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Reading Fiction: 'Private Peaceful' 1

In this series of worksheets, students are supported in their private reading of Michael Morpurgo's 'Private Peaceful'. They must have a copy of the text.

'Reading Fiction: 'Private Peaceful' 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Read a Wide Range of Texts

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This is the first worksheet in a series designed to help you in your reading of Michael Morpurgo's novel Private Peaceful.

You need to have a copy of the text and read relevant chapters before attempting the questions. This worksheet is based on the first chapter, FIVE PAST TEN. You need to read this chapter.

Look at the front cover of the novel. What do you predict the novel might be about?

war

sleeping

love

The novel is based on the First World War. Can you find out when the First World War took place and select the correct period of time?

1911-1914

1939-1945

1914-1918

The novel starts in a very unusual way. It is designed to grab the attention of the reader but also raise lots of questions.

What do you notice about the chapter title?

It is in a foreign language.

It is a question.

It is the time.

What tense is the first section written in?

past

present

future

Select two questions below that the opening section raises.

Why is the narrator on their own?

Why is this night so important to the narrator?

How old is the narrator?

Where does the narrator live?

We learn that the narrator is called Tommo. What point of view is the rest of the first chapter told from?

Tommo as an old man

Tommo as a young school boy

Tommo as a father

On a piece of paper draw Tommo's family tree and then select the correct family members from the list below.

Tommo, his brother Charlie, sister Molly, Mother and Father

Tommo, his brother Joe, sister Molly, Mother and Father

Tommo, his brothers Charlie and Joe, Mother and Father

How would you describe Tommo and Charlie's relationship?

Tommo looks out for Charlie.

Charlie is the protective older brother who looks after Tommo.

Charlie and Tommo don't like each other.

What does Tommo blame himself for?

killing his father

hurting Charlie

upsetting Molly

Why does the chapter end with the line "I have killed my own father"?

to answer the reader's question

to make the end of the chapter more dramatic

to make the reader dislike Tommo

  • Question 1

Look at the front cover of the novel. What do you predict the novel might be about?

CORRECT ANSWER
war
EDDIE SAYS
The front cover shows an image of barbed wire and soldiers holding guns. We can predict that the novel will be about war.
  • Question 2

The novel is based on the First World War. Can you find out when the First World War took place and select the correct period of time?

CORRECT ANSWER
1914-1918
EDDIE SAYS
The First World War (World War One) took place from 1914–1918.
  • Question 3

The novel starts in a very unusual way. It is designed to grab the attention of the reader but also raise lots of questions.

What do you notice about the chapter title?

CORRECT ANSWER
It is the time.
EDDIE SAYS
The title of the chapter, FIVE PAST TEN, is the time.
  • Question 4

What tense is the first section written in?

CORRECT ANSWER
present
EDDIE SAYS
The opening section is written in the present tense, as if it is happening now.
  • Question 5

Select two questions below that the opening section raises.

CORRECT ANSWER
Why is the narrator on their own?
Why is this night so important to the narrator?
EDDIE SAYS
The opening section raises two main questions:
Why is the narrator on their own?
Why is this night so important to the narrator?
  • Question 6

We learn that the narrator is called Tommo. What point of view is the rest of the first chapter told from?

CORRECT ANSWER
Tommo as a young school boy
EDDIE SAYS
The opening chapter is told from the perspective of Tommo as a young school boy.
  • Question 7

On a piece of paper draw Tommo's family tree and then select the correct family members from the list below.

CORRECT ANSWER
Tommo, his brothers Charlie and Joe, Mother and Father
EDDIE SAYS
Tommo's family is comprised of: Tommo, his brothers Charlie and Joe, Mother and Father.
  • Question 8

How would you describe Tommo and Charlie's relationship?

CORRECT ANSWER
Charlie is the protective older brother who looks after Tommo.
EDDIE SAYS
Charlie is the protective older brother who looks after Tommo. For example at school he looks after him and tries to make him feel better.
  • Question 9

What does Tommo blame himself for?

CORRECT ANSWER
killing his father
EDDIE SAYS
At the end of the chapter Tommo blames himself for killing his father.
  • Question 10

Why does the chapter end with the line "I have killed my own father"?

CORRECT ANSWER
to make the end of the chapter more dramatic
EDDIE SAYS
The chapter ends with the line "I have killed my own father" to make the end of the chapter more dramatic.
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