GCSE Coursework: Richard III Presentations

Your homework is to construct, in pairs, a presentation on your given scene (or scenes) for presentation next week. You will have two further lessons to prepare for the presentation, as well as a homework. You need to ensure that you touch on the following subjects:

more after the break

What should you talk about?

a) Give an overview of the scene. What happens in it?
b) Talk about the language in the scene. Is it very formal? Is it in verse or prose? Does it contain a lot of metaphors, or is it quite straightforward? How does this help our understanding?
c) Pick out and explain one metaphor which they think is particularly good. What is Shakespeare trying to get across? Is there more than one aspect of the metaphor that we should be aware of?
d) Explain how this scene affects our view of Richard. Do they refer to him in the scene? Does it show him in any particular light? Pay particular attention to Richard as an actor

Lastly, if you can think of a short exercise or activity to demonstrate what you have been talking about, feel free to do it after your presentation has ended. If it will make people remember your point, I’ll be very impressed…

How should you do it?

Remember, you have to try and make this presentation interesting to the rest of the class, who will be learning from you. As such, you may use Powerpoint to help in your presentation. However, you may not put any words up on the screen. As such, if you want to use Powerpoint, you may only use images to help you. (Maps? Stills from a Film? Visual examples of a metaphor? You can use film footage of the play, as long as you don’t use sound, and it doesn’t interrupt your presentation.) The one exception that I will make is if you want to talk about Shakespeare’s language – in this case, you may project a short piece of writing, no longer than two lines, which you may then annotate with board markers to make your point.

Lastly, you are not permitted to read word for word from a pre-prepared document. You may use a maximum of four index cards each, with a maximum of twelve words written upon each one. You may not save words from one to add to another, and you may not have a single sheet of paper with 48 words on it. If your notes do not meet these criteria, I will take away the offending article. You may have the text with you, which you may refer to.


What can you use to help you in your research?
1) The Internet – Feel free to use the internet for your research. Googling for “Richard III Study Guide” or “Richard III notes” will yield a number of results – feel free to use them in your research.
2) Modern translations and study guides – These are excellent resources. York Notes, Cliff’s Notes, Letts Study guides – all of these are designed to take you through scene by scene. Hint – some of these are available on line…
3) The edition that you are reading! It’s got loads of good stuff in there – a summary at the top of each page, notes and translations of difficult words. Also, make sure that you take a look at the longer summaries at the beginning of the book – you will need to know what has happened before your scene in order to understand what’s going on.
4) YouTube – it’s well worth seeing if you can find your particular scene on YouTube – there are often a number of good versions, and seeing them can be a great help. Remember, however, that films often edit the text quite drastically, so should not be taken as your main source of information

Use your imagination, chaps, I’m looking forward to these…


~ by mrprestney on June 11, 2009.

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