Based on a multimodal action research project Boys and Writing undertaken in Nottinghamshire from September 2007 to July 2008, this professional development booklet provides details of how to develop literacy and cross curricular teaching units through multimodal principles of learning and teaching. The materials can be used by teachers, literacy subject leaders working with the staff of their school, local authority consultants and ITE lecturers who wish to develop their student teachers’ knowledge of teaching multimodal texts. Updated resources which accompany this book can now be downloaded from a dedicated website.
This book is essential reading for those wishing to engage both boys and girls through innovative classroom practice which raises attainment. The importance of engaging starting points, providing children choice and encouraging their ownership is emphasised throughout. The links with media are current and it is timely that writing is reconceptualised to include these. Wonderful case studies are described, which evidence children’s developed skills and their pride in a range of multimodal outcomes. Clear teaching and learning sequences are provided based on these case studies for each year group. These include sufficient detail and guidance to enable teachers to use and/or adapt confidently. Excellent ideas are provided and hints and tips, links to other resources and a very useful glossary are extremely supportive. I have taken many ideas from this book which I can’t wait to use in my teaching!Karen Tulloch, Senior Lecturer, Primary English, IoE, St Mary’s University