They guide the students' reading of extracts from the chapters as well as analysing the language features used by Durrell so evocatively. There are a range of games, questions and activities to keep all abilities of students interested and making rapid progress.
There is a grammatical focus on the uses and purposes of punctuation and (for my higher ability students) how it can be used to create humour. The punctuation cards used were downloaded for free online or students could make their own, of course.
A pdf copy of the book can be found online and sections photocopied so your departmental budget won't be too onerously affected.
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My Family and Other Animals - Travel Autobiographies - Reading and Writing
A really fun and exciting complete scheme of work with at least 10 double lessons' worth of activities. Each colourful and user-friendly PPT is complete and ready to go with almost no prep time. You'll find differentiated objectives, starters, development activities, guided reading and comprehension tasks, guided writing including building vocabulary, varying sentence openers and writing humorous anecdotes, self-assessment, marking criteria and detailed plenaries. I have taught this to two mixed ability KS3 classes with great success in terms of their progress. I also watched the BBC version with students after reading the selected parts of each chapter. The novel itself is freely available online.
KS3 Reading: My Family and Other Animals
An entire, lesson by lesson SOW with guided reading questions, games, activities and assessments. Although this is reading, there are lots of writing assessments woven in so that students see how the disciplines support each other. I hope it inspires some of your students the way mine have taken to it! I used the pdf of the book which is available online for some of my weaker students and also watched the television series. The resource as a whole was excellent for my G&T students who really enjoyed the family's eccentric lifestyles and saw more than a bit of their own lives paralleled despite the historical context. There are lots of opportunities for cross-curricular learning with Geography and History, so speak to your fellow teachers and see if you can cover it at the same time as they are teaching about WW2, post-colonisation, Greece, coastlines, or Globalisation. Please rate and review it if you enjoy it :)
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