An in-depth exploration of The Class Game by Mary Casey* including engaging teaching of content, writer's methods and exploration of the influence of the poet's context. This lesson provides group opportunities guiding pupils development of AO1, AO2 and AO3 literature, and specifically, poetry skills. Including animated, complete annotation of the poem, poem response activities (differentiated), discussion points, engaging videos and images with suggested further development opportunities for indepedent engagement with the poem and the issues and ideas dealt with.
Strong AO3, contextual influences, focus using a range of clips and images from famous plays and comedies such as 'Our Day Out' by Willy Russell to ensure a deep understanding of the writer's context and the concept of social class is achieved before reading the poem. This is also reinforced post-reading, annotation and analysis using similar methods such as a recording of a dramatisation of 'Unrelated Incidents' by Tom Leonard and various discussion and response activities.
Additionally, This extensive unit is perfect to enrich pupils understanding and study of 'An Inspector Calls' in preparation for the modern texts component of the NEW GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE COURSE.
*poem taken from the Edexcel Anthology for GCSE English Literature (first examination 2017.)
Edexcel Paper 2 Section B: Poetry since 1789