Teaching notes and ideas EAL Name of resource: Age group(s)

Teaching notes and ideas
Name of resource:
Private Peaceful adapted novel
Age group(s)
Subject(s)
12 to 14, 15 to 16,
English
Topic
Language Level
Private Peaceful
Beginner / Intermediate
EAL Nexus
Description of resource
 Adapted novel with images and DARTs activities linked to each chapter.
 Vocabulary bookmark
 Trenches vocabulary PowerPoint presentation: a set of photos and a map
that teaches pupils some of the vocabulary used in the novel
Preparation needed
You will need:
 A copy of the adapted novel and bookmark for each learner
You will need to:
 photocopy the adapted novel, ideally as a booklet
 print the DARTs activities for each learner as required
 copy and make up bookmark for each learner
 print PowerPoint slides if needed
Curriculum objectives
 to gain an understanding of the story and characters of Private Peaceful and
to gain an understanding of life in the trenches during the First World War.
Language / literacy objectives
Functions
Structures
 Narrating
 Past simple and present simple for narration in
the past tense
 Describing
 Present simple e.g. Big Joe eats…..
 Past simple e.g. Tommo’s father liked…..
Vocabulary
This project and its actions were made possible due to co-financing by the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals
© British Council 2014
EAL Nexus
 Trenches, no-man’s land, helmet, sandbags, mud, soldier, bayonet, wire,
dugout, shell, map, lookout duty. Mortar, grenade, a Tommy
This resource could be used:
 as differentiation within class
 one to one or with a small group
 for independent learning
Although it is a simplified version, the learners may be able to access whole class
activities based around the novel if they have read this version.
Ideas for using the resource
What to do
 Trenches vocabulary PowerPoint
The slides can be:
o printed out for each learner to have their own labelled copies which will
help them as they read through the book, or
o used as a presentation for the whole class and referred to during the
lessons and/or
o completed and a few copies printed out on A4, laminated, and
available to learners for reference as required
 Vocabulary bookmark
The bookmark vocabulary has been designed to be translated into the learners’
first language as the words it contains are difficult to illustrate.
 Adapted novel
The adapted novel could be used in the following ways:
o As an alternative for EAL learners when class is silently reading the novel
o For EAL learners to read independently or with 1:1 support, preferably
ahead of the lesson
o For parallel teaching in a small group, and then linked with differentiation
to whole class activities around the text.
Other ideas for making the best use of this resource
 Learners underline or highlight any words they don’t understand
 Learners predict what will happen in the next chapter, possibly with the help of
the images, before reading chapter summary.
This project and its actions were made possible due to co-financing by the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals
© British Council 2014
EAL Nexus
Possible extension activities
 Learners use responses to chapter by chapter DARTs activities to support a
piece of structured writing
This project and its actions were made possible due to co-financing by the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals
© British Council 2014
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