emag at Home 1 – A First Blog Introducing Ways of Using It

emag at Home 1 (24th March) How to make use of emagazine when you are learning from home.

To Teachers
emagazine’s editors will be blogging a few times over this period to suggest ways in which you and your students might use emagazine while everyone is working from home.
We’ll offer ideas for articles to read and things students might do with them. We’ll also do a blog soon about how you yourself might use emagazine, to plan for your future teaching.
But first, here’s a blog for students, with some general ideas, addressed directly to them, for what they might do with emagazine at home.
We’re also giving A Level Literature students the editors’ first ‘pick’ of articles that students might like to read, on their own, ones that aren’t associated with particular texts but will enrich their thinking in the subject and contribute to their development. These pieces are broader ones, that ask them to think about big concepts and ideas in the subject, or give them new angles on studying it, or help with their choices for degree level English. Our first picks in this blog are for English Literature but we’ll be following them with ones for the other English subjects. We’ll try to keep offering new ones from time to time, to send students back into the archive. And we’ll also be doing a blog for Year 11s, to give them a taste of what English Literature A Level or IB might be like.

6 Things to do with emagazine at home or in your virtual classroom

(Please note: As emagazine is a subscription website, the links in the activities will not work unless you have already logged in. So before starting, please make sure you have logged in to emagazinehttps://www.englishandmedia.co.uk/e-magazine/emag-login/)

  1. Browse the latest issue, available to scroll through. Pick out one idea or item drawn from the current issue. It might be:
  • A short extract of an article that you particularly liked
  • An article that you thought was particularly well written and jot down your thoughts on why
  • An idea about literature or language that you’ve not encountered before to raise and discuss with others
  • A question raised by an article that you’d like to discuss
  • Something about a text you’re studying that they want to share with the class.

In whatever way the school/college has set up (via the Virtual Learning Platform, Skype, Zoom, Teams, Google Classroom, blogging, WhatsApp), share these ideas and questions. A group blog is a brilliant way of doing this, if that’s possible.

  1. Download our guidance on using the emagazine website
  • Look for the articles on your current set texts (or use a list that your teacher gives you).
  • Go through and pick one article that take your interest. (Alternatively your teacher might allocate different articles to different individuals, pairs or small groups.)
  • Read your article and prepare a short presentation to the rest of the class (in written form or for an online conversation), presenting a few key ideas to the rest of the class.

To make this a collaborative activity, keeping up your dialogue with others in your class, you could do your presentations jointly. For instance, one person could write a first draft and then pass it on to others in the group for discussion, development and improvement. (NOTE This is how emagazine’s editors themselves often work when writing articles for the magazine!)

  1. Your teacher might choose one article for the whole class to read. Read the article and pick out any particularly interesting ideas to discuss. You could:
  • Select 3 short quotations that you think express the most interesting ideas in the piece.
  • Select 3 bits that are puzzling/confusing to ask others about
  • Pick 3 ideas that you’d like to discuss more because you agree strongly, disagree strongly or think there are debates to be had
  1. Pick one emagazine article from the selection you’ve read so far that you think is particularly well written. Share your choice, focusing less on the text or topic and more on what makes it an especially good example of writing in the subject for you.
  2.  Work on a submission of your own to be published in emagazine. We have a long history of including excellent student pieces in the magazine. Many of those student writers have gone on to study English at university, and have continued to write for us as undergraduates, or postgraduates. Follow the instructions on emagazine homepage.
  3.  Watch a series of emagclips on a broad topic that interests you. When you’ve finished watching a clip, jot down important new ideas it’s raised for you, or new information it’s offered you. Perhaps watch a second time, if the clip offers too much to absorb all in one go.

Further blogs on using emagazine at home