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How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is a smallish Viking with a longish name. Hiccup's father is chief of the Hairy Hooligan tribe which means Hiccup is the Hope and the Heir to the Hairy Hooligan throne - but most of the time Hiccup feels like a very ordinary boy, finding it hard to be a Hero.

In the first How to Train Your Dragon book Hiccup must lead ten novices in their initiation into the Hairy Hooligan Tribe. They have to train their dragons or be BANISHED from the tribe FOR EVER!
But what if Hiccup's dragon resembles an ickle brown bunny with wings? And has NO TEETH? The Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus is stirring and wants to devour every Viking on the Isle of Berk . . .
Can Hiccup save the tribe - and become a Hero?


The study of this text will develop reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing. Grammar and punctuation are examined within the context of the text – with the children interrogating how, why and to what effect they are used in the story. Children make connections between themes on a personal level with Hiccup and create varied, meaningful writing outcomes across various genres. The unit culminates in a final piece of writing whereby the children apply all that they have learned along the way with their hero, Hiccup. They will innovate a new short story version of the novel’s ending to engage their friends.