Category Archives: Death

A compelling love story and a deeply moving account of the First World War

Title: Private Peacefulpp.jpg

Author: Michael Morpurgo

Link: http://amzn.to/2py6KHh

Suitable KS/Age/Year: Key Stage 3

Key themes: horrors of war, injustice, childhood, loss of innocence, friendship, family loyalty.

Teaching ideas: exploring narrative structure and voice; research/presentations World War 1; exploring pivotal/key life experiences as stimulus for writing; report/article writing; diary writing as character; drama activities (such as role play and hot seating).

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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: http://amzn.to/1XGxOjGcurious 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).