Beauty lay not in the thing, but in what the thing symbolized.
Tess of the D'ubervilles
Hi! I'm Lou and I love teaching
The literary universe sparkles and many of these wonders hail from the world of Brit Lit. Think Beowulf - journey then onto Chaucer, Shakespeare, to the Romantics, the Victorians, the War Poets and the Lost Generation and finally our most recent modernist and post-modernist forebears.
British Literature has shaped much in World Literature. And I want to celebrate it in all its curious glory.
My hope is that Literature Daydreams will become your one-stop shop for Brit Lit teaching ideas. A place where you can find inspiration for your lessons and your classroom, and a place where you can be inspired yourself.
So grab a cuppa, have a look around, and enjoy!
First up: a few quick ideas for teaching Brit Lit that you can use today!
Brit Lit Tip #1 Develop Close Analysis
If your students are struggling with close analysis then this little trick might be JUST what you need. A fantastically scaffolded way to help any student explore the connotations and inferences in a quotation. See my 'deep dive' blogpost on Rainbow Analysis and download the template to use in your class! Read more >>>here<<<
Brit Lit Tip #2 Study the Sounds
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<<
Brit Lit Tip #3 Read with Purpose
So one of the things I LOVE about teaching 'hard' literature is that moment - that wonderful moment - when students pre-empt your teaching. You know those times when they tell you the tricky ideas or the groovy annotations before you get to say them. Yep I love it when my students have secured the skills of analysis and interpretation so well that they do my job for me! One way I do this is to teach my students to read with purpose - every line, every paragraph annotated with thoughtful...well...thoughts! See >>here<< for more info.
Brit Lit Tip #4 Love 19thc Lit
So have you ever found that your students seem to struggle more with 19th Century Lit than they do with Shakespeare? It's close proximity with modern English makes it feel like we should 'get' it.
B-u-t they keep using words like obduracy and felicity and we just don't get it!
See my >>blogpost<< on 5 things to love about 19th C fiction.
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