27th May 2005 at 01:00
KS 1: Read or listen to chapter 7 of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, until you reach "'How dreadfully savage!' exclaimed Alice." Ask pupils to work in pairs and make up a nonsense rhyme on the model of "Twinkle, twinkle".

KS 2: Read chapter 13 of The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien, until you reach "he spoke of it yet to no one". How does the author write about light and dark? Why is the Arkenstone special? What do treasure and jewels do to the dwarves and Bilbo?

KS 3: In groups, brainstorm words and ideas about diamonds. Compose a poem in a diamond shape.

KS 4: Listen to "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" and read the lyrics. Look at the rhyme scheme, noticing its effect and the vitality injected by the use of colloquialisms.

KS 5: Read and perhaps memorise Duke Senior's opening speech in Act II, scene 1 of As You Like It, noticing especially the imagery in lines 15-17. Why is it appropriate and effective?

Sheila McIlwraith

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