This engaging and informative lesson enables students to understand the structural features used by Michael Morpugo to plot the narrative and engage the reader in War Horse. In particular, students analyse the effectiveness of his first person perspective and narrative structure, before creating their own well-structured story plans.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
Understanding the benefits of Morpugo’s first person narration from Joey’s viewpoint;
Defining and exemplifying the different stages of narrative structure;
Applying this understanding to ‘War Horse’, considering why each stage of narrative structure is vital to the novel.
Analysing the effectiveness of Morpugo’s structural devices, considering the effect on the reader;
Creating plans for the structure of their own WW1 narratives, utilising the structural components discussed over the lesson ;
Peer assessing each other’s learning attempts;
Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
Narrative Structure Graph 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 year 7 and 8 classes, however colleagues have used them for between years 4 and 9 with minimal adaptations.
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