Ella Grey – Teacher’s Notes

A Song for Ella Grey is a new book from David Almond. It’s a tale of modern teenagers, their joys and troubles and desires – set in Tyneside and on the beaches of Northumberland.

Here are teaching resources offering ideas and suggestions for discussion, activity and further reading suggestions, for people reading this book. They cover a number of themes including the power of music and poetry; myth and reality – and being young and in love.

A Song for Ella Grey is inspired by the story of Orpheus and Eurydice – at the end of these resources is a summary of this Greek myth, and also some notes about particular references and connections.

These resources can be used to support students’ work with the KS3 National Curriculum subjects English and Art. They could also be used with KS4 students.