This term Year 11 and Year 12 EAL students have been studying a novel in AoS1, Reading and Creating Texts. Year 11 have just completed their summative assessment on ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ by Mark Haddon. This novel tells the story of 15 year old Christopher Boone, who ‘knows all the countries of the world and their capital cities, and every prime number up to 7,507.’ Christopher has a photographic memory; he understands Maths; he understands Science – what he can’t understand are other human beings. Christopher has Asperger’s Syndrome. He discovers his neighbour’s dog dead on the lawn at midnight, and sets out to solve the ‘murder mystery’, with some surprising results. The text is engaging, sometimes funny, and has given students an insight into the issues facing children on the Autism Spectrum, and their families.
Year 11 and Year 12 EAL Literary Texts Part One