Examining the social, cultural and historical background of ‘Kindertransport’, examining historic and current issues around refugees and migrants, looking at moral dilemmas related to this, introducing the Ratcatcher, analysing work by Hannah Arendt on the topic, and finally, introducing the structure of the text, and the assessment for the coursework essay.
Lesson focused on examining the current crisis in Syria in relation to Diane Samuels’ ‘Kindertransport’. Includes videos and activities recommended by Amnesty International, as well as videos examining the history of the conflict. The lesson concludes with discussions around how we can approach the issue moving forward.
Examining how the theme of repression is explored in ‘Kindertransport’. Exploring some ideas from Freud around repression.
Exploring Samuels’ ‘Kindertransport’, particularly good for Edexcel IGCSE Literature
Analysing the social commentary of Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite. Created as a lesson for IB literature students, but could easily be adapted across a range of subjects. Lesson deals with questions of class, gender and climate justice. It includes discussion questions around these topics, and two videos analysing scenes from the movie.
Lesson exploring self-reflexivity are a literary convention in ‘Slaugherhouse-Five’. Would be suitable for IB, AP or A Levels.
Analyses the narrative structure of Slaughterhouse-Five, while exploring how this conveys views on war, stoicism and Vonnegut’s ideas about plot.
Resources for considering the literary conventions, context and thematic ideas of ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’
Analysing the use of dark humour and irony in S5 as a way to both confront and hide from the horrors of war.
Exploring stoicism as representative of the Tralfamadorian philosophical outlook. Includes TED ED and School of Life videos explaining stoicism, slides offering a brief introduction to the philosophy, and an overview of how it relates to the tralfamadorians in the book.
Resource that offers an overview of the Vietnam War, Vonnegut’s life and the bombing of Dresden. Includes videos (with footage of the events), easily accessible information and higher order thinking questions. Suitable for IB Lang. and Lit./Lit. and A Levels Lang. and Lit./Lit.
Edexcel IGCSE Language A - Anthology A (first teaching 2016) Non-Fiction Text Revision Guide - useful for students revising non-fiction texts
This is a poster to help students study for a comparative question on ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ by Kurt Vonnegut and ‘The Stranger’ by Albert Camus. It offers an overview of themes, characterisation, language (style, form and structure) and key quotes. It was made for IB students for the comparative question on paper 2; however, it would be suitable for A levels, AP courses, etc.
Introduction to Jewish persecution from 1933, an introduction to Nicholas Winton, and a reflection on what Diane Samuels was trying to explore within the play about the guilt of survival
Some information for assisting students in developing their coursework essays for Edexcel IGCSE Literature.