Build analytical reading and writing skills through an in-depth novel study by award-winning author Michael Morpurgo. The children will read the novel, discuss, research child migration, role-play, analyse and write.
The themes of identity, family, loneliness, bravery and memory are built into this two-part story.
Read and examine chapters of the story
Learn about the characters and how personalities change and develop
Analyse language features and techniques
Write a persuasive letter in the style of a social worker obtaining placement for orphaned children
Write an objective ‘police-style’ report
Write a formal obituary for a character
Hot seating – character role play
Write a newspaper style article for a boating adventure
Examine imagery in The Ancient Marina poem
Watch Child Migration documentaries
Choose from a range of follow-up writing activities
Students will need their own copy of “Alone on a Wide Wide Sea” by Michael Murpurgo and be prepared to read some chapters at home. A hard-copy is preferable for note-taking on actual pages of the book. They will also need their own laptop.
Warning: the subject matter contains themes for older children
3 hours per week for 8 weeks
10-13 year olds