Write a review of Cakes and Ale as if you are a literary critic in the 1930s. Now write one in the present time. How do they differ?
Have everyone bring in pictures cut from magazines that illustrate their idea of what Wiliam, Ted, Rosie, Amy, Roy, Kemp, and Isabel look like. Have the class vote on the pictures and make a poster with the five winning pictures.
Write a screenplay of the scene when William first meets Rosie or when they first begin their affair. Have the students act it out.
Writers often ask themselves "What if?" when looking for plot twists and story development. Choose a point in Cakes and Ale where you might say "what if," and develop that point into a story. Suggested points: Rosie does not leave Ted. William convinces Rosie to move to Paris with...
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