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Gangsta Granny (David Walliams) Teaching Resources

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Gangsta Granny by David Walliams teaching resource

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English Teaching Resources: Gangsta Granny by David Walliams

Gangsta Granny is a brilliant English teaching resource featuring a series of engaging lessons designed to enhance and develop key reading skills using the novel Gangsta Granny by David Walliams.  The resource includes a range of activities and for children of all abilities and covers the following:

- Making predictions about character and plot

- Brief background biography about David Walliams

- Empathetic writing in character

- Analysing characterisation - Ben and Granny

- David Walliams's use of language

- Writing an agony aunt letter as Ben about life at home and in school and writing a reply

- A range of SPaG activities including using different types of sentences, apostrophes, pronouns, adjectives and adverbs

- Exploring key themes - loneliness, attitudes to the elderly, prejudice, family, childhood

- Using zone of relevance technique and conscience alley to discuss events, characters and themes

- How to write in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd person

- How to construct a recount and how to put together a letter

- Using the authoritative voice

- Writing to explain

- Writing a newspaper story

- Writing to instruct

- Writing to explain 

- Cross curricular - science (digestive system), geography (rivers and jewels) history (the crown jewels) PSHE (charities - Childline and Silverline, the highway code) history (Robert Peel and the police)

- And a lot more!

The range of activities in this unit of work are intended to suggest opportunities around the novel Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. At least one copy of the novel will need to be used.  There are weblinks to extend and enrich pupil's learning and teachers will identify PSHE opportunities arising from these activities (Respect, Care for the elderly; Values and ethics; The Law)

The whole unit of work could be completed in about 2 weeks, or extended to half a term’s work using the suggested links.

It is not intended to be a prescriptive unit of work but it is structured chronologically. Teachers should select from, and adapt, these resources to meet the needs of the pupils they teach. There are some potentially sensitive issues explored throughout the story and teachers should make their own decisions about which elements to include. All the links to external sites are valid at the date of publication but should be checked before use.

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