This engaging and interesting lesson enables students to make clear and developed interpretations of the characters of Mrs Johnstone and Mrs Lyons in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers. In particular, students infer and interpret key information about the characters from their introductions into the play, before tracking how their characters develop through close analysis of key quotations.
The lesson utilises a range of tasks, that require students to be both independent and collaborative learners. It follows this learning journey:
Considering the meaning of the key term ‘stereotype’ and how Mrs Johnstone and Mrs Lyons represent stereotypes of social groups;
Engaging with the opening to the text and interpreting how Mrs Johnstone and Mrs Lyons are presented;
Tracking how the characters are developed throughout the play, through engagement with key quotations;
Answering an essay-style question about the introduction and development of the characters;
Self-evaluating their learning in the lesson.
Included in this resource pack are:
A well-presented, thorough, and informative, whole-lesson PowerPoint presentation;
Appropriate extracts from the play;
A worksheet with key quotations to enable students to track the development of characters;
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.