About the Read in to Writing Phileas's Fortune unit:

  • Suggested year group: Year 4

  • Length of unit: 6 weeks/30 sessions

  • Themes and topics: Self-expression, language, confidence, creativity, facing fears, overcoming challenges

  • Writing outcomes: A narrative setting description, an internal monologue with a choice of character, predictions, an internal monologue as Phileas and a formal letter

About Phileas's Fortune by Agnès de Lestrade and Valeria Docampo​:

How can Phileas express himself to Cybele when he doesn’t have enough money to buy the words?
Phileas’s Fortune reveals the power of language and self-expression. Words are important, but the sincerity and character behind what is being said matter more. True self-expression comes from deep inside. In the end, heart is always more meaningful than money.


Please note, Phileas's Fortune books are now out of print, but you can still access the units and materials if you’re using these books with your class.

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