Sunday, October 22, 2006

Arts Across the Curriculum
I'm working as a writer in schools in Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway. I work alongside teachers on core curriculum topics and help introduce them with a creative element. This week I'll be starting a new topic with Glenzier primary, a small rural school, on 'Our Community'. It's about how communities meet their needs, make decisons, and choose people to represent them. How can a writer best contribute to that? We've decided to create a 'Lord of the Flies' scenario, crash-land a group of children on a tropical island and get our Glenzier class to decide what shape their story takes. Will they be democratic or despotic? Kill each other or look after each other? And will they want to be rescued? This is my first opportunity to be a ghostwriter.

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