reading the Iron Man by Ted Hughes to spark imagination, inspire writing and motivate making

Reading the Iron Man to spark imagination, inspire writing and motivate making – Readilearn

One of my favourite read-aloud books is The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. The influence of poetry is obvious in this compelling modern fairy tale that begins as it might end.

When I introduce this book to children, I conceal it so they cannot see from which part of it I am reading. I tell them the title of the book and ask them to tell me whether I am reading from the beginning, the middle or the end of the book.

I then read, mostly without interruption though I do explain that ‘brink’ is the very edge, the first two pages that describe the Iron Man and how he stepped off the top of a cliff into nothingness and crashed into pieces on the rocks below.

The children listen in awe, fascinated by the size of the Iron Man, incredulous that he would step off the cliff, mesmerised by the telling of each part breaking off and crashing, bumping, clanging to lie scattered on the rocky beach.

They invariably tell me it is the end of the story. How could it be otherwise? When I tell them it is just the beginning, they are amazed and excitedly discuss how the story might continue. This could lead to writing if the children are keen, but there are other opportunities further into the story.

When this initial discussion has run its course, I go back to the beginning and read it again, stopping to encourage further discussion and to spark the children’s imaginations.

allow their imaginations to contemplate possibilities

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8 thoughts on “Reading the Iron Man to spark imagination, inspire writing and motivate making – Readilearn

  1. thecontentedcrafter

    Hello Norah! I just read your entire post on how you work with this book. I can’t tell you how delighted I am to hear that this great story is still going strong – and I love your teaching process with it. I’m always delighted though when I pop by to see what you are up to on Readilearn.

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you, Pauline. I’m pleased, and not surprised, that The Iron Man is one of your favourites too. Now I am delighted that you like my suggestions for using it. You’ve made my day. Thank you. 🙂

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