Teachers! Joshua Raven would love to visit your school...
Joshua Raven has great fun working with schools and colleges in the UK and abroad. He offers tailored author visits and is happy to do dynamic readings, Q&A, creative writing, reading appreciation, or support an aspect of your curriculum such as Gothic literature, Heroic writing or Newspaper Journalism.
Below are some of the schools Joshua has worked with; teacher testimonials; a contact form to arrange a visit, and free lesson plans and resources. Also worth knowing: Joshua has served as a school Parent Governor and Chair of Governors.
We look forward to working with you!
Phoebe Mohamed, Red Ink Publishing
Teacher Author Visit Testimonials
“Thank you to Joshua for such a great workshop!"
"Thanks so much. What a brilliant session. The kids loved it!"
"I am delighted with how it all went. Joshua worked wonders with the students!"
"The children (and teachers!) thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we saw them achieving some wonderful results"
"In particular, we appreciated the time Joshua took to praise each child individually on the writing they had produced. You could see their chests swell with pride as he went through the things that they had done well!"
"The feedback has been great and the pupils really enjoyed it!"
"You provided an excellent presentation."
"Group work with A-Level students really spurred them on to produce some outstanding creative pieces!"
"A number of our students have been reading his book and they are really enjoying it."
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Free Lesson Plans and Resources for Teachers
12 Free Lesson Plans, Worksheets and PowerPoint Slides
These Lesson Plans, Worksheets, and PowerPoint Presentations are specially designed to take your pupils through 5fingers: initiation sequentially, covering the themes and objectives below.
Lesson 1: ‘Narrative Hooks’ (Reading)
To understand how writers use narrative hooks to engage the reader.
Lesson 2: ‘Introducing Characters’ (Reading)
To ‘read between the lines’ and to conclude some of the first impressions of the characters.
Lesson 3: ‘Newspaper Reports’ (Writing)
To understand the structure and language of newspapers.
Lesson 4 ‘Creative Sentences’ (Reading & Writing)
To understand how variation and use of sentences in writing can be used.
Lesson 5: ‘Settings’ (Reading)
To evaluate the use of language to create setting and the effect on the reader.
Lesson 6: ‘Descriptive Writing’ (Writing)
To create a piece of descriptive writing using 5Fingers as stimulus material.
Lesson 7: ‘Investigating Genre’ (Reading)
To investigate the role genre takes as an organisational tool within a novel and understand the genre of 5fingers.
Lesson 8: ‘Heroes & Villains’ (Writing)
To look at the characters roles within the novel and how they fit into conventional stereotypes of hero and villain.
Lesson 9: ‘Freeze Frame’ a scene (Speaking & Listening)
To prepare a freeze frame scene, and develop understanding of the characters and their motivation through a speaking & listening activity.
Lesson 10: ‘Hot Seating a Character’ (Speaking & Listening)
To interview a character from the novel through a hot seating activity.
Lesson 11: Speech Writing (Speaking & Listening)
To prepare a speech on one of the topical issues raised by the novel.
Lesson 12: ‘Conclusions and cliffhangers.’ (Reading & Writing)
To conclude understanding of the novel as a whole and deduce where the story might progress in part 2 ‘5fingers: vortex’.
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