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Disaster in the Mountains – What Would You Do? A True Event Writing Challenge.

Tracy Lambert
Rising Star
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(224)
A climbing expedition gone very wrong and almost impossible decisions to make: we look at the situations and write short pieces to support our choices. Join us as we explore the real-life dilemmas, as told in Touching The Void.

Class experience

US Grade 4 - 6
Students will:
identify features of persuasive writing
evaluate and make decisions based on the information given
form opinions and write persuasive pieces based on those opinions
participate in discussions and consider different sides of an argument.
Writing is my passion and as well as majoring in English at university, along with Theatre Arts, I've almost 20 years of experience in teaching English in primary schools. Over those years, I have worked regularly with groups of children specifically on English writing skills and teaching creative writing online.
Touching The Void has been used with many classes that I have worked with over a few years and used to encourage critical thinking, debate, persuasive writing and looking at events from others’ viewpoints and experiences. It is a true story that I’ve found captures the interest and imagination of students, which is why I have always enjoyed using it in an educational setting with many groups of learners.
Homework Offered
Assessments Offered
Informal assessment during class
Grades Offered
A notebook or paper and something to write with, or a device to use for writing. 

Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Content is age-appropriate but note the disclaimer below. Students will discuss the key dilemma of the book- whether Yates should take an action that he knows will lead to Simpson’s death or risk condemning them both. Students will discuss the harsh realities and hazards of the expedition.
 Both climbers are alive and well today. However, this will not be made obvious to students until later in the class, so that they can understand the dilemma facing Yates.

Disclaimer: While class content will be suitable for students in this age range, parents are advised to exercise a little caution if their learners would like to read or watch Touching The Void. 
The film has incidents of strong language.
The full-length book also contains strong language.
I advise securing a copy of an abridged age-appropriate version (such as that by Scholastic) which contains the key parts of the book and no swearing (the version which we used in class for 9+ year old students and which also contains interesting information and questions)
A variety of online and published works have been referred to over years of teaching this subject, including but not limited to:
Touching The Void by Joe Simpson published by Vintage 1998 edition
Touching The Void by Joe Simpson Scholastic Edition abridged.
Touching The Void film (2003) 
Touching The Void- What Happened Next mini-documentary. (2003)
Rising Star
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(224)
Hello and thank you for stopping by to find out a little more about me. I hail from the UK and live in Kent (the bottom right-hand corner as you look at the map!)
 I graduated from the University of Exeter with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree... 
Group Class


per class
Meets once
55 min

Completed by 5 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-12
1-6 learners per class

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