'An Inspector Calls' by J B Priestley


This study of Priestley's work begins with a consideration of the text's historical context, before moving forward with close reading and analysis. Weight is also place students engaging in sophisticated debate.

Created By

Jazmin H

Beginner
Exercise

10 HOURS

10 LESSONS

'An Inspector Calls' by J B Priestley

academic-development

Course Overview



Students will study J. B. Priestley's 1945 play, 'An Inspector Calls.' Reading will take place both during lessons and as home learning activities. This is to ensure lesson time can be focused on analysis as well as reading. They will begin by learning the importance of the historical and social context of the play, starting with an analysis of the opening scene. Students will meet the characters in Act I, Scene I, and spend time exploring first impressions. Students will then examine the importance of structure as the play develops, exploring the ways in which Priestley uses this as a way of creating tension for his audience. Students will be guided through the plot in its entirety and construct a personal response to the play after analysing its dramatic ending. The course will be delivered through extract analysis, teaching students how to conduct close language analysis and critical reading. Students will analyse key themes and characters, as well as explore writer intention/audience effect. Students will examine the importance of essential themes, engaging in sophisticated debate and discussions (social equality, class and status, gender politics, power, responsibility etc.). Students will also learn the dramatic value of the text, exploring the role of dramatic irony, setting, stage directions and how these contribute to the play's climax. Students will learn to annotate, interpret, infer and analyse extracts in preparation for an assessment question such as 'How does Priestley explore the theme of X across the play?' This course will teach the fundamental skills of literary analysis while practising reading, writing and oracy skills.

Course Content



10 LESSONS

10 HOURS Total Length

Lesson 1

Introduction to 'An Inspector Calls'

60 minutes

Lesson 2

Class: The Opening

60 minutes

Lesson 3

Greed: Birling

60 minutes

Lesson 4

Gender: Sheila

60 minutes

Lesson 5

Power: Gerald

60 minutes

Lesson 6

Poverty and Wealth: Mrs Birling

60 minutes

Lesson 7

Masculinity: Eric

60 minutes

Lesson 8

Society: The Inspector

60 minutes

Lesson 9

The Ending

60 minutes

Lesson 10

Whole Text Analysis

60 minutes

Key Skills


Close Language Analysis

Applying Context

Quote Collection

Structuring an Argument

Educator


Jazmin H

English Educator

Jazmin has a degree in English literature, a PGCE and a master's in educational leadership. She is a full-time Educator with an extraordinary passion for English and education.