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How to Improve Grades When Writing for Othello »

Christine Sweeney | Tuesday February 16, 2021

Categories: Archived Resources, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, AQA A Level Pre-2015 Resources, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA4, 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, Drama, Othello, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Plays

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 [ read full article ] »


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 ] »


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 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

click on image to enlarge 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 structure as well as context, genre and… [ read full article ] »


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

‘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… [ read full article ] »


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

Associated Resources Much Ado About Nothing - Student’s Guide.doc 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 of the play which will assist… [ read full article ] »


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

Associated Resources Macbeth Learning Mat.pdf Romeo and Juliet.pdf How to pass the exam.pdf [ read full article ] »


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

click on image to enlarge 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 (CAT) in which students explore… [ read full article ] »


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?) Talks of killing her own child.  (Why?) Issues orders. (Where? How?… [ read full article ] »


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

Guide Navigation WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Literature Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Assessment Pack 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 following content: at least one play by… [ read full article ] »


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 performance. You managed to… [ read full article ] »


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… [ read full article ] »


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

Guide Navigation OCR GCSE English Literature Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare Assessment Pack How the Unit is Assessed Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare (02) Assessment Overview - 50% of total GCSE80 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 Objectives GCSE English and English Literature… [ read full article ] »


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

Guide Navigation AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: Macbeth Scheme Model Responses AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel Assessment Pack 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 to write and then use this as a springboard… [ read full article ] »


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

Guide Navigation Edexcel GCSE English Literature Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature Assessment Pack Associated Resources The Tempest Character List.docx The Tempest Symbolism Chart.docx How the Component is Assessed Component 1: Studying Shakespeare and Post 1914 Literature Assessment Overview - 50% of total GCSE80 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… [ read full article ] »


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

Guide Navigation Edexcel GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Much Ado About Nothing Scheme Weeks 1-3 Edexcel GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Much Ado About Nothing Scheme Weeks 4-6 Edexcel GCSE English Literature Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature Assessment Pack Associated Resources Much Ado Assessment for Learning Sheet.docx Edusites Much Ado About Nothing Activities Pack.docx How the Component is Assessed Component 1: Studying Shakespeare and Post 1914 Literature Assessment Overview - 50% of… [ read full article ] »


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 Edexcel GCSE English Literature Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature Assessment Pack How the Component is Assessed Component 1: Studying Shakespeare and Post 1914 Literature Assessment Overview - 50% of total GCSE80 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 the examination with the student. Aims and… [ 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 ] »


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

Guide Navigation OCR GCSE English Literature Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare Assessment Pack How the Unit is Assessed Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare (02) Assessment Overview - 50% of total GCSE80 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 Objectives GCSE English and English Literature… [ 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 ] »


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 WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Literature Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Assessment Pack 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 following content:at least one play by… [ 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

Guide Navigation AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel Assessment Pack 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 answer one question on their novel of choice. They… [ read full article ] »


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

Guide Navigation WJEC Eduqas GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: The Merchant of Venice Lessons 1-7 WJEC Eduqas GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: The Merchant of Venice Lessons 8-14 WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Literature Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Assessment Pack Associated Resources The Merchant of Venice Table 1.docx 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… [ read full article ] »


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

Guide Navigation WJEC Eduqas GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Much Ado About Nothing Weeks 1-3 WJEC Eduqas GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: Much Ado About Nothing Weeks 4-6 WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Literature Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Assessment Pack Associated Resources WJEC Much Ado Assessment for Learning Sheet.docx Edusites Much Ado About Nothing Activities Pack WJEC.docx GCSE Overview The qualification is made up of two externally-assessed components: Component 1 and Component 2. Both… [ read full article ] »


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

Guide Navigation OCR GCSE Eng Lit Component 02: Much Ado About Nothing Scheme Weeks 1-3 OCR GCSE Eng Lit Component 02: Much Ado About Nothing Scheme Weeks 4-6 OCR GCSE English Literature Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare Assessment Pack Associated Resources OCR Much Ado Assessment for Learning Sheet.docx OCR Much Ado About Nothing Activities Pack.docx How the Unit is Assessed Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare (02) Assessment Overview - 50% of total GCSE80 marks 2 hours written paper… [ read full article ] »


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

Guide Navigation OCR GCSE Eng Lit Component 02: The Merchant of Venice Lessons 1-7 OCR GCSE Eng Lit Component 02: The Merchant of Venice Lessons 8-14 OCR GCSE English Literature Component 02: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare Assessment Pack Associated Resources OCR GCSE The Merchant of Venice Table 1.docx How the Unit is Assessed Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare (02) Assessment Overview - 50% of total GCSE80 marks 2 hours written paper Content Overview - Reading and responding to:one thematic… [ read full article ] »


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

Guide Navigation AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel Assessment Pack Associated Resources The Tempest Character List.docx The Tempest Symbolism Chart.docx 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 about the play as a whole. Section B The… [ 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

Guide Navigation AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: Much Ado About Nothing Scheme Weeks 1-3 AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: Much Ado About Nothing Scheme Weeks 4-6 AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel Assessment Pack Associated Resources Much Ado Assessment for Learning Sheet.docx Edusites Much Ado About Nothing Activities Pack.docx 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… [ read full article ] »


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 demonstrate that they have studied the entire… [ read full article ] »


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

Guide Navigation AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: The Merchant of Venice Lessons 1-7 AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: The Merchant of Venice Lessons 8-14 AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: The Merchant of Venice Sample Paper & Response AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel Assessment Pack Associated Resources AQA GCSE The Merchant of Venice Table 1.docx How the unit is assessed: 1 hour 45 minute written exam 64 marks 40% of GCSE Exam Questions Section A Shakespeare: students… [ read full article ] »


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

click on image to enlarge 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 theme of your own choice but agreed with your… [ read full article ] »


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 demonstrate that they have studied the entire… [ read full article ] »


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 research via the Internet or other study… [ read full article ] »


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

Guide Navigation 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 unease; indeed, I’ve found that the more… [ read full article ] »


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

Guide Navigation Part 1 Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet | Part 2 Marvel’s To His Coy Mistress Part 3 Browning’s Sonnet 43 | Part 4 Owen’s Futility Part 5 Tennyson’s The Charge of the Light Brigade 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 task in which… [ read full article ] »


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

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 | Unit A641 Reading literary texts Edexcel… [ read full article ] »


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

Guide Navigation A Guide to Measure for Measure | Act 1 + Scheme of Work A Guide to Measure for Measure | Act 2 A Guide to Measure for Measure | Act 3 A Guide to Measure for Measure | Act 4 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 and A2 level specifications; however, the… [ read full article ] »


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 eye to the central AO requirement of close… [ read full article ] »


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 designed to work towards helping students… [ read full article ] »


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, right through to the… [ read full article ] »


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 variety of different ways… [ read full article ] »


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 [ read full article ] »


Romeo and Juliet Characters »

Steph Atkinson | Wednesday September 23, 2009

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

Download Romeo and Juliet Characters.doc [ read full article ] »


A Teaching Guide to Romeo and Juliet GCSE Shakespeare Coursework »

Steph Atkinson | Monday September 21, 2009

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

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 of these: English Candidates are… [ read full article ] »


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: Click on stages to enlarge [ read full article ] »


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 picture for each pair of lines ( = 7 pictures… [ read full article ] »


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 [ read full article ] »