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

The plot of The History Boys by Alan Bennett is explored using a mixture of short dramatised sequences, narration and interviews with the key characters.

The story of a rival teachers competing as they prepare a class of Oxbridge hopefuls to get into university is explained.

In the interviews, the characters comment on the developing plot, explaining their views on the events and their role in what has taken place.

The narrator explains the plot as some key moments are played out.

This is from the series: Making a scene

Teacher Notes

Could be used to summarise the events of the play as a revision activity.

After a first, initial reading, students could watch the sequence in order to gain a fuller understanding of the main events and the shape of the play as a whole.

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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