Year 8 curriculum pack - Survival

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Survival is an engaging and challenging curriculum pack, written for year 8 students and designed to develop their critical reading skills and their confidence working with unseen texts.

Featuring thought-provoking – and at times emotive – text excerpts and poems from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, the pack includes work by Primo Levi and Katherine Mansfield and stories of survival in extreme conditions.

‘I think teachers will be delighted by the balance between the flexibility of being able to dip in and choose, coupled with some suggested structures to help teachers make those choices coherent. I also think teachers will appreciate the active and imaginative approaches to texts. Collaborative exploration and the development of thinking skills are designed into the suggested approaches. Overall, I'm proud of these materials, and I hope colleagues find them useful and stimulating.’

Richard Durant, writer

Tasks include opportunities for drama, creative and persuasive writing and text conversion along with dictionary work and peer assessment.

Key features:

  • a six-week sequence of lessons including starters, main activities and plenaries
  • a selection of fiction and non-fiction text extracts and poems from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

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Susan Tickner
Susan Tickner
In light of what we around the world seem to be experiencing - it seemed to be an effective resource to use to have my students think outside the box re how they may be more capable than they think
Posted on 22nd March 2020
I used this pack with a small SEMH Year 8 group and it went very well. Adding topical powerpoints and creating some differentiated resources kept their interest too. It caught the attention of boys and girls alike and I was able to find videos to support the Jack London story and Keopke's plane crash which made it all more kinaesthetic and fun to teach. We capped off the scheme with a trip to a wildlife park where the pupils were shown how to build fires in the wild and a few survival skills.
Posted on 25th October 2018
Amanda Desmond
Amanda Desmond
This resource is being used for an end of year, into Summer school programme of study for students who are missing key skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening. The diversity of the texts, the starting points for differentiation and the possible activities mean that all Year 8 teachers in the department can offer a fairly uniform approach. In particular, the pack was chosen because boys responded well to the themes and focus of the texts, while the girls like that they aren't only texts about 'hairy men in the wilderness'. A good all-rounder.
Posted on 24th June 2017
Steve Samuels
Steve Samuels
To introduce my international school students to a range of literature and enable effective critical thinking through analysis and discussion.
Posted on 2nd September 2015

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