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Shadowing is flexible; you can decide how you want
to run your own scheme. The simplest way is to work with a volunteer
group, reading and swapping books, meeting regularly to discuss
progress, then holding a judging meeting to decide your winners.
Read the Case Studies for an
overview of other groups' approaches to their shadowing projects,
or try some of the ideas below - these have all been used by shadowing
groups over the past few years.
You can find examples of resources such as review sheets, sent
to us by shadowing groups in the resource
section. You can also use the message
board to swap ideas with other group leaders.
Use the message board
The forum for Shadowing Group Leaders.¾ Exchange ideas and set
up links with other groups.
Tips and ideas
Meeting up with other groups to share discussions and vote for favourite
titles.¾ Very successful in many parts of the country: E.g. Islington,
Abingdon, Berkshire, Surrey.
Connect up with students from other shadowing groups.¾ Exchange
messages at pre-arranged times, discussing the books, of course!
Use the Message Board to see if another group wants to connect with
If you have a web cam and suitable software, try connecting up with
other shadowing groups via video conferencing.¾ It may take a while
to sort out all the technical details, but itês worth it for the
experience of talking on the telly! Use the Message Board to see
if anyone wants to set up a connection.
Check the Message Board for details of any live webcasts this year.¾
You can log in and see other groups debating the books.
Make a video
How about interviewing students as book characters, getting them
to answer questions as though real events were taking place?
Students are assigned a character from one of the books & have
to bring a prop to look the part.¾ When they are in the •Hotseatê
they have to answer questions about the plot - in character.¾
Carnegie/Greenaway Computer Games
Any IT-gifted students able to create online computer games based
on a shortlisted title? A Stop the Train •click and playê pairs
game was created last year, accessible from a school web site.
Ä for best reviews, best book cover re-designs, wordsearches,
crosswords, quizzes.¾ Send in your ideas for everyone to share!
How about practical activities linked to the titles?¾ Last yearês
Carnegie shortlist inspired kite-making, knot tying and a train
Dramatic interpretations of scenes from the shortlist. Which one
fires the group up the most, and which scene comes over the best,
when performed to the whole school for a vote?
Students have to debate which book from the shortlist deserves to
be saved in the hot air balloon.
Challenge students with the task of creating Powerpoint presentations
on each of the shortlisted authors, using information from our website,
and other Internet sources.
Take secondary school students into infantsê or primaries to try
storytelling with Greenaway shortlist titles. A hugely rewarding
Pre-reading activity for Kate Greenaway
Try introducing the Kate Greenaway books by wrapping them in clear
plastic first so they cannot be opened and passing them round for
"reading" of the cover designs /discussing in groups the
sort of story you would expect to find inside from the visual clues.
Our thanks to the following groups for contributing ideas:
St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School, Glasgow
Emlyn Review Club, Carmarthenshire
South East Essex Virtual Education Action Zone
Queen Elizabethês Girls School in Barnet
Mount Carmel Technology College, Islington
Prince Henryês High School, Worcestershire
St. Peters High School, Devon
Burford School, Oxfordshire
John Penrose Secondary School, Northwood, Middx.
If youêve got any ideas youêd like to share, use the Librariansê
and Teachersê Message Board, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org