This engaging and interesting enables students to demonstrate a clear and developed understanding of the historical context of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers. In particular, students learn about the key social and historical events that took place in the UK in the 1970s and 80s (particularly around the play’s setting of Liverpool) and apply this understanding to characters and events in the play.
The lesson utilises a range of tasks, that require students to be both independent and collaborative learners. It follows this learning journey:
Considering and discussing ideas of class and class systems, both historically and in the present day;
Sequencing and understanding the key features of the social and historical context of the UK/Liverpool in the 1970s and 80s;
Using independent research to enhance their understanding of deeper contextual meanings;
Linking the key events of the play to social and historical context, analysing Russell’s key messages;
Taking part in a fun, interactive quiz in order to gauge their learning;
Self-evaluating their learning in the lesson.
Included in this resource pack are:
A well-presented, thorough, and informative, whole-lesson PowerPoint presentation;
Detailed cards for the sorting/timeline activity, presenting key contextual events;
A ‘Researching Context’ template, to help guide students’ research;
A template to help scaffold the main task, complete with quotes from the text;
A comprehensive teacher guidance form/lesson plan to assist delivery.
Resources are provided in both Word (for easy editing)and PDF (to prevent formatting issues between computers).
All images in this resource are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on the final slide of the lesson presentation.
Please note - the independent research activity (development task) in this resource pack requires students to have access to the internet.