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 →

Teaching Poetry: A Step by Step Guide

Ok: first of all an admission. The title of this post, with its impossibly bold claim to distil teaching poetry into a series of neatly packaged steps, is somewhat overzealous. In a manner somewhat, and unfavourably, all too familiar to the last year, I fear it will overpromise and underdeliver. However, what it will do,... 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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