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The Dating Game

  1. 1. tweakit resource guide The dating game KS5> Skills> Introductory Activities > The Dating Game How it works The dating game introduces AS students to the world of Literature by challenging them to identify and date the order of various literary extracts. This is a great introduction to AS as it encourages students to think about how the English language has evolved and gets them reading outside their own range. Let’s face it, many haven’t read much that wasn’t on the GCSE syllabus! It’s also a gentle introduction to the language of Chaucer. There is a series of helpful ideas about how you might use the game at the start of the resource itself; however, here are a few other ways of using it. Try this! Issue the dates as well as the extracts. See if students can match these up as well. Ask them if they can tell whether the writers are male or female. Ask them which they find most accessible and which they would not want to read. Remind them that they need to be able to justify their responses. Or this! Having completed the dating game, set students the task of researching five more extracts of their own with dates. They should bring these to the next lesson to explore. Or this! Get them to create an alphabet of authors by surname, starting with the authors of these extracts – yes… even at A Level this can be revealing! Or this! Create your own version of this resource using extracts from the set texts your students will be reading on the AS and A2 course. This is great way to whet their appetite. Some may even be prompted to read ahead. Natalie Chyba © 2008
  2. 2. THE DATING GAME 1. 1960 Adrian Henry 2. 1340 Geoffrey Chaucer 3. 1805 William Wordsworth 4. 1916 Wilfred Owen 5. 1847 Emily Bronte 6. 1590 William Shakespeare 7. 1678 John Bunyan 8. 1880 Charles Dickens 9. c750 The Seafarer Things to do with The Dating Game 1. Put the passages into order, using any evidence at all. 2. Discuss the kind of evidence available – content, style, form, orthography, tone, background, spelling, syntax. 3. Discuss individual passages, (e.g.) alliteration (4 and 9); nature poetry (3). 4. Discuss the development of language – Old, Middle and Modern English. e.g. The French influence in 2. 5. Try pronouncing the older passages. 6. Try translating the older passages. 7. Note that the older passages tend to be poetry; note that fiction as we know it appears late on the list. 8. Discuss the sonnet form. 9. Is 7 a novel? How is this different from a modern novel, or from 5 and 8? Discuss concept of allegory. Is 7 similar to any other passages? (e.g. the Chaucer – allegorical/moral didactic purpose). 10. Which passage is the most: personal narrative moral satirical descriptive trivial vivid emotional enjoyable religious difficult Copyright © 2000 Teachit thedatinggame-100208135436-phpapp02.doc Page 1 of 4
  3. 3. THE DATING GAME 9 Maeg ic be me sylfum sodgied wrecan, sipas secgan, hu ic geswincdagum earfodwhile oft prowade, bitre breostceare gebiden haebbe, gecunnad in ceole cearselda fela, atol ypa gewealc. Paer mec oft bigeat nearo nihtwaco aet nacan stefan, ponne he be clifum cnossad calde geprungen, waeron fet mine, forste gebunden, caldum clommum, paer pa ceare seofedun hate ymb heortan; hungor innan slat merewerges mod. 8 Occasionally, when there was some more than usually interesting inquest upon a parish child who had been overlooked in turning up a bedstead, or inadvertently scalded to death when there happened to be a washing – though the latter accident was very scarce, anything approaching to a washing being of rare occurrence in the farm – the jury would take it into their heads to ask troublesome questions, or the parishioners would rebelliously affix their signatures to a remonstrance. But these impertinences were speedily checked by the evidence of the surgeon, and the testimony of the beadle; the former of whom had always opened the body and found nothing inside (which was very probable indeed), and the latter of whom invariably swore whatever the parish wanted; which was very self-devotional. Besides, the board made periodical pilgrimages to the farm, and always sent the beadle the day before, to say they were going. The children were neat and clean to behold, when they went; and what more would the people have! * * * * * * * * * “Now, just a leetle drop,” said Mrs Mann persuasively. “What is it?” inquired the beadle. “Why, it’s wha’ I’m obliged to keep a little of in the house to put into the blessed infants’ Daffy, when they ain’t well,” replied Mrs Mann as she opened a corner cupboard, and took down a bottle and glass. “It’s gin. I’ll not deceive you, Mr B. It’s gin.” Copyright © 2000 Teachit thedatinggame-100208135436-phpapp02.doc Page 2 of 4
  4. 4. THE DATING GAME 1 Without you every morning would be like going back to work after a holiday, Without you I couldn’t stand the smell of the East Lancs Road, Without you the ghost ferries would cross the Mersey manned by skeleton crews, Without you I’d probably feel happy and have more money and time and nothing to do with it.... 2 A povre widwe, somdeel stape in age, Was whilom dwelling in a narwe cotage, Biside a grove, stondinge in a dale. This widwe, of which I tell yow my tale, In pacience ladde a ful simple lyf, For litel was her catel and hir rente. By housbondrie of swich as God hir sente She foond herself.... 6 Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May. And summer’s lease hath all too short a date: Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimmed; And every fair from fair sometimes declines, By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimmed; But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor loose possession of that fair thou owest, Nor shall Death brag thou wanderest in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou growest; So long as men can breath, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee. 3 In November days, When vapours, rolling down the valleys, made A lonely scene more lonesome; among woods At noon, and mid the calm of summer nights, When, by the margin of the trembling lake, Beneath the gloomy hills I homeward went In solitude... Copyright © 2000 Teachit thedatinggame-100208135436-phpapp02.doc Page 3 of 4
  5. 5. THE DATING GAME 7 Now when he was got up to the top of the hill, there came two men running to meet him; the name of the one was Timorous, and the name of the other Mistrust: to whom Christian said, “Sirs, what is the matter you run the wrong way?” Timorous answered that they were going to the city of Zion, and had got up that difficult place: but, said he, the further we go, the more danger we meet with; therefore we turned, and are going back again. Yes, said Mistrust; for just before us lies a couple of lions in the way, (whether sleeping or walking, we know not;) and we could not think, if we came within reach, but they would presently pull us in pieces. Then, said Christian, you make me afraid: but whither shall I flee to be safe? If I go back to my own country, that is prepared for fire and brimstone, and I shall certainly perish there: if I can get to the celestial city, I am sure to be in safety there: I must venture: to go back is nothing but death; to go forward, is fear of death, and life everlasting beyond it: I will yet go forward. 5 The apartment and furniture would have been nothing extraordinary as belonging to a homely, northern farmer, with a stubborn countenance, and stalwart limbs set out to advantage in knee-breeches and gaiters. Such an individual seated in his armchair, his mug of ale frothing on the round table before him, is to be seen in any circuit of five or six miles among these hills, if you go at the right time after dinner. But Mr Heathcliff forms a singular contrast to his abode and style of living. He is a dark-skinned gypsy in aspect, in dress and manners a gentleman... 4 What passing-bells for those who die as cattle? Only the monstrous anger of the guns. Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle Can patter out their hasty orisons. No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells, Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, – The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells... Copyright © 2000 Teachit thedatinggame-100208135436-phpapp02.doc Page 4 of 4