Resources to use when teaching The Sign of the Four to Key Stage 4 classes, or equivalent (though many of the activities are adaptable for anyone teaching the book to younger students). They are not specific to any particular examination specification and, while their rigorous approach will be invaluable in helping your students to prepare for their final exams, they also aim to provide a rich and broad approach to literary study as a whole.
Before reading activities are designed to put the text in context and to whet students’ appetite for reading. Chapter by chapter activities build personal and critical response and exam skills while after reading activities help students to engage with key ideas and provide ideas for revision and exam practice. This is a particularly challenging text in terms of the racist portrayal of certain characters and events. Support for looking at the text in context, including challenging such attitudes, is provided throughout the resource.
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