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Lesson Element

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

Instructions for teachers


These instructions cover the student activity section which can be found on page 4. This Lesson Element supports the teaching of The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories for OCR AS Level English Literature, Component 02.

When distributing the activity section to the students either as a printed copy or as a Word file you will need to remove the teacher instructions section.

  • Learners are required to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively their knowledge, understanding and judgement of their set text.

  • Learners are required to understand the significance of cultural and contextual influences on readers and writers.

  • Learners are required to identify and consider how attitudes and values are expressed in their chosen texts.

  • Learners are required to explore connections between their set text and thematically linked unseen extracts.

Introduction


OCR recognises that the teaching of this qualification will vary greatly from school to school and from teacher to teacher. With that in mind this lesson plan is offered as a possible approach but will be subject to modifications by the individual teacher.

Lesson length is assumed to be one hour.

Learning Objectives for the Lesson

Objective 1

(AO3)


Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories was written and has been received.

Objective 2

(AO4)


Students will be able to explore connections and comparisons between The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories.

Objective 3

(AO1)


Students will be able to articulate informed, personal and creative responses to The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written (or spoken) expression.

Recap of previous experience and prior knowledge


Remind students of the Specification Aims, Assessment Objectives and text requirements for this component (especially AO3 – ‘contexts’).

Prepare


Create a hand-out or PowerPoint presentation listing: major events in Carter’s life; simultaneous historical events of contextual importance; Carter’s major literary works; themes and concerns in literary works.
  1. Biography and Context (15 minutes)


Present students with a handout/PowerPoint presentation listing: major events in Carter’s life; simultaneous historical events of contextual importance; Carter’s major literary works; themes and concerns in literary works. Ask students to select what they consider to be the most important events and aspects. Lead discussion and encourage justification of ideas.

  1. Presentation (5 minutes)

Present students with brief information about Carter’s life and lead a discussion about feminism, fairy tales and short stories.

  1. Research and feedback (25 minutes)

  • Divide students into small groups. Ask groups to go away and research briefly (books and internet) in the context of Carter’s life: [one topic per group]Major works (with brief summaries)

  • Feminism

  • Conventions of Fairy Tales

  • Conventions of short stories

  • Conventions of Gothic writing

Students give brief presentations to the rest of class (and lead discussions). Notes distributed and taken; PowerPoints electronically distributed.

  1. Reading (5 minutes)

Distribute copies of The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories; students take turns to read aloud from the opening to the title story; brief discussion of initial impressions (especially in the context of biographical information already explored).

Consolidation/Next steps

  1. Homework Tasks


Continue reading The Bloody Chamber in preparation for class study.


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Lesson Element

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

Student Activity



Introduction


This lesson will introduce you to Angela Carter and The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories.

Task 1: Introductory Film


Write down your initial impressions of The Bloody Chamber:










Task 2: Biography and Context


Review the presentation on Carter’s life then complete the table below listing each event or aspect of her life in order of importance. Provide a justification for each event.

Order of importance

Significant event

Justification

1








2







3







4







5






Task 3: Context ‒ Research and presentation


Research in your pair/group:

  • Major works (with brief summaries)

  • Feminism

  • Conventions of Fairy Tales

  • Conventions of short stories

  • Conventions of Gothic writing

[The teacher will allocate one topic per group]

Prepare a two minute presentation for the rest of class on your given topic area.



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