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Series Editor: Robert Protherough
All titles in the Classic Reading Series focus on short Pre 1914 texts which are readily available in school stock cupboards or can be purchased in inexpensive editions. Written by a team of experienced English Literature teachers and examiners, they are suitable for use across the 11-16 age range, particularly in Year 9, as well as at Standard Grade and for GCSE textual study.
Materials are provided to encourage responsive reading and reflection with suggestions for pair and group discussion, enacting, re-creating and writing of different kinds. The practical activities have been devised to supprt a wide range of abilities and interests. They include ideas for wider reading.
All the titles are available in class sets of 6 and 30. Please contact the NATE office for further details. Tel 0114 255 5419 or email NATE Office
An Angel in the House: Three Victorian Poets is an innovative classroom resource which enables pupils to develop personal responses to three 'major poets' published before 1914, Emily Bront?, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Christina Rossetti, combined with an under-standing of the social and historical contexts in which they were writing. The book includes the full text of all the poems featured.
This book enables pupils to investigate Chaucer's subversive portraits in The General Prologue and discover the farcical mishaps and bawdy humour of The Miller's Tale for themselves. Through a range of lively and stimulating activities, pupils can focus on: issues of language change; historical and social contexts and Chaucer's poetic skills. The text includes a shortened modern version of the tale which has been specially written for this book.
This study guide supports the study of Stevenson's famous thriller through a range of carefully structured classroom activities including prediction work, comparison, re-creation and evaluation. Materials are provided to encourage further reading and writing about fantasy and science-fiction.
This guide accompanies the reading of two of the tales - The Withered Arm and The Distracted Preacher - copies of which will be required. These contrasting stories, one macabre, the other a humorously-told smuggler?s tale, share themes of love and marriage, explored with Hardy?s subtlety and realism. Through a wide range of practical activities, students are helped to place the stories in their context by relating them to a short collection of Hardy?s love poems (printed in the volume).
Robert Protherough's guide to Oscar Wilde's best known play features a wide range of practical approaches which bring the text off the page and encourage pupils to make links with many contextual/ contemporary issues including: friendship and gay culture; class and social structure; morality and convention.
As one of the pre-1914 poets recommended for study at KS3/4, many teachers have found that Clare's poems are both stimulating and accessible. As editor of the Classic Reading Series, the author continues its tradition of providing materials and suggestions for activities which support a wide range of abilities and interests.
This practical guide to accompany the study of Shakespeare's play concentrates on the different ways in which key scenes might be performed. Drawing on examples from stage and screen history, it invites students to experiment in speaking, performing, improvising and adapting such scenes. Materials are provided to stimulate thinking about such wider topics as the relationship between play and 'history', the figure of Henry himself, and what is meant by the 'text' of the play.
This guide accompanies the reading of stories from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes which includes The Red-Headed League and The Speckled Band. Conan Doyle's lively and accessible short stories deal with exciting events and striking characters which can be read in the context of Victorian crime reporting and of present-day experiences.
This study guide supports the reading of Isabella or The Pot of Basil and The Eve of St Agnes. An extract from the legend Filomena's Story taken from Boccaccio's Decameron gives a clue to the source of Keats's inspiration. Reproductions are provided of the key Pre-Raphaelite paintings: ?Isabella, Madeline after Prayer? and ?The Eve of St Agnes?. Students will need copies of the two poems to make use of this guide.