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A Guide to Hamlet »

Steph Atkinson | Wednesday May 20, 2020

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

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    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 approaches.

    The aim of this teaching...

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    A Level English Literature Guide to Twelfth Night »

    Steph Atkinson | Monday November 11, 2019

    Categories: KS4, Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, Drama, Twelfth Night, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

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    Twelfth Night can currently be taught as an option on many A Level English Literature syllabuses, as well as being studied as a GCSE controlled assessment / coursework text and as part of an introduction to Shakespeare at KS3.

    With a particular focus on Twelfth Night as a comedy this teaching guide aims to provide plenty of exemplification, through the close textual analysis of the text, looking at aspects of language, form and...

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    A Guide to Much Ado About Nothing »

    Steph Atkinson | Saturday September 21, 2019

    Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, AQA English Literature, Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, ELLB4, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, LITA4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, LITB4, EDEXCEL A Level, Edexcel A Level Generic Skills, Edexcel A Level Skills Resources, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, OCR A Level, OCR A Level Pre-2015 Resources, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level Pre-2015 Resources, WJEC A Level English Language & Literature, LL3, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT4, Drama, Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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    ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ in context: ‘Comedy’ vs. ‘Tragedy’

    Much Ado About Nothing is technically considered to be a Shakespearean ‘comedy’ of the classical kind; indeed, it’s even frequently taught at KS3 owing to its frequent comic tone. The witty and entertaining exchanges between the main protagonists Beatrice and Benedick have been the subject of much literary criticism and are often considered to be the most engaging and enjoyable parts of the...

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    A Student’s Guide to ’Much Ado About Nothing’ »

    mandy_lloyd | Friday September 20, 2019

    Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, AQA English Literature, Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, ELLB4, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, LITA4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, LITB4, EDEXCEL A Level, Edexcel A Level Generic Skills, Edexcel A Level Skills Resources, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, Edexcel A Level Pre-2015 Resources, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, OCR A Level, OCR A Level Pre-2015 Resources, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, WJEC A Level, WJEC A Level Pre-2015 Resources, WJEC A Level English Language & Literature, LL3, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT4, Drama, Much Ado About Nothing, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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    Associated Resources

    This brief study guide focuses on the themes, language and issues of the play relevant to the current A-Level Literature specification AO2 requirement of form, structure and language: ‘demonstrate detailed critical understanding in analysing the ways in which structure, form and language shape meanings in literary texts’.

    The guide also explores some areas of the historical context...

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    Shakespeare Learning Mats | Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet »

    jennywebb | Wednesday November 21, 2018

    Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, AQA English Literature, Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare, EDEXCEL GCSE, Edexcel GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, Edexcel English Literature, Unit 3 Shakespeare and Contemporary Drama, OCR GCSE, OCR GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A661, Drama, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays


    A GCSE Higher Ability Guide to Macbeth and Browning’s Monologues »

    Steph Atkinson | Wednesday November 21, 2018

    Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, AQA English Literature, Unit 3 Significance of Shakespeare, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 3 Poetry and Drama, Drama, Macbeth, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Analytical Writing, Drama Analysis, Literary Analysis

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    In Macbeth, Shakespeare’s context seems to have brought him to want to explore several ideas to create an entertaining and tense plot, ideas that bring us an awareness of the guiding themes of the play; perhaps the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is one of the most central, encompassing as it does they key themes of conflict, control and power. At GCSE, the play is often used as part of a controlled assessment task...

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    Essay Question on Lady Macbeth »

    Jack Todhunter | Wednesday November 21, 2018

    Categories: Drama, Macbeth, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis, Essays

    What does Lady Macbeth do to help her husband kill King Duncan?

    To sum up, what does she do/say?

    Reads letter.
    Rejoices in the news.
    Worries about his nature.  (Why?)
    Prays to the devil. (Why does she need to?)
    Welcomes him home.
    Chastises him. (How?)
    Takes over.
    Uses euphemisms to describe the regicide. (Why can’t she call a spade a spade? What does this reveal about her?)
    Insults his masculinity. (How? Why?)
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    WJEC Eduqas GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Macbeth Scheme »

    Shane Richardson | Wednesday November 21, 2018

    Categories: KS4, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry, Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Schemes, Drama, Macbeth, Hot Entries, Poetry, Agard, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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    GCSE Overview

    The qualification is made up of two externally-assessed components: Component 1 and Component 2. Both components allow learners to show their depth and breadth of knowledge through varied assessments.

    This specification has been designed on the basis that learners’ reading should be of whole texts.

    Learners are required to study...

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    A Letter to Lady Macbeth - Response to Shakespeare »

    Jack Todhunter | Wednesday November 21, 2018

    Categories: KS4, Drama, Macbeth, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Productive, Creative or Original Writing, Drama Analysis

    A homework assignment - Create an inventive and enterprising personal response to a Shakespeare play.

    Egghead Productions

    Dear Ms Holden,

    Congratulations!

    We are delighted to inform you that you have successfully made it through the auditions and have been chosen to portray the role of Lady Macbeth in the forthcoming production of ‘The Scottish Play’ which will feature in this year’s Edinburgh Festival!

    The panel and I were very impressed with your...

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    Allusions Booklet | Introduction to Macbeth »

    Emily Prentice | Wednesday November 21, 2018

    Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Literature 2015, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel, EDEXCEL GCSE, Edexcel GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature , EDEXCEL iGCSE, EDEXCEL iGCSE English Literature, Paper 1 Prose and Drama, 9-1 IGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE English Literature, IGCSE English Literature CIE 0477, IGCSE English Literature Edexcel, OCR GCSE, OCR GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Language 2015, WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Shakespeare - Other Activities and Resources

    For resources described in this introduction please see the end of this page

    Do You Know What You Don’t Know, And Know Why You Need To Know It?

    It’s a family dinner. We’re talking about the new CCTV cameras that have been installed by the bus stop. ‘Remember, Big Brother is watching,’ warns my dad. My little sister gives him a stare. ‘I didn’t know you watched Big Brother dad?’ she asks. My sister isn’t one for reading. She has watched Big Brother, and...

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    OCR GCSE Eng Lit Component 02: Macbeth Scheme »

    Shane Richardson | Tuesday January 26, 2016

    Categories: KS4, OCR GCSE, OCR GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare, Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare Schemes, Drama, Macbeth, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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    How the Unit is Assessed

    Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare (02)

    Assessment Overview - 50% of total GCSE

    • 80 marks
    • 2 hours written paper

    Content Overview - Reading and responding to:

    • one thematic poetry cluster from the OCR poetry Anthology, including making connections with a thematically linked poem
    • one studied Shakespeare play

    Assessment...

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    AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: Macbeth Scheme »

    Shane Richardson | Tuesday January 26, 2016

    Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Literature 2015, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel Schemes, Drama, Macbeth, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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    How the unit is assessed:

    • 1 hour 45 minute written exam
    • 64 marks
    • 40% of GCSE

    Exam Questions

    Section A

    In Section A, students will respond to a Shakespeare play that they have been taught in preparation for the examination. The paper will contain an extract about which students will need...

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    Edexcel GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: The Tempest Scheme »

    | Wednesday May 20, 2015

    Categories: KS4, EDEXCEL GCSE, Edexcel GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature , Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature Schemes, Drama, The Tempest, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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    Associated Resources

    How the Component is Assessed

    Component 1: Studying Shakespeare and Post 1914 Literature

    Assessment Overview - 50% of total GCSE

    • 80 marks
    • 1 hour 45 minutes written paper

    Content Overview - Reading and responding to:

    • one Shakespeare play
    • one studied modern...
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    Edexcel GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Much Ado About Nothing Scheme Weeks 1-3 »

    Alex Bull | Tuesday May 19, 2015

    Categories: KS4, EDEXCEL GCSE, Edexcel GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature , Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature Schemes, Drama, Much Ado About Nothing, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays


    Edexcel GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Romeo and Juliet Scheme »

    Shane Richardson | Tuesday May 19, 2015

    Categories: KS4, EDEXCEL GCSE, Edexcel GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature , Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature Schemes, Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

    Guide Navigation

    How the Component is Assessed

    Component 1: Studying Shakespeare and Post 1914 Literature

    Assessment Overview - 50% of total GCSE

    • 80 marks
    • 1 hour 45 minutes written paper

    Content Overview - Reading and responding to:

    • one Shakespeare play
    • one studied modern prose or drama text

    This is a closed book examination. The texts will not be allowed in...

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    OCR GCSE Eng Lit Component 02: Romeo and Juliet Scheme »

    Shane Richardson | Thursday February 12, 2015

    Categories: KS4, OCR GCSE, OCR GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare, Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare Schemes, Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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    How the Unit is Assessed

    Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare (02)

    Assessment Overview - 50% of total GCSE

    • 80 marks
    • 2 hours written paper

    Content Overview - Reading and responding to:

    • one thematic poetry cluster from the OCR poetry Anthology, including making connections with a thematically linked poem
    • one studied Shakespeare play

    Assessment...

    [ read full article ] »

    WJEC Eduqas GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Romeo and Juliet Scheme »

    Shane Richardson | Friday February 06, 2015

    Categories: KS4, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry, Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Schemes, Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

    Guide Navigation

    GCSE Overview

    The qualification is made up of two externally-assessed components: Component 1 and Component 2. Both components allow learners to show their depth and breadth of knowledge through varied assessments.

    This specification has been designed on the basis that learners’ reading should be of whole texts.

    Learners are required to study the...

    [ read full article ] »

    AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: Romeo and Juliet Scheme »

    Shane Richardson | Tuesday February 03, 2015

    Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Literature 2015, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel Schemes, Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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    How the unit is assessed:

    • 1 hour 45 minute written exam
    • 64 marks
    • 40% of GCSE

    Exam Questions

    Section A

    Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

    Section B

    The 19th-century novel: students will...

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    WJEC Eduqas GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: The Merchant of Venice Lessons 1-7 »

    | Monday February 02, 2015

    Categories: KS4, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry, Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Schemes, Drama, The Merchant of Venice, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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    1. WJEC Eduqas GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: The Merchant of Venice Lessons 1-7
    2. WJEC Eduqas GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: The Merchant of Venice Lessons 8-14
    3. WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Literature Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Assessment Pack

    Associated Resources

    GCSE Overview

    The qualification is made up of two externally-assessed components: Component 1 and Component 2. Both components allow learners to...

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    WJEC Eduqas GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Much Ado About Nothing Weeks 1-3 »

    Alex Bull | Monday January 26, 2015

    Categories: KS4, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry, Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Schemes, Drama, Much Ado About Nothing, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis


    OCR GCSE Eng Lit Component 02: Much Ado About Nothing Scheme Weeks 1-3 »

    Alex Bull | Tuesday January 13, 2015

    Categories: KS4, OCR GCSE, OCR GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare, Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare Schemes, Drama, Much Ado About Nothing, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis


    OCR GCSE Eng Lit Component 02: The Merchant of Venice Lessons 1-7 »

    | Monday January 12, 2015

    Categories: KS4, OCR GCSE, OCR GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare, Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare Schemes, Drama, The Merchant of Venice, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis


    AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: The Tempest Higher Ability Scheme »

    | Monday December 08, 2014

    Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Literature 2015, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel Schemes, Drama, The Tempest, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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    Associated Resources

    How it’s assessed:

    • 1 hour 45 minute written exam
    • 64 marks
    • 40% of GCSE

    Exam Questions

    Section A

    Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write...

    [ read full article ] »

    AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: Much Ado About Nothing Scheme Weeks 1-3 »

    Alex Bull | Friday November 28, 2014

    Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Literature 2015, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel Schemes, Drama, Much Ado About Nothing, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis


    WJEC Eng Lit Paper 3: Controlled Assessments Linked Texts Guide »

    Beth Kemp | Tuesday October 21, 2014

    Categories: KS4, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Poetry Analysis, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 3 Poetry and Drama

    This Controlled Assessment can also be used for GCSE English. It requires students to study a Shakespeare play (any except Othello or Much Ado About Nothing) and a cluster of fifteen poems from the WJEC poetry anthology (poems are allocated to set clusters by the board, according to theme – this changes annually and is notified in advance, to allow for completion in year 10 for submission in year 11).

    The specification changes require students to...

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    AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: The Merchant of Venice Lessons 1-7 »

    | Monday September 08, 2014

    Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Literature 2015, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel Schemes, AQA GCSE Pre-2015 Resources, AQA English Literature, Drama, The Merchant of Venice, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis


    A Level English Literature Guide to Unit 4 LITA4 »

    Ruth Owen | Monday November 11, 2013

    Categories: Drama, A Street Car Named Desire, Hamlet, Measure For Measure, Othello, Hot Entries, Prose, Enduring Love, Notes on a Scandal, Revolutionary Road, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Analytical Writing, Essays, Literary Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA4, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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    LITA4 Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study

    This unit of study provides an excellent opportunity to explore the theme of love through literature, which is also the topic of your examined unit, Unit 3, LITA3

    You are required to write a sustained essay on three texts of your own choice, one of which must be a play by Shakespeare. The three texts must be linked by either the theme of ‘Love through the Ages’ or by any other...

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    Preparing students for WJEC English Literature Paper 3: Controlled Assessments - Linked Texts »

    Beth Kemp | Sunday October 20, 2013

    Categories: KS4, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Poetry, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis, Poetry Analysis, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 3 Poetry and Drama

    This Controlled Assessment can also be used for GCSE English. It requires students to study a Shakespeare play (any except Othello or Much Ado About Nothing) and a cluster of fifteen poems from the WJEC poetry anthology (poems are allocated to set clusters by the board, according to theme – this changes annually and is notified in advance, to allow for completion in year 10 for submission in year 11).

    The specification changes require students to...

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    AQA A Level English Literature Guide to LITB3 Section A: Text & Genres Exam Techniques »

    Steve Campsall | Wednesday May 15, 2013

    Categories: Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis, Essays, Literary Analysis, Persuasive Writing, Poetry Analysis, Prose Analysis, Rhetoric Analysis, Speech Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB3, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

    • Throughout this guide, a past exam-style question based on the play Macbeth has been used to illustrate ideas, but these have been written in a way that will allow you easily to transfer the idea to any other exam text, whether another ‘Gothic’ text or Pastoral.
    • To achieve a high grade in your exam answer, one major precondition exists:
      • That you know your text well.

    If that condition has been met, through classroom and personal study along with...

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    A Guide to OCR A2 F663 Drama and Poetry Pre-1800 »

    Paul Merrell | Tuesday October 16, 2012

    Categories: Drama, Hot Entries, Poetry, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Analytical Writing, Drama Analysis, Literary Analysis, Poetry Analysis, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, KS5 Archive, OCR A Level

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    1. Introduction
    2. Section A: Shakespeare
    3. Section B: Drama and Poetry
    4. Exemplars
    5. Conclusion


    Introduction

    I think it is important to acknowledge at the outset that this is not an especially easy examination for which to prepare students. In my experience, no matter how much work you do with them on your chosen texts, even the most diligent and able of your pupils are going to enter the exam room with somewhat of a sense of...

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    A Guide to Romeo and Juliet »

    Steph Atkinson | Wednesday April 18, 2012

    Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Hot Entries, Poetry, Anthologies, Browning, Sonnet 43, Marvel, To His Coy Mistress, Owen, Futility, Tennyson, The Charge of the Light Brigade, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis, Poetry Analysis, AQA English Literature, Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 3 Poetry and Drama, AQA Moon On The Tides

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    Love and Conflict

    In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare explores several themes but perhaps the twin themes of love and conflict were uppermost in his mind when he conceived and wrote the play. At GCSE, the play is often used as part of a controlled assessment...

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    A Guide to Teaching Julius Caesar at GCSE »

    | Tuesday January 31, 2012

    Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, EDEXCEL GCSE, OCR GCSE, Drama, Julius Caesar, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, AQA English Literature, Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare, Edexcel English Literature, Unit 3 Shakespeare and Contemporary Drama, OCR GCSE English, Unit A641 Reading Literary Texts, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A661

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    This guide has been written to help teachers in their reading, preparation and teaching of the play. Julius Caesar can be taught as a part of several exam board English Literature units:

    • AQA GCSE English Literature 4710 | Unit 4: Approaching Shakespeare & the English Literary Heritage
    • AQA GCSE English 4700 | Unit 3 Understanding and producing creative texts
    • OCR GCSE English Literature | 2.1 Unit A661: Literary Heritage Linked Texts
    • OCR GCSE English |...
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    A Guide to Measure for Measure and Scheme of Work »

    Andrea Lewis | Wednesday August 03, 2011

    Categories: Drama, Measure For Measure, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, LITA4, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT4, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, WJEC A Level

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    1. A Guide to Measure for Measure | Act 1 + Scheme of Work
    2. A Guide to Measure for Measure | Act 2
    3. A Guide to Measure for Measure | Act 3
    4. A Guide to Measure for Measure | Act 4
    5. A Guide to Measure for Measure | Act 5

    Act 1 and Scheme of Work

    Why teach ‘Measure for Measure’?

    Measure for Measure is certainly not the easiest of Shakespeare’s dramas nor is it probably one of the most popular choices when teachers are thinking about AS...

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    How to Improve Grades When Writing for Othello »

    Christine Sweeney | Wednesday February 16, 2011

    Categories: Drama, Othello, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA4, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level

    Associated Resources

    A Guide to Teaching Othello

    Click on the link below to download this resource.

    Othello Guide Part 2 EnglishEdu.doc

    Othello Guide Part 2 EnglishEdu.docx




    A Guide to Teaching Othello »

    Christine Sweeney | Wednesday February 16, 2011

    Categories: Drama, Othello, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA4, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level

    Associated Resources

    How to improve grades when writing for Othello

    This EnglishEdu guide on Shakespeare’s popular A Level play, Othello, aims to supplement rather than replace other readily available Internet and printed material for the teaching of the play.

    The guide explores the issues, themes and characters in the play that are particularly relevant to the current (2010) A Level Literature specifications. To add to the usefulness, and with an...

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    GCSE English and English Literature: Writing About A Play - Drama, Narrative & Romeo and Juliet »

    Steve Campsall | Wednesday November 17, 2010

    Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis, AQA English Literature, Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare, OCR GCSE English, Unit A641 Reading Literary Texts, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A661, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 2a Literary Heritage, Drama and Prose

    Teacher’s Note

    This first part of this EnglishEdu guide is aimed at students who are studying any Shakespeare play – but they can easily and profitably be adapted to suit any play.

    The second part of the guide is an analysis and commentary of Act 3 Sc. 1 of Shakespeare’s play, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, with accompanying notes that are based upon ideas discussed in the guide’s first section.

    • The notes accompanying Act 3 Scene 1 of the play are...
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    What is Tragedy? Podcasts »

    Richard Gent | Friday November 05, 2010

    Categories: Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

    Click on the links below to access a series of excellent podcasts entitled ‘What is Tragedy?’ by Oliver Taplin (Emeritus Professor) and Joshua Billings, (a graduate student in the Oxford Classics Faculty).

    Source: http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/

    ‘Tragedy has been around for over 2500 years, from its earliest manifestations in the huge open-air gathering-places of Athens and other Greek city-states, to the theatres of Renaissance England, Spain and France,...

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    Approaching Shakespeare Podcasts »

    Richard Gent | Friday November 05, 2010

    Categories: Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

    Click on the links below to access a series of excellent podcasts entitled ‘Approaching Shakespeare’ by Emma Smith (Lecturer in English at Oxford University).

    Source: http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/

    ‘Each lecture in this series focuses on a single play by Shakespeare, and employs a range of different approaches to try to understand a central critical question about it.

    Rather than providing overarching readings or interpretations, the series aims to show the...

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    Hamlet Scheme of Work LITB2 »

    Steph Atkinson | Sunday October 17, 2010

    Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, Drama, Hamlet, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

    Click on the link below to download the resource.

    Hamlet Scheme of Work LITB2.doc




    Shakespeare Film Making »

    Jack Todhunter | Wednesday August 04, 2010

    Categories: Media & Non-Fiction, Media & Non-Fiction Activities, Shakespeare, Shakespeare - Other Activities and Resources, Writing, Speaking & Listening, Individual, Group

    This is an interactive assignment on Shakespeare and you have been asked by a production company to help them complete a short film on the famous playwright.

    Watch the video.

    Discuss it with your classmates.

    • What messages are coming across in this short film?
    • What does the title suggest “The Bard and The Barred?? Who is The Bard and who might be The Barred?
    • What do you think about the comments of the girls?
    • How do you respond to the man’s comment...
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    Anne Hathaway & Sonnet 130 Comparison Grid »

    Steph Atkinson | Thursday November 05, 2009

    Categories: Poetry, Shakespeare, Writing, Poetry Analysis

    Comparative Analysis

    Complete the following grid in as much detail as possible. Try to include different interpretations. If you’re not sure have a guess – but make sure you can back up your ideas from the text. Make sure that as well as finding the techniques, you comment on their effects/significance.

    Download

    Anne Hathaway Sonnet 130 Comparison Grid.doc




    Sonnet 130 Collapsed »

    Steph Atkinson | Thursday November 05, 2009

    Categories: Poetry, Shakespeare, Writing, Poetry Analysis

    a and any are as be belied black breasts breath but by cheeks compare coral damasked delight dun eyes false far from go goddess grant ground grow hairs hath have head hear heaven her i if in is know like lips love mistress more music my never no nothing on perfumes pleasing rare red reeks roses saw see seen she snow some sound speak such sun than that the then there think to treads walks well when white why wires with yet

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    Poetic Techniques Anne Hathaway and Sonnet 130 »

    Steph Atkinson | Thursday November 05, 2009

    Categories: Poetry, Shakespeare, Writing, Poetry Analysis

    Poetic Techniques used in Anne Hathaway and Sonnet 130

    Write examples of the poetic technique on the left from the two poems.

    There may be just one example or several. Include as many as you can.

    Leave the space blank if there are no examples of the technique in the poem.

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    Romeo and Juliet Characters »

    Steph Atkinson | Wednesday September 23, 2009

    Categories: Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays


    Call My Bluff »

    Steph Atkinson | Wednesday September 23, 2009

    Categories: Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare


    A Teaching Guide to Romeo and Juliet GCSE Shakespeare Coursework »

    Steph Atkinson | Monday September 21, 2009

    Categories: Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

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    Romeo & Juliet

    This teaching guide for high-ability students is designed as a self-contained unit which can be used to produce the AQA A GCSE Shakespeare coursework.

    The AQA A Shakespeare coursework is what is termed as a ‘cross-over’ piece; therefore, if you are using it for assessment for both English and English Literature GCSEs (the most common approach), you need to be able to address the assessment objectives for both.

    Let us remind ourselves...

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    Shakespeare Coursework Romeo and Juliet »

    Steph Atkinson | Monday September 21, 2009

    Categories: Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

    Overview

    A 4 week (12 lessons) scheme based on Romeo & Juliet for GCSE English and English Literature Pre-1914 Drama Coursework.

    This unit covers the following topics:

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    Romeo and Juliet Prologue »

    Steph Atkinson | Monday September 21, 2009

    Categories: Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

    1. Sequence the prologue in the correct order using rhymes and the order of the events to help you – Copy Out In The Right Order
    2. Underneath your sequenced prologue, write a modern day translation for each of the 14 lines.
    3. The prologue is written in the form of a sonnet. Write a) why you think it has been written in this form b) how many lines there are c) what the rhyme pattern is (use letters A, B, C etc.)
    4. Produce a storyboard, doing one...

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    Year 10 Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet Research Areas »

    Steph Atkinson | Monday September 21, 2009

    Categories: Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

    The Elizabethan stage


    Elizabethan attitudes to fate


    Elizabethan attitudes to violence


    Elizabethan attitudes to love (including courtly love)


    Elizabethan attitudes to women


    The Elizabethan family


    Elizabethan attitudes to loyalty


    Elizabethan Religion




    Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Prologue »

    Steph Atkinson | Monday September 21, 2009

    Categories: Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

    Prologue

    Two households, both alike in dignity,

    In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,

    From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,

    Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

    From forth the fatal loins of these two foes

    A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;

    Whole misadventured piteous overthrows

    Do with their death bury their parents’ strife.

    The fearful passage of their death-mark’d love,

    And the continuance of their parents’...

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