In this interview, Michael Morpurgo explains four questions he would like to ask a class of children who have read Private Peaceful. Watch the clip carefully – be aware that this is a task for those who know how the novel ends. After watching, in pairs discuss your answers to his questions. Then, as a class, write a letter or email to Michael explaining you have watched his interview on this Film Education website, and giving your answers to his questions, making sure you give clear reasons for each response. You can send your correspondence via his website or to the contact information below:
David Higham Associates
5-8 Lower John Street
London W1R 4HA
Here is a reminder of the questions he asks:
- Which part of the story could you see most clearly in your mind’s eye as you were reading?
- Do you think it would have been better to have the other brother tell the story, the one who is going to get shot, might that have been better?
- How relevant is the book for today? Is there anything you can connect with in the story like Big Joe's learning difficulties?
- Is there anything about society today which you think is unfair, as things clearly were then?