Speaking and listening task based on chapter 30 of 'Holes' by Louis Sachar- 'Zero's Trial'
Lesson worked really well with mixed ability year 8 class. Pupils work in groups of 4 taking on the role of a barrister or a character from 'Holes' to decide on whether Zero deserves to be punished for his assault of Mr Pendanski in chapter 30. Each character has a support sheet with an extract from 'Holes' to help them come up with reasons why. I chose the more able pupils to be the barrister so they could lead the group.
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  • Stanley-Zero's-trial.docx
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  • Zero's-trial-character-sheets.docx
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Created: May 21, 2017

Updated: Jan 27, 2018

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