Kindertransport The Ratcatcher

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AQA GCSE English Literature 2010 Unit 1, Section A: Exploring modern texts
Kindertransport by Diane Samuels

The Ratcatcher
 The Ratcatcher’s role and the importance of his appearances are detailed on pages 2 to
5. Each page includes basic information about an element of the role of The Ratcatcher.
There is one page on each of the following areas:
1. doubling;
2. representation & symbolism;
3. music;
4. in performance.
You will work in small groups on one of above – excluding the page on ‘doubling’.

Being teacher
 In your groups, you will need to read, research and understand your chosen area and key moments (as relevant) from the text. Your task is then to teach other groups / the rest of the class about your specialist area and its significance. It is up to you how you go about this. For example, you can:
 create a range of worksheets;
 plan tasks and activities;
 organize games and quizzes;
 give presentations, performances or readings;
 do a mix of all of the above.
 Where possible, try and make sure that your lessons include: reading, writing and speaking and listening tasks and activities. Also try to make sure that there is opportunity for your classmates to work individually, in pairs and in small groups.
 As a class, read the page titled ‘Doubling’ and then complete the tasks, activities and worksheets on pages 5 to 10. This should give you an idea of the sorts of lessons you could create for your classmates on the remaining three areas.

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AQA GCSE English Literature 2010 Unit 1, Section A: Exploring modern texts
Kindertransport by Diane Samuels

1. Doubling


Samuels makes use of the dramatic device of ‘doubling’.



This is where one actor plays more than one role within a production.



Playwrights use this dramatic device to make a point – often political.



The actor playing ‘The Ratcatcher’ also plays:



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