Dark Matter Resources

A selection of resources for teaching the novel Dark Matter to Key Stage Three. The resources included are:

1. A one-page set of analysis questions for Chapters 3 & 4, with a point, evidence explain model to show students how to write analytical paragraphs.
2. A creative writing lesson focused on using pathetic fallacy inspired by Dark Matter, including a group carousel activity. There are three resources for this: Lesson Slides, A3 carousel resources for printing and a 3-page handout for students including two extracts from Dark Matter in which Michelle Paver uses pathetic fallacy and a guidance page to help students start writing.
3. A sentences lesson which uses Dark Matter to teach students how to identify and use simple, compound and complex sentences - includes lesson slides and a 3-page worksheet of sentences exercises for students to practise.
4. A whole-text analytical essay writing activity to be completed once you have finished reading the novel. This one-page handout introduces the essay to students, gives them question options to choose from and models how to plan the essay.

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  • Dark-Matter-Chapters-3---4-Analysis-Questions.docx
  • Dark-Matter-Pathetic-Fallacy-Creative-Writing-Atmospheric-Pictures-Carousel.docx
  • Dark-Matter-Pathetic-Fallacy-Creative-Writing-Handout.docx
  • Dark-Matter-Pathetic-Fallacy-Creative-Writing-Lesson.pptx
  • Dark-Matter-Sentences-Slides.pptx
  • Dark-Matter-Sentences-Worksheets.docx
  • Dark-Matter-Whole-Text-Essay-Planning-Guidance.docx

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Created: Feb 12, 2018

Updated: Feb 14, 2018


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