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Teacher's Dead Lesson 1
Transcript of Teacher's Dead Lesson 1
Benjamin Zephaniah Email
The book was partly inspired by the killing of the teacher Philip Lawrence, and partly inspired by an incident I saw at school when one pupil stabbed another pupil thinking it was another pupil. It was also inspired by the mothers and wives of the men and boys (in these cases they were all men and boys) who tried to deal with what had happened to them. Most of them were very reasonable and thoughtful, whilst the press was going crazy and seeking revenge.
More than anything the book is about how the media can write a story based on the superficial, and how many people can see the same thing, at the same time, but because they see it from different angles, that come to differing conclusions.
1995 - Murder of Philip Lawrence
Read the 1995: Youth gang stabs head teacher to death - Answer the following questions:
1. What happened to the head teacher?
2. What was the head teacher trying to do when the incident happened?
3. What is the name of the boy who committed the crime?
STARTER BOOKLET: Take out your starter booklet and work on a task.
Read Profile: Leandro Chindamo
1. What is Leandro Chindamo's background?
2. What other information do we find out about the attack on Philip Lawrence?
3. Why has Lenadro Chindamo not been deported back to Italy?
CHALLENGE: Do you think Leandro Chindamo should have been released from prison?
Education for Leisure and Hitcher Essay - 10 minutes to complete
What do you think are the most 'evil' crimes?
- CHALLENGE: What makes these crimes evil?
CHALLENGE: what is your personal response to this crime?
Can you make the opening of Teachers Dead more descriptive?
Should be about the same event, but giving more detail about what happened.
Use full stops, capital letters and commas.
'Teacher's Dead' Opening Paragraph
The knife was pushed so far into Mr Joseph’s stomach that it almost came out of his back. Lionel Ferrier closed his eyes, held the handle tight, and turned it vigorously. Mr Joseph grunted towards the sky as the knife was twisted deep into his intestines, and as the sharp stainless steel sliced through his organs blood pumped out of his body with so much force that it splattered Lionel’s chest. Lionel pulled the knife out and jogged away slowly with his friend Ramzi Sanchin following behind him.
TASK: Can you underline the verbs, adjectives and adverbs?
What sort of impression do these words give us of the book?
- what things should we include?
two stars and a wish
Did the writer achieve the success criteria?
How do the opening two chapters of Teachers Dead attempt to make us want to read on?
1. To understand the contextual background to 'Teachers' Dead'.
2. To analyse the effect of adjectives, verbs and adverbs in descriptive writing.
What have we learnt so far?