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A powerful and emotional story of race and prejudice

Title: Noughts and Crosses

Author: Malorie Blackman


Suitable KS/Age/Year: Year 9

Key themes: ethnic diversity, prejudice, race, equality, democracy, teenage relationships

Teaching ideas:  exploring differing social, cultural and historical traditions; comparisons with similarly themed poetry and texts; 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).

Challenges: challeging themes.



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!