Title: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Author: Mark Haddon
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).
Title: Boys Don’t Cry
Author: Malorie Blackman
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.
I’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!