Teaching Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel: Differentiated Approaches for GCSE Learners

Make the teaching of Shakespeare and the C19th Novel accessible to all learners

Pamela John

Pamela John has over 17 years’ teaching experience, most recently as head of English in a comprehensive school. trainer profile
  • Do you want more strategies for teaching Shakespeare?
  • Do you want engaging ways to teach the 19th-Century Novel?
  • Do you want a wealth of accessible strategies for all learners?

With un-tiered papers for GCSE English Literature, new challenges have to be faced, and difficult issues addressed.  By providing numerous strategies, this course will enable you to approach these elements of the Literature paper with the confidence that you are getting the best out of all of your students.

Full Course Content

Course Outcomes:

  • Gain a wealth of strategies to teach Shakespeare and the 19th-Century Novel
  • Target what works for different learners
  • Focus on improving exam grades
  • Increase confidence in your approach

Course Outline:

Session 1: Making the teaching of Shakespeare accessible to all

  • Effective and confident use of the Literature Assessment Objectives so that exam focus and rigour are maintained
  • Highly effective strategies for targeting and supporting the less able so that their understanding of Shakespeare is improved
  • Stimulating more able learners to help them achieve top marks

Session 2: Approaching the teaching of the 19th-Century Novel with strategies suitable for all students

  • Moving successfully from the extract question to the whole text question
  • Improving accessibility for less able learners by providing structure and coherence
  • Challenging approaches for more able students which will enable them to access the highest grades

Session 3: A Vision of Success right across KS3 and KS 4

  • Constructive forward planning in Key Stage 3 so that solid GCSE groundwork is achieved
  • Enhancing learning through cross-curricular links and maximising every opportunity
  • High impact revision strategies to embed on-going learning