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AQA Anthology Prose. Chemistry by Graham Swift. Learning objectives:. Respond to texts critically, sensitively and in detail; Use textual evidence as appropriate; Explore how language, structure and forms contribute to the meanings of texts;

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aqa anthology prose

AQA Anthology Prose

Chemistry

by Graham Swift

learning objectives
Learning objectives:
  • Respond to texts critically, sensitively and in detail;
  • Use textual evidence as appropriate;
  • Explore how language, structure and forms contribute to the meanings of texts;
  • Consider different approaches to texts and alternative interpretations.
starter initial ideas
Starter: initial ideas
  • Put the following statements in the order you agree with them.
    • Number 1 is the one you most agree with.
    • Number 5 is the one you least agree with.
starter initial ideas1
Starter: initial ideas
  • Old people are irritating and get in the way.
  • Old people and young people have nothing in common: each is suspicious of the other.
  • Old people are treated badly by society: they are seen to have lost all value which isn’t true.
  • Old people have wisdom and experience and should be valued.
  • Old people always look to the past and feel left out of the current world.
chemistry connections
Chemistry: connections
  • It is told using 1st person narration
    • Which other stories use first person narratives?
  • It deals with family relationships
    • Can you think of two other family-centred stories?
  • The narrator and main character is a young boy
    • In which other story is the main character a boy?
  • The text deals with death
    • (like which other story …?)
    • It also deals with endings (like ….?)
  • The story is mysterious and the reader has to make deductions about the plot and characters.
chemistry main points
Chemistry: main points
  • The narrator remembers events from his childhood
    • What is the most important event?
  • Water is a recurring image
    • What relevance might this have?
  • Who are the main characters?
    • List some details about each one.
chemistry the opening
Chemistry: the opening
  • Write down five quotations to describe the setting.
  • What are your first impressions of the characters?
chemistry the opening1
Chemistry: the opening
  • What do you think this may mean?
    • Look for clues about characters and events

‘The launch wallowed, sank…I remember what he said to me, on this, the first loss in my life that I had witnessed. He said very gravely: “You must accept it – you can’t get it back – it’s the only way”…I remember mother’s face as she got up from the bench to leave. It was very still and very white…’

(Lines 124-129)

family relationships
Family relationships:
  • What does the second section of the story tell you about the family and their relationships?
part three
Part three:
  • What do we find out about the boy’s family?
  • What do you think of the way the family live now?
  • Do you think the family seem happy? Explain your answer.
your task
Your task:
  • Draw a family tree to show the family and relationships between them.
  • Add quotations and line numbers.