Six lessons introducing students to the plot, characters, themes and text of ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J. B. Priestley. This was taught to Year 7 as part of a wider scheme of work on ‘Twentieth Century Theatre’ but would be suitable for introducing the play to any Key Stage 3 group.
The plot is introduced to students as an interactive murder mystery task, engaging them with the complexities of the narrative. Each lesson focuses on one or two members of the Birling family, encouraging students to consider to what exten each member is to blame.
The lessons are diverse and link the text to wider ideas such as social class and gender. Tasks include empathetic writing, quotation explosions, PEE/PETAL paragraphs and creating design briefs for a theatre production. Many tasks are differentiated, use Bloom’s Taxonomy command words and include extension tasks to encourage Stretch & Challenge.
All lessons are printing-free and require no resources or worksheets. These lessons could be used alongside reading the full script, or independently to give students the basic gist of the plot and characters.