This engaging and informative lesson enables students to make precise and sustained interpretations regarding the portrayal of Arthur Kipps throughout Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black. In particular, students consider how Kipps is initially presented, and how his character is developed throughout the text.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
- Recapping the events leading up to the ending;
- Discussing what a suitable ending to this story may entail;
- Understanding and comprehending the key events of the ending of the story;
- Considering how these events help to reveal key information about Arthur and the ghost;
- Analysing how effective Hill's ending is at providing the closure that the reader needs;
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- Selected extract from 'The Woman in Black' (the ending);
- Cards for sorting activity;
- Analysis template with success criteria for creating well-structured responses;
- Comprehensive lesson plan.
There are also opportunities for group learning, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. This was originally taught to mixed ability year 10 groups, but can easily be differentiated for groups of different ages and abilities.
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