Shadowing Group Reports

Aberdare Girls' School Shadowing Group



Group leader Judi Davies,the school LRC Manager, says that, "The Carnegie Medal, and our participation in shadowing scheme, is the highlight of my year". She thinks that the shadowing scheme really helps develop the maturity and confidence of pupils.

Reading groups from years 7 to10 participate in Carnegie shadowing at Aberdare Girl's School. Members of a staff book club are also encouraged to read from the shortlist and provide feedback on what pupils are reading.

Groups are organised some time before the shortlist is announced, and are encouraged to read as many books as possible from the longlist. The groups initially meet monthly, then once the shortlist is out, fortnightly. There are 3 reading groups, for years 7, 8 and 9/10 during the shadowing period. Meetings are spent discussing the characters and plots of the books, and writing reviews. Students place books into either the "cool tray" or the "uncool tray", and have to justify this decision based on plot and characterisation.

Aberdare Girls' School is part of a group of twelve schools that get together for a two-day event and put on a presentations. One group is formed for each book, with one pupil from each school in each group. On the first day, each group puts together a drama showing the basic plot of their book, and why it should win. On the second day, each group performs its show twice, firstly before an audience of primary school pupils, and secondly to parents and school leadership staff. Both presentations are judged by panels of authors, inspectors and others from literary circles. Prizes are awarded for the best presentation and the best individual performance, based on the votes of the judges and the audience. The pupils take part in drama workshops and meet with guest authors during the event. The shadowing experience is rounded off, back at school, by a Carnegie party in the library where everyone votes for their favourite book and Judi announces the winner. Comments about the Shadowing Experience range from 'Awesome!' to 'Great cake!' Group members use the website mostly in meetings. Many of the participating pupils know the password and the school uses most website features.

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