Teacher's Dead by Benjamin Zephaniah – Rhinegold Publishing

Teacher's Dead by Benjamin Zephaniah


This scheme of work uses Benjamin Zephaniah’s novel to ignite students’ own ideas for devised work. The story is based around the stabbing of a teacher outside a busy school and focuses on how this brutal event affects a range of people, while also exploring why the attackers behaved as they did. The work in this scheme explores different elements of the story using a range of techniques allowing students to then move on to devising their own stories, create their own characters or explore the themes and issues raised.

As a teacher you will need some knowledge of the text but students will not need to read it; a plot summary will be sufficient. Each session is based on an hour-long lesson, but the scheme is flexible and sessions can run into each other or be paused to continue next time.

Number of lessons: 7

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