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The Creative Teacher Book Club :: Tudors :: Under the Rose by Alan Childs

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My cUnder the Rose - The Creative Teacher Projectlass has studied the Tudors for terms 5 and 6 this year, and the text we have used is Under the Rose: A Tudor Spy Story by Alan Childs. This is a descriptive account of the adventures of Crispin, a young baker’s apprentice who gets swept up in an Elizabethan murder plot.

First things first, this is a book from what I believe to be quite a small publishing house. Alan Childs appears to have written a few novels, linking to the old curriculum, as well as many non-fiction historical texts. It’s a little bit old-school, in terms of the setting out of the book, but is accompanied by some excellent illustrations.

The illustrations proved rich fodder for GPAS work, giving my students opportunities to create expanded noun phrases to describe what they saw.

As it is a spy story, the plot is filled with suspense, which I also found useful in developing the class’s prediction skills – they were desperate to know what happened next and had so many ideas!

I found that it was also incredibly useful for vocabulary work. There are many Tudor terms used in the book, and we had a couple of great sessions finding out what they meant, for example a scrivener, doublet and livery. This allowed us to come up with a working wall filled with words to include in our writing, and the class had a sense of ownership, as they’d discovered the meaning themselves, and had immediately seen in used in the context of the story.

My Google detective work has suggested that there may be a teacher’s pack to accompany this book, which I would love to find, however it appears to have been published in the 90s, so my searching so far has proved fruitless. If anyone out there can point me in the direction of it – I would be heartily grateful!

 

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Author: Sam

Ignite. Create. Discuss. The Creative Teacher Project is an education blog focussing on innovation, joy and most importantly creativity in the classroom. We all know that teaching is a demanding vocation. Through TCP, I aim to encourage myself and other newly qualified teachers to think about the way they approach their job, and promote personal satisfaction through meaningful connection with the content we teach and the students we teach it to. I’m an Australian teacher specialising in Drama, who recently moved over from Secondary to Primary Teaching. I want to be a teacher that engages with my students, and models creativity not only in the classroom, but in my entire approach to education. I’m often described as enthusiastic, and I love connecting with others online!

4 thoughts on “The Creative Teacher Book Club :: Tudors :: Under the Rose by Alan Childs

  1. Hello Sam I am in touch with the author so will ask him about a teacher’ s pack…if you are still interested! Jennie CK

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