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The World’s Wife Study Guide (Download)

110 pages


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From the English and Media Centre, a 110-page photocopiable PDF study guide on Carol Ann Duffy's post-1990 anthology The World's Wife, with background material (including all the stories behind Duffy's re-workings, extracts from Ovid, the Bible, and other texts that relate to the collection); lively, engaging and stimulating activities on each poem and resources on contexts; and different readings.

The pack focuses particularly on inventive activities on language, structure and form (for example colour-coding for tone, creative writing, tracing motifs and images, work on voice and register); approaches to encourage the development of independent opinions, including role-play and debating activities and ways of introducing short critical perspectives. Activities encouraging students to make links across the collection, in preparation for the demands of the exam, are seeded throughout the pack.

A note on the PDF download edition of Studying The World's Wife

Please note, this is an edited version of the print publication (2007). Copyright restrictions prevent the inclusion of text extracts in the download edition. Where necessary activities have been adapted.

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This is an exciting resource which is a welcome addition to the EMC's Advanced Literature Series. Activities are varied and stimulating, offering opportunities for a range of approaches. At 128-pages, the workbook is substantial and satisfying but also easy to navigate.

NATE CLassroom, Issue 02

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