Whose Side Are You On? Historical Fiction with Liz Kessler and Alex Wheatle

Read extracts from Cane Warriors and When the World Was Ours which introduce themes of perspective and historical narratives. This activity encourages children to consider marginalised histories and power dynamics.

Third/Fourth Level – KS3

Explore themes of:
√ Different Sides and Perspectives √ History √ WWII √ Slavery √ Diverse Voices

Subject Checklist:
√ English Language √ Social Studies √ Expressive Arts

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Download the resources:



Download extracts from When the World Was Ours and Cane Warriors by Liz Kessler and Alex Wheatle to accompany the resources:

Cane-Warriors-Proof-by Alex Wheatle p.1-2

When-the-World-Was-Ours-by-Liz-Kessler- p. 132-136

Further information:

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