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Touching the Void

Touching the Void

We have made a good start on our last text: Touching the Void by Joe Simpson. We have explored some of the main themes of the book and used creative approaches to explore both character (dating profiles of Simon/Joe/Richard) and structure (monologues from the Fates to explore foreshadowing). The idea is to get to know the […]

Preparation for your assessment!

Preparation for your assessment!

Look here for a list of ideas of tasks and resources which will help you to prepare for your controlled assessment. Resources Spark Notes: http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/shrew/ Free Online copy of the play: http://shakespeare.mit.edu/taming_shrew/full.html  Guardian article about the play: http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2012/jan/17/taming-of-the-shrew-rsc   Tasks Try to watch as many performances and adaptations as possible. When you watch these consider how they […]

Clearing up confusions

After some raucous and well delivered performances of Petruchio’s tantrums at the wedding feast (well done Sean and Zola), we returned to Baptista’s house and the courtship of Bianca. Here Shakespeare has been being his usual trickster self and leading us all in a merry dance with the disguises and deceptions of the characters. We […]

The Taming of the Shrew Re-told

The Taming of the Shrew Re-told

It is important to be exposed to as many different presentations of the play as possible as this will give you a wealth of resources to draw on when you are writing about the play and how it is/was performed. We started to watch the BBC modern adaptation of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ in […]

Taming the Shrew – plot and character

Taming the Shrew – plot and character

Exploring the quotations about Katherine/Katherina/Kate and an analysis of cast pictures in more detail led to an interesting discussion about the potential plot. It was interesting that in discussion of Katherine’s unwillingness to marry, we came across some stereotypical views of women. There was also some interest and confusion about the social context of the […]

Extended research: Due Monday 24th Septe...

Extended research: Due Monday 24th September 2012

Right all – here is your first homework task! Homework is a fantastic opportunity to develop your independent learning and to think, read and write without the time restrictions of a lesson. This task is a research project, which should result in a project folder (either electronic or physical) containing your interpretation of the research […]

 
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