Year 10 are working on Much Ado for Edexcel IGCSE Literature. As we finish the teaching for this ear, I wanted to engage the boys with exam technique before their formal assessment essays. I like the idea of 10 minute planners and have blogged and made screenshots for them -available on here – in the past. This lesson aimed to engage a few small groups in planning for 15 minutes to produce responses to 5 different essays. The titles were given out in the lesson to try to recreate the sensation of sitting an exam. Too many students fall down at this stage: either they don’t plan at all, or they spend too long mulling things over before starting to write an run out of time.
I was really pleased with the response. Highly focused and showing a willingness to ZOOM IN to engage in close analysis. Even better were the groups who showed the confidence to go beyond the usual responses and really dig into subtext – such as Dogberry being relevant to the thee of honour due to his undermining of the social status quo: “wisdoms” are unseated by the rude working classes.
Year 10 , please find your zone sheets here. Great planning work for 5 essay titles on MAAN.