English Literature / Drama GCSE: Themes: The History Boys by Alan Bennett

Key themes present in The History Boys by Alan Bennett are explored using a mixture of short dramatised sequences, narration and interviews with some of the key characters.

The key themes of The History Boys by Alan Bennett - education, history and good teaching - are examined through a mixture of dramatised sequences, narrative commentary and character interviews.

The narrator examines these themes as some key moments are played out.

The action sequences illustrate the themes by moving between significant moments and drawing out some of the key quotations that relate to each of the themes being explored.

This is from the series: Making a scene

Teacher Notes

Students could use this clip as part of their study of the play or as part of their revision work.

The ideas in the film could be used as part of initial work on an exploration of the themes, using the quotations and ideas as stimulus for their own presentation on one of the themes explored.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching English Literature and Drama GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It also appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC and CCEA.

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