Beauty lay not in the thing, but in what the thing symbolized.

Tess of the D'ubervilles

Hi I'm Lou!

I l-o-v-e teaching Brit Lit!

  • I have been teaching British Literature in schools for over 10 years!
  • Here in London we pretty much live Brit Lit!
  • I love everything from Beowulf to Ian McEwan.

Tip #1 Develop Close Analysis

This is a great, structured approach teaching analysis.

Here is what I include:

Circle 1: quotation

Circle 2: what does the quote mean in your own words?

Circle 3: choose one word (or short phrase) from the quotation and identify the technique used by the author (eg simile)

Circle 4: Now zoom in on the implied meaning of the word or phrase and explain what is suggested by it.

Circle 5: Are there alternative interpretations that could be made of the quotation? Does it contain ambiguous language or ambiguity of meaning?

Circle 6: How does the quotation link to contextual factors such as the period in history or the author's biographical context?

Circle 7: How does the quotation challenge or impact the reader's thinking about the character or situation?

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Tip #2 Study the Sounds

When students first begin studying Literature, we spend most of our time focusing on understanding the language, talking about the characters and events, maybe even discussing the themes. What do we do when our students are capable of going further? What’s the next step in analysis and exploration? Well in answer to that question – here's a little >>blog<<

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