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Essay plan for Romeo and Juliet

Discussion in 'English' started by jorb, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. jorb

    jorb New commenter

    My low ability Yr10 are about tostart an essay exploring how the character of Juliet develops in the play. I would be extremely grateful if anyone could pass on suggestions for a foolproof essay plan that I can use with the weakest of my students. Some of them really struggle with the plans that I've been using for coursework, so think that I'm doing something wrong!Any ideas?
  2. GloriaSunshine

    GloriaSunshine New commenter

    Is this for a CA - surely we're not allowed to give plans?
    For low ability (E and below), I normally set a title and then give bullet points so that they have some guidance on what they need to write about and in what order - I'm pretty sure we're allowed to do that still.
  3. jorb

    jorb New commenter

  4. Talk about growing up. They're just slightly older than Juliet, so they can identify with the fact that life is changing rapidly. They are ceasing to be children.
    Then link it to the play - how does Juliet grow up? Get them to list incidents in Juliet's life and relate them to incidents that are happening to them or their friends. As the lesson goes on move it away from specific incidents that happened in real life - that will get them few marks - but talk generally. Does standing up to your parents make you older?

  5. gruoch

    gruoch Established commenter

    If this is for CA on R&J I can't see how it hits the AOs
    In the 'Macbeth' CA I did with a very, very low ability set I have asked them to look at a specific scene and broaden the discussion from it to the whole play. It worked well.


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