An introduction to Inanimate Alice
Teachers around the world are gradually discovering the power of this beautiful series to transform learning and teaching in the vital elementary and middle years. Through reading and studying Inanimate Alice and building on it as a wider context for learning in the classroom, the literacy skills of young people are developed at a faster rate than by using conventional texts alone.
This is true not only in relation to the traditional literacy skills of reading, writing, talking and listening, but also of the development of the digital and information literacies so vital for progress and prosperity in the 21st Century.
A key feature of the text is the fact that Inanimate Alice has such a powerful female lead character, whose situation demands that from an early age she must make her way in the world while learning not only to survive but to thrive in a technology-driven world. This makes it the ideal vehicle for teaching young people about empathy, citizenship and social responsibility, enabling them to become true global citizens in an age when the future of the planet depends on the skills and abilities of the new generation.
By engaging with Alice and becoming part of her world, young people are supported in their own personal development, enabling them to address the challenges of growing up in a safe and trusted environment. Using the story along with the high-quality resources, developed by experienced professionals, provides teachers with the ideal context for learning across all curriculum areas, from English as a Second Language through Social Studies, Literature and the Arts.
Most significantly however, it is the narrative power and quality of this born-digital reading experience which will engage, motivate and inspire young readers to unleash their own powers of creativity and realise their full potential.