Teacher Guide

The History Boys Lesson Plan

Relationship to Other Books

  • Consider some of Bennett's other novels and writings. A full list of his other works can be found on the British Council's website for him.
  • Read and/or watch a few of the numerous interviews, biographical pieces, and short articles featuring Bennett. Here is an interview with Bennett discussing The History Boys.
  • Check out the real-life debates surrounding the purpose of education in both the U.K. and the U.S., which students could explore through critical reviews of the play, academic papers (such as this one), or popular think-pieces (like this article).
  • Have students explore their own perspectives by reading other works that examine the philosophical, social, and cultural importance...

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