Literacy and Popular Culture: Using Children's Culture in the Classroom


Jackie Marsh & Elaine Millard

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    This book is dedicated to the memory of Winifred Whittaker, who taught three generations of children to read using Woman's Own.

    It is also dedicated to Rita Marsh and Esther Riley, both avid consumers of popular culture.


    We would like to thank warmly all the people who contributed to this book. Sharrow Nursery Infant School and Birley Spa Community School, Sheffield, and Hempshill Hall School, Nottinghamshire, have been most welcoming and we have been grateful for the opportunity to learn from their excellent practice. We thank the head teachers of these schools, Lynne Ley, Geoff Mawson and Marcia Puckey, for their support. We would also like to express our gratitude to the many teachers who have shared their work with us: Kate Barret, Joe Brian, Melanie Brown, Pauline Davies, Stuart Harrison, Matt Hayes, Mark Heaton, Marie Hill, Jackie Hines, Pam Hulme, Jill Ineson, Linda Scott, Huw Thomas and Phillipa Thompson. We know the children they teach love their creative ideas as much as we do, as we have seen the evidence and place some of it within these pages. Finally, we would like to thank the children who helped us to understand the power of popular culture and shared their private pleasures with us. Thanks go in particular to all the children whose work appears in the book, Angela Williams and Robert Fisher for their verses and Hannah and William Clark for their singing. Without the compelling voices of all these children, this book would not have been written.

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