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Mark Haddon's popular novel about an unusual young man with a flair for Maths and a drive to know who killed his neighbour's dog has been one of the most surprising crossover books of the last 30 years.


This 52-page unit of work has been tested successfully with a mixed-ability class:

  • It divides the novel into eight substantial sections for convenient planning across a term
  • Over 100 questions offer a blend of higher-order thinking skills and personal reflective tasks
  • provides a contextual discussion for each section, drawing out concepts and ideas such as the brain and cognition; logic and language; individuality and disability; imagination, and alternative world.
  • Extension exercises allow stronger students to stretch their knowledge and thinking with philosophical tasks
  • A two-question analytical assessment task asks students to consider theme and voice in a nominated chapter


The unit can be printed for students who prefer hard copy, or presented digitally.

Unit of Work: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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