Michael Morpurgo’s inspiration for writing War Horse

-What was Michael Morpurgo’s inspiration for writing War Horse?

Michael Morpurgo’s inspiration for writing War Horse came from the place where he lives, in the middle of Devon and from an old man who had been to the First World War. This was a man who had been there with horses and had suffered along with many of his colleagues. They had a long and meaningful conversation.

This man told Michael that many horses had died. They died in the same way that the men were killed. Michael says that: “The horses suffer from all the same things that we suffer from.” So He wrote this book because he wanted to make sure it wasn’t from one side or the other. What he wanted to do was write a story which was told from all sides about the universal suffering of this war. So he decided to tell it through the horse’s eyes.

-Use the thinking routine: “Sentence-Phrase-Word”, to summarise what you have heard in Michael´s interview.

Sentence: Michael wanted to tell a story not from a French point of view, or a British point of view or of a German point of view, he wanted tell it through the eyes and the feelings of a horse.

Phrase: Horses suffer from all the same things men suffer from.

Word: Equality

Literary devices 2

Today in Literature we have been working again with literary devices.


  1. Watch the video and have a look at the webpage.
  2. Check your last activity, and correct it.
  3. Once you have finished, post on your blog the ones you didn´t know from the webpage: Literary Devices.

The Literary Devices that I didn’t know were:

Satire: is a type of literary device where an author ridicules specific people, groups or some aspect of society.

Anagram: Anagrams are an extremely popular form of literary device wherein the writer jumbles up parts of the word to create a new word.

Sonnet: is a type of poem that has a specific rhyme and meter.

Onomatopoeia: is a word that describes words that represent sounds.

Refrain: is repetition of sounds or words to form a pattern.

Antithesis: An antithesis is used when the writer employs two sentences of contrasting meanings in close proximity to one another.

Parody: is a type of literary work that satirizes another work, its author, or the ideas presented.

Literary Devices

Today in our Literature virtual class we have been working with literary devices. Our task was to take 2 quizzes and then to write down the ones we did incorrectly. After that we had to do an activity which consisted of matching the words with the definitions provided.

The answers I did wrong:

Picture this literary scene: the main character hears a scream, and then sees a man running out of the room with a bloody knife. You can often come to the conclusion (most of the time) that he killed whoever just screamed, although it never says outright that «the guy with the knife butchered the screamer.» This type of intelligent conclusion drawn by the reader based on clues and observations is called a(n) __________?The correct answer was Inference

«The wise fool is burning my taco» employs what kind of literary device?The correct answer was Oxymoron

This question will use an example from Shakespeare’s classic play, «Romeo and Juliet». In the Fifth Act of the play, Romeo arrives at the Capulet family tomb to find his love, Juliet, supposedly dead. However, we in the audience know that Juliet is not really dead, she merely took a potion to make it look like she was dead for her own motives. When the audience of a story knows more than the characters involved, what type of irony is employed?The correct answer was Dramatic Irony

«Flaming ice» is an example of what literary technique?The correct answer was Oxymoron

In the movie «Casablanca» you expect the loving couple to stay together, but then the girl hops off on a plane! Hey, that’s not what I expected! What type of irony is employed in this instance?The correct answer was Irony of the Situation

«Up went the bacon strips» is an example of what literary technique? (This technique is used more often in poetry.)The correct answer was Inversion


Biological drawing

Las week we went to the lab and we made a biological drawing. The task of this class was to draw labelling lines to the drawing and record an audio describing all the experience including difficulties when drawing, when self assessing your drawing, and any ideas on how you can improve your drawing next time you need to make one.

This is my drawing:


Ted talk

Today in speaking skills we listened to a ted talk and then we answered some questions about it. This is my work:

  1. Do you think small acts of kindness can change someone’s life? How do you think each person in their own way can positively affect the people around them?
  2. What do you think everybody did when he says “Everybody lost it”? (min 3:09)
  3. What do you think the word “catalyst” means? (min. 4:28)
  4. After watching the TED Talk, what do you think are the traits/qualities a leader should have? Have you changed your mind after this talk? 

1.Yes. Each person in their own way can positively affect the people around them by doing little things thinking about the other. 

2. I think that when he says “Everybody lost it” he means that everybody lost their minds.

3. I think that it means that everybody has made someone’s life better by something they said or did. Everybody has been and important part of a specific moment.

4. A leader should be confident about himself, brave, kind, responsible, empathetic, among others. Yes I have. 

War horse

Today in language we worked on a thinking routine about the book we are going to read this term: War horse. After that we made a summary of Michael Morpurgo’s life. This is my work:

Resultado de imagen de war horse book

See: I see a brown horse and some men that seem to be soldiers  

Think: I think that this book is going to be very emotional, since it is about war. I think that the horse has a fearless look.

Wonder: I wonder what is going to happen to the horse. Is he/she going to survive?