UKEdMag: Tarisa for Literature Revision by @mrsjgibbs

Formulator Tarsia is a free-to-download program, originally conceived for maths, which can be used to create a range of shape puzzles quickly and easily such as jigsaws, dominoes and matching cards. I used the program as revision tool for the AQA Poetry Anthology.

Firstly, I created a fairly complex multi-sided sided shape constructed of smaller triangles. Along each side of every triangle I inserted the poets’ names, the title of the poems, short quotations and even poetic devices. This was then printed and cut into individual pieces ready for groups of students to put the puzzle together. Easily differentiated, and though it takes time to make initially, it can be laminated and reused. Great for new spec quote learning. Download the program from

This ‘in brief…’ article originally appeared in the May 2016 edition of UKEdMagazine. Click here to freely read online.

@mrsjgibbs Lead Practioner/teacher of English – London, UK

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