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Revision games/activities for literature?

Discussion in 'English' started by Angelil, Feb 17, 2016.

  1. Angelil

    Angelil Occasional commenter

    Sorry if this has come up before but after the holidays I will have 6 weeks of revision time with my IB students, purely to focus on our 2 set texts for the exam (although we will do some work for the language paper too). I feel like we have done past paper outlines ad infinitum. They have also already made flash cards etc. I have more ideas...

    * Quotation quizzes
    * Revision booklets with comprehension/analytical activities
    * Revision Jenga (never tried this before but just read about it online and it sounds like a plan... :p )

    ...but beyond that I am truly stuck!! It doesn't help to me that our set texts (bequeathed to me by a former colleague...) are really hardly ever studied (The Jew of Malta and The Sorrow of War) so I can't even just raid TES rather than having to basically reinvent the wheel.

    Any suggestions would be AMAZING. Thanks in advance :)
  2. FlyingFoxBat

    FlyingFoxBat New commenter

    When my friend studied 'The Handmaid's Tale' for A level literature, the teacher asked them to choose a character and write a monologue based on that character's attitudes, characteristics, motivations etc. If students enjoy drama/ feel confident enough, they can read them out to the other students. Students can enjoy putting their own spin on the monologues- one of the students wrote (as a commander) that he believed women existed for the purposes of 'cooking and 'f***ing'!

    A similar idea is to ask students to write problem page letters and answers based on incidents from the texts (these should be written in character.)

    I also found it useful to link modern day analogies to events/ themes in historical texts, as this can make the stories and characters more accessible and memorable.

    You could also play matching games, where students match quotations to the appropriate character/ match consequences to actions/ match motivations to characters etc.

    I hope these ideas help :) .
  3. blueskydreaming

    blueskydreaming Lead commenter

    Have the students write their own quiz questions, so they can quiz each other - can ask anything they want, as long as they know the answer themselves. Make it into a team competition.
    FlyingFoxBat likes this.
  4. Angelil

    Angelil Occasional commenter

    Such great ideas here - thank you!! Will definitely use some of them. Funny you should mention The Handmaid's Tale as this is the other text that my higher level students do.

    I also remembered that last year I was able to do a bit of extra work with them comparing The Sorrow of War to Heart of Darkness (and subsequently Apocalypse Now), incorporating some 'found poetry' work using both texts. So I could always fall back on that as well if I need to.

    Hopefully on this thread we can build up a real bank of ideas for revision games.

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