Touchdown Teaching Guide November 2014_vol99no10

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2 • NOVEMBER 2014 • vol. 99 no. 10 In this lesson Students will investigate connections between themselves and a ctional character. Entertaining angels by Danielle Carey Making connections Getting started Show students the books or images and ask them to name their favourite characters. Select a few of the characters that are familiar to most of the class. Discuss what happens to them and then ask students to consider what connections exist between themselves and the characters. For example: ▪ Do any of these characters’ experiences remind you of things that have happened to you? ▪ Do you relate to what these characters are feeling? Encourage students to think more empathetically, making stronger connections with characters’ responses to stress, contexts, life events, and physical changes. No-one, sadly, has gone to Hogwarts, but many students will understand how it feels to be ignored at home and still feel special in some way, or to long for an adventure which takes them far away. Exploring the text Read ‘Entertaining angels’ and have students consider text-self connections by completing Worksheet 1 . They should rst name three of Sam’s experiences that they can relate to, even quite generally. The experiences they identify might include: ▪ Sam’s father having to be away for a big family occasion ▪ Sam only expecting a few presents ▪ Sam and his family helping the couple in need ▪ Sam making the best of a special occasion that turns out to be different from what he expected. Next to each experience, students should list how they think Sam might feel, using clues from the text and their own intuition. This is a good opportunity for students to learn new abstract nouns and adjectives which describe emotions. Instead of ‘disappointed’, they could say ‘despondent’, or ‘disheartened’, or even ‘down in the What you will need ▪a selection of ction books that contain strong characters and are popular with the class and/or images of familiar children’s book characters, e.g. Harry Potter, Charlie Bucket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , Violet Baudelaire from A Series of Unfortunate Events , Andy or Terry from The 13-Storey Treehouse . Images can be from the books or the movie versions