Relevant, but not ‘relatable’ …

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.

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Richard III: KS5 essay 1

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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]

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Essays in the Craft

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:

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Classroom Posters #3: Macbeth

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Macbeth feels like one of the more memorably visual plays … which makes choosing a quotation for a poster all the more difficult.

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Classroom Posters #2: Hamlet

hamletI’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 …

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Classroom Posters #1: Henry V

20160514_89375 HVMy 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) …

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BBC/RSC Live Anniversary show

Did anyone else watch the BBC’s RSC Live show last night?

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