Discussing the Conceptual in English: A Concrete Classroom Strategy

It all too easy sometimes to get lost in the small stuff of textual analysis. The micro. The single words and images. This is, it goes without saying, key to any literary discussion, but so is the macro. The big stuff. The conceptual. How might we build into our classroom routines more opportunity for such... Continue Reading →

A Resonance Index: Harnessing the Affective in English

When thinking about English and English teaching I like the word ‘resonance’. It seems to me to capture so much of what good English teaching and thinking is about.  When we read ourselves, no doubt, we traverse the texts for little light bulb moments, moments of insight and connection. We’ve all experienced this: ‘Ah, that... Continue Reading →

A Macbeth Model Essay: Macbeth and Ambition

Starting with the extract explain how Shakespeare presents Macbeth as ambitious When considering how Shakespeare presents the character of Macbeth as ambitious one recognises this extract is a pivotal moment in the play. This is largely because the scene is the culmination of a chain of events in which Macbeth has increasingly displayed his almost... Continue Reading →

Macbeth Booklet: Updated for 2020/2021

Last year I created a full Macbeth booklet for teaching the play, which included: knowledge organiserretrieval quizzeskey extracts with lots of room for annotationsbig questionsplot outlinecontextQR codes to massolit lectureskey quotation bankmodel essay and essay structure A lot of this material, especially the retrival quizzes and key extracts, was supplied by previously available resources of... Continue Reading →

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