Editor's pinboard

One of the privileges of teaching English is that it's rooted in real life. Sometimes it's hard to make connections between our students' lives and our own in our teaching.
But there are times when a national or global event rises above the trivial day-to-day. The centenary of the First World War is one of these.

Non-fiction sources
Helen Stacey
Teachit Editor

Quick links

Links within this email:
» Teaching ideas for WW1
» Non-fiction teaching pack
» Topical learning
» John Boyne: The voice of wartime fiction

Links to the site:
» Non-fiction sources
» Topical resources
» KS3 Non-fiction and media
» KS4 Non-fiction and media

Teaching ideas for WW1 non-fiction texts

'Did shell shock make us serious about mental health?' on BBC's iWonder was recently featured in our non-fiction sources. The video clips, audio files and articles give a full and diverse presentation of the issues - just one aspect of WW1's legacy. Use any of these materials to engage your class with the evolution of 'mental health', before looking at them as 'texts' to explore in more depth.

One of Teachit's latest resources would work well in this context. Our Making links between texts learning mat gives you options for how your students deconstruct texts, and places emphasis on how texts can relate to the self or to the world.

You could take more than one iWonder text for comparison, or use one with something relevant from the 'Where next?' selection of podcasts, articles and videos to explore texts about today's Armed Forces, CBT therapy or the public perception of mental health.


Now that's what we call ...
Non-fiction and media

Our Non-fiction and media downloadable teaching pack is full of ideas, activities and text extracts to help you refresh your teaching of purpose, audience, structure, tone, influence, language and comparison.

This pack is available to download instantly and is free to subscribers or £10.00 for free members.

» Find out more about the Non-fiction and media teaching pack


Topical learning

As Remembrance Day approaches, you might be looking for further resources on World War One.

The Imperial War Museum is leading a partnership to commemorate the First World War. 1914.org hosts a wealth of information about cultural events and activities and online resources to help you bring the legacy of WW1 into your classroom.

You might also like to visit our blog of Non-fiction source materials, updated every week with other topical lesson ideas.

» Visit our non-fiction sources
  John Boyne: The voice of wartime fiction


Download resource 21697
Stay Where You Are And Then Leave is the powerful First World War story by John Boyne, author of the international bestseller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. In Stay Where You Are And Then Leave, war is portrayed through the eyes of Alfie Summerfield, a young boy whose father disappears at war. One day, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father's name on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. He discovers his father is in hospital being treated for shellshock. Nominated for the 2015 Carnegie Medal, this moving tale explores hope, family & love. To download resources, read an extract and buy a discounted class set of the book, click here.

John Boyne also explores the First World War in Only Remembered by Michael Morpurgo. This stunning anthology is a collection of powerful words and pictures on the war from high profile contributors including Jacqueline Wilson and Malorie Blackman.