Grounded in best classroom practice, this book aims to help you think about the role of media in children’s lives, and to teach about media effectively in your classroom. Three dimensions of media education for the 3-11 age range are highlighted: children’s own cultural experiences, the development of critical awareness, and opportunities for creative expression. The chapters are written by literacy advisors, leading academics, teacher-trainers, and classroom practitioners. In an increasingly digital world, media education is an essential part of good teaching, not just as a tool to teach the more traditional aspects of the curriculum, but in its own right as an essential part of literacy.
Helping Children Tell the Stories in Their Heads
I can think of a story in my head. But I'm not that good at writing. (Connor, aged 10)
What constitutes a good story? What is considered good story writing in school? And what happens when children encounter a literacy curriculum which seems to be at odds with their own experiences of narrative from films, games and cartoons? In this chapter, I will ...