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Read and appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage through:
A selection of articles to take a thematic approach to 19th- and 21st-century non-fiction and some thematic starters/plenaries.
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These PowerPoints and worksheets are for use as part of a unit of study using a Post-1914 play. The play used is David Calcutt’s adaptation of Dracula.
A fully differentiated lesson that looks at a Paper 2-style AQA English Literature unseen poetry questions for ‘Autumn’ by Alan Bold and ‘Today’ by Billy Collins.
It reviews the presentation of autumn and spring in both poems, as well as their use of language and structure, before students review their own answers and then self-assess each other’s work.
This is ideal for preparing KS4 for unseen poetry, or revising the skills required.
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A short unit of work in which students watch Romeo + Juliet (1996) before looking closely at the text.
The second part of the scheme of work has students thinking carefully about how they write analytically about Shakespeare and develops their essay-writing skills.
The following resources were created as part of a transition unit at the end of KS3. It is meant to revise skills for reading, annotating and analysing poetry in preparation for the new WJEC English spec.
Skills studied in this unit are meant to aid in critical analysis and essay writing.
This is a series of lessons that work towards a controlled assessment question to consider the impulsive behaviour of Romeo and Juliet, and the impact of this upon the audience.
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These resources were written to support teachers with activity ideas – they are a great way in to creating a school culture where everyone celebrates reading for pleasure.
Whether you want to embed some quick-but-effective changes, or you want to hold a school-wide reading celebration, these ideas will give you a great starting point.
Created for high attainment Y9 working at GCSE level, this contains student-led week of work with resources, and includes a writing and reading assessment within scheme content.
A large resource containing a scheme of work for conflict / war poetry.
It has PowerPoint lesson presentations and student activities, and includes a reading assessment and creative assessment.
This is a unit of work for WJEC unseen poetry, which is fully resourced.
These PowerPoint presentations are meant to aid in teaching Macbeth to GCSE students. They are complete lessons introducing themes and analysing the play.
On the National Theatre’s award-winning streaming video service for schools you’ll find a selection of acclaimed productions available to stream in your classroom, each recorded in high definition in front of a live theatre audience.
Free to use, the recordings are available on demand and require no special software. The plays are supported by comprehensive resources created by teachers and leading artists.
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Understand and critically evaluate texts through:
This is a fully differentiated and resourced lesson that focuses on the opening and closing of narrative pieces, analyses the use of a cyclical structure in a text and asks students to evaluate a text or film they are familiar with.
A 15-20 minute activity getting students to plan an answer to section A and B of both Literature papers.
This is an easy-to-use reading comprehension pack with three sections of differentiated questions.
This activity focuses on the rights and wrongs of the sugar tax. It can be used in form time as part of literacy focus, or in an English lesson for KS3/4 GCSE comprehension training.
Differentiated for more- or less-able students. Comparison stem sentences in addition.
A taxonomy of skills to develop students’ reading.
This easy-to-use reading comprehension pack has three sections of differentiated questions. This activity focuses on the debate around tattoos and the prejudices many have against them.
This lesson was created to help revise for ‘attitude’ questions for WJEC English Language reading paper.
This in-depth Jekyll and Hyde revision guide for GCSE is full of differentiated activities, quotes, themes, symbolism and context analysis.
A lesson covering the context of when the play was written and set. Differentiated resources throughout linked to AQA AOs.
This activity focuses on Donald Trump and all the crazy/interesting recent events of his presidency. It can be used in form time as part of a literacy focus, or in an English lesson for KS3/KS4 GCSE comprehension training.
A simple worksheet designed to help students revise key quotations and allow them to independently match to themes of the novella.
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How to write an answer commenting on the effects of language used in a passage. This is aimed at students writing the CIE IGCSE First Language English exam, specifically Paper 2 Question 2.
A fully resourced and differentiated lesson that helps students to approach AQA English Language Paper 2 Q3, which focuses on language analysis.
Ideal preparation for both KS3 and KS4 students getting ready for Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives.
Write accurately, fluently, effectively and at length for pleasure and information through:
Make notes, draft and write, including using information provided by others [eg writing a letter from key points provided; drawing on and using information from a presentation]
Revise, edit and proof-read through:
An easy-to-use lesson with differentiated worksheets that allows students to practise their descriptive writing skills. Useful for more able KS3 groups or weaker KS4 classes. It includes scaffolded examples, work banks and example techniques to include.
A fully differentiated and resourced lesson to aid students at KS3 and KS4 with writing the middles of narratives and stories. This is excellent preparation for GCSE writing exams.
A simple graphic organiser to arrange and order students’ ideas. Download includes PDF and Word doc versions.
Paying specific attention to verbs, the purpose of this unit is to support the creation of a more-academic style of writing from students.
The focus of the unit is around issues of homelessness, so accompanying the unit is a class reading of Robert Swindell’s novel Stone Cold.
The assessment, however, isn’t on Stone Cold, but is on a creative writing piece, that uses description (so not narration) to describe a homeless person in Cambridge (but this can be changed to any city or town, really). The novel is merely being read to them so that they can use it to help them feel empathy etc.
The second part of lessons, for this unit on descriptive writing. The assessment involves students creating a piece of descriptive writing about a homeless person in a big city (Cambridge specifically here, but you can change this).
Consolidate and build on their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary through:
This is an analytical word bank to aid students’ spoken and written analysis of language and literature.
It includes differentiated lists for Key Stage 3 groups, and definitions of more unusual words with examples of them in use.
There are also lists of modal verbs and modifiers which are useful for discussion and analysis, often in conjunction with analytical verbs.
An activity to encourage GCSE English Language students to focus on close analysis at word level. Also a good revision of key grammatical terminology.
Speak confidently, audibly and effectively, including through:
A differentiated lesson that helps students to prepare for the Spoken Language element of the new AQA English Language specification.
The topic focuses on love and hate, with students selecting one thing they love or hate to talk about.
A short scheme of work on debating, produced for Key Stage 3 students.
Lessons focus on what debate is and why it occurs, rhetorical strategies for arguing and persuading, debate structure and debate delivery.
Also included are motions for debate, as well as arguments that might be used to respond to these motions.
This SOW aims to prepare students for section C of the AQA GCSE English Literature paper 2.
Students are taught how to analyse language, structure and form of unseen poems using differentiated resources and extension tasks.
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