Year 10 GCSE English Literature Revision

Week 1  Week Beginning 18th March

Day

Heroes

An Inspector Calls

Monday

Heroes: plot summary.

1. Read the BBC Bitesize revision guide on plot summary (pages 1-6.)

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/guides/zq4qdmn/revision/1

Mind-map the plot of Heroes in as much detail as possible.  30 minutes.

2. Complete the BBC Bitesize test on the plot summary of Heroes.

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/guides/zq4qdmn/test 10 minutes

Watch the video on the context and background of An Inspector Calls.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fXw8lWWtlA

Write two paragraphs summarising what you learn about the role of women, and working conditions, in the early 20th century.  25 minutes.

Tuesday

Heroes: listen to chapter 1.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWoUyYBjknE&list=PLkYfntgh13kKXoGd06gr4m0WnU_oFIuWH

Chapter length: 16:27.

As you listen, note down 5 key quotations which describe Francis physical appearance. Use your quotations to write two paragraphs describing him.  40 minutes.

An Inspector Calls: read the information about the playwright, J. B. Priestley.

J. B. Priestley

Mind-map what you learn about him. 15 minutes.

Wednesday

Heroes: setting and location.

The novel has 5 locations: the Wreck Centre; Mrs. Belanders lodging-house; Nicoles house; Larry La Salles tenement; a village in Normandy. In 5 bullet points each, summarise the main events which happened in each place.  30 minutes.

An Inspector Calls: the setting.

Read the information about the setting of An Inspector Calls.

Setting

Mind-map what you learn about it.  15 minutes.

Thursday

Heroes: listen to chapter2.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nVJOWP2jhU&index=2&list=PLkYfntgh13kKXoGd06gr4m0WnU_oFIuWH

Chapter length: 11:22.

As you listen, note down 5 key quotations which describe Nicole Renard as we meet her for the first time. Use your quotations to write a paragraph describing your first impressions of her.  40 minutes.

An Inspector Calls: life in 1912.

Read the information about life in 1912.

Life in 1912

Mind-map what you learn about it.  15 minutes.

Friday

Heroes: form.

1. Read the BBC Bitesize revision guide on Form (page 1.)

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/guides/zt8mqty/revision/1

Mind-map what you now understand about the form of Heroes by Robert Cormier.  20 minutes.

Heroes: structure.

2. Read the BBC Bitesize revision guide on structure (page 2.)

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/guides/zt8mqty/revision/2

Mind-map what you now understand about the structure of Heroes by Robert Cormier.  20 minutes.

An Inspector Calls: the class system in Britain.

Read the information about the British class system.

British class system

Mind-map what you learn about it.  15 minutes.

Saturday

Heroes: language.

1. Read the BBC Bitesize revision guide on language (pages 3-5.)

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/guides/zt8mqty/revision/3

Mind-map how Cormier uses subject-themed vocabulary (eg. religious, military, romantic) in Heroes.  20 minutes.

Heroes: language (continued.)

2. Read the BBC Bitesize revision guide on language (page 6.)

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/guides/zt8mqty/revision/6

Analyse how Cormier uses language to create a lively scene in this extract.  20 minutes.

An Inspector Calls: context.

Watch the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ_0VgEduXY

Summarise the main ideas shown in Act 1 in no more than 10 bullet points.  20 minutes.

Sunday

Heroes: form, structure and language.

Read over your notes from the previous four activities.

Complete the BBC Bitesize test on this section.

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/guides/zt8mqty/test 

30 minutes

An Inspector Calls: Act 1 quotations.

Watch the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDfnEHiptxE&list=PLqGFsWf-P-cDvuiSH8SycEDh1Ugke9tmb&index=2

The video features 5 key quotations from Act 1. Learn them! For each quotation, write a short analysis of why it is so important.  20 minutes.

Week 2 – Week Beginning 25th March

Day Heroes An Inspector Calls
MONDAY Heroes: extract 1.

Read the extract on page 1 and answer the question, using evidence to support your points.

 

 Heroes extract 1

Select 8-10 quotations for the extract.    5 minutes.

Use PEE to complete your answer.         15 minutes.

An Inspector Calls: what do you know so far?

Set a timer for 10 minutes.

Write down everything you know about the play so far.

Read over what you have written.   15 minutes.

TUESDAY Heroes: listen to chapter 4.

VIDEO LINK

Chapter length: 7:14.

As you listen, make notes on what you learn about each of the veterans at the S. Jude’s Club. Think about how their ambitions are very different to Francis’ own.     20 minutes.

An Inspector Calls: socialism vs. capitalism.

Read the statements which describe socialism and capitalism.

An Inspector Calls - socialism vs. capitalism

Organise the statements into two categories: socialism and capitalism.

WEDNESDAY   An Inspector Calls: act 1 quiz

Complete the multiple choice quiz.

An Inspector Calls - Act 1 quiz 20 minutes.

THURSDAY Heroes: character.

Summarise the characters of Francis, Nicole and Larry in no more than 10 bullet points each.  30 minutes.

An Inspector Calls: who said…?

 An Inspector Calls - who said...

Read the quotations from Act 1 and write down whether each one is said by Arthur Birling, Sheila Birling or the Inspector.    10 minutes. Write an explanation of the tone and message implied by the Inspector’s words.    20 minutes.

FRIDAY Heroes: listen to chapter 5.

VIDEO LINK

 

Chapter length: 13:22.

Larry La Salle is first introduced here. Select 5 quotations and, for each, write a few sentences explaining how it foreshadows events which will happen later in the novel.    40 minutes.

An Inspector Calls: questions on Act 1.

Click on the link for the full text of the play.

 

LINK

 

Answer the questions on pages 2-5.

 An Inspector Calls - multiple choice questions

30 minutes.

SATURDAY Heroes: essay question 1.

Choose one essay from the tier (Higher or Foundation) for which you have been entered.

Saturday - Heroes essay 1

Create a plan which includes: an introduction, 5-8 main points; a conclusion.   5 minutes.

Write the essay.   35 minutes.

 An Inspector Calls – extract 1.

Read the extract and answer the question, using evidence to support your points.

- An Inspector Calls - essays and extracts

Select 8-10 quotations for the extract.    5 minutes.

Use PEE to complete your answer.         15 minutes.

SUNDAY Heroes: plot summary – cloze.

Sunday - Heroes plot summary cloze

Complete the plot summary to reveal a detailed plot summary of the novel.   40 minutes.

Mindmap everything you know so far about:

  • Arthur Birling:
  • Sybil Birling:
  • Gerald Croft.

25 minutes.

Week 3 – Week Beginning 1st April

Day

Heroes An Inspector Calls
MONDAY

Heroes: listen to chapter 6.

 

 VIDEO LINK

 

Chapter length: 8:35.

After you have listened, read the following guide to how dramatic tension is revealed in this chapter.

 Heroes - dramatic tension 

Highlight the key points.    20 minutes.

An Inspector Calls – character - Arthur Birling.

Watch the video.

 

LINK

Summarise what you learn about Arthur Birling in 5-10 bullet points.   25 minutes.

TUESDAY Heroes: themes.

Heroism is an important theme in the novel. How could each of these characters be/not be considered heroic:

  • Francis;
  • Larry;
  • Arthur Rivier?

Write a paragraph on each one and make reference to a relevant section/event from the novel.   30 minutes.

An Inspector Calls – character - Arthur Birling.

Using the bullet-points you produced in yesterday’s activity, answer the following question: How is Arthur Birling presented in the play?    25 minutes.

WEDNESDAY Heroes: extract 2.

Read the extract on page 1 and answer the question, using evidence to support your points.

 Heroes extract 2

Select 8-10 quotations for the extract.    5 minutes.

Use PEE to complete your answer.         15 minutes.

An Inspector Calls – analysing stage directions.

Complete the table to show what the stage directions reveal about each of the characters in Act 1.

 Wednesday - analysing stage directions.

THURSDAY Heroes: themes – war and heroism.

Read the BBC Bitesize revision guide on ‘Themes’ (pages 1-3.)

 

LINK

Write 1 or 2 paragraphs explaining why war and heroism is an important theme in the novel.    25 minutes.

An Inspector Calls – revising context.

Spider-diagram what you know about the context of An Inspector Calls. Link each of your points to a character or an event. 50 minutes.

FRIDAY Heroes: themes – appearance and disguise.

Read the BBC Bitesize revision guide on ‘Themes’ (pages 4-5.)

 

LINK

Write 1 or 2 paragraphs explaining why appearance and disguise is an important theme in the novel.    25 minutes.

An Inspector Calls – character - Sybil Birling.

Watch the video.

 

LINK

Summarise what you learn about Arthur Birling in 5-10 bullet points.   25 minutes.

SATURDAY Heroes: listen to chapter 7.

 

LINK

Chapter length: 22:12.

Write a paragraph about how Cormier presents the rivalry between Francis and Larry La Salle in this chapter.    40 minutes.

An Inspector Calls – character – Sybil Birling.

Using the bullet-points you produced in yesterday’s activity, answer the following question: How is Sybil Birling presented in the play?    25 minutes.

SUNDAY Heroes: themes – loneliness and isolation.

Read the BBC Bitesize revision guide on ‘Themes’ (pages 6-7.)

LINK

 

Write 1 or 2 paragraphs explaining why loneliness and isolation is an important theme in the novel.    25 minutes.

An Inspector Calls – extract 2.

Read the extract and answer the question, using evidence to support your points.

An Inspector Calls - essays and extracts

Select 8-10 quotations for the extract.    5 minutes.

Use PEE to complete your answer.         15 minutes.

Week 4 – Week Beginning 8th  April

Day Heroes An Inspector Calls
MONDAY

Heroes: listen to chapter 8.

 

LINK

Chapter length: 4:02.

What different aspects of ‘heroism’ are presented in this chapter?   20 minutes.

An Inspector Calls: themes.

Watch the video on themes.

LINK

Make notes on each theme and choose one event from the play which illustrates each one.     40 minutes.

TUESDAY Heroes: themes.

Summarise what you know about the themes within the book. Link each of your points to a character or event.    50 minutes.

An Inspector Calls: themes – social responsibility.

Read the BBC Bitesize revision guide on the theme of social responsibility (pages 1-2.)

LINK

 

Write 1 or 2 paragraphs explaining why social responsibility is an important theme in the play.   25 minutes.

WEDNESDAY Heroes: listen to chapter 9.

link

Chapter length: 11:38.

How does Cormier present war in this chapter?    25 minutes.

An Inspector Calls: themes – age.

Read the BBC Bitesize revision guide on the theme of age (page 3.)

LINK

Write 1 or 2 paragraphs explaining why age is an important theme in the play.   25 minutes.

THURSDAY Heroes: themes – guilt and forgiveness.

Read the BBC Bitesize revision guide on ‘Themes’ (pages 8-9.)

LINK

Write 1 or 2 paragraphs explaining why guilt and forgiveness is an important theme in Heroes.   25 minutes.

An Inspector Calls: themes – gender.

Read the BBC Bitesize revision guide on the theme of gender (page 4.)

LINK

Write 1 or 2 paragraphs explaining why gender is an important theme in the play.   25 minutes.

FRIDAY Heroes – themes test.

Read over the notes you have made on the themes in the novel.

Complete the BBC Bitesize test on themes.

LINK

30 minutes.

An Inspector Calls: themes – class.

Read the BBC Bitesize revision guide on the theme of class (page 5.)

LINK

Write 1 or 2 paragraphs explaining why class is an important theme in the play.   25 minutes.

SATURDAY Heroes: quotations (page 1.)

 Heroes - quotations

Complete page 1 of the table, explaining the importance of each quotation.     30 minutes.

An Inspector Calls – essay 1.

Click on the link, then write and plan the essay on Gerald Croft.    40 minutes.

An Inspector Calls - essays and extracts

SUNDAY Summarise the characters of Arthur Rivier, Enrico, and Mrs. Bellander in 5 bullet points each.  20 minutes.

An Inspector Calls: context.

An Inspector Calls is still very relevant today. Write a paragraph with each contemporary link you can make with events in the play eg. responsibility.     40 minutes.

Week 5 – Week Beginning 15th April

Day Heroes An Inspector Calls
MONDAY Heroes: essay 2.

Choose one essay from the tier (Higher or Foundation) for which you have been entered.

 Heroes essay 2 

Create a plan which includes: an introduction, 5-8 main points; a conclusion.   5 minutes.

Write the essay.   35 minutes.

Mindmap everything you know about:

  • Inspector Goole:
  • Sheila Birling:
  • Eric Birling.

25 minutes.

TUESDAY Listen to chapter 10. LINK

Chapter length: 11:39.

Summarise the main events in this chapter in 5 bullet points.    20 minutes.

An Inspector Calls – character – Sheila Birling.

Watch the video.

LINKo

Summarise what you learn about Sheila Birling in 5-10 bullet points.   25 minutes.

WEDNESDAY Characters in ‘Heroes.’

Read the BBC Bitesize revision guide to ‘characters’ (page 1.)

LINK

Produce a spider-diagram outlining all of the main and secondary characters in ‘Heroes’, organising them into logical groups (eg. people of Frenchtown; soldiers.)   25 minutes

An Inspector Calls – character - Sheila Birling.

Using the bullet-points you produced in yesterday’s activity, answer the following question: How is Sheila Birling presented in the play?    25 minutes.

THURSDAY Extract question 3.

Read the extract on page 3 and answer the question, using evidence to support your points.

Heroes extract 3

Select 8-10 quotations for the extract.    5 minutes.

Use PEE to complete your answer.         15 minutes.

An Inspector Calls – exploring the opening stage directions.

Watch the video which explores the importance of the opening stage directions.

LINK

As you watch, make notes on some of the ways that Priestley uses stage directions at the start of the play.   30 minutes.

GOOD FRIDAY
SATURDAY Characters in ‘Heroes.’

An Inspector Calls – exploring the opening stage directions.

Using the notes you made yesterday, answer this question: How does Priestley use stage directions effectively at the start of the play?   20 minutes.

EASTER SUNDAY

Week 6 – Week Beginning 22nd April

Day Heroes An Inspector Calls
EASTER MONDAY
TUESDAY Listen to chapter 11.

LINK

Chapter length: 17:31.

Write around 2 paragraphs each on Francis, Nicole and Larry, explaining how they are presented in this chapter.    45 minutes.

An Inspector Calls – dramatic irony.

Watch the video on dramatic irony.

LINK

Mindmap what you now understand about the technique ‘dramatic irony.’     35 minutes.

WEDNESDAY Characters in ‘Heroes.’

Read about the minor characters in the BBC Bitesize revision guide (page 6.)

LINK

Summarise each of the minor characters in five bullet points.   20 minutes.

An Inspector Calls – dramatic devices.

Watch the video which explores how Priestley uses dramatic devices in the play.

LINK

As you watch, make notes on the importance of dramatic devices in the play.   20 minutes.

THURSDAY Characters in ‘Heroes.’

Read about Larry La Salle in the BBC Bitesize revision guide (page 5.)

LINK

Write two paragraphs, summarising Larry La Salle’s character and his role in the novel.   25 minutes.

An Inspector Calls – dramatic irony.

Click on the link for the full text of the play.

LINK

Read Mr. Birling’s long speech on page 10 and answer this question: How does Priestley use dramatic irony in this speech?    30 minutes.

FRIDAY Characters in ‘Heroes.’

Read about Francis Cassavant in the BBC Bitesize revision guide (pages 2-3.)

LINK

Write two paragraphs, summarising Francis’ character and his role in the novel.

25 minutes.

An Inspector Calls – mindmap – Inspector Goole.

Mindmap everything you know about Inspector Goole.   20 minutes.

SATURDAY Characters in ‘Heroes.’

Complete the BBC Bitesize test on characters.    15 minutes

LINK  

An Inspector Calls – essay 2.

Click on the link, then write and plan the essay on Eric Birling’s involvement in Eva Smith’s death.    40 minutes.

 An Inspector Calls - essays and extracts

 

SUNDAY Heroes: extract question 3.

Read the extract on page 3 and answer the question, using evidence to support your points.

 Heroes F tier extracts

Select 8-10 quotations for the extract.    5 minutes.

Use PEE to complete your answer.         15 minutes.

An Inspector Calls – mindmap – Eva Smith.

Mindmap everything you know about Eva Smith.   20 minutes.