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
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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