A 19-slide powerpoint which guides the students through the reading skills that they’ll need to employ when tackling the unseen poetry question for their GCSE English Literature exam. The lesson could also be used for honing reading skills and analysis of poetry generally. It is not tied to the GCSE English syllabus. The lesson begins with the analysis of a short prose extract from Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights” and then moves onto Plath’s poem where the students are initially asked to draw parallels between Bronte’s writing and Plath’s. The lesson then focuses on language with slides that question the students about the effect of the connotations of particular words and invites them to explore the impact of a semantic field. The students are given a template for the structure of their response to an unseen poetry question - and the ppt ends with a model paragraph (though the intention is that this model could be introduced earlier to address any gaps in students’ knowledge - or, indeed, for brighter students, the model could be omitted altogether). In terms of handouts, the ppt has your printables. The Bronte extract is printable from the third slide; the complete poem is on slide 20.