Page extent: 96
ISBN: 9781786821171
Binding: PaperBack

DNA by Dennis Kelly: Routes to Revision

Iona Towler-Evans

PaperBack (31 Jul 2017)

This book is designed to engage students in active responders to the play DNA by Dennis Kelly. It will incorporate creative and reflective tasks and devices, to help them make sense of the play for themselves. The book will provide individual/ pair or group tasks which are motivating, active and engaging for young people. The text will be accompanied throughout by images/ illustrations related to the play in performance.

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ISBN13 9781786821171
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 96


'This guide is intended as an individual support for students during their revision of the play DNA, but in my view offers a good deal more. There are opportunities for group and pair work and I see this guide as being a great support to teachers in the classroom offering different approaches to the play which can be applied to their teaching and to students' learning. These approaches can also be adapted and applied to any text or play script... DNA is a powerful play and a popular choice for the Modern Texts Unit of AQA English Literature... The guide examines the play from the AQA perspective and begins by explaining the AQA AOs (Assessment Objectives) in accessible language and this section helpfully breaks down the assessment objectives so that they can be applied practically by the students. The second AQA Assessment Objective states that students need to ' analyse the language used by the writer to create meanings and effects'. This can sometimes be challenging for students who find it difficult to stand outside the play and see beyond what happens to the characters. The guide addresses this by inviting the students to explore language devices, use of symbols, an appreciation of the playwright's craft and this is developed in a section entitled Writer's Methods. Many illustrations of the methods Dennis Kelly uses in the play, are included in the guide... In my view this revision guide provides richer dimensions than many I have encountered. It lets the students in on often 'hidden' aspects of a play in an accessible way, such as structure, context and themes and encourages them to investigate the playwright’s intentions and synthesize the evidence for themselves. It is aptly titled Routes to revision as it offers such a range of routes and tasks for students of all abilities to engage with as individuals or as members of a class, while still offering the rigor required for students aiming for the highest grades. I would recommend it as a great guide for teachers in exploring the play with their students, as it encourages students to take an active role in interpreting the text for themselves, and offers a more meaningful route to learning as well as revision.' Mrs Jasbir Kainth, Subject Leader for English, NATE Journal