Literature Study Post-16 II
Activities with student teachers
Activities addressing contexts
- Timeline activity students look at a range of statements on cards relating to events before/during/after writing of text to be studies. Students (pairs/groups) research a few events each and then as a class pool findings to create a timeline. Before reading discuss which events might play a part in the writing. During reading, annotate timeline with key contextual links to text (can be an individual timeline in books or a class timeline on a wall).
- Examine cultural artefacts of the period e.g. paintings, photographs, newspaper pages, architecture, film. Facsimiles of newspapers dating back to early 1800s can de downloaded from websites; ITN/Pathe archive website can give access to downloadable newsreel dating back to WW1
- Individual/pair/group seminars on specific historical/cultural/social contexts around texts -e.g. on King Lear, different groups present on Elizabethan notions of Kingship, sources of the play. Or different groups present on different aspects of Romantic Age political events, philosophy, religion, revolutions, etc... Presentations done to brief.
- Pairs given a single year before/during writing of the text under consideration. Research and present key events of the year (in a 'I Love 1838' style)
- Posters/montage displays of cultural/historical contexts