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A Level King Lear »

Richard Gent | Wednesday February 10, 2021

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature, Drama, King Lear, Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Plays, Shakespeare - Other Activities and Resources, Starters & Teaching Ideas

Often regarded as the most complex, intense and overwhelming of Shakespeare’s mature tragedies, the plot and structure of the play are surprisingly straightforward.   Lear persists in dividing Britain between his three daughters. Two of the three accede enthusiastically to his demand for flattery as a condition of this. The third, Cordelia, refuses, marries the King of France and leaves him, prompting sharp criticism of Lear from Kent, a loyal courtier. The two remaining sisters,… [ read full article ] »


The Kite Runner A Level »

Chris Barcock | Monday November 16, 2020

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature

Why read and study 'The Kite Runner'? Whether you were born before, on, or after September 11th 2001; whether you were in New York, Kabul or neither; and whether you are an atheist, agnostic or religious believer you cannot fail but be familiar with the images of the destruction of the World Trade Centre on that day. This brilliant novel is not an account of that day and nor does it purport to be. Nonetheless it explains the fanaticism and murderous monomania that lay behind it better… [ read full article ] »


The Great Gatsby - Ten Common Misconceptions »

Richard Gent | Thursday October 29, 2020

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature

At Edusites English we don't regurgitate resources you can find anywhere else as all of our resources are written for us by experts at the centre of the development of English as a discipline in our schools and colleges. Please do not share these with non subscribers. We are a not for profit run by volunteer teachers and all of your subscription payments are spent on expert resources and keeping our vast servers functioning with no advertising. Here Chris Barcock Chief Examiner was very… [ read full article ] »


A Guide to Gothic »

Victoria Elliott | Wednesday June 17, 2020

Categories: KS5 Resources, Hot Entries, Prose, Frankenstein, Northanger Abbey, The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Victorian Literature

    A Level Gothic Guide New pdf   What makes Gothic? Although it’s never easy to define precisely the characteristics of any given field of literature, Gothic defies pinning down more than most. Ghosts and monsters are an easy and flippant answer to ‘what makes Gothic’; but not all Gothic has either or both. The presence of psychological and physical terror is one key characteristic, as is a concern with morality, often represented by the religious. The term… [ read full article ] »


A Guide to Hamlet »

Steph Atkinson | Wednesday May 20, 2020

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature, Drama, Hamlet, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Plays


A Level English Literature »

Emily Prentice | Monday November 11, 2019

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature, Prose, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, The Awakening, The Bloody Chamber

Edusites English Literature A Level provision is updating... Sweet Bird of Youth The play was completed and first staged on Broadway in 1959. Its origins lay earlier in the fifties in two separate short plays: ‘Chance and the Princess’, a two-hander written by Williams for his close friend, the former silent movie star Tallulah Bankhead: and a second very different piece ‘The Pink Bedroom’ which was the basis for Act Two of the finished product. Williams’ working… [ read full article ] »


A Guide to Hamlet | Act 5 »

Steph Atkinson | Monday May 20, 2019

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature, Drama, Hamlet, Hot Entries

A Guide to Hamlet | Act 1 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 2 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 3 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 4 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 5 Hamlet: tragic hero? Hamlet is usually regarded as the finest of Shakespeare’s tragedies, and one of the greatest tragedies ever written; however, it is frequently defined as ‘tragedy’ with little or no reference to tragic tropes, either Greek, Renaissance or later theories of tragedy, or with insufficient consideration of other useful theoretical… [ read full article ] »


A Guide to Hamlet | Act 4 »

Steph Atkinson | Monday May 20, 2019

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature, Drama, Hamlet, Hot Entries

A Guide to Hamlet | Act 1 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 2 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 3 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 4 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 5 Hamlet: tragic hero? Hamlet is usually regarded as the finest of Shakespeare’s tragedies, and one of the greatest tragedies ever written; however, it is frequently defined as ‘tragedy’ with little or no reference to tragic tropes, either Greek, Renaissance or later theories of tragedy, or with insufficient consideration of other useful theoretical… [ read full article ] »


A Guide to Hamlet | Act 3 »

Steph Atkinson | Monday May 20, 2019

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature, Drama, Hamlet, Hot Entries

A Guide to Hamlet | Act 1 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 2 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 3 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 4 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 5 Hamlet: tragic hero? Hamlet is usually regarded as the finest of Shakespeare’s tragedies, and one of the greatest tragedies ever written; however, it is frequently defined as ‘tragedy’ with little or no reference to tragic tropes, either Greek, Renaissance or later theories of tragedy, or with insufficient consideration of other useful theoretical… [ read full article ] »


A Guide to Hamlet | Act 2 »

Steph Atkinson | Monday May 20, 2019

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature, Drama, Hamlet, Hot Entries

A Guide to Hamlet | Act 1 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 2 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 3 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 4 A Guide to Hamlet | Act 5 Hamlet: tragic hero? Hamlet is usually regarded as the finest of Shakespeare’s tragedies, and one of the greatest tragedies ever written; however, it is frequently defined as ‘tragedy’ with little or no reference to tragic tropes, either Greek, Renaissance or later theories of tragedy, or with insufficient consideration of other useful theoretical… [ read full article ] »


King Lear A Level Questions and Indicative Content »

Richard Gent | Tuesday February 17, 2015

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature, Drama, King Lear, Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Plays, Shakespeare - Other Activities and Resources, Starters & Teaching Ideas, Teaching Ideas & Skills Development, KS5 English Starters, Improve Your Teaching

Indicative Content Question 1 pdf How do France and Cordelia present their arguments to Lear here and what do they tell us about their respective characters? New PDF Question 2 pdf How does Shakespeare develop the themes of eyesight and insight in the play? New PDF Question 3 pdf Exactly what are the accusations Kent makes of Oswald here and why does he denounce him so angrily? What does the exchange tell us about the state of status in Britain at this point in the play? New PDF Question 4 pdf… [ read full article ] »


King Lear Guides A Level »

Richard Gent | Thursday February 12, 2015

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature, Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Plays, Shakespeare - Other Activities and Resources, Starters & Teaching Ideas, Teaching Ideas & Skills Development, KS5 English Starters, Improve Your Teaching

Click on the pdfs below to access the guides Each guide is written by an expert and this expertise leads the construction of the guide. For example at Edusites we do not create a template our experts have to follow. If as a teacher you are teaching Hamlet it is unlikely that you would also be looking at our King Lear Guide so there does not have to be consistency about the structure of the guide. The only consistency we are interested in at Edusites English is the consistency of quality and… [ read full article ] »


King Lear Sample Lessons »

Richard Gent | Wednesday February 11, 2015

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature, Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Plays, Shakespeare - Other Activities and Resources, Starters & Teaching Ideas, KS5 English Starters

Lesson One In this lesson we will look at the Fool, his role, what he tells us about Lear and his Court up to his final appearance at the end of Act 3 Scene 6. The learning objective is to develop our understanding of The Fool, his relationship with Lear and his demise in Act Three. We will then go on to link these points to some critical moments elsewhere in the drama. By the end we should be able to answer the question: ‘How important is the character of The Fool in ‘King… [ read full article ] »


A Level Guides to King Lear »

Richard Gent | Tuesday February 10, 2015

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature, Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Plays, Shakespeare - Other Activities and Resources, Starters & Teaching Ideas, KS5 English Starters

Click on the pdfs below to access the guides Each guide is written by an expert and this expertise leads the construction of the guide. For example at Edusites we do not create a template our experts have to follow. If as a teacher you are teaching Hamlet it is unlikely that you would also be looking at our King Lear Guide so there does not have to be consistency about the structure of the guide. The only consistency we are interested in at Edusites English is the consistency of quality and… [ read full article ] »


King Lear Essay Questions »

Richard Gent | Tuesday February 10, 2015

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature, Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Plays, Shakespeare - Other Activities and Resources, Starters & Teaching Ideas, Teaching Ideas & Skills Development, KS5 English Starters

Indicative Content Question 1 pdf How do France and Cordelia present their arguments to Lear here and what do they tell us about their respective characters? New PDF Question 2 pdf How does Shakespeare develop the themes of eyesight and insight in the play? New PDF Question 3 pdf Exactly what are the accusations Kent makes of Oswald here and why does he denounce him so angrily? What does the exchange tell us about the state of status in Britain at this point in the play? New PDF Question 4 pdf… [ read full article ] »


The Kite Runner: Sample Tasks »

Emily Prentice | Wednesday November 17, 2010

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature

Question 1 Either A By the end of the novel Amir has taken Hassan's role as the Kite Runner. What other aspects of Hassan's character are there to admire and which ones do you think Amir has assumed? Hassan never lies. This made clear over the climactic incident of Amir's attempt to frame him and Ali for 'stealing'. By the end of the novel Amir has atoned for his childhood dereliction of Hassan, admitted the truth of his past to Soraya and is ready to proceed to the future… [ read full article ] »


The Kite Runner A Level Guide »

Emily Prentice | Saturday November 06, 2010

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature

The Edusites Guide to Khaled Hosseini's 'The Kite Runner'.   Click on the pdfs below to access the guides Example content Setting, Context and Timelines The novel tales place as Amir's retrospective in March 2002 of the events he recounts in the first and last chapters of the novel. These moments of retrospection are set in Fremont, San Francisco in an area which contains a community of Afghan refugees. One of the main issues, then, is memory, which in Amir's case is… [ read full article ] »


The Kite Runner Lessons »

Emily Prentice | Tuesday November 02, 2010

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature

The Kite Runner Sample Lesson Plan One In this lesson we will look at chapter 4 from P24:- After school, Hassan and I met up, grabbed a book, and trotted up a bowl-shaped hill just north of my father’s property in Wazir Akbar Khan. to the end of the chapter: - Because suddenly Afghanistan changed forever. The learning objectives are Developing our understanding of Amir and Hassan and the relationship between them at this early and relatively happy period of the novel. We might also go on… [ read full article ] »