This resource is intended primarily for A-level students but will also be of interest to bright and motivated GCSE students. It can be used in class or students may use it individually at home, although those who use it in groups will benefit from the opportunity to discuss their thoughts, especially when interpreting documents.
The website is designed as a series of sections, in three parts:
- ‘Introduction to Archives’: What archives are, the key principles of archival research and how to access primary sources (sections 1-6).
- ‘Rupert Brooke Case Study’: How these ideas apply to the papers of Rupert Brooke, through interpretation activities focussing on different aspects of his life and a few of his most famous poems (sections 7-10).
- 'Critical Thinking': This section consolidates what the students have learned in the previous sections and encourages them to think about subjectivity/objectivity and how to plan research projects.
The website is flexible enough to allow users to skip to the most relevant sections using the main menu. However, those who progress through all of the lessons in turn will be rewarded during the interpretation activities in the Rupert Brooke Case Study, as they will have a greater understanding of the importance of context.
Unfamiliar terms are explained in the Glossary.
The Biography section will help students during the Rupert Brooke Case Study, as it explains who the key people were in the interpretation activities.
Throughout the site, there are activities and discussion points. The discussion points could be used as topics for group discussions or even given as essays.