Critical Evaluation - English Essay

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Present a critical evaluation of the content and format of your book and an analysis of the process undertaken in writing the story or poem with particular reference to parallels with the pupils’ curriculum. Intro …………… It is well documented that reading is one of the most important abilities children acquire as they progress through their early school years. It is the foundation for learning across all subjects, it can be used for recreation and for personal growth, and it equips young children with the ability to participate fully in their communities and the larger society (Campbell et al, 2001). The National Strategies (DfEE 2006) state, ‘As children develop their speaking and listening skills they are building a foundation for literacy, for making sense of visual and verbal signs and ultimately for reading and writing’. As teachers we are given the tools in order to scaffold and underpin children’s previous knowledge of the key aspects of reading, writing and speaking. It is therefore I feel that poetry has a valuable and important role in children’s development in this field. One of the first things we are taught as children is how to speak. We are made familiar with everyday words at a young age by our parents and/or guardians reading to us. In the early stages of infancy, the majority of what we read is what we call "nursery rhymes". Nursery Rhymes are poems with a fun play on words so that we, as infants are able to comprehend them. This is our first introduction to rhythm and rhyme. However, it is by Year Six in Primary Education that children really develop their already scaffolded approach to poetry. The National Strategies (DfEE 2006) address poetry through Year Six, in Unit One – The Power of Imagery. The 1998 Framework objectives include a guidline as to when to introduce such learning in specific areas and suggest that at the

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