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'My Polish Teacher's Tie' by Helen Dunmore
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A series of suggestions for exploring 'My Polish Teacher's Tie' with your students.
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A pre-reading activity in which students uncover patterns of meaning by sorting words from the first three paragraphs of 'My Polish Teacher's Tie' into categories.
The songs my mother taught me
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A range of questions focusing on a short passage from the story to help students develop analytical skills. This resource includes different task sheets: page 2 is intended for Higher Tier students and page 3 for Foundation Tier.
Here's looking at me
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Students consider what defines us as individuals and relate this understanding to the story. Two differentiated versions are included: the first is aimed at Higher Tier students and the second at Foundation Tier.
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Explore the meaning of Stefan's tie before thinking about symbols to represent the other characters. There are two versions of this resource: the first is intended for Higher Tier students and the second for Foundation Tier.
Structure in the story
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Match the key terms to their definitions and then use your knowledge of the story to complete a plot diagram. There are two differentiated versions of this resource: the first two pages are aimed at Higher Tier students and the final page is intended for Foundation Tier.
Flip reverse it
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A Magnet activity in which students match character traits to the appropriate characters and find evidence to support their views. Double-click on the shaded tiles to see antonyms. Move the tiles around the screen and/or colour code them to sort them into character groups.
Talk the talk
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Analyse the patterns of Carla's speech and explain how it changes throughout the story. Two versions of this resource are included - first version is intended for Higher Tier students, while the second is for Foundation Tier.
From Poland with love
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Students write a letter from Stefan to Carla - intelligent, witty and thoughtful.
In the hot seat
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A speaking and listening role play in which students take on the roles of Carla, the Head, Valerie Kenward and Stefan. Includes teaching notes and a de-briefing activity.
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A selection of drama-based approaches for exploring this story's central ideas.
Social and historical context
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Background information about Helen Dunmore and the short story 'My Polish Teacher's Tie'. This information is also available as a web page in the 'Social and historical' section.