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Year 12 English

On Monday morning all Year 12 students attended a performance of Photograph 51 and The Penelopiad. The performance was designed to assist English students as they prepare for their final Area of Study, ‘Reading and Comparing’, which asks them to compare and contrast these two texts. 

Photograph 51 is the story of scientist Rosalind Franklin who was instrumental in the discovery of the structure of DNA although she was not given credit for it at the time. Franklin took the first clear photograph of DNA but her photograph was stolen by her competitors who were later awarded a Nobel Prize. Anna Ziegler has adapted the true story of Franklin into a play.

Written by Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad is the story of Penelope, the wife of Odysseus who is the hero of the famous Ancient Greek tale, The Odyssey. Atwood offers her Penelope the chance to tell her side of the story and challenges the traditional male-dominated telling of the tale. 

The theatre company who visited us this week skilfully adapted both texts to present students with a well thought out and engaging take on the play and novella. Having texts presented in this way is invaluable in allowing students to begin to visualise the points of comparison and to give them confidence to begin to compare the texts in their own writing.

We wish the Year 12 students well as they prepare for their final SAC.

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On Monday morning all Year 12 students attended a performance of Photograph 51 and The Penelopiad. The performance was designed to assist English students as they prepare for their final Area of Study, ‘Reading and Comparing’, which asks them to compare and contrast these two texts. 

Photograph 51 is the story of scientist Rosalind Franklin who was instrumental in the discovery of the structure of DNA although she was not given credit for it at the time. Franklin took the first clear photograph of DNA but her photograph was stolen by her competitors who were later awarded a Nobel Prize. Anna Ziegler has adapted the true story of Franklin into a play.

Written by Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad is the story of Penelope, the wife of Odysseus who is the hero of the famous Ancient Greek tale, The Odyssey. Atwood offers her Penelope the chance to tell her side of the story and challenges the traditional male-dominated telling of the tale. 

The theatre company who visited us this week skilfully adapted both texts to present students with a well thought out and engaging take on the play and novella. Having texts presented in this way is invaluable in allowing students to begin to visualise the points of comparison and to give them confidence to begin to compare the texts in their own writing.

We wish the Year 12 students well as they prepare for their final SAC.