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Author in Your Classroom: Creating Characters, with Sam Copeland (series one, episode two)

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Inspire KS2 children to create vibrant, believable, complex characters with expert advice from Sam Copeland, author of the ‘Charlie McGuffin’ series of books, in which the eponymous hero changes into random animals when he gets stressed.

This resources pack is designed to be used with series one, episode two of the Author In Your Classroom podcast (LISTEN NOW AT - or search for ‘Author In Your Classroom’ wherever you get your podcasts) – a virtual ‘author visit’ you can share with children whenever you like, absolutely free!

The pack includes:

Teacher notes
Book extracts in print and as audiobook clips
Illustrations and author quotes for a working wall display
Story planning sheets
Story writing sheets
Series one of Author In Your Classroom is being recorded in partnership with Puffin Schools, and Sam is one of eight Puffin authors to feature – the star of episode one is Robin Stevens (Murder Most Unladylike)

Puffin Schools is curated by the children’s publisher Puffin. You’ll find video resources, book lists and ideas to bring stories to life at

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  • PowerPoint
  • Planning sheets
  • Writing sheets
  • Images and quotes for a working wall display
  • Podcast
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