Teaching Elements of Crime Writing for AQA B

Why should you attend?

This course will exploit the opportunities offered by AQA B’s exciting new Crime Writing unit (diverse and engaging texts, fascinating literary and generic context) and explore how to rise to its challenges (how to ensure students also gain an understanding of the individual texts’ distinctive qualities as drama, narrative, poetry). While the day will be focused on supporting your teaching of the component, it is also intended to develop your confidence in relation to the genre. 

What will the course cover?

  • What makes it crime? Exploring themes, concepts and conventions.
  • Going beyond the crime fiction genre: how writers use the conventions of drama, poetry or narrative. 
  • Balancing ‘big picture’ and close analysis – critical and creative approaches.
  • Making effective use of criticism.
  • An academic lecture, by Dr Charlotte Beyer, to reinvigorate your own subject knowledge and support your teaching.

NB. This will include elements of the course run in March 2017. When applying, please let us know which texts you have chosen to teach. 



Useful, practical and engaging ideas for the classroom. Superb!

Andrew Skinner, Aylesbury Grammar School on ‘Teaching Elements of Crime Writing for AQA B’.

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