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This Let’s Think in English  lesson develops pupils understanding of authorial intentions and their consequences on us as a reader through “The Wall in the Middle of the Book” by Jon Agee. Pupils consider why the wall was built and the claims of the knight that it is a good thing and that one side is safer than the other. Pupils are supported to clarify the difference between plot and author message before summarising what they believe the message to be. Pupils are placed in the role of the illustrator and consider alternatives to the ogre and animals and how changes might alter the message of the book.

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  1. A Year 2 pupil in an Islington school, reconsiders the idea of exclusion beyond the wall and transfers the context to real life. Here they consider how a methaporical wall divides those who pollute and those who recycle.

  2. Another Year 2 pupil in an Islington school, sees the wall as representing inequality. In this instance, inequality to the disabled.

  3. Here a group of Year 2 pupils in an Islington school, consider what the characters might be saying in different stages of the story.

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