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Combining Worlds, with Justin Somper (episode 24)

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Children love to hear stories about pirates. Vampires are also a popular choice with older readers. Author Justin Somper has expertly woven these two worlds together to create his series Vampirates, combining his knowledge of the history of pirates and vampire mythology.

In this teaching sequence, children will have the chance to explore combining two worlds and creating a main character that could be used in their own stories set in an imaginary world. They will develop a back story for their characters and learn how dialogue can be used to convey characters when writing. Extracts from the podcast are suggested to introduce each section of the teaching sequence, providing an excellent way to connect the things children are learning with the work of a professional author.

The pack includes teacher notes, a PowerPoint, worksheets and beautifully designed elements for a working wall, and has been exclusively created to be used with episode 24 of the Author In Your Classroom podcast – a virtual ‘author visit’ you can share with children whenever you like, absolutely free!

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  • PowerPoint - teaching slides
  • An extract from Demons of the Ocean
  • Planning sheets 1, 2 and 3 and 4
  • Themed writing paper
  • Working wall images and quotes
  • Teaching notes
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