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Love and Relationships - When We Two Parted

Love and Relationships - When We Two Parted

A fully differentiated and resourced lesson that analyses the use of language within Lord Byron’s classic poem When We Two Parted. Throughout the lesson we look at how the narrator uses language and structure to create a sense of loss, anger and regret. A brilliant lesson for KS4 students preparing for AQA English Literature Paper 2 and easily adaptable for younger KS3 or KS4 students.
Lead_Practitioner
Writing a Persuasive Speech

Writing a Persuasive Speech

This zip file contains 2 lessons and a criteria sheet for the assessment of persuasive skills. It’s suitable for KS3 and KS4. Lesson 1 contains a starter, establishes the criteria to demonstrate key persuasive skills, explains a generic purpose (scenario) of 3 blog topics to choose from, a group thinking task using the 6 thinking hats and planning tools with a teacher model too. Lesson 2 contains a starter, the assessment criteria sheet (to be used in conjunction with writing time in lesson) and a plenary.
chirpyandcheerful
Teaching AQA A Level Tragedy - The Whole Course in 13 weeks - Contents Page and a few free resources

Teaching AQA A Level Tragedy - The Whole Course in 13 weeks - Contents Page and a few free resources

This is a taster and contents page for the main resource which includes over 80 detailed resources.I’ve included a couple of free resources to give a flavour of what is on offer. The details for the MAIN resource are copied below: Teaching AQA Tragedy over 13 Weeks This resource attempts to give you the key information that you need to introduce, teach, assess and revise AQA Tragedy over 13 weeks – ie the long term before Xmas, perhaps. It includes over 90 separate resources, many of them detailed and handmade. There are enough resources here to support 13 weeks’ worth of teaching, allowing also for some activities which you devise to suit your classes and test their knowledge. It is based upon the teaching of “The Great Gatsby”, “Richard II” and “Othello” for the AQA Tragedy specification. It also provides detailed introductions to the genre of Tragedy itself. It provides questions and model answers to assess after each text is taught (3 in total) and then suggests the Summer 2017 paper for an end of unit assessment, which it also fully supports. It offers specific extracts from Othello for detailed focus upon. The resources could be put onto the school network for students to use to support their examinations. NB: We teach Tragedy in Year 13 in long term before Xmas and Crime in Year 12 I assume 10 lessons a fortnight of 60 mins duration 13 weeks equal 65 lessons in total on Tragedy If classes are taught by 2 teachers you will need to divide responsibilities It’s a big advantage if your students are able to read Gatsby at end of Year 12 or during summer holidays Overall, this resource offers a wealth of material to prepare students for this exam. Full details are on the Course overview spreadsheet.
tallybarnett
Teaching A Level AQA Tragedy - The WHOLE Course in 13 weeks

Teaching A Level AQA Tragedy - The WHOLE Course in 13 weeks

Teaching AQA Tragedy over 13 Weeks This resource attempts to give you the key information that you need to introduce, teach, assess and revise AQA Tragedy over 13 weeks – ie the long term before Xmas, perhaps. It includes 87 separate resources, many of them detailed and handmade. There are enough resources here to support 13 weeks’ worth of teaching, allowing also for some activities which you devise to suit your classes and test their knowledge. It is based upon the teaching of “The Great Gatsby”, “Richard II” and “Othello” for the AQA Tragedy specification. It also provides detailed introductions to the genre of Tragedy itself. It provides questions and model answers to assess after each text is taught (3 in total) and then suggests the Summer 2017 paper for an end of unit assessment, which it also fully supports. It offers specific extracts from Othello for detailed focus upon. The resources could be put onto the school network for students to use to support their examinations. NB: We teach Tragedy in Year 13 in long term before Xmas and Crime in Year 12 I assume 10 lessons a fortnight of 60 mins duration 13 weeks equal 65 lessons in total on Tragedy If classes are taught by 2 teachers you will need to divide responsibilities It’s a big advantage if your students are able to read Gatsby at end of Year 12 or during summer holidays Overall, this resource offers a wealth of material to prepare students for this exam. Full details are on the Course overview spreadsheet.
tallybarnett
Paragraph structure sheet

Paragraph structure sheet

This is an example of a correctly structured paragraph for students, which is colour coded so that they are able to make links between different parts of information within their paragraph. The topic is about economic development within the city of Jakarta, but can be used to show paragraph structure in English also.
kjackson107
Paragraphing skills and steps reference sheet

Paragraphing skills and steps reference sheet

This resource was designed for senior high school students that are looking to refine their paragraph writing skills - using the topic of Ancient China’s Terracotta Warriors as an example. The sheet requires students to highlight the paragraph based on its structural features. It then contains steps for success with paragraph writing and points to remember that students can refer to if needed.
kjackson107
Loyalty in Macbeth

Loyalty in Macbeth

Power point exploring a range of scenes from Macbeth focusing on the theme of loyalty. Produced to prepare middle set Y10 students for their GCSE English Literature controlled assessment for WJEC in Wales. Power point introduces theme and goes through a selection of key scenes from Acts one, three and five, identifying key quotations and developing PEEL paragraphs in preparation for essay writing. Also accompanied by a student booklet with the key scenes ready for students to explore and annotate.
em2702
Remains - Simon Armitage - Knowledge Organiser/ Revision Mat!

Remains - Simon Armitage - Knowledge Organiser/ Revision Mat!

This detailed and visually-appealing resource offers a complete reference point for students learning or revising Simon Armitage’s power and conflict poem 'Remains.’ It contains comprehensive sections on: Context; Line-by-Line Analysis; Poetic Devices/ Language Devices; Themes; Form/Structure; Poems for Comparison; The Poet’s Influences. Key words and ideas are underlined for easy reference. The resource is designed to be printed onto A3, and is provided as both a PDF and a Word version (so that you can edit if you want to). All images used are licensed for commercial use and are cited on a separate document (included).
TandLGuru
Private peaceful bildungsroman

Private peaceful bildungsroman

Private peaceful bildungsroman lesson High ability idea used for a low ability class- evokes wide discussion through the use of short activities.
b4005424
A New Start, Act 2: Lesson 9 Blood Brothers (AQA)

A New Start, Act 2: Lesson 9 Blood Brothers (AQA)

Discussion on the setting and its impact on the characters’ relationships. Mini-plenaries and questions for reading. Discuss contrasts and parallels between the boys’ lives. Discuss humour and motifs in the play. P.E.E writing frame and plenary checklist.
aliceboyd1995
KS3 Writing Bundle: Theme Park

KS3 Writing Bundle: Theme Park

A series of detailed lessons focused on students creating their own theme park. Each lesson requires students to write for a different purpose or form (writing a review, pitch, leaflet). SPaG tasks are also included.
xxnats1989xx
Rising Five - Norman Nicholson

Rising Five - Norman Nicholson

A complete set of resources for teaching Nicholson’ poem “Rising Five”. This is on the Songs of Ourselves iGCSE poetry exam for CIE and explores themes of childhood and time. There is a descriptive writing PPT included which will allow students to explore how they create imagery in description before going on to look at Nicholson’ use of descriptive techniques and imagery in his poem. There is also a separate PPT with key vocabulary to explore in a physical and engaging way which I thought would be useful for weaker readers or EAL students. I have included everything in the main presentation that you would need to teach this poem for the first time, for revision, or to even ask students to pre-teach from. The lesson objectives (on each slide) and end of lesson exam-style essay question ask students to explore how the language, structure and form present the theme of time. The starter activities, biographical information and the guided questions (with answers provided on the next slide) help students meet that outcome. There is support provided for students’ essay answers in the form of sentence starters, simplified assessment objectives and mark schemes, sentence starters, paragraph structures, and a peer/self-marking slide. An interesting lesson to explore students’ memories of childhood and experience of aging. Enjoy!
Best_Newcomer_2009
Romeo and Juliet - The Nurse

Romeo and Juliet - The Nurse

Focussing on the character of the Nurse from Romeo and Juliet, we look at how she is presented to us as an audience, how she acts as both a plot device and comic relief, and we analyse her use of language as well. In Act 2 Scene 5 Shakespeare takes advantage of dramatic irony to make the audience laugh, and we explore his use of language in this scene as well. An excellent lesson for AQA English Literature students preparing for their exams, but easily adaptable for other exam boards and other year groups as well.
Lead_Practitioner
Moving Away: Lesson 9 Blood Brothers (AQA)

Moving Away: Lesson 9 Blood Brothers (AQA)

Discussion about the motif of guns and children having them as toys. Reading the play scene with questions for teacher. Mini-plenary checks for understanding. Discussion on setting, symbols and superstition in the scene. P.E.E. writing frame for: Mickey and Edward seem destined to influence each other’s lives. How does Russell present this to the audience? Plenary check for writing.
aliceboyd1995
Caught by the police: Lesson 8 Blood Brothers (AQA)

Caught by the police: Lesson 8 Blood Brothers (AQA)

Recap, what does “foreshadowing” mean? Challenge: Name some examples of foreshadowing that have existed so far in the play. Reading questions for teacher and mini-plenary fill in gaps paragraph. Defining stereotypes and discussing class in this scene. Discussing the theme of superstition and fate. Link to foreshadowing. Model paragraph for students to read/discuss success of. P.E.E. frame for question: How does Russell use this scene to show the different experiences the families have of the law? Plenary to check understanding.
aliceboyd1995