Faith in the Flame

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By Antony LishakLiteracy Time PLUS Writer-in-residence

This thought-provoking story, set in Jerusalem in 165BCE, is linked to the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. To support the story there is a activity sheet information text about the festival.

These teachers’ notes refer to the PRINT ONLY guided reading leaflet in Literacy Time PLUS for Ages 7 to 9, November 2009.

It would be helpful if children had previous experience of reading historical adventure stories and an understanding of how a writer uses figurative and expressive language to create images and atmosphere.

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Before reading

Establish what the children already know about the festival of Hanukkah and the Jewish faith. Invite any Jewish children in the class to act as experts – if they feel comfortable doing so. Briefly explain that Hanukkah is a Jewish Festival of Light which takes place over eight days in November/December each year to remember the miracle that resulted in a day’s worth of oil lasting for eight in the Temple in Jerusalem. You could refer to the information about the festival in On-screen resource 1.

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