Blog Posts tagged: secondary school

Non Pratt

Non Pratt: Capturing Teen Friendships in Second Best Friend

Teen friendships can be tough, and as YA author Non Pratt says in this interview, it's often a challenge for friends to stick together through times of change. Find out about Non's new book, Second Best Friend, and her thoughts on capturing teen friendships in this blog post.

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Cover of The Rise of Wolves by Kerr Thomson, cropped

Kerr Thomson: 5 tips for using nature to inspire your writing

Award-winning children's author Kerr Thomson has always drawn inspiration from the natural world. In this blog post, young writers can find out his top tips to turn outdoor adventures into fuel for writing.

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Alex Wheatle

Alex Wheatle: how my teenage years in care influenced my writing

To help you and your pupils engage with our Authors Live:Unheard Voices panel event, we asked panelist and author Alex Wheatle to tell us about his childhood experiences and how he makes his voice heard.

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Dave Hook

Gies a Rap: Discovering my Voice as a Scottish Hip Hop Artist

Scottish hip hop artist Dave Hook will be appearing in our Authors Live: Unheard Voices event for secondary schools on Thursday 25 January 2018. It's free and easy to sign up to watch the event! To help you and your pupils engage with the event, we asked Dave to tell us about his journey as a hip hop artist and how he harnessed his everyday experiences to create authentic art.

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Half finished image from Peter Pan: The Graphic Novel, showing how colour is added to an image in a graphic novel

5 Tips for Drawing Brilliant Comics

Creating comic strips presents a variety of stimulating challenges, so we've asked comic creator Fin Cramb to give us his top 5 essential tips to help young writers work in this medium. With the deadline for our graphic novel competition approaching, these insights could be just what your pupils need to make the final edits to their comic adaptations.

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Strategies and Tools for Pupils with Additional Support Needs

Pupils with additional support needs can benefit from a range of different strategies, depending on their particular requirements. In this blog post, Shirley Lawson of CALL Scotland outlines some fantastic strategies, texts and tools that can help pupils with ADHD, dyslexia and autism.

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Teenagers at the launch of the Scottish Teenage Book Prize

Helping Reluctant Readers Take Part in a Scottish Teenage Book Prize Book Group

The Scottish Teenage Book Prize is a fantastic project to take part in to encourage your pupils to read for pleasure and allow them to make their voices heard. In this blog post, school librarian Ruth Fry describes how she recruits a mixture of keen and reluctant readers to take part in the reading and voting.

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Ayisha Malik

Ayisha Malik: the way forward for BAME authors and publishing

Ayisha Malik will be appearing in our Authors Live: Unheard Voices event for secondary schools on Thursday 25 January 2018. It's free and easy to sign up to watch the event! To help you and your pupils engage with the event, we asked Ayisha for her thoughts on unheard voices within the writing industry - in particular, BAME authors, whose difficulties have been in the spotlight in the last few years.

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A teacher helping a pupil to read

Winning Strategies for Developing Pupils' Reading Comprehension Skills

Di Hatchett and Gill Jordan helped to create Project X Comprehension Express, a new programme from Oxford University Press that supports teachers to develop pupils' reading comprehension skills. In this post, we ask Di and Gill about what factors contribute to comprehension, and how teachers can support pupils who are struggling to understand what they read.

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David Goutcher with a young fan of Spy Quest

Inspiring Reluctant Readers with the Spy Quest Games and Books

Spy Quest is an online game and book series which has proven hugely popular, using children’s enthusiasm for the game to inspire them to read the books. Schools across Scotland and beyond are using the game and books as a tool to inspire reluctant readers and develop literacy, and we'll be featuring some case studies from these schools on this blog over the coming months. First up, the game’s creator David Goutcher tells us more about the format of Spy Quest games and books.

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