The site is based on my teaching notes as well as those of other contributors. There is a variety of resource material for the development of literary and language skills, which should be useful to teachers and students. Pages range from preliminary ideas to in-depth analysis and explanation: some are study guides, worksheets and questions; others have close textual analysis and sample essays with commentaries; a few are simply lists. See the tabs at the top for easy searching.
For the most part, content is not focused on specific exam board requirements so wherever you are, these pages may be a help in that they provide the means to explore how meaning is created by text producers and readers.
For the teaching of 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. If you would like to explore Old English poetry, do look at The Old English Poetry Project, where Dr Hostetter has put the majority of surviving OE poems into high quality alliterative Modern English verse. Cross-Ref.it is a wide-ranging and informative site with worksheets. Strong on context, genre and the bible.
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Some relevant tags: University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Honours degree in English Language and Literature; PGCE Southampton University; schools in Parkstone, Poole, Basingstoke and Bournemouth; Learning Support Co-ordinator; educated at Canford School and Poole Technical College; ‘English Tutor Bournemouth’ was first website.
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