Why must Caesar die?

2 04 2015

1. What makes Shakespeare still so relevant today?

2. What’s Shakespeare’s English like?

3. How does Cassius manage to enlist Brutus into the conspiracy? Read the script HERE (Pages 3-5)

4. Why did Caesar have to die? 

5. Why must Caesar’s death be avenged?

6. Can art change the world? 

7. Watch this animated summary of the whole story.

Edward Scissorhands: a new take on the Frankenstein classic?

5 03 2015

1. Learn about the real story of Frankenstein.

2. What literary genre does Frankenstein belong to? Why does the monster still epitomize society’s fears today?



3. What parallels can you draw between the two “creatures”? (click for help!)




4. Watch the opening of Edward Scissorhands (till 15:45) and list all the similarities with the Frankenstein novel you can spot.

5. Listen to Nick Dear on his theatre adaptation of the novel and answer these QUESTIONS

6. Use these tips to practise reading your excerpt in the same way.


The Marriage Plot

2 10 2014

1. Click on the pic to learn more about Jane Austen.


2. Colin Firth brought a whole new audience to the work of Jane Austen when he emerged from a lake with a wet shirt in the BBC adaptation of her classic novel Pride and Prejudice. 

3. Joe Wright’s 2005 cinema adaptation stars Keira Knightley.

4.  Jane Austen’s famous novel Pride and Prejudice may have been published 200 years ago, but it still inspires today’s writers.

Author Helen Fielding admits she “stole” Jane Austen’s plot for her novel, Bridget Jones’s Diary.


5. Watch the trailer to this Bollywood-style take on Jane Austen’s classic. 

6. “In the days when success in life had depended on marriage and marriage had depended on money, novelists had had a subject to write about,” writes American author Jeffrey Eugenides in his latest book, “The Marriage Plot” Read this review.



7. When Queen of Crime follows into Jane Austen’s footsteps, this is what happens.



8. Same-sex marriage is a controversial issue these days. How would Austen tackle it? Here’s Macklemore’s take.

Self-writing: Mightier than Truth?

12 09 2014

1. How does the cartoon relate to the issue? Click on the pic for some help. Find a model answer HERE



2. Watch this interview. What makes Solomon’s story so  relevant still today?

3.• What happens in this scene from the movie?
• What does this short scene show about the relationship between slave and slave master?
• Why does Mr. McQueen choose to portray the scene in this way?

4. What was the most amazing thing about Solomon, the real man? 

5. Read these two texts and discuss the questions at the end.