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 →
What Can Radio 1 Teach Us About the Literary Canon?
Yesterday, I taught a lesson about the literary canon to Year 10. One of the ways I tried to explain how the canon functions, an idea inexorably abstract to a group of 14 year olds, is through the example of Radio 1. Now, this isn't done out of any desire to increase engagement or play... Continue Reading →
Unseen Prose: Some Questions for Students to Ask
The below outlines some of the questions students might like to ask when thinking about about unseen prose, either for A Level or even at GCSE. It is of course not an exhaustive list but perhaps a useful point of reference! Language Are there any specific words that are interesting or puzzling? Are there any images... Continue Reading →