English Literature GCSE: The Woman in Black - Plot

The plot of The Woman in Black by Susan Hill is explored using a mixture of a police case conference-style discussion, interspersed with short video sequences of plot re-enactment from the novel.

The police officers discuss the plot with the support of a ‘case wall’ with photographic depictions of the key characters and a TV screen to show some of the dramatised moments from the novel.

As the police officers discuss the ‘case’, they explore the developing plot and use quotations from the text to support their developing understanding of the events in the novel.

This is from the series: LIT P.D

Teacher Notes

Could be used to summarise the events of the novel 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 novel as a whole.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching English Literature at GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 5 and Higher in Scotland.

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