Inside Story: Exploring Classical Texts from a Variety of Cultures in the Primary School Classroom

By Nicholas McGuinn.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

This presentation will report on the ways in which three Year 4 teachers and their pupils, working in primary schools in Leeds, Rotherham and York in the United Kingdom, worked with story tellers and multi-media artists on an exploration of three classical texts from a variety of cultures: The Golden Haggadah, The Ramayana and The Shahname. The pupils and teachers were encouraged to explore the texts through writing, performance and art work. They were encouraged to draw upon the resources of the British Library (the initiators and sponsors of the project) and to make links between their work in school and the wider community.

Keywords: Literature, Literacy, Primary Education, Creativity, Cultural Diversity, British Library

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.1-6. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 791.115KB).

Dr. Nicholas McGuinn

Senior Lecturer in Education, Department of Educational Studies, University of York, York, Yorkshire, UK

I hold a Doctorate in Philosophy in English Literature from the University of Oxford. I worked as a secondary English teacher for thirteen years, before becoming the Professional Officer for English with the National Curriculum Council of England in 1990. I have worked in higher education for fifteen years, first at the University of Hull and latterly at the University of York. My particular interests are the pedagogy of secondary English teaching and the teaching of literature and drama. I am also very interested in teacher training (I am course leader for our secondary English teacher training programme at York). My most recent publication is a co-authored book entitled 'The Art of Teaching Secondary English'. This was published by Routledge Falmer in 2004.

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