Sequencing the curriculum: Shakespeare

Reading Time: 6 minutes In a series of posts I’m going to explore the way our curriculum currently works including the rationales behind it. Our curriculum model is our progress model. Context: I work in a high performing, academically selective girls school with a comprehensive sixth form intake. The last four years we’ve seen a significant shift in intake towards an area of high deprivation, higher numbers of ethnic minority students, and higher numbers of students with additional needs. The English department teaches Media and Drama tk GCSE, but we don’t have allocated discrete lessons for these subjects at KS3. The outline: Year 7: The …

Lessons on one word – Macbeth and ‘Hands’

Reading Time: 7 minutes At the beginning of the play, “Hands” is a word used to refer to Macbeth’s brutal – but legitimate – killing of the Thane of Cawdor who “‘ne’er shook hands” (1.1), symbolic of his lack of gentlemanly behaviour and loyalty in participating in rebellion – a theme of ‘hands’ throughout the play.

An extract to whole text question – a quick guide

Reading Time: 2 minutes Introduction: What’s the writer’s message or purpose? End with a sentence linking the extract to the major theme of the question. E.g Through the character of Macbeth, Shakespeare explores the corrupting nature of power. In the extract, we see him at a crucial moment as he decides whether to be virtuous – or fulfil his ambition.  Paragraphs: 3-4 depending on time and length Use a writer – technique – theme/purpose structure to stay focused. E.g. Shakespeare uses the motif of seeing to represent the way Macbeth changes across the play. Or Shakespeare shows us Lady Macbeth’s thoughts to explore the way …