This 6-7 week unit explores the characters within the play, aiming to encourage pupils to develop a thorough understanding and explore key ideas presented within the text. The initial introduction of characters is through a 'First impressions' lesson that considers how Priestly introduces each character. After that, each character is explored in an independent lesson, developing analysis skills as well as writing skills through creative tasks such as writing in role and creating a 'plea' for Mrs Birling to change her ways. Key themes (generations/ class/ responsibility) are also explored, challenging pupils to identify their meaning and consider Priestley's intentions, making direct links to context, in particular, the concepts of capitalism and socialism. Each lesson links directly to the AQA Assessment Objectives for English Literature (new spec) to establish a deeper understanding of the success criteria.