A selection of activites for students studying Jane Austen, with a focus towards ‘Sense and Sensbibility’.
The ‘Jane Austen Mega Lecture’ gives a broad overview of context surrounding all Austen’s novels and includes critical material and context. There are notes for each slide so could either be delivered or used by students for revision.
A selection of activities and critical reading to start off students’ studies of The Great Gatsby
The critical essays (‘Women in Fitzgerald’s Fiction’) can be found in The Cambridge Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald.
A selection of activities for a first-reading or revision for Chaucer’s ‘The Merchant’s Tale’.
Some of these activities are for A* level students, though can easily be differentiated for all abilities.
A selection of activities for A-level students to complete over half terms/holidays or for revision, focusing on contextual knowledge and critical interpretation of the text.
The tasks include:
Fitzgerald’s other novels
Baz Luhrmann’s film version of the novel v Redford’s version of the novel
American Art Study
Listen to a podcast on the American Dream/History
A historical study of the 1920s in New York
Creative piece inspired by Fitzgerald’s evocative writing
Critical reading on money, love and aspiration
Fitzgerald’s Short Stories
A Study of Zelda: supporting or dismissing biographical readings
‘The American Dream’ in Drama
A booklet for students to work their way through Mrs Dalloway which includes contextual and critical material along the way (using Penguin edition). Also some activities which help with a starting approach to the novel.
A selection of notes, organised by scene, that include: close language analysis, critical reading, context and dramatic interpretation.
For those looking to teach the play, this hopefully gives a really comprehensive knowledge so could be given to students or used to create lessons. There are also lots of activities and critical bits for students to use for revision, or if approaching the play for the first time. Some of these are pitched quite high but could be differentiated easily.
A selection of activities and ideas (including presentations) for teaching Marlowe’s Edward II. These are aimed at higher ability students but can easily be differentiated for students of all abilities.
*there is some mention to Paradise Lost (which is a comparative text for OCR) but these references can be deleted or edited for a different text.
A selection of activities, lesson plans, vocab sheets and other bits for studying Shakespeare’s Richard II. Also includes a workbook with context and activities to do for each scene of the play, with essential quotations and performance history notes.
Activities, notes and essay support sheets for Macbeth at GCSE level.
All easily edited but offer activites ideas for writing practice of Act 1 for students who are reading the play for the first time.
*some are in both pdf and word/ppt format so they can be edited easily!
A selection of extracts from books (18th-21st century) for revision of unseen extract analysis for Women in Literature (OCR). These could also be used for general unseen prose analysis, regardless of syllabus.