Power of Reading
This classic novel for children, first published in 1952, retains its appeal for modern children. It is the story of Fern, a little girl who saves a pig on the family farm from being killed, and the pig’s friendship with a spider who lives alongside him in a barn with the other farm animals. Their lives are woven into the cycle of the seasons and farm life. We hear, as Fern does, their conversations, and see how life and death are a natural part of things.
The novel connects with both rural and urban readers: its setting and concerns will link to some of the experiences of rural children, whereas for urban children it brings to life the less familiar world of country and farm living, while dealing with universal issues. Set in America the world of the story is not immediately familiar to any readers from Britain: but it is alive and evocative, with powerfully drawn images of life, growth, beauty and death in nature.
Overall aims of this teaching sequence:
-To enjoy a story and discuss its meanings
-To explore narrative plot, settings, characters and draw inferences to aid understanding
-To write texts based on fictional experiences
-To write a narrative from a character's point of view
-To compose play scripts and perform them for a chosen audience
This teaching sequence is designed for a Year 3 or Year 4 class.
Teaching Sequence- Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
Cross Curricular Links
Links to other texts and Resources