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What are Slices and how do you use them?  We asked Amy Forrester to share with you her 'slices' strategy.

What are Slices and how do you use them? We asked Amy Forrester to share with you her 'slices' strategy.

Back in 2015, when the first exams of the new spec rolled around, I knew the importance of quotations - it was a closed book exam after all. However, over time, I began to realise that the key wasn’t just in the retention of quotations, but in the knowledge of what to say about them.

From there, I began to look for strategies that would enable students to both learn and apply this knowledge in an exam situation.

On twitter, I saw Diane Duncan had devised an acronym to use in a similar way - SLICE, which stood for

  • Structure
  • Language
  • Ideas
  • Context
  • Effects

Initially, I saw it being used for a scene in Macbeth, and I could see the potential benefit of using this approach for a range of quotations across a number of set texts.

I started with Macbeth, identifying around 25 quotations which were “must learns” and could be used in a range of potential exam questions.

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