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 […]
The latest updated lesson stream of our study of the play ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and our start comparing this with Sylvia Plath’s poetry.
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 […]
Tuesday 16th October will see the screening of the movie ’10 Things I Hate About You’ in true cinema style at 4.30pm in Mr Waugh’s room with popcorn on hand! The film is a modern adaptation of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and will be a positive aid for your study of the play. Plus […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]