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

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?


Snow White

In language we have been working with revolting rhymes. Angie divided us in groups and assigned each group a story. My group was formed by Juana Tesan, Maria Bartomeo and Mora Sturla. Our story was “Snow White”. We had to find similarities and differences between the real story and the revolting rhyme. This is our work:

Snow White

Future tense

will present continuous(- ing) form timeframe simple present for future usage             going to
  • promises
  • offers of help
  • spontaneous situation
  • Predictions without evidence
  • Official announcements
  • Official announcements
We use present continuous for fixed plans in the future that we are 95% or 100% sure it will happen. The simple present is used for events in the future that have been scheduled (like in a diary or a timetable) Going to + infinitive is used to signal an intention. The plan may not be 100% fixed but it is probably at least 80% fixed.  It is also used for predictions but with evidence.

Parson’s pleasure #2

This is the second set of questions related to the story called “ The parson’s pleasure”:

a) Name the main character in this story and describe his physique and his personality in a paragraph.

b) Characters:  name two other characters mentioned in the story, and give short descriptions.

c) Write a dialogue between Boggis and Rummins when he returns to find that the legs have been sawn off.


a)The main character is Cyril Winnington Boggis. He is a furniture dealer. He is a cheater, he lied to a lot of people. He is a scammer, a fraud and a manipulator. He made people believe something that wasn’t true to take advantage of them.

*  I did not find any information to describe him physically.


Rummins is the owner of a farm and he is a stumpy man with small shifty eyes.

Claude is Rummins’ neighbour. He is short and has broad shoulders.


Mr. Boggis: What the heck happened to the armchair?

Rummins: We thought you only wanted the legs.

Mr. Boggis: Nooo, I could have won a lot of money  by selling that chair.

Rummins: Wait! you told us that it was worth nothing! You are a liar!  

Mr. Boggis: I am not, I am just a businessman, you silly!

Rummins: Get out of my sight before you regret!