50 Ways To Retell A Story Cinderella by Alan Peat, Julie Peat, Christopher Storey

50 Ways To Retell A Story Cinderella

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50 Ways To Retell A Story Cinderella by Alan Peat, Julie Peat, Christopher Storey

50 Ways To Retell A Story: Cinderella does exactly what it says on the cover - retells the favourite fairytale Cinderella - in fifty brand new ways! As a haiku, a recipe, a text message, a story written in 'pig Latin,' a diary entry, a ghost story and forty-four other innovative ways. The language play involved will interest any avid reader, but the book has, predominantly, been written with the Primary and Secondary school classroom in mind. 50 Ways to Retell a Story - Cinderella provides teachers with 50 literacy lessons, starter sessions or extension activities which ensure a creative, engaging approach to the teaching of literacy. While the familiar format of an old favourite like Cinderella can encourage reluctant writers to 'have a go', more able pupils will relish the challenges of completing the more complex re-tellings. And all of the approaches exemplified in 50 Ways To Retell A Story: Cinderella can be applied with any other traditional tale. Author Alan Peat explains: The inspiration for the book came from Raymond Queneau's work Exercises in Style, which is a collection of ninety-nine different retellings of the same tale. Queneau was one of the founders of OULIPO, a French group of mathematicians and writers who believed that constraints, paradoxically, lead to greater creativity. One of the examples in the book retells Cinderella as a lipogram. A lipogram is a key Oulipean constraint which bans the use of a certain letter or letters in the alphabet. While the story must remain the same, the language chosen to tell that story changes significantly. If we ban, for example, the letter 'a' in the retelling of Cinderella, our heroine must be re-named, can't go to a 'ball', or a 'dance', or even a 'party' but she would be allowed to go to a 'soiree' or 'exclusive reception'. This retelling specifically encourages practical use of a thesaurus, but more importantly, if we encourage children to play with language so that it becomes fun, we can develop a love of literacy which will then impact positively on their writing standards. It also reduces the fear of making a mistake in the classroom, encourages 'risk taking' and experimenting with language. Reluctant writers also find the retelling of a familiar text less threatening than a blank sheet of paper while more able pupils relish the extra tiers of complexity which some of the writing tasks in the book involve.A


Deputy Headteacher Liz McGowan, from St Francis RC Primary School in Gorton Manchester said of 50 Ways To Retell A Story: Cinderella: We are loving the Cinderella book - so many fab. ideas, all of which are really grounded in a true understanding of how to improve children's writing through highly engaging approaches. It is also great to be able to see further applications of this approach with other stories/books and across the curriculum.A Sue Roberts, Year 3 and 4 teacher at Red Hill CE Primary School, Worcester planned a half-term's literacy using the ideas in 50 Ways to Retell a Story: Cinderella and tied in an end-of-term school production,

'. She said: The writing opportunities which the children have had with this approach to our performance have been many, memorable and varied. The children have been completely immersed in their work and in particular reluctant writers have been enthused and inspired. At parents evening it was the main topic of conversation with the parents who were overwhelmed by the amount of school they were hearing about at home compared to normal. Your book was the main inspiration for this enterprise. We know the children think Literacy is fun when we have this approach - thank you for all of your ideas!A'

About the Author

Alan Peat is the author of 18 publications on a wide range of subjects. His literacy books have been best sellers for both Nash Pollock Publishing and Questions Publishing. He is now director of his own publishing company, Creative Educational Press Ltd which publishes books by Alan and a range of other teachers/authors and illustrators. Alan is currently working on a wordless picture book and accompanying teaching materials, The Elves and the Shoemaker, 1897 as well as his first children's book The Magic Stone, both of which will be illustrated by John Harrold, who was the Rupert Bear artist for over thirty years. Alan has written for the Times Educational Supplement, Teaching Thinking Magazine and many other teaching journals. His practical ideas and approaches to raising literacy standards and motivating children to write have now been used in 22 countries. Alan draws on his experience as an LEA (Local Education Authority) Adviser with cross-phase responsibility for Literacy and Gifted and Talented provision, Head of a Museum and Gallery Service and Teaching and Learning Consultant for Blackburn LEA. Alan's own independent education consultancy 'Alan Peat Ltd' delivers whole school inset, conference based training and consultancy for schools and LEAs across the UK and Europe. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Alan is also a member of the National Association of Writers in Education (N.A.W.E.).

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166 pages


Alan Peat, Julie Peat, Christopher Storey
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Creative Educational Press Limited

Publication date

1st December 2009



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