Year 9

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The Sycamore Tree chapter 1



Over the Easter break, you will need to prepare for your poetry assessment. The poems you may be assessed on are: ‘My Last Duchess’, ‘The Laboratory’, ‘The Hitcher’, ‘Salome’ and ‘Sister Maude’.

Poetry research year 9

Here are the lessons that each of the poetry groups taught on their selected poems:

Hitcher PowerPoint Presentation

Moneras lesson

Salome lesson bo

Sister Maude sudent lesson

The Laboratory analysis

To help, you can find a range of revision material here:

Class resources: Bitesize dramatisation of The Laboratory

Bitesize revision on how to compare poems

Blank templates:

Venn diagram: blank poem comparison venn diagram

Smiler table: SMILER blank template

 Class revision resources: class revision resources




Beat the Teacher!

Now that we have finished Othello, we’re on to a new unit of poetry looking at links we can make across the different texts.  We’ve taken a challenging approach to this unit, firstly by splitting into four teams:

  • Team Rossetti
  • Team Duffy
  • Team Browning
  • Team Armitage

SPI points go to: Meleeka, Sanisha, Jess, Faiza and Augik for the beautiful designs for each team:

We are now busy preparing for a poetry recital on Friday 10th March where teams will be expected to learn a poem by heart to present to the class. This places the emphasis on memory skills but also enjoying the beauty of hearing poetry read and performed in an imaginative and engaging way.

Our next challenge is to teach the rest of the class about one of the poems by our team poet.

Here are some resources to help you:

Poetry activity ideas from Mrs Gibbs: poetry-activities

Remember, your lesson must have:

  • a clear objective: in this lesson, students will…. (use one of these stem words) explore/compare/discuss/create/respond/identify
  • a clear outcome: What do you want the class to be able to do? e.g an extended piece of writing, answer a selection of questions that have been answered, complete a table/mindmap
  • a starter activity that hooks interest and introduces the themes/ideas of the poem
  • a main task: can be individual/pair or group
  • an element of thinking and discussion
  • A plenary to check understanding: this could be a short quiz or a response to the lesson e.g. write down 3 things that you learned today about…

Remember: if you set homework, your team must mark it, so decide on your success criteria. What are you looking for? e.g. a PEE+E paragraph that focuses on analysing language and using critical terms.

As teachers, you must also ensure the following:

  • work should be clearly labelled and set out correctly
  • housepoints can be awarded for good effort
  • keep to time
  • ensure everyone stays on task
  • be prepared to answer questions and support learners
  • provide resources if necessary

Good luck!

Missed a lesson?

For those who missed our work on The Laboratory by Robert Browning, you can find the lesson and resources here: the-laboratory-analysis

Useful resources: No Fear Shakespeare: original text alongside modern translation

Performance history of Othello

Image result for otherllo     Othello cover

Week 1 homework assignment: Preparation task – Who was Aristotle?

Click here for a challenging resource where you can explore Aristotle and the classical influences on Shakespeare’s tragedies: Aristotle and Tragedy

For a more basic explanation of Aristotle’s model of tragedy click here: aristotles-perfect-tragedy

Make notes and bring to your lesson.

Homework: 2/2/17 complete your diagram of the stages of the tragedy of Othello. Exra challenge: add acts/scene and also quotations.


Project Homework:

Over this unit, you will complete a research project on one area of historical context of Othello. You can choose from:

  • The Renaissance and Shakespeare’s drama
  • Religion in Shakespeare’s England
  • Female subordination in The Elizabethan Era (inc Shakespeare’s portrayal of female characters)
  • Shakespeare’s theatre including The Globe and staging history of Othello

You can present your project in any format such as a booklet, revision poster, detailed mindmap, 3D model, imaginative story e.g. diary of a 15th century woman, film, podcast, prezi, padlet, cartoon, timeline. The possibilities are endless.

For inspiration here are a number of resources you can use to kick start your research:

Elizabethan Theatre Design

Context of Othello

BBC iWonder The Renaissance

Shakespeare: The World He Knew radio programme

Bitesize Shakespeare

British History Timeline