A booklet designed to guide students through the study of Dickens’ Hard Times, as their prose text for CIE IGCSE English Literature 0486 (2019 only) and 0992 (2020 only).
Contextual studies: Industrial revolution, Victorian education
Characterisation worksheets and space to draw a “character tree”
Symbolism, imagery and structure
Language analysis - Dickens’ techniques toolbox
Sample examination questions with the syllabus mark scheme
Most tasks are designed so that students can work through on their own so can be set as homework. Many will also work well as revision. The booklet features a plot cloze task to cement understanding and support less able students, plus ‘Challenge’ tasks to stretch more able students.
I also have accompanying PowerPoints - please have a look!
Designed to accompany the work-through booklet given to students to facilitate their study of Hard Times, this PowerPoint:
Asks students to consider the functions of education
Gives a brief history of developments in education provision
Gives an overview of the main types of school available to children in the Victorian era
Encourages students to pay close attention to the description of the classroom in the opening chapters of Hard Times, and to consider its significance.
Designed for CIE IGCSE English Literature 0486 (2019) and 0992 (2020). To accompany the work through booklet I have designed but can be used separately (I have entered the questions from the relevant pages).
I have delivered this with a high ability class and they found it interesting - they enjoyed the challenge.
Designed for CIE 0486 IGCSE English Literature. Bundle includes: SoW overview; Jane Austen research tasks; plot overview test and detailed test on Chapters 1-8; characterisation worksheets on eight main characters, plus accompanying PPT; character trees activity; detailed extract studies PPT plus extracts for analysis, and examination-style questions.
Includes a multi-stage revision timeline, firstly using the traditional Look, Cover, Check method, then moving on to a scaffold adding details for students to fill in. Good post-reading revision to familiarise students with the plot in chronological order.
Now updated - two new files, tweaked ever so slightly to reflect the wording of the two new clusters - Love and Relationships and Power and Conflict.
For use with the Character and Voice section; I have found it useful to blow this up to A3 and have students fill in using different colours for points, quotations, and analysis.
Useful for mixed ability groups - for high ability I set an extra task for students to develop comparisons and contrasts further.
For use with CIE 0486 IGCSE English Literature, five extracts from Austen's novel. They are a little longer than the extracts usually provided in the examination but good for practice and close analysis.
Particularly good blown up to A3 and annotated in beautiful colours!
A scheme of work for a highly motivated and able Year 10 group. For classes less inclined to read independently, I would either flip the class work with the prep/homework or extend the SoW to allow some time for in class reading. Designed for CIE 0486 - IGCSE English Literature.
Designed for CIE IGCSE 0486 (2019) and 0992 (2020) Prose section.
I set a task for students to read Hard Times over the summer break, with the promise that they would have a plot test on return. There are 30 questions on this resource, plus a handy teacher answer sheet for ease of marking!
We are now re-reading sections of the novel as we study it in class, and the fact that they all have a basic understanding of the plot makes their engagement with the text much clearer.
Designed for CIE IGCSE English Literature 0486 (2019) and 0992 (2020), this resource encourages students to explore the ways in which the character of Mrs Sparsit is presented in Hard Times.
The PowerPoint has activities and opportunities to challenge more able students. The Word document is an extract from the beginning of the relevant chapter, for students to annotate.
A detailed pair of lessons - can be split over more than two if necessary - exploring how students can analyse narrative techniques for IGCSE English Literature. Includes sample paragraphs, as well as worked examples from Chapter 3 of the novel. This extract and others also available as free activity worksheets.
An overview of the plot. I used this after watching a film version as an introduction to the novel; however, it could just as easily be used post-reading or as a revision quiz. Includes teacher answers as the third page.
A lengthy test comprising 33 questions - feel free to cut out and cut down to suit your needs! Question types include: multiple choice, cloze, quotation analysis, identification of characters. Includes teacher answers.
A lesson in which students are divided into groups to complete characterisation posters. They can use the templates included or design their own. This follows whole class work exploring the character of Fanny Price; for less able students, this work could be split over a series of lessons with examples provided for each character. Designed for IGCSE English Literature - understanding of the novel’s characters allows students to analyse passages more effectively.
Includes a slide with an exemplar paragraph which students can use as a framework to help them structure their writing - aimed at A*/A students.
A series of examination style questions designed for CIE 0486 IGCSE English Literature. Extracts have had to be removed due to copyright but are available here free of charge: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/-mansfield-park-extracts-for-analysis-11608893
An introduction to the concept of studying ‘Drama’ texts, with analysis of the opening dialogue of the play focusing on how Miller introduces Parris.
Designed for CIE IGCSE English Literature 0992, but could be used with other syllabuses.