This resource consists of a powerpoint presentation and some worksheets to use with Chapter 10 of Michael Morpurpo’s ‘Private Peaceful’. The main activity is for pupils to plan and write a persuasive text in which they attempt to persuade others that a character in the story is a good or a bad leader. Some additional time could be used to turn these written texts into spoken presentations in which the pupils attempt to persuade the class.
The powerpoint helps to organise the lesson, checking pupils’ understanding of the chapter and setting up class/group discussions. The worksheets consist of a writing plan for pupils to complete, lined paper for the writing activity and an extension activity in which pupils use a thesaurus to find as many suitable adjectives as they can to describe famous leaders from history. They may also research these leaders if they have time, although they should be familiar with them.
This resource can last for between 2 and 6 hours depending on how much time you allow for each activity.
This is the lesson plan:
• Pre-Reading Discussion:
*Discuss what you already know about World War 1 and what life was like for the soldiers in it.
• Listen to/read the 9th chapter of the novel.
- Check your comprehension of the story by describing what happened using the images on the lesson powerpoint.
• Class Discussion: Leaders
- Discuss what makes a good leader
- Which characters in the story take on the role of a leader?
• Lesson Activity:
- Plan and write a persuasive text in which you attempt to convince others that a character in the story is or is not a good leader.
• Extension Work: Adjectives For Famous Leaders
- Using a thesaurus, find as many different, but suitable adjectives to describe the famous leaders pictured.
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