Bourne · film education · Films · Hitchcock · Teaching Ideas

Dorsals and ventrals: neuroscience, film and literature

The incredibly brilliant Mark Cousins has written a fascinating article in September’s Sight and Sound which explores the ways in which a knowledge of neuroscience and its study of behavioural patterns can illuminate the study of film. Cousins uses an analogy of the brain’s ventral and dorsal systems to explain different visual/aesthetic styles in the… Continue reading Dorsals and ventrals: neuroscience, film and literature

AQA · AQA new specification · Reading skills · Teaching Ideas

GCSE English Language Paper 2 resources

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fncowm0ujn0vdt9/AACrDysAGeW-m4xjCdckKVNqa?dl=0 Finally, for a while anyway, I’ve put a load of resources I used for teaching paper 2 skills. Again, I’d blogged about these earlier (see for example Y10 exam revision paper 2 question 2; Preparing for a Paper 2 exam) and so these are the resources which accompanied those lessons. Again, in dropbox. See link above.… Continue reading GCSE English Language Paper 2 resources

English · Teaching Ideas · Writing

Layered writing resources

Thanks to some colleagues for pointing out the layered writing techniques used by Gavin McCusker – this blog here sets out the stages really clearly. If you follow my blog, you’ll see that I adapted these resources for polemical writing (see here: Using the layered writing technique for persuasive writing). I’ve now put the PPT I used and… Continue reading Layered writing resources

AQA · Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde · English · Reading skills · Teaching Ideas

Jekyll and Hyde resources on dropbox

I’ve added some more Jekyll and Hyde resources on dropbox. I’ve got a whole PPT but it’s too fragmented – things I’ve added as I’ve gone along or else two or three slides that made sense at the time or were backed up by me wittering on; I’ll have a look at it and put… Continue reading Jekyll and Hyde resources on dropbox

AQA · English · Reading skills · structure · Teaching Ideas

More resources for GCSE English Language Paper 1

I’ve added several more resources into the dropbox folder for teaching GCSE English Language paper 1. Some of them I’ve already blogged about (see the links below) – but at least now  you can see the resources I used. What I’ve added: Lessons on language and structure using Du Maurier’s Don’t Look Now – I’ve… Continue reading More resources for GCSE English Language Paper 1

Reading skills · structure · Teaching Ideas

Teaching Structure using Jean Rhys’ ‘I Used to Live Here Once’

Just dropped a PPT in dropbox which explores structure through Jean Rhys’ very short story – I Used to Live Here Once. It breaks down the story a sentence at a time, inviting students to make inferences and predictions. I’ve included a brief analysis at the end. Again – see dropbox https://www.dropbox.com/sh/crtlpltk93kxbf3/AADKYiQEZkuUNrmrOVcE1JKJa?dl=0  

film education · Films · Reading skills · structure · Teaching Ideas

Teaching narrative through moving image

Okay, so I’ve added some more resources to my ‘readers and writers’ dropbox. This one is using moving image to discuss narrative. I’ve clipped the opening to an episode of The X-Files – season 6, ‘Drive’ starring Bryan Cranston. It’s a fantastic way to explore narrative hooks, dangling causes and omniscient narration. You’ll find the… Continue reading Teaching narrative through moving image