Approaching pre-1900 unseen fiction texts

In this lesson, we will be looking at how to approach pre-1900 unseen non-fiction texts. We will be using a strategy to work through the text systematically, tracing what we are told (events) and how the writer feels about them (attitude / thoughts). We will also be moving from a ‘literal’ understanding of the text to thinking about the ‘big picture’ meanings that a text has to offer - what does it tell us about mankind or human nature? As we work through the text, there will be opportunities to review your work and develop your interpretations. At the end of the lesson, there will be a quiz to recap on our learning.

Introductory Quiz

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Final Quiz

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