It's that time again already! Here's a round-up of what's been going on over the last month, both here and at my website.
- The Story of the Olympics by Richard Brassey - kids' non-fic that's fun for all ages
- The Girl on the Stairs by Louise Welsh - adult crime thriller
- Two #UKYA series (When I Was Joe, Keren David & Firebrand, Gillian Philip) - contemporary realism or sweeping fantasy, something for everyone here!
- The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers - lit fic dystopian
- Lance of Truth by Katherine Roberts - kids' fantasy based on the Arthurian legends
- Breathe by Sarah Crossan - YA dystopian centred on a world with limited oxygen
- Street Duty: Knock Down by Chris Ould - YA crime featuring teen police trainees
4 YA (2 fantasy, 2 realism), 2 kids' (1 fantasy fiction, 1 non-fiction) and 2 adults' (1 lit fid, 1 crime fic).
Other posts for October
- The Magic of Autumn discussing the link between creativity and the seasons
- A Sad Time for Feminism lamenting various recent unpleasant stories and highlighting the debate around female 'dominance' in YA novels
- Recommended Writers' Resources 3: The DIY Special focusing on resources helpful to self-publishers (or self-printers)
- The Problem with NaNoWriMo - the occasional snobbiness of some published writers, and what NaNo is all about
Material on my website this month:My website is focused on the teaching of English A Levels, especially Language, and is built around a collection of revision notes for students. I recently began a big revamp project, including new material which is updated weekly - a series of features for students, along with tips/activities/ideas/resources for teachers. The notes are fairly extensive at this point; this round-up will focus on the regularly updated content.
For teachers: a record of the students' features (with occasional linked resources) and teaching tips:
- a no-prep end-of-topic starter activity
- a tip about getting Language students writing about meaning as well as showing off their new-found terminology
- a discussion of How Much Grammar students need for Language A Level
- a tip on using exemplar essays
On the students' page:
- Features on: child phonology; NaNoWriMo; semantic weakening (is it really 'epic'?); new words as a sign of the times.
- Vocabulary pieces on: guiding the reader; being tentative about meaning; avoiding the vague adjectives 'positive' and 'negative'; using connectives logically.
- Books for wider reading: Dante's Inferno; Jenefer Shute's Life-Size.
- Reads to relax with: The Hunting Ground by Cliff McNish; Dark Parties by Sara Grant; The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis; Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings.