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Writing about texts with DocsPlus

11th May 2020

In the English Literature section of LearningGrids, you will find activities that provide pupils with support for writing and planning when studying a range of set texts.

As a starting point, look at the DocsPlus set Text Analysis which provides starters and vocabulary to help pupils to analyse the text they are studying. The set helps them to write about aspects of the text such as the opening and the ending, to offer ideas on the author’s technique, and to help them to introduce evidence into their written response.

 Text Analysis Wordbar

For named texts, you will find a range of Wordbars covering characters and themes as well as general vocabulary banks arranged alphabetically.  For example, when studying Animal Farm, find useful words to write about Old Major, Napoleon, Snowball, Squealer, Boxer and Benjamin; when studying Frankenstein, write about the themes of knowledge, ambition, justice, prejudice, loneliness and revenge.

Frankenstein Wordbar

WorkSpace activities focus on key aspects of the text to get pupils thinking and organising their ideas before writing. Find resources which focus on such topics as the relationships between characters, the context of the text, and the significance of the main events. For example, when studying the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, create mind maps about Victorian London, Victorian society, religion, and science and medicine; when studying Pride and Prejudice, consider the different views of marriage by looking at the marriages between Charlotte Lucas and Mr Collins, Jane Bennet and Mr Bingley, and Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy.

We continue to add literature resources to LearningGrids, so look out for more coming soon!

 Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde WorkSpace

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