This is great opportunity to build on the national interest in the First World War centenary. Over the Line , Wings: Flyboy and my new book Armistice Runner and these resources can help develop children’s understanding and encourage reading for pleasure.
First World War Literacy Resources (Posters, Videos, First Chapter, A Short Story, Quiz, Playscripts and Classroom Discussion Guides) follow below.
Posters – click on the images below:
‘Over the Line’ has been a massive success this term. Many of my reluctant readers have turned a corner so thank you very much!” Bradley Stoke Community School
Video 1 : Introduction
Take the quiz on video 1 here.
Video 2 : watch me read from Over the Line chapter 1
Video 3 : The Channel
Video 4: Inside a Trench
Video 5 : Delville Wood
Video 6 : Sid Wheelhouse’s Grave
Video 7 : The Flanders Cup
Act a scene from Over the Line with playscripts here.
Chat about Over the Line with the classroom discussion guide here.
Award a signed certificate for classwork from Tom here.
More Teacher’s resources and posters here.
Read my blogs about writing and researching Over the Line
- researching in the Somme
- reading war comics
- real lives
- why I write
- ‘I had a duty to them – to tell their story as well as I could.’
Visit the new online resource from Barrington Stoke packed with videos, playscripts, diaries and posters exploring the themes of the novels Over the Line by Tom Palmer and Tilly’s Promise by Linda Newbery, covering topics including soldiers in the trenches, football and football battalions, nursing and the Home Front.www.readingwar.co.uk/ Although the First World War may not be in your history curriculum, many schools are using their literacy time to build on the national interest in the forthcoming centenary events.
“The narrative in this short novel is powerful and evocative. The emphasis on football will entice readers who might not think at first that historical fiction is “their thing”. The compelling voice of Jack will undoubtedly prove them otherwise.” http://librarymice.com/historical-reads-world-war-i/
I have written a sixteen chapter story for the National Literacy Trust to tie in with this June’s centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was set during the Euro 2016 football tournament and the main characters were school pupils on a battlefield tour and First World War soldiers.
- Chapters 1-15 are now available from here.
- A literacy toolkit of ideas to use in schools based around the Euro 2016 tournament and the centenary commemorations is available now from here.
- Download your signed certificate to present to your school /class/ individual pupils in thanks for following Over the Line 2016 here.
“Just read the first chapter of your story with two Year 9 boys, it has captured their imagination and they can’t wait until the next installment!” North Durham Academy
This is the cigarette card of Sid Wheelhouse.
The photos below are of the Footb
aller’s Batallion Memorial, the cemetry near Couin and Delville wood today.
There are lots of photos of Delville Wood in 1916 here.
The Lochnagar Crater is the largest example and it has been preserved, for photos see here.
For information on the Thiepval memorial, see here.
A short film from Imperial War Museum on the Somme 100 Years On here.
A spoken word poem by Molly Case for the Royal British Legion, see here.
Leeds School Library Service have produced a comprehensive guide to First World War books here.
The remarkable stories of 175 men from 11 countries who were awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War are brought together here
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has created Glory Days – an interactive resource through video and audio clips, animation, primary sources and lesson activities – to tell some of the footballer’s stories and looks at how they are remembered by recording their details and looking after their graves and memorials, see here for more.
There’s also a useful video here http://www.readingwar.co.uk/over-the-line-home.html#pals about the McCrae’s Battalion 16th (Service) Battalion of the Royal Scots..
World War 1 School Archives are creating a centralised archive for schools to display and share their memories of the Great War.
The British Council have produced The Football Remembers education pack for teachers in English & Welsh, designed to offer support and resources for pupils learning about the Truce events that took place in 1914, see here for more.
BBC have collected some of their sport in wartime footage here.
ITV have footage here of Leyton Orient playing Leicester City in the final game of the 1914/15 season – at the end of the match the London side changed into their khaki uniforms and marched with the 17th Middlesex Regiment. They were part of the Footballers’ Battalion who fought and died in the First World War.
Tell me here what you thought about Over the Line.