'The Crucible' works brilliantly as a Module C 'People and Politics' text but students need to think in terms of dramatic representation. Many images and clips from theatre productions can be used if it proves impossible to see a performance of the play itself. It raises awareness of how the play can be presented onstage. Extracts from the film version need to be used judiciously in ways that enhance personal response and interpretation of characters and political situations.
Some excellent poems and speeches can be used as related texts including the poem 'If We Must Die' by Claude McKay. Political motivations and actions should be evaluated when examining the complex and layered relationships between people and politics.
It has taken a long time to get to this point but what a fabulous feeling to have written the last question on the last text and sent it off to the publisher to work on. It has ended up bigger than the 'Standard' course book, close to 300 pages of detailed analysis, and at this point I really do not want to analyse anything for a while.
I have organised TTA workshops for those electives and texts that people requested late last year and I think they have been posted on the TTA website as 'upcoming courses'. Not all texts could possibly be covered either as workshops or in the 750 pages of the three books for the 2015 round. The twelve months lead in time is simply not enough which makes it a mammoth task for everyone to get ready in time.
For 2015, I am thinking of writing PDF ebooks with detailed analysis on specific prescribed texts I was not able to cover and possibly suitable related texts for modules in both courses.
For now however, I will have a short break before the TTA workshops and school based workshops begin.
I wish everyone a smooth start to Term One and hope you can enjoy the weeks left before it all begins again.
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