King Alfred the Great

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By Alison Milford — Author

This biography tells children all the key facts about the life of King Alfred the Great, presented in clearly organised sections. Some previous knowledge of the general social and historical events of the Anglo-Saxon period would be helpful.


Before reading

  • Look at the layout of the text. Are the subtitles useful?
  • Discuss the features of a biography and the difference between biographical and autobiographical writing.
  • Discuss prior knowledge of King Alfred.
  • What questions about King Alfred would you like the text to answer? Which question types would elicit most information – eg, ‘How’ and ‘Why’?
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