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.

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

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Q1.Where was Christopher Ondaatje born?

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Q2.What does a 'philanthropist' do?

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Q3.When Ondaatje went to Canada, he had virtually no money or savings. True or false?

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Q4.Which event did Ondaatje take part in during the 1964 Olympics?

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Q5.What does the word 'urban' mean in the context of our extract? Select the correct definition.

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Q1.Where was Christopher Ondaatje born?

1/5

Q2.What does a 'philanthropist' do?

2/5

Q3.When Ondaatje went to Canada, he had virtually no money or savings. True or false?

3/5

Q4.Which event did Ondaatje take part in during the 1964 Olympics?

4/5

Q5.What does the word 'urban' mean in the context of our extract? Select the correct definition.

5/5

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Quiz:

Approaching pre-1900 unseen non-fiction texts

The Bazaars of Baghdad - Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan - Isabella Bird

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Q1.What is a bazaar?

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Q2.What fascinated Isabella Bird the most about the Arab women?

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Q3.All of the bazaars are indoors - true or false?

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Q4.Which word is the best synonym for 'squalid'?

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Q5.What is a 'labyrinth'? Select the most appropriate definition.

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This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

Approaching pre-1900 unseen non-fiction texts

The Bazaars of Baghdad - Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan - Isabella Bird

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Q1.What is a bazaar?

1/5

Q2.What fascinated Isabella Bird the most about the Arab women?

2/5

Q3.All of the bazaars are indoors - true or false?

3/5

Q4.Which word is the best synonym for 'squalid'?

4/5

Q5.What is a 'labyrinth'? Select the most appropriate definition.

5/5

Lesson summary: Approaching pre-1900 unseen fiction texts

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