Carnegie Day at The University of Nottingham

June 10, 2016 4:21 pm

Our Carnegie Shadowing Group visited the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus for a day of learning activities based on books shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Students in shadowing groups across the country have been attempting to read all eight books on the shortlist in order to make their own decisions about which book should win this prestigious prize. The Ellis Guilford group were looking forward to meeting readers from Fernwood Academy and Swanwick Hall to take part in discussions and activities led by University of Nottingham PGCE students.

There were a variety of learning experiences, ranging from building a tree of opinions and themes to imagining and enacting what it would feel like to be a conjoined twin. The day ended with students creating freeze-frames from each book before a heated vote where they voted for their favourite title from the shortlist. The vote saw a tie-breaker situation between One by Sarah Crossan and The Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley. After a bit of re-shuffling and pleas on behalf of both books from eager voters, One took the overall victory.

The official winner of the Carnegie Medal will be announced on 20th June. Let’s see if the official judges agree with our shadowers!

Thank you to the PGCE students for making the day fun and competitive as well as educational.