An introduction to Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. The PPT presentation includes context and biographical information for pupils to copy key notes. The presentation also introduces the main themes of the play and a description of the characters and their relation to Freud’s Id, Ego and superego. Included is an essay for discussion and a copy of Williams’ poem ‘Lament for the Moths’ to encourage pupils to explore William’s intentions for the play.
Assembly what Summer Solstice is and what we spend all of our time doing.
Sleeping: 24 years (approximately one third of our lives!) Eating: 6 yearsWatching TV: 9 yearsWaiting in a queue (including at traffic lights): 5 yearsHousework: 4 yearsToilet: 18 monthsKissing: 2.5 weeks
Purpose is to encourage pupils to make the most of every day. Hands up revealed some of my pupils spend more time on the xbox than sleeping.
A Year 8 scheme of work for David Grant’s play Free
The play tells the story of a Year class with no teacher and the adventure of their ‘free’ lesson.
The PPT guides pupils through setting, characterisation, dramatic tension and themes. Various tasks encourage class discussion, independent writing and a final group task producing a programme for the schools own production.
Pupils throughly enjoy this short play. It can easily be read and studied over a few weeks.
Assembly aimed at Year 8 or 9. Includes the YouTube short film 'Exposed'. This 10 minute drama has been designed for 14 to 18 year olds. 'Exposed' deals with the subjects of sexting and cyberbullying, issues that teenagers commonly face. PPT includes two real life examples of male victims who take their own lives - consider audience.
A lesson guiding pupils to consider pace, tone, accent and body language in performing poetry.
Ideal for group work and a fun task. Pupils are encouraged to apply the different aspects to their own poem throughout the lesson.
KS3 Assembly - although would also be relevant to older year groups.
PPT details the connection between attendance and attainment - illustrating how 'odd days off' add to make a significant difference.
A look at Aristotelian tragedy and how this fits with A Streetcar Named Desire. Discussion of Scene 5 and pupil task on how Blanche can be seen as a predator. Introduction to Irony, dramatic irony and other dramatic terms. Finishes with an independent written task for pupils.
A lesson to encourage discussion on critical responses to William Blake. Pupils discuss the quotes on the PPT, read the critical reception handout then using notes/research complete the quote table. During class feedback pupils agree on the most useful quotes to create revision cards.
PPT initially created to guide Year 8 pupils through making a good speech/presentation for their English Speaking Board examination (ESB), however could be used for any speech/presentation task. A series of images and tips to prepare and give pupils confidence in their own performance.
A PPT with analysis of quotes and symbols from Scene 2 of William’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Produced for Year 12 AS study of the play, pupils discuss and annotate own copies of the text. Includes a detailed presentation of speech theory.
A Year 12 presentation on literary theory. An introduction to the main theories and detailed information on colonalism, post-colonialism and feminism. Lots of areas for discussion, pupils record key information.
I provide pupils with a handout of Conventry Patmore’s poem ‘The Angel in the House’ - wikipedia, this is used for some ‘unseen’ poetry analysis and then to prompt class discussion on Victorian ideals. I also give pupils a copy of 'An extinct Angel’
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman - as this is a ‘talk back’ to Patmore’s poem it goes well with the study of Rhys’s response to Jane Eyre.
A PPT exploring the use of sound in A Streetcar Named desire, specifically Scene 4. The lesson includes questions for discussion and independent written responses. The lesson also explores Fretag’s pyramid and how Williams’ 11scene play can fit this structure.
Pupils discuss the painting ‘In the Night Cafe’ by Vincent Van Gogh, as mentioned in the opening stage directions to the scene. They then go on the look at the 1947, Thomas Hart Benton painting based on the scene from the film version of the play. Annotating both images to find links to the characters, themes and setting. The PPT details presents pupils with information about the characters and symbols in this scene, for discussion and text annotation. Pupils are given an extract to analyse the stage directions to prompt discussion of William’s unusual descriptive use of the technique. The lesson ends with pupils completing a written task.
A PPT introduction to The Odyssey, comprised of twenty-four books or chapters, it presents universal human situations from many different viewpoints as Penelope and Telemakhos struggle to maintain their home and Odysseus struggles to return to it. I use a selection of images to inspire discussion and prediction. Pupils then link to modern situations.