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English teacher for upper schools with a passion for literature. My resources eschew flashy, clip-art-infested layouts for clean, focused, and advanced worksheets and activities for students and teachers.

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English teacher for upper schools with a passion for literature. My resources eschew flashy, clip-art-infested layouts for clean, focused, and advanced worksheets and activities for students and teachers.
FREE Songs of Ourselves Vol. 2 Part 2 - Exam Practice (Mock Exam Questions / Assessment, ALL POEMS)
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FREE Songs of Ourselves Vol. 2 Part 2 - Exam Practice (Mock Exam Questions / Assessment, ALL POEMS)

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This is a FREE full set of exam-style questions, designed as mock exams for the IGCSE English Literature Paper 1: Poetry and Prose exams in 2019. The assessment includes exam-ready versions of the poems, each followed by an exam-style question, for Songs of Ourselves, Volume 2, Part 2 poems, examined in 2020 and 2021. This includes the following poems: From Songs of Ourselves Volume 2, Part 2: Kofi Awoonor, ‘The Sea Eats the Land at Home’ Robert Bridges, ‘London Snow’ Billy Collins, ‘Afternoon with Irish Cows’ David Constantine, ‘Watching for Dolphins’ William Cowper, ‘The Poplar-Field’ Allen Curnow, ‘You will Know When You Get There’ Gerard Manley Hopkins, ‘The Caged Skylark’ Elizabeth Jennings, ‘In Praise of Creation’ John Keats, ‘Ode on Melancholy’ Philip Larkin, ‘Coming’ Ruth Pitter, ‘Stormcock in Elder’ Peter Reading, ‘Cetacean’ Edna St Vincent Millay, ‘The Buck in the Snow’ Charlotte Smith, ‘Written Near a Port on a Dark Evening’ Alfred, Lord Tennyson, ‘The Kraken’ The assessment is print-and-use ready. You can either use each poem + exam question separately or combine two poems to better approximate the exam requirements of writing two essays in 1h 30 minutes. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
George Orwell - 1984 - B. 3, Ch. 2-3: PEEAL Paragraphs IGCSE EXAM PREP + ANSWERS
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George Orwell - 1984 - B. 3, Ch. 2-3: PEEAL Paragraphs IGCSE EXAM PREP + ANSWERS

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This FREE advanced worksheet focuses on Book 3, Chapters 2-3 of George Orwell’s 1984 or Nineteen-Eighty-Four with a specific focus on aiding your study of the novel for IGCSE English Literature (1984 is a set text for the IGCSE English Literature Exams in 2020 and 2021). Although this unit of work, as indeed all of my 1984 handouts and activities are specifically designed to be read at IGCSE level or in preparation for the IGCSE English Literature exams. But they can be used independent of these exams and the IGCSE curriculum, too, of course! The level is certainly also high enough to be used if you have made 1984 one of the set texts for your IB English A: Literature or English A: Language & Literature course. The unit of work includes: 1. Comprehension questions for Book 3, Chapters 2-3 of 1984. 2. Guided Exam Preparation Activity: Writing a PEEAL Paragraph for Passage-Based Responses. This activity guides students through the planning and writing stages of PEEAL paragraphs (Point — Evidence — Explanation — Analysis — Link). The learning objectives are: a. learners should be able to: Consider some of the effects created by the writer’s use of language devices and narrative style in the passage b. learners should be able to: Explore a range of effects created by the writer’s use of language devices and narrative style in the passage and link their ideas to the essay question c. learners will be able to: Analyse a wide range of effects created by the writer’s use of language devices and narrative style and link their ideas to the essay question in an insightful way. The activity provides ample opportunities and ways to differentiate for the students, using guidance and scaffolding to prepare the students accordingly. 3. TEACHER’S GUIDE + ANSWER KEY: A detailed teacher’s guide with summary & analysis of Book 3, Chapters 2-3, as well as an MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension questions AND for the Guided Exam Practice PEEAL Paragraphs Activity. Feedback is always appreciated!
FREE Macbeth (IGCSE Shakespeare) - Act 1, Scene 1 - The Witches (Lesson Worksheet + ANSWERS)
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FREE Macbeth (IGCSE Shakespeare) - Act 1, Scene 1 - The Witches (Lesson Worksheet + ANSWERS)

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This FREE print-and-use lesson worksheet is part of my teaching unit for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. It focuses specifically on Act 1, Scene 1 of the play. The worksheet includes: Comprehension Questions for Act 1, Scene 1 of Macbeth Shakespeare in Context: Informative text about witches & James I and the context of composition. This is crucial to fully appreciate the dramatic effect & significance of Shakespeare’s choice of using witches in the play. The information text is accompanied by relevant questions to link it to the play. Drama Activity: This is an activity that encourages engaging with the text on stage; it outlines various ways for students to act out and the scene, and to think critically about how the scene may have been performed on stage. Act 3 Close Reading Activity (focuses on 3.5.1-36, with all the imagery of light and darkness - a crucial dichotomy and thematic trope and motif that runs through the play) MODEL ANSWERS for all the questions + activities as well as a teacher’s guide and further in-depth analysis and commentary of the relevant aspects of Act 1, Scene 1 of Macbeth PS: This worksheet, as indeed all of my Macbeth handouts and activities are specifically designed to be read at IGCSE level or in preparation for the IGCSE English Literature exams. But they can be used independent of these exams and the IGCSE curriculum, too, of course! Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
FREE Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) Pre-Reading Introduction + Activities
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FREE Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) Pre-Reading Introduction + Activities

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This FREE no-prep unit provides introductory activities for Chinua Achebe’s iconic African novel Things Fall Apart. The unit includes: 1. Exploring Expository Writing: An in-depth introductory text that provides insights into the following aspects of the novel: critical reception & worldwide success of Things Fall Apart context & background 2. Discussion Questions: A range of discussion prompts that test understanding of the text, on the one hand, and provide food for thought and extended critical discussion. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
FREE George Orwell - 1984 - Book 3, Ch. 1: Ministry of Love (IGCSE EXAM PREP + ANSWERS)
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FREE George Orwell - 1984 - Book 3, Ch. 1: Ministry of Love (IGCSE EXAM PREP + ANSWERS)

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This FREE advanced worksheet focuses on Book 2, Chapter 10 and Book 3, Chapter 1 of George Orwell’s 1984 or Nineteen-Eighty-Four, with a specific focus on aiding your study of the novel for IGCSE English Literature (1984 is a set text for the IGCSE English Literature Exams in 2020 and 2021). Although this unit of work, as indeed all of my 1984 handouts and activities are specifically designed to be read at IGCSE level or in preparation for the IGCSE English Literature exams. But they can be used independent of these exams and the IGCSE curriculum, too, of course! The level is certainly also high enough to be used if you have made 1984 one of the set texts for your IB English A: Literature or English A: Language & Literature course. The unit of work includes: 1. Comprehension questions for Book 2, Chapter 10 and Book 3, Chapter 1 of 1984. 2. Creative Writing Tasks: A selection of creative writing task scenarios to engage your students with the novel in a more creative, holistic manner. The learning objectives for this task include: a. *Understanding the novel’s implications b. Thinking beyond the novel’s chronological framework c. Demonstrating an understanding of the novel’s main characters * The students have read most of the novel at this point, and so it makes sense to approach the novel’s implications as a whole in this task, and to get students to think beyond the scope of the novel’s chronology. The tasks also allow students to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the novel’s characters and underlying themes / central issues. 3. TEACHER’S GUIDE + ANSWER KEY: A detailed teacher’s guide with summary & analysis of Book 2, Chapter 10 and Book 3, Chapter 1, as well as an MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension questions. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
FREE Lord of the Flies (Golding) - Chapter 9 - Simon - Worksheets + ANSWERS + GUIDE
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FREE Lord of the Flies (Golding) - Chapter 9 - Simon - Worksheets + ANSWERS + GUIDE

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This FREE unit of work focuses on Chapter 9 of William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies; as a comprehensive unit for Chapter 9, it includes the following: 1. Comprehension, Close Reading & Discussion Questions for Chapter 9 of the novel. 2. Identify the Quote Quiz - this activity provides an alternative, quicker, and potentially more fun way to check reading and comprehension of Chapter 9 of the novel - with quotes that students have to recognize and contextualize. 3. Analyzing Character: Simon - This activity takes a closer look at the character of Simon, by first facilitating a critical discussion and evaluation by the students of the concepts of friendships, circles of friendships, and outsiders. The discussion leads then to a character analysis of Simon and close reading tasks linked to a key passage from Chapter 9. 4. Teacher’s Guide + Answer Key - this provides a detailed answer key for all the activities as well as a teacher’s guide for Chapter 9 of the novel - including a summary and an analysis of Chapter 9. This is designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights, as well as for students working independently in a home-schooling setting or in a distance learning environment. Edition of the novel used: Lord of the Flies (William Golding), Faber and Faber Educational Edition. Hoping you find everything you’re looking for, please leave feedback!
"Now Let No Charitable Hope" (Elinor Morton Wylie) - TEACH + EXAM PREP + ANSWERS
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"Now Let No Charitable Hope" (Elinor Morton Wylie) - TEACH + EXAM PREP + ANSWERS

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This is a FREE, advanced, detailed ready-to-teach unit for the poem “Now Let No Charitable Hope” by Elinor Morton Wylie. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams 2022 (Songs of Ourselves, Volume 2, Part 4: Love, Age, and Wisdom), but the unit can be used independently of the exams, too! This comprehensive unit includes: 1. Biography and introduction to the poet - Elinor Morton Wylie 2. The poem text with, line numbers and explanatory notes to facilitate a close-reading, and to explain unusual or difficult vocabulary and concepts. Illustrations and images further help clarify the use of terminology and phrases in the specific context of the poem. 3. Comprehension, close reading, and analysis questions, with a particular focus on close reading and analysis of poetic devices, language, structure, and its effects (useful for iGCSE/A-Level exam prep or to teach the poem at a higher level and in more depth than you’ll find with other materials). 4. Practice IGCSE Exam Paper - This is an IGCSE Paper 1: Poetry & Prose Practice Exam Paper that I created which emulates the real IGCSE Paper 1 exam as closely as possible. Can be used with classes as exam practice, or independently, to emulate a mock exam. 5. Teacher’s Notes and Study Guide section, including model answers and analysis and a critical commentary of the poem, can be used as a teacher’s guide or to help students in their revision for the exam. 6. Perfect for Distance Learning & Independent Study: As a stand-alone, comprehensive teaching unit with ANSWERS and teaching guide, this is also perfect for DISTANCE LEARNING or homeschool settings. Feedback is always welcome!
Chinua Achebe: "Things Fall Apart" - Analysing Okonkwo's Character
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Chinua Achebe: "Things Fall Apart" - Analysing Okonkwo's Character

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This FREE handout and worksheet takes a closer look at Okonkwo’s character traits (in the novel “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe). The worksheet uses key quotations from the first part of the novel to facilitate a close reading and to dig deeper into the protagonist’s direct and indirect characterisation. The handout is designed to be seamlessly integrated into your study of the novel and as a stepping stone for more advanced analysis of the characters. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
FREE The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Chapters 10-11 - Exploring Imagery - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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FREE The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Chapters 10-11 - Exploring Imagery - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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This FREE comprehensive unit of work focuses on Chapters 10-11 of the iconic dystopian novel The Giver by Lois Lowry, and includes the following: 1. Comprehension and Read & Respond Questions for Chapters 10-11 of the novel. These questions are designed to test comprehension, on the one hand, and to provide prompts for journal-style read-and-respond questions and critical discussions in class. 2. The Art of Storytelling — Exploring Imagery in The Giver: This activity is designed to introduce and/or review imagery as a figurative device used in literature. The activity uses a brief text to introduce key terminology and concepts, which are then used as a basis for completing the close reading and analysis activity that follows. Chapters 10-11 are particularly well suited to reviewing imagery here, because Lowry makes extensive use of imagery throughout these and the following chapters, making for an excellent teachable moment, overall. 3. Teacher’s Guide + Answer Key - this provides model answers for all the activities - designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights. The teacher’s guide helps to clarify the didactic methods and the running of the various activities. **4. Perfect for independent study and distance learning. ** Feedback is always appreciated!
"The Wave" - Morton Rhue / Todd Strasser - Stanley Milgram Experiment PowerPoint
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"The Wave" - Morton Rhue / Todd Strasser - Stanley Milgram Experiment PowerPoint

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This FREE PowerPoint presentation presents and focuses on introducing Stanley Milgram’s (in)famous experiment to test “the banality of evil” and adherence / obedience to authority figures. The PowerPoint clearly and succinctly presents the experiment in the context of the many unthinkable and atrocious war crimes committed by Nazis during and before World War II. The PowerPoint can be taught in the context of any novel or unit that looks at the issue, but I mostly use it in connection with “The Wave” by Morton Rhue / Todd Strasser.
FREE George Orwell - 1984 - Book 1, Ch. 6-7: The Proles (IGCSE WORKSHEETS + ANSWERS)
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FREE George Orwell - 1984 - Book 1, Ch. 6-7: The Proles (IGCSE WORKSHEETS + ANSWERS)

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This FREE advanced unit of work focuses on Book 1, Chapters 6-7 of George Orwell’s 1984 or Nineteen-Eighty-Four, with a specific focus on aiding your study of the novel for IGCSE English Literature (1984 is a set text for the IGCSE English Literature Exams in 2020 and 2021). Although this unit of work, as indeed all of my 1984 handouts and activities are specifically designed to be read at IGCSE level or in preparation for the IGCSE English Literature exams. But they can be used independent of these exams and the IGCSE curriculum, too, of course! The level is certainly also high enough to be used if you have made 1984 one of the set texts for your IB English A: Literature or English A: Language & Literature course. The unit of work includes: 1. Comprehension questions for Book 1, Chapters 6-7 of 1984 2. Exam Practice: This activity uses an important passage from Book 1, Chapter 7, and emulates the IGCSE English Literature exam by offering both a passage-based and an essay question to choose from. Can be used to facilitate close reading and exam practice. 3. TEACHER’S GUIDE + ANSWER KEY: A detailed teacher’s guide with summary & analysis of Book 1, Chapter 6-7, as well as an MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension questions & the Exam Practice Question. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) Ch. 14-15 - Colonial Africa - Activities + ANSWERS
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Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) Ch. 14-15 - Colonial Africa - Activities + ANSWERS

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This FREE unit of work focuses on Part 2, Chapters 14-15 of Chinua Achebe’s iconic novel Things Fall Apart. As a comprehensive unit for Chapters 14-15 it includes the following: 1. Comprehension, Close Reading & Discussion Questions for Chapters 14-15 of the novel. 2. Identify the Quote Quiz - this activity provides an alternative, quicker, and potentially more fun way to check reading and comprehension of Chapters 14-15 of the novel - with quotes that students have to recognize and contextualize. 3. The Novel in Context - A Brief History of Colonial Africa - This activity provides a brief history of the colonization of Africa by Europe and Western powers, accompanied by comprehension, discussion questions, as well as additional creative writing, prompts, and activities. 4. Teacher’s Guide + Answer Key - this provides a detailed answer key with model answers for all the activities as well as a teacher’s guide for Chapters 14-15 of the novel - including a summary and analysis of Chapters 14-15. This is designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights. **Perfect for independent study and distance learning. ** Feedback is greatly appreciated!
FREE A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare) - Act 2, Scene 2 - WORKSHEET + ANSWERS
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FREE A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare) - Act 2, Scene 2 - WORKSHEET + ANSWERS

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This FREE print-and-use unit of work includes worksheets & activities that are part of my teaching unit for William Shakespeare’s iconic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Specifically, the worksheets focus on Act 2, Scene 2 of the play, in which Puck applies the love juice to the wrong Athenian’s eyes (Lysander)) Comprehension Questions for Act 2, Scene 2 of the play. Analysing Shakespeare’s Language: Rhyme Activity: This activity includes an information text about Shakespeare’s use of rhyme in the play, followed by discussion questions connected to Act 2, Scene 2. ANSWER KEY with detailed MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension questions TEACHER’S GUIDE with annotations & detailed commentary of the most important lines of the scene. This is designed to help teachers (especially those new to the play), but will also be useful to the more experienced Shakespeare enthusiasts. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
IGCSE Poetry: "Sonnet 29 - Edna St. Vincent Millay - Teach + Revise
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IGCSE Poetry: "Sonnet 29 - Edna St. Vincent Millay - Teach + Revise

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This FREE comprehensive unit of work is designed to enable in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “Sonnet 29" by Edna St. Vincent Millay. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams in 2020-2022. The poem can be taught independently of the IGCSE Literature exams and curriculum, too! The unit of work includes: 1. Short biography and introduction to the poet - Edna St. Vincent Millay 2. The poem text with line numbers to facilitate a close-reading and analysis, and a glossary of unusual or difficult vocabulary. 3. Comprehension, close-reading & analysis questions. 4. Food for thought, i.e. essay style questions designed as exam practice or to elicit an essay-style response. Perfect for independent study & distance learning. Feedback is always appreciated!
"The Wave" - Morton Rhue / Todd Strasser - Close Reading & Extracts (Ch 15-17)
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"The Wave" - Morton Rhue / Todd Strasser - Close Reading & Extracts (Ch 15-17)

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This FREE ready-to-teach handout focuses on close reading and analysis of the final Chapters of “The Wave” by Morton Rhue / Todd Strasser (Chapters 15-17). The worksheet is structured around 4 carefully selected extracts, each accompanied by close reading questions that facilitate a higher-order engagement with the central issues of the novel. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
FREE The Giver (Lois Lowry) - The Importance of Colour
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FREE The Giver (Lois Lowry) - The Importance of Colour

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This FREE activity focuses on Lois Lowry’s novel “The Giver” addresses a central issue of the novel: the importance of colour. The activity includes various discussion questions and activities that students can either perform in an experimental setting in class or as a while-reading homework assignment at home. Enjoy, and feel free to leave feedback!
FREE Holes (Louis Sachar) Ch. 8-9 - Dear Mom... - NO PREP ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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FREE Holes (Louis Sachar) Ch. 8-9 - Dear Mom... - NO PREP ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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This FREE comprehensive unit of work focuses on Part 1, Chapters 8-9 of Louis Sachar’s iconic children’s novel Holes, and includes the following: 1. Comprehension and Read & Respond Questions for Chapters 8-9 of the novel. These questions are designed to test comprehension, on the one hand, and to provide prompts for journal-style read-and-respond questions and critical discussions in class. I felt that comprehension questions are too boring/basic for students, and so I wanted to combine the two, to make this more engaging and interesting for all. 2. Identify the Quote Quiz - this activity provides an alternative, quicker, and really fun way to check reading and comprehension of Chapters 8-9 of the novel - with quotes that students have to recognize and contextualize. This works best if teachers try to get students to recognize and contextualize the quotes without using the novel. 3. Creative Writing - Writing a Letter Home - this activity uses events in Chapter 9 - Stanley writing a letter home to his mom about Camp Green Lake - to provide guided prompts for a letter-writing task. Students can choose to either write Stanley’s letter in full or to write Stanley’s mother’s reply. Ideas, formatting, and content-related guidance is provided to help students of all levels. 4. Teacher’s Guide + Answer Key - this provides a detailed answer key with model answers for all the activities - designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights. Feedback is always appreciated!
IGCSE / IB Shakespeare: Macbeth - Act 5, Scene 2-4: Birnam Wood & Dunsinane (Activities + ANSWERS)
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IGCSE / IB Shakespeare: Macbeth - Act 5, Scene 2-4: Birnam Wood & Dunsinane (Activities + ANSWERS)

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These FREE print-and-use lesson worksheets are part of my teaching unit for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. They focus specifically on Act 5, Scenes 2-4 of the play, with a particular focus on how Shakespeare presents Macbeth’s development into a fully-fledged tyrant and cruel king, as well as the rising action of the preparations for the final climax of the play. Comprehension Questions for Act 5, Scenes 2-4 of Macbeth Act it Out! - Guided group work and drama activity, designed to bring the play to life and to engage students with the central dramatic concerns of the scenes. MODEL ANSWERS for all the questions + activities as well as a teacher’s guide and further in-depth analysis and commentary of Act 5, Scenes 2-4. This worksheet, as indeed all of my Macbeth handouts and activities are specifically designed to be read at IGCSE level or in preparation for the IGCSE English Literature exams. But they can be used independent of these exams and the IGCSE curriculum, too, of course! The level is certainly also high enough to be used if you have made Macbeth one of the set texts for your IB English A: Literature or English A: Langauge & Literature course. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
1984 (George Orwell) - Pre-Reading Activities (Critical Thinking & Discussion)
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1984 (George Orwell) - Pre-Reading Activities (Critical Thinking & Discussion)

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This FREE advanced ready-to-teach worksheet & handout is designed as a pre-reading activity for George Orwell’s monumental dystopian classic, 1984. It includes: Thought-provoking information text that asks the question What is Literature and Why Should we Read Literature? Although the text begins in general terms, the concepts and issues raised should facilitate a critical discussion about the purpose of reading any literary text as well as 1984. Follow-up discussion and critical thinking questions that can be applied to all literary texts (but which may find more food for thought & application in 1984 especially). Enjoy, and please leave feedback!