An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley
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6 week teaching pack - 'An Inspector Calls'
A six week scheme of work consisting of: a teacher's route through, suggestions for starters, 'main' activities, tailor-made resources (both trusty Teachit favourites and brand new ones), plenaries, creative and interactive opportunities. Please note this resource is available to subscribers only (though a sample excerpt is available for all to download) and due to the size of the pack it may take a couple of minutes to download.
Based on Sudoku, this resource gets students thinking about the symbolism. Further questions prompt a deeper understanding of the relevance of these themes.
Act One learning grid
Appeal to students' fondness for games and encourage higher order thinking skills in the process with this grid designed for the revision and exploration of themes, characters and ideas in Act One of 'An Inspector Calls'. A PowerPoint version of the grids is also available.
Moral message team game
Take a closer look at the Inspector's final words, and make connections with Priestley's moral viewpoint in this comprehensive team game. Texts include extracts from the Bible and the speech itself. The second PDF contains the WW1 images you will need.
Examine Eric's story in detail with this speaking and listening challenge involving the whole class. This resource is based on the Teachit 'Socratic discussion' resource 19717 and parts of it are reproduced here.
Two speaking and listening tasks inspired by key scenes from the text. These can be done before reading the play to prompt students' interest in the moral dilemmas or alongside the appropriate scenes.
An active task where students find their partner to match themes and definitions that are central to the play. You could do this as a card sort or use the Matching whizzy instead.
Politics and persuasion in the final speech
Higher order thinking skills are required in this task which unpicks the Inspector's closing speech and looks at the political viewpoint presented by Priestley.
An Inspector called ...
Students consider the role of the Inspector in this resource designed for higher ability students. Is he a story-teller, social commentator, humanist philosopher or a bit of each? Quotations included. NB The Venn diagram is best blown up to A3 size.
Wordplay in Act Two
Familiarise students with some of the more interesting words in Act Two with this activity based on 'Call My Bluff' or the card game Chicanery, and explore two extracts where Priestley creates humour through wordplay. Alternatively use the Matching Whizzy activity.
Act One: who said ...?
A sorting activity for quotations from Act One, to explore the attitudes of Arthur, Sheila and the Inspector. An interactive Yes No activity is also included.
Sequence the events of Gerald's affair in Act Two, then put him on the spot in a chat show style revelation. Some quotations help to differentiate the resource, and there's a Sequencing whizzy activity too. (Answers to the sequencing task are provided.)
de Bono's detective skills
A pre-reading exercise using the trailer for Stephen Daldry's West End production, for students to make predictions about the text before they study it.
A fun resource to help students revise characters and some context of the play. An interactive Snap activity features some of the bingo game.
Analysing stage directions
Students explore a number of stage directions in Act One to see what they reveal about the characters.
Students put historical events into order then think about how these events would have affected the play. There's an interactive Sequencing task for an alternative to a card sort.
A revision board game to help students focus on characters. Interactive tasks accompany the game. This resource was originally published on the Collaborative Learning website (http://www.collaborativelearning.org).
Taboo revision game
Students revise key characters and themes from the play.
Socialism and capitalism
Students place political views from the play into the correct groups.
Andrew Moore's study guide to An Inspector Calls
A comprehensive commentary on the play. Originally published on www.universalteacher.org.uk.
Questions on Act 1
A set of questions to consolidating understanding of Act 1.
A fun team game sure to bring out the competitive spirit! Identify key quotations from the play.
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Links in a chain
A great idea! Students fill in the Birlings' actions and motives to work out how all the events in the play fit together. Best blown up to A3. Includes a teacher's crib sheet on page 2.
Focusing on two key extracts from the play, pupils must consider the theme of responsibility and Priestley's message to his audience. The activities provide a framework for extended writing on this topic.
Write Eva Smith's diary
Encourages students to focus closely on Eva's experiences in Act One and Two of the play.
A DIY graph to help students to analyse the build up of tension throughout the play.
Getting to know the play: crossword and wordsearch
Two versions of a crossword (answer the clues or write your own) and a wordsearch, both with answers.
Group task to explore each of the main characters.
Quiz on BBC's Texts in Context
Useful for focusing students' attention when watching the BBC video (available online).
Three speaking and listening assignments
The strike, Sheila's shopping trip and Gerald's Gentlemen's Dinner.
A picture strip exercise
A variety of revision activities within one overall task.
Getting to know the characters
Students allocate different adjectives to the characters. The Magnet activity encourages students to flip to choose the word they think best fits the character.
Quiz on Act Three - teacher copy
Teachers' answers to the quiz.
A short quiz on Act Three
A quiz that tests students' knowledge but also their understanding and insight. Teachers' copy available.
Point, evidence, explanation technique
Using the PEE technique to discuss character.
Eva Smith's inquest
A great speaking and listening activity in which students act as a witness for Eva Smith's inquest. You will need to allocate parts to students.
From the resource collection(s): An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley | Speaking and listening trail
Pre-teaching - who's to blame?
Students look at the events of the text and discuss who they think's to blame.
Essay guide: dramatic devices in Act 1
Question and answer teacher sheet
Create character studies using sub headings.
Inspector Goole diagram
Showing some aspects of the Inspector's character and role in the play.
Students are given a selection of relevant words that they need to determine a connection between, then group them.
Chat show: who is to blame?
A great speaking and listening activity in which students debate 'chat show style' about who is to blame.
Speaking and Listening: The committee meeting
Students explore Mrs Birling's attitude towards Eva.
A list of essential essay questions
A set of 15 questions covering individual acts and the play as a whole.
Collect examples of the Birlings' defensive comments and the Inspector's moralistic comments
Quote quest: Who said it? When? Why?
Act 2 activities
Summary and essay style questions
Act 1 activities
Summary and essay style questions
The story in brief - who is to blame?