General Description

This is a comparative study of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ and Margaret Atwood’s ‘Hag-Seed’. The course will explore the contextual influences, issues and values of both texts that have helped shape meaning within each text. Similarities and differences between the two texts will be examined as well as strategies that could be used to develop student writing skills.


Senior English teachers currently teaching the course of considering doing so in the near future. 

Teaching Standards

3.3.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Use teaching strategies:  Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking,

3.4.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Select and use resources:  Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning


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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Session One -Ways into Module A: 'Textual Conversations'

  • 2

    Session Two- Textual Snapshots - 'The Tempest' and 'Hag-Seed'

    • 'The Tempest' Snapshot course

    • Blog Reflection - Evaluating Shakespeare as Social Commentator of his Times

    • Characterisation - The Role of Gonzalo

    • Focus on Intertextuality

    • Textual Snapshots

    • Comparative Evaluation 'Textual Conversations'

    • Recurring Motifs in the Tempest

  • 3

    Session Three - Comparative Study and Writing Skills

    • William Strachey's Account of the Storm

    • Detailed Comparative Textual Analysis - Opening Scene

    • Vox Review on Hag-Seed

    • Strategies for Improving Student Analysis

  • 4

    Course Feedback

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  • Availability

    This course is available 24/7. Designed to be done in your own time at your own pace.

  • Team Online

    This course is as a Team Purchase. Unlimited teachers from the one Campus for $990 + GST

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