The site is based on my teaching notes as well as those of other contributors. These notes are by no means complete and I regret that they are inconsistent in quality. However, there is a variety of resource material for the development of literary and language skills, which should be useful to teachers and students. The pages range from preliminary notes to in-depth analysis and exegesis: some are study guides, worksheets and questions; others have close textual analysis and sample essays with commentaries; a few are simply lists or initial thoughts.
Please note that the content is not focused on specific exam board requirements: you will have to adapt it to your question types and assessment objectives. However, wherever you are, these pages may be of help in that they provide the means to explore how meaning is created by text producers and readers.
For teaching poetry, I can recommend the University of Pennsylvania’s Modpo (modern poetry) videos which provide guidance, participation, discussion, lesson plans and resources on how to present american poetry in the classroom.
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