Jane Mitchell

Award-winning writer of books for young people

Teaching Guides

A Dangerous Crossing

To assist teachers to teach A Dangerous Crossing in the classroom, I have developed a teaching guide for the book.

For the purpose of the guide, the novel has been divided into four units, based loosely on the structure of the story. Each unit includes chapter summaries, discussion points and activities, mostly focussed on language development.

A Dangerous Crossing is suitable for use in senior classes of primary school and junior classes in secondary school. It deals in a compelling and sensitive manner with themes such as refugees, discrimination, and gender equality, all of which are relevant in the contemporary world.

A Dangerous Crossing is highly relevant today in light of events in Syria, and in view of current challenges faced by refugee children fleeing areas of war and armed conflict. The subject matter of the story provides plenty of opportunity for discussion, activities, debate and the development of personal opinion. Themes are powerfully explored and carefully researched.

The main discussion areas woven into the fabric of the story include:

The pace at which the novel is read depends on the teacher and the students.

Chalkline

To assist teachers to teach Chalkline in the classroom, I have developed a teaching guide for the book.

For the purpose of the guide, the novel has been divided into four units, based loosely on the structure of the story. Each unit includes chapter summaries, discussion points and activities, mostly focussed on language development.

Chalkline has been chosen for use in the senior classes of primary school and the junior classes of secondary school because it deals in a compelling and sensitive manner with themes such as human rights, armed conflict, and gender equality, all of which are relevant in the contemporary world.

Chalkline is on the Junior Certificate curriculum for English and its subject matter is highly relevant today in light of recent events in places such as Syria, Palestine and Iraq, and in view of the current challenges faced by children living in areas of armed conflict around the world. Teachers and schools have used Chalkline as a base around which to build a programme of lessons on multicultural education.

The subject matter of the story provides plenty of opportunity for discussion, activities, debate and development of personal opinion. The main discussion themes woven into the fabric of the story include:

The pace at which the novel is read depends on the teacher and the students

Downloads

Teaching guide for A Dangerous Crossing

Teaching guide for Chalkline

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