GCSE English – My Last Duchess

Teaching My Last Duchess to GCSE English students This lesson, created by Caroline Mortlock at Bexhill High School, helps students connect with Robert Browning?s poem, My Last Duchess.

Caroline realised the language and structure of this 19th century poem created a barrier to her students? understanding, so created a modern version of the poem to introduce to them first.

While reading her version to the students, she gets them to give a voice to the Duchess and not until they have a feel for what has been going on between the Duke and his Duchess does she introduce them to the original poem.

All resources required to run this lesson are attached, including; a lesson plan, mind map, original and modern language version of the poem.

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