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Interview lesson this week

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Adam1985, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. Hello, I am new here!
    I'm an English graduate with no formal teaching qualifications, but I applied for an English teaching role at an independent school and have an interview next week. I am fairly confident on most of the process, but was hoping I might be able to get some suggestions and ideas for the lesson I have to teach.
    It's a year 10 group and we'll be studying Death of a Salesman, specifically looking at 'empathic writing'. I only have half a lesson to play with (about 30 minutes). Given the timeframe, I thought it would be best to focus on a particular scene rather than try to rattle through a lot of different parts of the play.
    Here's my lesson plan so far:
    - What does the word 'empathy' mean to you? Brainstorm ideas, put some keywords up on the board. (5 mins)
    - Ask some students to volunteer to read the chosen scene aloud to the rest of the class and tell the class to listen out for particular words of phrases that relate to our discussion of empathy. (5 mins)
    - Have a structured discussion about the language Miller uses in the scene - what makes it 'empathic'? What are the different characters feeling at this stage of the play? Which aspects of their language contributes to this impression? Are there any examples from earlier in the play which show a character feeling either similar or different emotions? (10 mins)
    - Ask students to write the first two or three lines of a diary entry from the point of view of one of three characters (I will narrow it down to three, letting them pick one) (5 mins)
    - Listen to a selection of the diary entries, offer feedback and ask questions to provoke further thoughts on what they have written so far.

    Does that sound vaguely reasonable?
    I have also been told I have access to an interactive whiteboard. In the current plan, I won't be using it - do you think that's foolish and that I should be trying to incorporate it somehow? If so, any pointers on which part of the lesson to use it in would be really helpful.
    Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.
  2. What is your learning objective?
    Also, look at the Y4 interview thread on the Primary board. It sounds a note of caution which you would be wise to take on board.
  3. Thanks for the reply. Do you have a link to the Y4 interview thread please? There seem to be a few on that subject.
    The learning objective is to guide them towards identifying types of language that cause an audience/reader to feel empathy with a particular character. And then I would like them to write a few lines pretending they are that character in the play and describe how they feel.
    I think that's a worthwhile objective, but I would be pleased to hear any reasons against.

  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Hopefully thisis the correct link
    warning about posting ideas on a public forum.

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