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Michael Morpurgo, Childrens Laureate 2003-2005 what a splendid book! michael armstrong paysattention - thirty years of it - to the stories thatchildren write. we get two for one: the childrensown delightful and intriguing work - i want torush off and write some wally (age 5) stories ofmy own - and michael armstrongs intenseinterpretations.
Allan Ahlberg "this is real learning at its best, teaching byexample, through painstaking scrutiny of the artof young writers. absorbing, moving,enlightening, inspiring."
Morag Styles, University of Cambridge in Children Writing Stories, Michael Armstrong reveals the creative force of children's narrative imagination and shows how this develops through childhood. He provides a new and powerful understanding of the significance of narrative for childrens intellectual growth and for learning and teaching. the book explores a series of real stories written by children between the ages of five and fifteen, and traces the growth of literary consciousness from the dawn of written narrative in the kindergarten, through the early years of schooling and on into adolescence. each chapter opens with a story or stories, which the author then goes on to examine in detail, so that the book may be seen as both a select anthology of childrens stories and as a critical account of childrens narrative practice. This original and provocative book will appeal to teachers, parents, students of education and readers with an interest in literacy, children's writing or narrative theory.
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Michael Armstrong has taught at every level of education from infant school to university. He was tor eighteen years headteacher of Harwell Primary School in Oxfordshire. He is a visiting professor at the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, Vermont. His previous book, Closely Observed Children, was published in 1980.
CONTENTSPreface: Thinking about Childrens Stories Chapter 1: Conscious Creativity: reflections on an essay by Leo Tolstoy.
the life of a soldiers wife, by Fedka,age 11.
chapter 2: origins of a practice: a five year olds mythology.
nine stories, by Wally, age 5.
chapter 3: image and text: entering a literary world.
the poorly mouse, by Jessica, age 6.
the little girl who got lost, by Melissa, age 6.
chapter 4: encoding the marvellous: narrative thought at nine years old.
six tales, by lydia, age 8 - 9.
chapter 5: appropriating trickster: the story of laura & the workshop.
upsetter finds the four leaf clover circuit, by Laura, age 9.
chapter 6: into the beyond: imagination and reality.
three tales of the imagination, by Rebecca, age 11 and age 16.
Chapter 7: The Pedagogy of the Imagination. walking through the wood, by Leo Tolstoy