In The Curse of Being Pharoah, Mrs Herrera the class’s regular teacher is away on a course. In her absence the substitute teacher decides that the class programme will be different for a while. The students will “live their learning” as they study the life and times of the Pharaohs. This seems to mean general chaos and little discipline – perfect as far as Matt the class bully is concerned. Features of the Book – The theme of bullying, – First person point of view, – The prologue, – The way the illustrator has interpreted the author’s descriptions, – The descriptive writing – He reminded me of a long quivering leaf, – The facts about Egypt and the Pharaohs, Purpose The Curse of Being Pharaoh can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills: – drawing on students’ prior knowledge, – making and confirming predictions, – identifying how setting is important to a story’s development, – recognising the first person narrative, – distinguishing between fact and opinion.
Themes covered in this book are: Character Education, Conflict, School and Community
Reading Level:27-28 (Ruby)
Guided Reading Level28
Theme/TopicCharacter education conflict | School and Community
Strategy/SkillsFact and opinion | Making predictions | Prior knowledge