Most children engage with a range of popular cultural forms outside of school. Their experiences with film, television, computer games and other cultural texts are very motivating, but often find no place within the official curriculum, where children are usually restricted to conventional forms of literacy. This book demonstrates how to use children's interests in popular culture to develop literacy in the primary classroom. The authors provide a theoretical basis for such work through an exploration of related theory and research, drawing from the fields of education, sociology and cultural studies. Teachers are often concerned about issues of sexism, racism, violence and commercialism within the disco

Encouraging the Reading Habit

Encouraging the reading habit

‘Extraordinary how potent cheap music is’, remarks a character in Noel Coward's Private Lives. As with music, so with fiction; it is not always the greatest works that exercise the most powerful pull on the imagination of young readers. This chapter considers the nature of children's personal choice of reading in relation to that presented to them by their teachers in school. It argues that many children are placed at a disadvantage by a curriculum that limits reading to a series of set texts, or great works, and approved children's fiction. It suggests that teachers need to become more familiar with the books that children are encountering outside school. First, however, we would like to consider the experience ...

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