This engaging and informative lesson helps students to understand the effects of the dual narrative structure used in Robert Swindells’ Stone Cold. Students consider the purpose of dual narratives and the way in which the structure is employed by Swindells, before analysing the impact that the dual narrative has upon readers.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
- Defining the key term 'dual narrative' and considering famous examples;
- Skimming and scanning 'Stone Cold' to find evidence of the dual narrative in action throughout the text;
- Analysing the effects that dual narratives can have upon the reader, including the rise in dramatic tension and dramatic irony in Stone Cold.
- Storyboarding Stone Cold to reveal how the dual narrative is used throughout for effect;
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts;
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- Storyboard template (pdf and word);
- Dual Narrative Perspectives Worksheet;
- Essay Template;
- Comprehensive lesson plan.
There are also opportunities for group learning, speaking and listening, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. I originally used these resources with a year 8 class, however colleagues have used them for between years 5 and 9 with minimal adaptations.
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