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An introduction to literary criticism

Deeper meaningHow do you read a book critically? Where do you start when you have to write about what you have read?

At school students often have to read and write about texts. This thoroughly entertaining workshop provides students with loads of ideas to help get them into thinking critically. It is aimed mainly at GCSE students, but we also present versions of this workshop to KS2 and Sixth-Form students.

Animal Farm

We look at:

  • First impressions and how these can affect your reading experience
  • The beginning of a book
  • Genre
  • The world of the book (where and when it is set)
  • Characters and their motivations
  • Story and deeper meanings
  • Comparing books
  • Comparing books with other media like film.

These are books we often use as examples

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney

If your students are studying a particular book, we will make reference to that throughout the workshop. This can be one of the books on the list above, but does not need to be; just let us know in advance.

The details:

Audience maximum 60 for KS2 and KS3, 100 for KS4

Prices: £450 for one show, £250 for additional shows, plus travel if outside London, plus VAT.

Please contact us to book a workshop or for more details.

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