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A Level English Literature Starters

Beth Kemp | Monday March 11, 2013

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This collection of lesson starters for A Level English Literature complement the collection of ‘ice breakers’ and general English starters for broad recapping ideas, word games, creative writing starters, essay skills, general terms activities and skill builders. See A Level English Starters.

General discussion prompts are useful as broad starters once in a while. Try one of these quotations to get the class thinking:

  • “Literature adds to reality. It does not simply describe it.? C. S. Lewis
  • “Poetry is the best words in the best order.? Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.? Oscar Wilde
  • “‘Classic’ = a book which people praise but don’t read.? Mark Twain
  • “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.? William Styron
  • “The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.? Oscar Wilde
  • “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.? Ray Bradbury
  • “In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.? Mortimer Jerome Adler
  • “Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.? Joyce Carol Oates
  • “Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.?  Carlos Ruiz Zafòn

For any of these, there are several possible productive activities:

  • Students could simply discuss their reactions to them
  • Students could work in pairs: one preparing arguments which agree and the other preparing a counter-argument
  • Students could discuss how the quotation relates to their set texts and/or other books they’ve read

Another nice occasional starter is a simple reading discussion:

  • What have you read...

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