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Understanding Six Popular Texts

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Age Range: KS3 KS4

Helps students develop knowledge, skills and understanding in reading, as well as providing opportunities for discussion, roleplay and creative writing. The pack explores the following six key texts: Lord of the Flies by William Golding; The Friends by Rosa Guy; Kes by Barry Hines; Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee; Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck; The Pigman by Paul Zindel. Each worksheet is referenced to the latest English Programmes of Study.

Topics include: Finding out about the author; How characters interact and develop; Language and its effect; Different cultural styles; My views.

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Size: 97 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 370 6
Code: USPT
Popularity rank: 328

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Contents List

LESSONS

LORD OF THE FLIES by WILLIAM GOLDING

  • 11 MAROONED Students are introduced to the book and its context through writing an obituary for William Golding.
  • 13 THE PACK Students examine four of the main characters and collect information to write a character description for each.
  • 15 IMAGES AND SYMBOLS Students consider several images from the book and explore their significance.
  • 17 DEATH AND HORROR Examines the impact and significance of the deaths in the book.
  • 19 THE ISLAND Students consider the setting of the story.
  • 21 FABLE OR FICTION? Students explore their own views of the story and consider how it may be classified.

THE FRIENDS by ROSA GUY

  • 27 ROSA GUY Students explore Rosa Guy's life and ideas through writing a newspaper interview.
  • 29 BEST FRIENDS Students look at the characters of Phyllisia and Edith and the development of their friendship.
  • 31 FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS Students explore the relationships within Phyllisia's family.
  • 33 STICKS AND STONES Students examine the violence that occurs in the book.
  • 35 ISLAND IN THE SUN Students consider the setting of the book and take a brief look at its style and language.
  • 37 SORROW AND ANGER Students explore their own reactions to certain events within the story.

KES by BARRY HINES

  • 43 SCENE SETTING Looks at the author's background and asks students to consider the extent to which Hines may have drawn upon it in the book.
  • 45 BULLYING Students explore the theme of bullying and the idea of the 'victim'.
  • 47 KES Students look at the importance of Kes to Billy.
  • 49 TEACHERS Students explore the characters of Mr Sugden and Mr Farthing and consider their influence on Billy.
  • 51 STRONG LANGUAGE Looks at the use of dialect and swearing in the book and asks students to consider its effect.
  • 53 TEARS AND LAUGHTER Students explore the humour and pathos in the book.

CIDER WITH ROSIE by LAURIE LEE

  • 59 WHO IS IT? Students piece together information about Laurie Lee.
  • 61 SCHOOL DAYS Students consider the difference between their own school and the one in the book.
  • 63 MOTHER Students learn to write a good character study through creating a structure.
  • 65 HEARTH AND HOME Students consider the atmosphere of the Laurie Lee's home and explore its possible influence on his work.
  • 67 STYLE AND RHYTHM Students look at the effect of the language used and consider the difference between poetry and prose.
  • 69 THE END OF AN ERA Students summarise the main themes of the book.

OF MICE AND MEN by JOHN STEINBECK

  • 75 LIFE STORY Students look at biographical information about John Steinbeck and consider the influence his background may have had upon his work.
  • 77 LENNIE Students examine in detail the character of Lennie.
  • 79 FRIENDS Students consider George and his friendship with Lennie.
  • 81 OUTSIDERS Students explore the theme of loneliness and the treatment of black people and women in the book.
  • 83 THE AMERICAN DREAM Students consider the atmosphere and setting of the book.
  • 85 STRONG WORDS Explores the language in the book and provides an opportunity for students to write and perform a scene.

THE PIGMAN by PAUL ZINDEL

  • 91 STRANGE MIXTURE? Students consider biographical information about Paul Zindel and look at some of the book's images.
  • 93 LORRAINE AND JOHN Students explore in detail the characters of Lorraine and John.
  • 95 LONELINESS Looks at the themes of loneliness and closeness.
  • 97 AMERICAN STYLE Students examine the language in the book, considering the different writing styles adopted by John and Lorraine.
  • 99 CHANGING RELATIONSHIPS Students explore the different relationships in the book and consider how events might change them.
  • 101 TRESPASSING? Investigates the extent to which Lorraine and John are responsible for the death of Mr Pignati.

APPENDIX

  • 104 PROGRAMMES OF STUDY GRID
  • 105-8 EXTRA SHEETS FOR NOTES