John Kelly over at Shakespeare Confidential gave me something to think about this week. Some things, actually.
‘I want to be an air hostess – what’s Shakespeare got to do with me?’
Possibly the first and most significant was about what I wanted to do with this fledgling blog, now that I seem to have some impetus and a little momentum.
Continue reading “Relevant, but not ‘relatable’ …”
If this is the first time you’ve read an essay here, please take a look at this post before proceeding.
This essay was set as the first assignment for my KS5 class this year – on the OCR specification. Student submissions were therefore marked on the following criteria:
Richard’s unscrupulous ambition and misogyny is balanced, in Act 1 scenes 1 and 2, by his facility with words and mischievous, almost devilish sense of humour.
AO1: Personal Response (30%)
AO2: Analysis of Writer’s Methods (40%)
AO3: Understanding of the role and influence of Context (10%)
AO5: Exploring different interpretations of the text (20%)
“There is as much to admire as there is to loathe about Richard.”
How far and in what ways do you agree with this statement? [Act 1, scenes 1/2: 1,000 words]
Continue reading “Richard III: KS5 essay 1”
It’s almost impossible for me to set an assignment on Shakespeare without producing some kind of model answer … it’s a compulsion rather than a chore.
So this blog will increasingly be a place to find:
Continue reading “Essays in the Craft”
Macbeth feels like one of the more memorably visual plays … which makes choosing a quotation for a poster all the more difficult.
Continue reading “Classroom Posters #3: Macbeth”
I’ve ignored this blog for too long.
Here’s a second classroom poster. Now it’s up in my room I’ve had a few questions about it …
Continue reading “Classroom Posters #2: Hamlet”
My classroom badly needs some decoration over the summer: picture very little on the walls apart from wax-like dribbles of blue and white-tack that have melted in the heat (and which look horribly like chewing gum) …
Continue reading “Classroom Posters #1: Henry V”
Did anyone else watch the BBC’s RSC Live show last night?
Continue reading “BBC/RSC Live Anniversary show”