Bound for Jamaica by Gareth Calway


Bound for Jamaica by Gareth Calway

Between 1500 and 1800, over 12 million Africans were sold into slavery. This is the story of one boy who is kidnapped, sold and transported as a slave across the Atlantic from West Africa to a sugar plantation in Jamaica. The story of slavery told through a mixture of narrative and factual history. Find out the real story of the thousands of Africans taken from their homeland to work as slaves in the Americas and the Caribbean. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3b to Level 3a in reading. *Support comprehension with the illustrations and historical images that bring to life the experience of slavery. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.


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'This is the only book I have ever wanted to read.' 'I like reading stories about people like me.'

'I trialled this story with my Year 8 dyslexic group and a Year 9 bottom set. It was an excellent text with which to develop inference skills: students had lots of ideas about the twist as we picked up clues. Good chapter lengths and cliff-hangers at end of sections. Humour appealed. One reluctant reader asked to take it home to finish. Another said can I get a read? - unheard of! One of the best.'

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48 pages
Interest Age: From 10


Gareth Calway
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Publication date

12th November 2012



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