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Private Peaceful L4

Symbolism and Intro to PEEL
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English Department

on 18 September 2014

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Transcript of Private Peaceful L4

Michael Morpurgo
Private Peaceful
Title:
Private Peaceful
LO: To understand what symbolism is
To recap and practise
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Paragraphs
Symbolism
Every lesson, I'll be looking for a few volunteers to read small sections of the book.

Keep calm, read on and don't be shy
Merit Marks for those who try!
What do you think
symbolism
means? Can you think of any symbols you are already familiar with?
P
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L

Paragraphs
During your first time at SJL, you will write essays in English using the
P
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paragraph format.
Can you guess what each element of
P
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L
stands for?...
Point - The idea you want to express
Evidence - a quote from the text to back up your idea
Explain - an explanation of how the quote proves your point
Language - Picking out language in the quote to focus on
Symbolism is when we represent ideas using symbols instead of words.

For example...
What symbols could represent the following - draw them in your books:
Stop!
Wales
Environmentally Friendly
Remembrance
Read the following extract in your books again:

I’m not sure if I ever really believed in God, even in Sunday school. In church I’d gaze up at Jesus hanging on the cross in the stained-glass window, and feel sorry for him because I could see how cruel it was and how much it must be hurting him. I knew he was a good and kind man. But I never really understood why God, who was supposed to be his father, and almighty and powerful, would let them do that to him, would let him suffer so much. I believed then, as I believe now, that crossed fingers and Molly’s stones are every bit as reliable or unreliable as praying to God. I shouldn’t think like that because if there’s no God, then there can be no heaven. Tonight I want very much to believe there’s a heaven, that as father said, there is a new life after death, that death is not a full stop, and that we will all see one another again. (p47)
How does Michael Morpurgo use symbols to show the reader that Thomas isn't sure whether God exists or not.
Use PEEL!
Point,
Evidence,

Explanation,

Language
Michael Morpurgo uses the symbol of the cross to show the reader that Thomas is doubtful about whether God exists or not.
When gazing up at the cross, Thomas can't understand 'why God, who was supposed to be his father, and almighty and powerful, would let them do that to him, would let him suffer so much.'

The words
'almighty'
and
'powerful'
suggest that Thomas does not believe that God, with all his power, could not have done something to save his son from dying on a cross, and he finds it difficult to believe that a
'father'
would allow his son to
'suffer'
in this way.
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