#70 Specialist Subject: Literature


Most English Departments in most schools will at some point ask pupils to write in some depth about a text of their choice. This may be a novel, a non-fiction text, poetry or short stories.

Several years ago, I set a blog ‘database’ of texts, which contained reviews, plot outline (no spoiler!), author details and links to any film tie-in. The latter was particularly popular partly, I fear, due to a desire to do their SSL project without reading the book.

Learning Teaching Scotland attempted to move this idea forward in 2005/6 by creating the Book Maze, but this seems to have fizzled out, as there is little evidence of recent activity. I had some input into the Book Maze, but was of the opinion that it should be aimed at pupils rather than teachers or librarians, who generally don’t need guidance in this area.

I think this is a great idea to promote literature study, if you can find the time to do it. If not, you could consider getting your pupils to do it for you.

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