In this engaging and informative lesson, students learn to make sustained and precise interpretations of the structural features within The Sign of Four. In particular, students analyse Jonathan Small’s testimony in chapter 12 of the novel, before linking this to the idea of a fitting resolution within the narrative structure model.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which students learn through:
- Reading and understanding chapters 11 and 12, in which Jonathan Small gives his testimony;
- Sequencing and storyboarding the events of Jonathan Small's life;
- Identifying and analysing the structural stages of narrative structure, and applying this to The Sign of Four;
- Understanding how readers at the time would react to the depiction of Jonathan Small;
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.
- Whole Lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- Paper Copies of Chapters 11 and 12;
- Storyboard Template (and PDF);
- Narrative Structure Template (and PDF);
- Essay Template;
- Detailed Lesson Plan
There are also opportunities for group learning, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. These resources were originally taught to GCSE students, but with subtle adaptations they have also been used with both younger and older (up to A Level) students.
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