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The Suitcase Kid Teaching Resources

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The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson  

This teaching unit is designed to help Upper KS2 or Lower KS3 pupils (Year 6/7) develop general key reading and writing skills as well as a detailed knowledge and understanding of the novel The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson. The resource is suitable for all abilities and will provide approximately three weeks’ worth of lessons – depending on the frequency of English lessons.

The Suitcase Kid is an ideal novel for students in Year 6 or Year 7 – depending on ability. This resource provides a range of activities including:

- Making Predictions (what might happen from details stated and implied)

- Empathetic writing

- Exploring characterisation

- Wilson’s use of vocabulary

- Discussing key themes - loneliness, loss, coping with a ‘blended’ family, childhood

- Use of decision alley, role play and drama techniques

- Writing in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd person

- Opportunities to develop a range of writing skills: letter writing; descriptive writing; explanations; diary writing; instructions; Haiku poetry; recounts; persuasive writing.

- Specific teaching of Grammar and Punctuation in line with the National Curriculum: verbs; vocabulary development; use of bullet points; relative clauses in complex sentences; sentence types: statement, command, exclamation; question tags; hyphens to avoid ambiguity. Teachers will identify further opportunities which should be tailored to students’ needs.

- Cross curricular - science (Space; Healthy eating), D.T. (origami and model boats) PSHE (Home life; Healthy eating (Change4Life); Fiends and siblings; Stepfamilies; Career choices; Childline)

- And much more!

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