Monthly Archives: May 2016

Great awareness-raiser for Autism/Asperger’s, with unique narrative style

Title: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Author: Mark Haddon

Link: incident

Suitable KS/Age/Year: Key Stage 3

Key themes: Autism, Asperger’s, stereotypes, individuality, bullying, death, family relationships.

Teaching ideas: exploring narrative styles; visual representations of experience as stimulus for writing; report/article writing; rewriting events from perspective of different characters; drama activities (such as thought tracking).


Got a an able, mature Year 9 class? This will provide a good level of challenge.

Title: Boys Don’t Cry

Author: Malorie Blackman

Link: Don't Cry

Suitable KS/Age/Year: Year 9

Key themes: homosexuality, homophobia, teenage pregnancy and parenting, family relationships, bereavement

Teaching ideas: debate; TV Talk Show; Courtroom Custody Scene; report/article writing, informative writing and writing/speaking to argue/persuade

Challenges: mature, complex themes; lengthy.



imageI’ve recently realised that all those of you out there teaching and training to teach English could do with a place to access info about great texts you could use with classes. So, this is a bit of an experiment to see what I can create in terms of a central place containing info and recommendations. Let’s see how it goes!