‘The Knocking’, (subtitled ‘A Tsunami Story in Ten Parts’) is a supernatural novella inspired by the Great Flood, which devastated the south-west of England in 1607. This printable A4 resource pack uses the story to offer secondary school students the opportunity to practice English Language Arts and Inquiry Based Learning skills. The 40-page pack contains:
Teacher notes, including a grid overview of all activities showing their potential for individual, pair, group and class work
Pre-reading activities: (3)
a timeline survey, research task and cover image discussion
Comprehension questions (with answer key)
Post-reading activities: (15)
writing tasks, including fiction and non-fiction writing a comparative thinking task contextual reading tasks, including reading for character, setting and supernatural elements and a 'fun task' about Old English (some activities include answer keys)
Speaking & listening tasks, including debate, interviews and role play, discussion and plot sequencing
Some of the activities require research around the Great Flood and what life was like in the seventeenth century. The story and some of the activities can also be used in cross-curricular projects with historical, geographical and environmental perspectives e.g. water/flood management, life in Britain in the 17th Century and human habitat issues.
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