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Please complete in your English books.


Wednesday 21st October 2020


L.O. To discuss the book ‘Private Peaceful’ (R2,4,5,12).


WISH 1: I can participate in discussions about the book.

WISH 2: I can refer to my knowledge of the book during discussions.

WISH 3: I can explain my recommendation.


You should have finished reading Private Peaceful. If you have not, you need to read the last part before starting this lesson. 

FFM: Describe Private Peaceful in 20 words. Can you describe the book in 10 words?

Answer these questions in your book. include the question in your answer. You could write it up as a small paragraph.

  • What do you think of the end of the novel?
  • How did you feel?
  • Did you enjoy the book? Why?


Follow the link to read about the Battle of Somme.

Battle of the Somme


Knowing what you now know about the outcome of the Battle of the Somme, do you think Tommo will survive?

Does it change your opinion about the book?

Task 1 - answer the following questions:

  1. Would the story have worked just as well if it had been told in third person?
  2. Why do you think Morpurgo chose to tell it in first person?
  3. What does this tell you about how the author feels about war and what happened to the Peacefuls?
  4. Is Charlie a hero?
  5. Why do we need the first section of the novel? How does it impact upon how you responded to events in the second part of the novel?
  6. Were there any events that were unexpected?


Task 2 - write a short book review giving your opinions and whether you would recommend it. Use ‘Sentence Starters’ for support