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War Horse Teaching Resources

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War Horse

War Horse is a unit of work containing a 142-slide PowerPoint, 14 PDF worksheets and 13 lessons. This scheme of work explores the novel chapter by chapter, analysing the book’s plot, characters, themes and language through a range of engaging activities. These teaching resources can be used with Year 5 or Year 6 (Upper KS2) or with a lower ability Year 7 group either as a whole class text or as part of a guided reading programme.

Below are examples of the activities contained in the lessons.

  • Comprehension questions
  • Chapter by chapter activities to consolidate understanding
  • Research task – World War One
  • Making predictions about War Horse using the cover, title, author and blurb
  • Exploring and discussing themes
  • Character analysis of Joey, Albert, Father and Captain Nicholls
  • Understanding the features of a novel – how does Michael Morpurgo use language and narrative structure in War Horse?
  • Close analysis of language in key scenes
  • Role play and hot seating activities
  • Understanding War Horse’s characters through empathetic writing – diary writing
  • Developing inference and deduction skills
  • Writing a newspaper story about key events in the story

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