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Published: 25/09/2017
KS4 | Reading
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Exploring structure in an extract: 'Great Expectations'

Help students prepare for analysing structure in an unseen extract by taking them step-by-step through a section of Dickens' novel.    

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Helen Stacey, Teachit English Editor
Helen Stacey, Teachit English Editor
Hi, thanks for your interest in this resource Elli. Our contributors send us their resources and we encourage them to send answers too. On this occasion there's not a clear 'right' or 'wrong' solution, so we've published the resource so you won't miss out. We've asked the writer if it would be possible to have these for this resource and hope we can help you out soon!
Posted on 28th March 2018
Elli Jones
Elli Jones
Be great if there were some example answers on here.
Posted on 26th March 2018
Anne Lamont
Anne Lamont
I made a laminated copy of the text and cut it up into paragraphs. I randomly divided them and asked students to use sticky labels to indicate any structural devices they noted in each paragraph (eg long, complex sentences, short simple sentences, any repetition, dialogue, questions,etc)
I then collected and laminated images which matched each paragraph from the David Lean film and got students to match an image to each paragraph.
I then got them to try to suggest an order for the text as a whole, outlining reasons for their choices.
Only then did I issue the chart and got them to complete it using the prompts to make comments on structural devices used.
I made a powerpoint to offer a modelled response to the chart using the images and my own comments on structural choices in each paragraph.
Posted on 22nd January 2018

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