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Michael Morpurgo Month 2021 – KS2 6-Lesson Writing Pack

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What is Michael Morpurgo Month?

Come on an adventure with the nation’s favourite storyteller and celebrate Michael Morpurgo Month. This year there is the Morpurgo Month Bookclub for Key Stage 2 children.

There are six shortlisted books, for students to choose from, read, talk about and review – just like a normal book club:

  • Boy Giant
  • The Butterfly Lion
  • In the Mouth of the Wolf
  • Private Peaceful
  • Shadow
  • Warhorse

They can then submit their review into the Morpurgo Month competition to try to win a Michael Morpurgo Virtual Event for your school!

There is also ‘Storytime’ for younger readers to join in the fun.

Find out more and sign up by filling out the short form at michaelmorpurgo.com/morpurgomonth.

When is Michael Morpurgo Month 2021?

Michael Morpurgo Month takes place every February.

About this resource

This primary resource pack features a lesson for each of the six shortlisted books, with a PowerPoint, worksheet and teacher’s notes for each.

Also included is a book review template to use and a book discussion guide sheet with useful questions to ask.

  • Boy Giant English, art and ICT lesson
  • Discuss rich children’s literature, linking ideas in the text to contemporary issues; write two newspaper articles from differing viewpoints; use photo-editing software to create a striking image
  • The Butterfly Lion English, music and ICT lesson
    Discuss a rich text, exploring ideas and themes from both literature and the real world; consider how persuasive language and techniques can be employed to make a strong argument; write an informal letter; use percussion instruments or music software and apps to create music with a particular tone
  • In the Mouth of the Wolf English, art and drama lesson
    Discuss rich children’s literature, exploring ideas and themes from the past that still resonate today; create a page from a graphic novel, using images to depict action in the story; use dramatic techniques to bring a story to life and explore characters’ thoughts and feelings
  • Private Peaceful English and ICT lesson
    Discuss a rich text, exploring ideas and themes from both literature and the real world; consider how a skilled author captures the voice of different characters through their control of language; write creatively, using the conventions of interviews to show a character’s thoughts and voice; use podcasting software and apps to record interviews in role
  • Shadow English and ICT lesson
    Discuss a rich text, exploring ideas and themes from literature; write a diary entry; develop your ability to write in role, capturing a character’s thoughts and voice; use collage techniques to create a picture
  • Warhorse art and English lesson
    Discuss rich children’s literature, exploring ideas in the text and those from real life; write creatively, following the conventions of playscripts; perform plays aloud, showing an awareness of their audience; use paper and cardboard modelling techniques to make puppets; use collage techniques to create a picture

For more Michael Morpurgo resources check out our list post over on Teachwire here.



  • 6 lesson plan PPTs
  • 6 lesson worksheets
  • 6 teacher's notes PDFs
  • Book review template
  • Book discussion questions and ideas sheet
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