Teaching Dickens in the Primary School

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Teaching Dickens in the Primary School, edited by Eve Bearne

This volume contains material created for the first Dickens Fellowship and English Association More Dickens Competition in 2012. Teachers from the three prize-winning schools describe the richness of their work and one member of the judging panel reflects on the factors that made the award-winning children's work so successful. Other articles cover a range of different approaches to Dickens and his world - there are plenty of ideas, both for younger and and older primary classes, for working with Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Great Expectations and a Christmas Carol and for enjoying Dickens in a range of forms, but perhaps most of all through his original writing.


  • More Dickens, Jane Ratcliffe, Heather Babbs, Judy Seall
    Teachers from the three prize-winning schools describe their work
  • Charles Dickens' life, times and writing: finding the connections through sharing and caring, Margaret Mallett
    The factors that made the award winning children's work so successful
  • The Dickens Museum, London, Nia McIntosh
    School visits to the only remaining London home of Dickens explore his life and times through interacting with one of the most important collections of Dickens artefacts in the world
  • Why teach Dickens? What children have to say, Eve Bearne
    From visits to schools to talk about the More Dickens project, it is clear that children have very clear ideas about the value and importance of Dickens to modern young readers
  • Introducing Dickens to young readers, Margaret Mallett
    Dickens often explores troubling themes and brings us face to face with harsh times and some unsavoury characters. And yet his stories are so hugely captivating and so imagination stretching that even the youngest child can enjoy an introduction to his work. Margaret Mallett suggests some ways in which teachers of the under 11s might approach this interesting and worthwhile challenge.
  • Using Dickens creatively in the primary classroom, Morag Styles
    Based on the talk given by Morag Styles at the Dickens and Childhood conference in June 2012, this article explores the relevance of Dickens for young readers and offers some practical ideas for teaching Dickens in the primary years.
  • Seeing and hearing Dickens, Eve Bearne
    Using film, television, graphic novels and audio versions of Dickens' works can greatly enhance children's enjoyment of his stories, leading to a lifelong pleasure in reading his books.
  • Dickens at key stage 1, Pam Dowson
    Although Dickens' original text may be a challenge for children in key stage 1, therd are some practical and active ways to introduce young children to Dickens and his world

 ISBN 978 0 900232 31 2  28 pages £6.00

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