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Greenshaw High School

Year 7

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

In the deadly chaos of the First World War, one horse witnesses the reality of battle from both sides of the trenches. Bombarded by artillery, with bullets knocking riders from his back, Joey tells a powerful story of the truest friendships surviving in terrible times.

  • Experiences of war and conflict
  • Links to Year 8 history curriculum
  • Links to Year 9 English curriculum
  • Different perspectives on WW1

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

In the town they tell the story of the great pearl - how it was found and how it was lost again. They tell of Kino, the fisherman, and of his wife, Juana, and of the baby, Coyotito. And because the story has been told so often, it has taken root in every man's mind.

  • Canonical American literature
  • Enduring ideas of good and evil
  • Introduction to adult fables

Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

Jung-ling's family considers her bad luck because her mother died giving birth to her. They discriminate against her and make her feel unwanted yet she yearns and continuously strives for her parents' love. Only her aunt and grandfather offer her any love and kindness.

  • Different cultural experiences
  • Introduction to autobiography
  • Enduring ideas of struggle, survival, love, cruelty and kindness

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

In July 1942, thirteen-year-old Anne Frank and her family, fleeing the occupation, went into hiding in an Amsterdam warehouse. Over the next two years Anne vividly describes in her diary the frustrations of living in such close quarters, and her thoughts, feelings and longings as she grows up.

  • Important cultural knowledge
  • Links to Year 8 history study of the Holocaust
  • Inspiring life

A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich

The story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colorful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science. A text about the sweep of mankind's experience across the centuries, and a guide to humanity's achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.

  • Important cultural knowledge
  • Introduction to non-fiction genre
  • Links to art, English, history, science and religious studies curriculum
  • Links to Big Ideas and Big Dates

Tales of the Greek Heroes by Roger Lancelyn Green

The mysterious and exciting legends of the gods and heroes in Ancient Greece, from the adventures of Perseus, the labours of Heracles, the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts, to Odysseus and the Trojan wars.

  • Important cultural knowledge
  • Links to Year 7 English curriculum
  • Introduction to classical mythology

Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo

In fifth-century Denmark, a murderous monster stalks the night, and only the great prince of the Geats has the strength and courage to defeat him. Beowulf's terrifying quest to destroy Grendel, the foul fiend, a hideous sea-hag and a monstrous fire-dragon is the oldest surviving epic in British literature.

  • Important cultural knowledge
  • Links to Year 7 English curriculum
  • Introduction to epic genre
  • Study of the oldest English poem