Tag Archives: Journeys

‘Viceroy’s House’

11 Jun

I recently watched Viceroy’s House, a film about the transition of British India to independence.  The film was beautifully made, utilising the difficulties of a love between a Hindu (Jeet Kumar) and Muslim (Aalia Noor) to represent the divisions in a nation that will need to be partitioned in order to realise dreams of independence.

I think the film could be an interesting partner for a study of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.  This pairing would be a particularly useful way of exploring how the relationship between protagonists illuminates broader social tensions.

It would also be a good related text for Year 11 AOS Journeys or Change.  In both instances, students would be able to analyse the experiences of characters and then connect this to journeys or change on a national scale.


‘The African Doctor’

25 Mar

I recently watched The African Doctor.  This film explores the experiences of a recently arrived family of Congolese descent as they seek to find their place in a rural village in France.

Although overly simplistic at times, the text engages with ideas of tolerance, acceptance, identity and communal action.  For these reasons, I think the text has the potential to engage students.

That said, I think I would be reluctant to study this text in isolation.  I think it would work best either as part of a comparative unit, or as a related text for AOS Journey or Discovery.


1 Feb

I recently read Alan Paton’s short story ‘Ha’penny‘.  Although told simply, it is a profoundly moving narrative about a young boy’s desire for acceptance, belonging and a family of his own.

This would be an interesting text to study as part of a unit about identity; students could focus on how individuals construct themselves in relation to others.

It would also be interesting to study in relation to belonging.  There, the focus would be on the yearning for acceptance, the lengths gone to create connections and the circumstances in which belonging is achieved.

In addition, the text offers an interesting perspective on journeys, offering opportunities for students to explore the journeys of Ha’penny, the narrator and Mrs Maarman.

Familiar environments

30 Jan

Alice Eather’s poem ‘My Story Is Your Story‘ is a powerful poem about the different ways in which Indigenous and non-Indigenous people view Aboriginal land.  Through a series of haunting contrasts Eather is able to communicate the tension between connection to land and destruction for profit.

This would be an interesting text to study as part of a unit about Australian identity as it highlights the fundamental disconnect between viewpoints and, in turn, flags the callous disregard corporations can have for established and entrenched cultural connections.

It would also be an interesting text to study in AOS Discovery for HSC.  Considered alongside The Tempest, for example, it could be used to highlight how perspectives shape discovery.  Considered alongside Go Back to Where You Came From, it could be used to enrich a discussion regarding discovery, Australian identity, racism and responsibility.

The text could also be used as part of a junior AOS with a focus on change, belonging or journeys.  Here, focus would need to be on the role of context in shaping representation and value.

Eather’s poem could also be studied alongside, or as part of a suite of poetry which includes, Selina Nwulu’s ‘Home is a Hostile Lover‘. Together, the poems offer interesting representations of connection to place and the role of corporations in threatening the physicality and sacredness of place.


Comparing sample responses

18 Aug

I am a huge fan of deconstructing sample responses with my students in class.  I think it is really helpful for them to be able to understand and apply the criteria to a piece of writing.  Sometimes I provide my students with A-range responses and, in doing so, give them something to aim towards.  However, on other occasions I provide them with weaker responses and we work together to improve them.

Typically the samples I provide are paragraph extracts. I have observed, however, that students struggle with creating introductions that meaningfully engage with the question.  As such, I think this time I will provide my students with a selection of introductions, all responding to the same question.  One of these introductions will be A-range, and the others B, C and D-range.  Students will be required to annotate the introductions according to a provided set of a criteria and, based on their annotations, order the introductions from A to D range.


90 second thesis

4 Aug

I am on a mission to find creative ways of helping my students to develop requisite skills and revise knowledge.  It is now halfway through the year and I think it is time to up my game in terms of the learning activities that I offer my students.

One activity that I am keen to try is a game entitled ’90 second thesis’.  Here, students listen to 90s music while moving around the room.  When the music stops, students grab a pen, pad of paper and partner and work together to write a thesis statement that responds to an essay question.  In keeping with the 90s theme, students have only 90 seconds to write their thesis statements.  After the 90 seconds have expired, students share their thesis statements with the class.

I think this activity would be valuable as it would help build students’ confidence regarding (a) the composition of thesis statements and (b) to compose said thesis statements quickly, as would be required under exam conditions.

Post-it note conceptual mapping

26 Jul

I teach a number of mid to lower ability classes in which students struggle to understand nuances of the concepts and ideas that we explore as part of the English course.

To help students think critically and creatively about a topic, I want to implement a new approach to creating concept maps.  I plan to provide students with a concept and a set of post-it notes.  Working individually, students are going to write down words and phrases associated with that concept.  Then, students will work in small groups, pool their post-it notes and discuss the words and phrases they consider relevant.  They might also add additional words and phrases to the mix if required.  A class discussion will follow.  Students will then work in their groups to organise their post it notes so that the most important words/phrases or in the middle and the least important are on the margins.  In their groups they will have to discuss, agree and justify their criteria for importance.   The concept maps and reasoning behind them will then be shared with the class.

I am hoping that the ‘thinking pauses’ and discussions built in to this activity will help students to develop their reasoning skills and ability to engage critically with concepts studied.

AOS Journeys

8 Jul

A number of schools are looking to revitalise their Year 10 and Year 11 courses by introducing Areas of Studies that better prepare their students for AOS Discovery in Year 12.  A popular choice seems to be AOS Journeys.  With this in mind, I have compiled a list of texts which could be used as related material for a unit with ‘Journeys’ as the conceptual focus.  The list is not arranged in any particular order, and I will continue adding to it over time.

  1. Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (novel)
  2. The Ultimate Safari by Nadine Gordimer (short story)
  3. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta (novel)
  4. Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You by Hanna Jansen (biography)
  5. ‘I am an African’ by Thabo Mbeki (speech)
  6. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (novel)
  7. ‘I Have a Dream’ by Martin Luther King Jnr (speech)
  8. ‘The Manhunt’ by Simon Armitage (poem)
  9. ‘Refugee Blues’ by W.H. Auden (poem)
  10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (autobiography)
  11. ‘Caged Bird’ by Maya Angelou (poem)
  12. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (novel) (or the film adaptation)
  13. September, directed by Peter Carstairs (film)
  14. Selected The Gods of Wheat Street episodes (television drama)
  15. The Secret Life of Walter Mittydirected by Ben Stiller (film)
  16. Cartography for Beginners‘ by Emily Hasler (poem)
  17. ‘Journey to the Interior’ by Margaret Atwood (poem)
  18. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (novel)
  19. ‘And of Clay We Are Created’ by Isabel Allende (short story)
  20. Cool Runnings, directed by Jon Turteltaub (film)
  21. For Colored Girls, directed by Tyler Perry (film)
  22. The Second Bakery Attack‘ by Haruki Murakami (short story)
  23. Americannah by Chimmamanda Ngozi Adichie (novel)
  24. All That I Am by Anna Funder (novel)
  25. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (novel) (or the film aedaptation)
  26. Grave of the Fireflies, directed by Isao Takahata (film)
  27. A Mighty Heart, directed by Michael Winterbottom (film)
  28. Girl Rising, directed by Richard E. Robbins (film)
  29. The Tempest by William Shakespeare (play)
  30. Hamlet by William Shakespeare (play)
  31. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (novel)
  32. Anzac Girls (television series)
  33. Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis (novel)
  34. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (novel)
  35. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (novel)
  36. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (novel)
  37. Meet the Patels, directed by Ravi and Geeta Patel (film)
  38. Inside Out, directed by Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen (film)
  39. The Testimony, directed by Vanessa Block (documentary)
  40. The Lie‘ by T. Coraghessan Boyle (short story)
  41. Lion, directed by Garth Davis (film)
  42. A Sheltered Woman‘ by Yiyun Li (short story)
  43. Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (novel)
  44. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba (memoir)
  45. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah (memoir)
  46. ‘Home’ by Warsan Shire (poem)
  47. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (film or graphic novel)
  48. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (novel)
  49. Freedom Writers, directed by Richard LaGravenese (film)
  50. The African Doctor, directed by Julien Rambaldi (film)

Debating in the classroom

26 Apr

A recent presentation that I made at school has got me thinking about ways to incorporate interactive debating-style activities in the classroom.  Below are the ideas that are going through my head at the moment:

  1. A traditional debate.  Here, students are provided with a high modality statement relevant to what is being studied, divided into teams, and asked to research the topic.  One team argues in favour of the proposition, the other against it.  This could be an interesting mode of formative assessment, perhaps in the early stages of an AOS unit.  After building the field, a debate could be used to test students’ knowledge of the core concept.  Potentially, this activity could be revisited at the end of the unit in order to ascertain how well students can apply their knowledge of texts studied to ‘prove’ viewpoints about the focus concept.  I think this activity would work particularly well in a strong Year 10 class, or a strong Years 11 or 12 Advanced English class.
  2. A stakeholder debate.  As in a traditional debate, students are provided with a high modality statement relevant to what is being studied in class.  However, instead of attacking the statement from TWO sides, the statement can be engaged with from the perspectives of relevant stakeholders.  Each stakeholder is allocated time to present his or her opinion.  After all key opinions have been aired, each stakeholder receives another opportunity to speak.  At this point, s/he must engage with the ideas and allegations made by other stakeholders.  For stronger classes, there is also an opportunity for stakeholders (or an audience) to ask each other questions to clarify viewpoints.  This type of activity would work particularly well in a junior class (years 7, 8 or 9) where the topic covered relates to issues of social or community importance.
  3. Ping Pong Debate.  In this debate, ideas bounce around the room like a ping pong ball does during a game.  Here, the teacher throws a potentially controversial statement to the class.  The first student standing responds to that statement, either endorsing it or refuting it.  Once that student’s allocated time expires, the next student standing gets an opportunity to respond.  This time, the student can extend the response of the previous speaker or make a counter-claim.  When I use this activity in my class, I encourage students to structure their responses using the PEEL format (Point, Example, Explanation, Link).  If I were doing this activity with weaker classes, I would write the acronym on the board and appoint a student as ‘Captain PEEL’, tasking him/her with redirecting the speaker to address any missed elements.  This debate works well as part of a building the field activity when learning about a new concept.  It can also work well at the end of a unit if students are also required to utilise their knowledge of a text studied in their responses.  My stronger Years 9 and 10 classes in the past have previously enjoyed this activity immensely.
  4. Room for debate.   In this debate, students are required to move around the class room.  The teacher provides a topic for discussion.   Upon first hearing the topic, students have to move to one of three signs which have been posted around the room: agree, disagree, not sure.  The teacher then asks one student who agrees with the statement to provide a reason for his/her position.  Encourage students to use the PEEL structure when formulating their response.  As they listen to the student’s argument, students who are convinced can leave their positions and move to the ‘agree’ group.  Repeat, this time allowing a student in the ‘disagree’ group to speak.  Then, a student in the ‘not sure’ group has the opportunity to ask a question, one student from each of the ‘agree’ and ‘disagree’ groups must respond to that question.  The ‘not sure’ student must then move to the group whose answer was most convincing.  The aim of the game is to stop students from ‘fence sitting’ and encourage them to commit to a position.

Pairs of texts

31 Mar

I have spent a lot of time recently thinking about interesting textual pairings for study as part of a comparative unit.  Many of my ideas are not suitable for my school context or the ability levels of my classes.  However, I do think that, in the right contexts and with the right classes, all could form the basis of interesting and engaging units.

  1. A Lesson Before Dying (novel) & To Kill a Mockingbird (film)
  2. A Long Way Gone (memoir) & Freedom Writers (film)
  3. A Long Way Gone (memoir) & Girl At War (novel)
  4. A Long Way Gone (memoir) & Hotel Rwanda (film)
  5. A Long Way Gone (memoir) & Schindler’s List (film)
  6. A Long Way Gone (memoir) & Poetry of Siegfried Sassoon (poetry)
  7. A Long Way Gone (memoir) & Poetry of Wilfred Owen (poetry)
  8. Americanah (novel) & selected episodes of Black-ish (television series)
  9. A Monster Calls (novel) & Boy (film)
  10. A Monster Calls (novel) & Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (film)
  11. A Monster Calls (novel/film) & Frankenstein (novel)
  12. And Then There Were None (novel) & Selected episodes of Trapped (television series)
  13. Animal Farm (novel) & Selection of episodes of House of Cards (television series)
  14. Anzac Girls (television series) & Poetry of Siegfried Sassoon (poetry)
  15. Bad Feminist (collection of essays) & For Colored Girls (film)
  16. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (novel) & Freedom Writers (film)
  17. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (novel) & The Dreamer (novel)
  18. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (novel) & The Kite Runner (film or graphic novel)
  19. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (novel) & Wadjda (film)
  20. Becoming Kirrali Lewis (novel) & Boy (film)
  21. Becoming Kirrali Lewis (novel) & The Kite Runner (graphic novel)
  22. Boy, Snow, Bird (novel) & Americanah (novel)
  23. Boy, Snow, Bird (novel) & Selected short stories of Chinua Achebe (short stories)
  24. Boy, Snow, Bird (novel) & Desdemona (play)
  25. Boy, Snow, Bird (novel) & God Help the Child (novel)
  26. Boy, Snow, Bird (novel) & Kissing the Witch (novel)
  27. Brave New World (novel) & The Crucible (play)
  28. Brave New World (novel) & Never Let Me Go (film)
  29. Brave New World (novel) & V for Vendetta (film)
  30. Briar Rose (novel) & Grave of the Fireflies (film)
  31. Briar Rose (novel) & Lion (film)
  32. Briar Rose (novel) & Night (autobiography)
  33. Briar Rose (novel) & Schindler’s List (film)
  34. Deadline (novel) & Dead Poets Society (film)
  35. Deadline (novel) & The Fault In Our Stars (film)
  36. Deadline (novel) & The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (film)
  37. Deadly, Unna? (novel) & A United Kingdom (film)
  38. Deadly, Unna? (novel) & Hairspray (film)
  39. Deadly, Unna? (novel) & Invictus (film)
  40. Deadly, Unna? (novel) & Remember the Titans (films)
  41. Deadly, Unna? (novel) & Selected episodes of Redfern Now (television series)
  42. El Deafo (graphic novel) & The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (novel)
  43. Etiquette and Espionage (novel) & Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (film)
  44. Exit West (novel) & Romeo and Juliet (play)
  45. Exit West (novel) & The poetry of Selina Nwulu (poetry)
  46. Exit West (novel) & The poetry of Warsan Shire (poetry)
  47. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (novel) & After the Storm (film)
  48. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (novel) & 11’09’01 (collection of short films)
  49. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (novel) & Lion (film)
  50. Face (novel) & The Intouchables (film)
  51. Fahrenheit 451 (novel) & Persepolis (graphic novel or film)
  52. Fahrenheit 451 (novel) & V For Vendetta (film)
  53. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf (choreopoem) & Mustang (film)
  54. Frankenstein (novel) & Boy, Snow, Bird (novel)
  55. Frankenstein (novel) & Frankenweenie (film)
  56. Frankenstein (novel) & The Iron Giant (film)
  57. Frankenstein (novel) & Metropolis (film)
  58. Frankenstein (novel) & Never Let Me Go (film)
  59. Frankenstein (novel) & The Rocky Horror Picture Show (film)
  60. Frankenstein (novel) & The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (novel)
  61. Girl Rising (film) & Poetry of Maya Angelou (poetry)
  62. Hamlet (play) & A Monster Calls (novel/film)
  63. Hamlet (play) & Nutshell (novel)
  64. Hamlet (play) & The Lion King (film)
  65. Hiroshima (novel) & Grave of the Fireflies (film)
  66. King Henry IV, Part I (play) & Selected episodes of House of Cards (television show)
  67. King Henry IV, Part I (play) & Selected episodes of Scandal (television show)
  68. King Richard II (play) & Selected episodes of House of Cards (television show)
  69. Life of Pi (novel) & Castaway (film)
  70. Lord of the Flies (novel) & Where the Wild Things Are (film)
  71. Lord of the Flies (novel) & The Hunger Games (film)
  72. Macbeth (play) & Selected episodes of Designated Survivor (television series)
  73. Macbeth (play) & The Dressmaker (film)
  74. Macbeth (play) & The Gods of Wheat Street (television series)
  75. Macbeth (play) & Selected episodes of House of Cards (television series)
  76. Macbeth (play) & Selected episodes of Scandal (television series)
  77. Maus (graphic novel) & A Long Way Gone (memoir)
  78. Maus (graphic novel) & Night (autobiography)
  79. Maus (graphic novel) & Schindler’s List (film)
  80. March (novel) & Little Wome(novel)
  81. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (novel) & The Fault in Our Stars (film)
  82. Night (autobiography) & A Long Way Gone (memoir)
  83. Night (autobiography) & Girl At War (novel)
  84. Night (autobiography) & Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography)
  85. Night (autobiography) & Rabbit-Proof Fence (film)
  86. Night (autobiography) & Schindler’s List (film)
  87. Night (autobiography) & The Seven Stages of Grieving (play)
  88. Nona and Me (novel) & Looking for Alibrandi (film)
  89. Nona and Me (novel) & September (film)
  90. Of Mice and Men (novel) & Hunt for the Wilderpeople (film)
  91. Othello (play) & Desdemona (play)
  92. Othello (play) & Gone Girl (film)
  93. Othello (play) & New Boy (novel)
  94. Othello (play) & V For Vendetta (film)
  95. Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Girl At War (novel)
  96. Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Hotel Rwanda (film)
  97. Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Lion (film)
  98. Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Maus (graphic novel)
  99. Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Night (autobiography)
  100. Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Schindler’s List (film)
  101. Pride & Prejudice (novel) & Bride and Prejudice (film)
  102. Pride & Prejudice (novel) & Bridget Jones’s Diary (film)
  103. Pride & Prejudice (novel) & Mustang (film)
  104. Pride & Prejudice (novel) & The Wedding Plan (film)
  105. Refugee Boy (novel) & Freedom Writers (film)
  106. Refugee Boy (novel) & The African Doctor (film)
  107. Refugee Boy (novel) & The Arrival (picture book)
  108. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Alex and Eve (film)
  109. Romeo & Juliet (play) & A United Kingdom (film)
  110. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Freedom Writers (film)
  111. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Hairspray (film)
  112. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Meet the Patels (film)
  113. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Mustang (film)
  114. Romeo & Juliet (play) & My Big Fat Greek Wedding (film)
  115. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Tanna (film)
  116. Romeo & Juliet (play) & The Fault in Our Stars (film or novel)
  117. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Titanic (film)
  118. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Viceroy’s House (film)
  119. Romeo & Juliet (play) & West Side Story (film)
  120. Safana and Aunt Sarrinah (play) & Selected episodes of Redfern Now (television show)
  121. Safana and Aunt Sarrinah (play) & The Green Bicycle (novel)
  122. Safana and Aunt Sarrinah (play) & The Kite Runner (novel or graphic novel)
  123. Safana and Aunt Sarrinah (play) & Wadjda (film)
  124. Safana and Aunt Sarrinah (play) & Poetry of Warsan Shire (poetry)
  125. Scattered Lives (play) & Americannah (novel)
  126. Scattered Lives (play) & Freedom Writers (film)
  127. Scattered Lives (play) & Looking for Alibrandi (novel)
  128. Scattered Lives (play) & Poetry of Peter Skrzynecki (poetry)
  129. Scattered Lives (play) & Poetry of Selina Nwulu (poetry)
  130. Scattered Lives (play) & Poetry of Warsan Shire (poetry)
  131. Schindler’s Ark (novel) & Hotel Rwanda (film)
  132. Speak (novel) & For Colored Girls (film)
  133. Speak (novel) & The Scarlet Letter (novel)
  134. Stargirl (novel) & Wadjda (film)
  135. Station Eleven (novel) & A Midsummer Night’s Dream (play)
  136. Station Eleven (novel) & Hag-Seed (novel)
  137. Station Eleven (novel) & Never Let Me Go (novel or film)
  138. Station Eleven (novel) & The Tempest (play)
  139. Stolen (play) & Rabbit-Proof Fence (film)
  140. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (novel) & Hunt for the Wilderpeople (film)
  141. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (memoir) & Queen of Katwe (film)
  142. The Color Purple (novel) & For Colored Girls (film)
  143. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (novel) & Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (film)
  144. The Dreamer (novel) & Billy Elliot (film)
  145. The Drover’s Wife (play) & Selected episodes of Redfern Now (television series).
  146. The First Third (novel) & Boy (film)
  147. The Fault in Our Stars (novel) & Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (film)
  148. The Handmaid’s Tale (novel/television series) & Never Let me Go (novel/film)
  149. The Help (novel) & A United Kingdom (film)
  150. The Help (novel) & Remember the Titans (film)
  151. The Help (novel) & The Blindside (film)
  152. The Outsiders (novel) & Hunt for the Wilderpeople (film)
  153. The Outsiders (novel) & Freedom Writers (film)
  154. The Outsiders (novel) & Yolngu Boy (film)
  155. The Rabbits (picture book) & Deadly, Unna? (novel)
  156. The Rabbits (picture book) & Poetry of Oodgeroo Noonuccal (poetry)
  157. The Rabbits (picture book) & Rabbit-Proof Fence (film)
  158. The Real Inspector Hound (play) & Selected episodes of Trapped (television series)
  159. The Real Inspector Hound (play) & And Then There Were None (novel)
  160. The Scarlet Letter (novel) & Easy A (film)
  161. The Skull Beneath the Skin (novel) & The Real Inspector Hound (play)
  162. The Skull Beneath the Skin (novel) & Selected episodes of Trapped (television series)
  163. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (novel) & The Drover’s Wife (play)
  164. The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman (novel) & Freedom Writers (film)
  165. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (novel) & Hamlet (play or film)
  166. The Kite Runner (novel) & Big Fish (film)
  167. The Kite Runner (novel) & Boy (film)
  168. The Queue (novel) & Animal Farm (novel)
  169. The Queue (novel) & Brave New World (novel)
  170. The Queue (novel) & Fahrenheit 451 (novel/film)
  171. The Queue (novel) & Nineteen Eighty-Four (novel)
  172. The Queue (novel) & Persepolis (film/graphic novel)
  173. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & A United Kingdom (film)
  174. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & Hairspray (film)
  175. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & Poetry of Langston Hughes (poetry)
  176. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & Remember the Titans (film)
  177. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & Selected episodes of Redfern Now (television series)
  178. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & The Blindside (film)
  179. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & The Help (film)
  180. To This Day (graphic novel) & Wonder (novel)
  181. To This Day (graphic novel) & Face (novel)
  182. Vernon God Little (novel) & Elephant (film)
  183. Vinegar Girl (novel) & The Taming of the Shrew (play)
  184. Vinegar Girl (novel) & 10 Things I Hate About You (film)
  185. Voices from Chernobyl (non-fiction) & Grave of the Fireflies (film)
  186. War Horse (film) & Poetry of Siegfried Sassoon (poetry)
  187. War Horse (film) & Poetry of Wilfred Owen (poetry)