There are so many ways of approaching a text; the possibilities are almost endless – which can be daunting and exciting.
Whatever way we approach a text together with our students, we need to know the following:
the exam requirements and expectations
the student’s abilities
Armed with these parameters, I will then proceed to give my students that edge – so that their answers are impressive, their presentations profound and their long essays clever.
My students are excited about the texts – they always are before the session is over even when they have hated the text before. The challenge for me is to help them appreciate the text even if the story is sad and the characters have tragic experiences.