel members and resources to help you create book trailers and comic strips too.

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6 More Brilliant Poetry Performances on YouTube for Teens

If you're looking for some powerful and thought provoking poetry to show teens, we've compiled some of our favourite performances from YouTube in one handy location.

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