Blog Posts tagged: secondary school

Our Top Five Resources for Reluctant Readers

Every teacher comes across pupils who aren't keen on reading. It can feel like a struggle to get these pupils interested, but don't be disheartened - often it's just a case of finding a different path into reading. In this post you can find out about some fantastic resources SBT has on offer to help you encourage reluctant readers and writers.

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Kincorth Academy and Abbotswell Nursery: A Shared Reading Project

As part of Shared Reading, pupils from Kincorth Academy and Abbotswell Nursery in Aberdeen paired up to share stories and picture books. Alan Clark, Library Resource Centre Coordinator at Kincorth Academy, describes how the Shared Reading project really took off, leading to a very special World Book Day performance.

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Do Graphic Novels Make Shakespeare 'Easier'?

Many of us would assume that comic book adaptations can make difficult texts, such as Shakespeare, accessible and engaging for pupils. But with so many adaptations available, how would you go about choosing the one best suited to your teaching context? This blog looks at two examples in detail and raises important questions about each. It also challenges the idea that comic books necessarily make things easier for pupils.

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Darren Shan's Top Tips for Writing Horror Stories

Darren Shan's celebrated Zom-Best series reaches its conclusion with Zom-Best: Goddess, available now! To celebrate the culmination of this fantastic series, we asked Darren for his top tips on writing horror. As Darren explains, it's about a lot more than blood and guts...

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Active Reading: 5 Tips to Get Students Learning While Reading

Shona Cochrane is the author of Learn to Learn for CFE, a fantastic new guide to help pupils retain and utilise the information that they study. In this blog post, Shona gives us a taste of the book by describing five ways teachers can help pupils read more actively and remember what they read.

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SCBA: What To Read Next

Find out what to read next based on what you enjoyed from the Scottish Children's Book Awards shortlist

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11 Great Graphic Novel Apps

Graphic novels are exploding in popularity right now, both in the physical and digital worlds! In this blog post, school libraries and technology consultant Bev Humphrey gives the lowdown on some of the best graphic novel apps for iOS and Android devices.

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The Best Teen and Children's Fiction We've Read This Spring

Our Schools team have spent the last few months reading some fantastic books for children and young adults. Discover their top recommendations!

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How to Get Every Pupil Reading - a Case Study

At Scottish Book Trust we're huge advocates of creating a whole-school reading culture. In this post, Bannockburn High's Head Teacher James McParland explains how his team changed pupils' attitudes towards reading, and speaks about the incredible impact of pupils picking up a book every day, including a huge rise in reading scores.

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7 Brilliant YouTube Channels for Teachers and Librarians

From performance poetry to wonders of the natural world, these channels will furnish you with plenty of content to inspire your pupils.

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