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  • Reveal-Conceal and Other Ideas For the Classroom

    15th May 2018

    Teachers sometimes ask me for ways they can use to get away from the rigid questioning of children about books, or passages taken from books. I'll share here methods that I've heard other teachers talking about...

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  • How to Look at a Poem

    6th March 2018

    If you’re sitting looking at a poem and you’re wondering what to say about it, think about or write about it, one of the best places to start is to ask yourself if there is anything in the poem or about the poem that makes you think of something that has happened in your life - or in the life of someone you know...

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  • Making Up A Riddle

    7th February 2018

    Have you ever tried making up a riddle? Here's a riddle you may know...

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  • Scribbles, Notes, and Blogs

    8th January 2018

    I used to scribble all my ideas down in a notebook but now that we've got phones and tablets I use the 'Notes' page on my phone. If you like writing and want to write more, you could do that. You don't need an internet connection for it and every time you have a new idea you can create a new 'page' or 'folder' for your note. I also use mine to remind myself of all the things I'm supposed to be doing...

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  • Build a Poem or a Rap

    18th December 2017

    Here's a simple way to build a poem or a rap: collect words from the street. What you do is write down the names of shops, buildings, stations that you see. You add in the kinds of ads that you see up in the street, stuff to do with 'buy this!'...

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  • Tips For Writing Poems

    10th November 2017

    People often ask me for tips about writing poems. I always say that the best and simplest way to think about writing poems is first to read some poems. Then as you read say to yourself 'I could write like that'. When you think about those words 'like that', that means you could write a poem that sounds like that; or has a pattern like that; has a theme like that; or anything that is triggered off by any word or picture in the poem.  Remember, poems are ways of beginning conversations...

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  • Chocolate Cake

    19th September 2017

    I'm dead pleased to say that my video of Chocolate Cake has come out as a book! Yes, it comes with all the noises and exclamations! So, when you read it, you can make all the noises yourself...

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