Films

Mustang (Deniz Gamze Erguven)

  I’ve just seen Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Mustang and felt incredibly moved by both the narrative itself as well as the beautiful aesthetics that Erguven employs to help point up the contrasts between freedom and constraint. I therefore must take some issues with Nick Pinkerton’s otherwise informative review in this month’s Sight and Sound. Nick… Continue reading Mustang (Deniz Gamze Erguven)

AQA new specification · English · Teaching Ideas

Poetry – two lines at a time

I’ve often tried to reinforce with students the idea that that they don’t have to write about every line in the poem and the old cliche ‘a lot about a little’ never seems to go out of date. I spent some time in revision sessions just working on three or four key lines from across… Continue reading Poetry – two lines at a time

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde · English · For Pupils · Teaching Ideas

Socratic talk – Jekyll and Hyde

Socratic talks are a great way to get students to TALK deeply about a subject. You might think that they restrict contributions from other members of the class outside the ‘talk group’ but as long as you have some meaningful tasks for the ‘observers’ to focus on then you can ensure that learning becomes a… Continue reading Socratic talk – Jekyll and Hyde

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde · English · For Pupils

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – research blast

So our research blast was pretty successful today. We put 5 pieces of poster paper around the classroom and on each we wrote one of the headings (see below):Pupils were given ONE category to research and 30 minutes to do it. As soon as they found a relevant idea from the research, they had to… Continue reading Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – research blast

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde · English · For Pupils

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – still thinking about AO3 and extract to whole

In class, we had a great discussion on this passage from the novel (I need to stop calling it a novel – it’s actually a novella, or a short novel).   Whilst reading the passage, I asked the class to underline ONE word per line, the word that they think stands out like a neon… Continue reading Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – still thinking about AO3 and extract to whole