Boys Don't Cry - teaching resource

Boys Don't Cry Teaching Resources

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Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman 

Boys Don’t Cry is a unit of work containing a 171-slide editable PowerPoint presentation, 22 PDF worksheets and 16 one-hour lessons. This engaging scheme of work explores Malorie Blackman's novel chapter by chapter, analysing its plot, characters, themes and language through a range of activities. The resource has been designed for GCSE but it can also be used with Year 9 depending on ability.

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Activities contained in the lessons include:

- Engaging chapter by chapter activities to consolidate understanding as learners read through the book.

- Reading comprehension questions (all with example answers) to assess students’ knowledge of plot, character, language, and themes.

- Analysis of the characters of Dante, Adam, Tyler, Josh and Aunt Jackie.

- Exploration of the key themes of teenage parenting, responsibility, family, prejudice, homophobia, toxic masculinity, gender, grief, bravery and growing up.

- Developing the key reading skills of inference and deduction.

- Analysing structural techniques such as the novel’s dual narrative and Blackman’s use of suspense and tension.

- Exploring the author’s use of language for effect. 

- Examining the GCSE question – analysing GCSE exam questions and model answers and completing a formal assessment task

- Role play - hot-seating to aid understating of characters, plot and themes.

- Developing understanding of character through empathy writing tasks as well as character and growth arcs.

- Constructing a Boys Don’t Cry knowledge organiser.

- 'Do Now' activities including a Boys Don't Cry themed crossword, word search, sequencing task, matching game, anagrams and more.

- Plus, lots more.

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