A powerpoint with critical literary perspectives and context for A Streetcar Named Desire. The first section explores context of Southern Gothic Literature with summaries of Fall of House of Usher and a Rose for Emily for students to draw on for context this is roughly a one hour lesson.
The second section is a debate format with quotes to engage with. Students take a different literary perspective and must debate from that stance, using the quotes to start their talking points.
Critical literary perspectives cards provided as a worksheet and can be copied and given to students to prepare for the debate.
Powerpoint outline for a mock trial set up a courtroom drama: Is Napoleon guilty of crimes against his fellow animals?
Includes guide worksheet for lawyers and characters to aid their research and preparation.
Definitions and prompt questions for six key critical literary perspectives, perfect for introducing AO5 critical perspectives for sixth form classes.
Includes New historicist, psychoanalytical, feminist, gender and sexual identity, marxist and post-colonial.
A short quiz on the history of the UN, and then a set up for a scenario debating nuclear disarmament with carefully selected countries for a structured debate.
The activity allows for independent research time with direction, plus caucusing and resolution creation.
A condensed MUN scenario that can be run in 1.5 hours but ideally two hour session.
A level English language scripted vs spontaneous speech comparison which can be used in the first term of English Language A level study. Sample transcripts, powerpoint outlining essay task with assessment objectives and a guide sheet for what students should be identifying in the texts and writing about in their essays.
We looked at each text in class time, as examples of spontaneous speech and scripted speech.
Debate topics and structure for holding a mock trial for the character’s of An Inspector Calls. Developing speaking and listening skills and asking students to evaluate each character’s involvement and attitudes towards Eva’s death.
Works with the GCSE specification, as revision for the text or as a build up for the speaking and listening assessment.
An introduction to the Mace style debate format which can be adapted to most styles of debate. Basic topics to start students expressing their opinions and then a variety of debate topics based on recent debates at Cambridge Union. Could be used in an English lesson or debating club.
An introductory lesson for the theory of Strauss’ binary opposition. Includes explanation, worked examples and activities for students.
Can be adapted to fit with different media area of studies: film, tv, advertising etc.
Powerpoint lesson on Lucky’s speech in Waiting for Godot. Close analysis picking out key points of the speech, consolidating writing activities and consideration of staging.
Links to context (AO3), Berklean philosophy background to the play and academic references.
End-line word analysis and semantic field activity based around Juliet's soliloquy in Act IV Scene I. Adapted from a NATE resource. Powerpoint gives activity instructions and sample responses to encourage close analysis of language.
Extract and nine individual words provided as a separate sheet for printing.
Based on post graduate research into performance poetry and how it can be linked to a class novel to improve understanding of themes, interpreting texts and making connections across texts. Designed to be used with KS3 to build confidence and enjoyment of studying poetry before GCSE study.
Powerpoint with a guide to activities, worksheet for notes from observing the performance and copies of poems for use.
This could be used as a stand alone sequence of lessons on poetry or connected to reading a novel with themes of child/parent relationships or cities. Originally intended to be used with Katherine Rundell's novel Rooftoppers but can easily be connected with another novel.
A lesson or what could be two lessons focussing on imagery in poetry using Emily Dickinson's 'Hope is the thing with feathers'. Lesson includes analysis of imagery and extended metaphors, as well as an opportunity for students to do their own poetry writing using a copy-change format.
This lesson formed part of my postgraduate research into teaching and was a successful interview lesson.