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An Inspector Calls: Mr Birling
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An Inspector Calls: Mr Birling

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Big question: How does Priestley present Mr Birling? Lesson is based on a cold reading of the play. Lesson includes: Retrieval practice questions Analysis of Mr Birling’s speech in Act 1 Topic sentence practice. Students have to write topic sentences for a series of analysis paragraphs Return to the big question
A Christmas Carol: Mr Fezziwig
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A Christmas Carol: Mr Fezziwig

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Updated (November 2018) Lesson exploring the character Mr. Fezziwig and how he acts as the catalyst of change for Scrooge. Lesson includes: -literacy starter (sentence forms) -Fezziwig and Scrooge comparison table -exam style question -student-friendly AQA mark scheme on how to get a Grade 9, 7 or 5 -AO focused worksheet to help students structure an analytical paragraph with sentence starters AQA paper 1, Q4 homework task
Writing a Review
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Writing a Review

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Lesson teaching students how to write a review. Students will look at features of a review and examples in order to help them write their own successfully.
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Act 2, Scene 1
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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Act 2, Scene 1

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Lesson focusing on the presentation of fairies (Puck) in the play. Students will explore the fairies at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1. They will analyse the language used to present Puck, with the opportunity to write their own PEED paragraphs (sentence starters included). There is a creative task allowing students to become ‘film directors’ and create their own version of Puck (worksheet also provided for this).
A Christmas Carol SOW
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A Christmas Carol SOW

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SOW for ‘A Christmas Carol’. Scheme includes a series of 12 lessons that can be used with KS3 and KS4. It breaks down each chapter, key themes and ideas of the novel. Literacy activities and quotes analysis tasks have been included as class starters/settlers. An assessment lesson based on the AQA English Literature paper has also been provided. It allows the students to plan for the question effectively and learn how to structure their essay. Try before you buy! Visit my TES shop for a free lesson from the scheme.
A Christmas Carol End of Stave 3: Ignorance and Want
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A Christmas Carol End of Stave 3: Ignorance and Want

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Detailed lesson looking at the ending of Stave 3. Students will focus on the social and historical context (child poverty and workhouses) and how this influences the themes/ideas explored in the novel. Lesson includes: - literacy starter (using dialogue correctly) -video and key questions -language analysis tasks
Black History Month Assembly
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Black History Month Assembly

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An assembly looking at why we should celebrate black history. The assembly highlights important black figures, such as Frederick Douglass, Mary Seacole, Lewis Latimer and the Moors, and their contributions to history. The assembly also explores the presence of black people in Britain from the 3rd century to the Victorian era (Beachy Head Lady, Ivory Bangle Lady, John Blanke and Sarah Forbes Bonetta) to highlight how black people were visible in Britain before the Transatlantic slave trade and were more than just enslaved Africans. Lots of help from David Olusoga’s Black and British :)
AQA Paper 2 Question 5 Writing Tasks
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AQA Paper 2 Question 5 Writing Tasks

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FIVE writing activities for AQA English Language Paper 2 Question 5. I’ve used the thought provoking work of artist Al Margen to act as a visual aid and help students write more creatively. I have also included questions for classroom discussions.
Structure Q3: Jekyll and Hyde Lesson
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Structure Q3: Jekyll and Hyde Lesson

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Detailed lesson looking at AQA English Language Paper 1 Question 3. The lesson includes: -class structure game -revision flashcard -2 Jekyll and Hyde extracts (class work and homework) with guided questions
A Christmas Carol Stave 1: Scrooge and Fred Comparison
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A Christmas Carol Stave 1: Scrooge and Fred Comparison

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Updated version: (November 2018) A detailed lesson looking at the contrast between the presentation of Scrooge and his nephew in A Christmas Carol. Lesson includes: a literacy task looking at apostrophes ‘explode the quote’ word level analysis activities AQA student friendly mark scheme AO focused worksheet to help students structure their analytical paragraphs -assessment question -letter writing task Can be used for KS3 and KS4.
The Handmaid's Tale: Chapter Two and Three
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The Handmaid's Tale: Chapter Two and Three

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Lesson exploring Chapter 2 and 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale. Students will analyse how symbolism is used by Atwood (clothing and flowers) to shape meaning. Questions are given for each chapter and task. Want to try before you buy? You can find a lesson for Chapter 1 of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ for FREE on my TES shop.
A Christmas Carol: Debate
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A Christmas Carol: Debate

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A debate lesson looking at whether Scrooge should be forgiven or not. Lesson includes: -starter (discourse markers) - reading of Stave 3 with guided questions - step by step on how to conduct a debate
Writing and Performing a News Report
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Writing and Performing a News Report

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Students will look at the main features of a news report. They will then use what they have learnt to create and perform their own. The lesson includes: -literacy tasks: spelling test, sentence structures and discourse markers -5Ws questions -stimulus (article) for their news report -peer assessment worksheet
An Inspector Calls: Introduction of  Inspector Goole
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An Inspector Calls: Introduction of Inspector Goole

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Lesson looking at how Priestley introduces the Inspector to the play. Students will unpick key quotations and analyse the methods Priestley uses to present Inspector Goole. Questions are given to help students ‘Explode the Quote’ and an exam style question is provided. An AQA Q5 writing task starter has also been included for revision.
Conflict Poetry: Remains by Simon Armitage
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Conflict Poetry: Remains by Simon Armitage

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Detailed lesson for the AQA Power and Conflict poetry text ‘Remains’. Students read and watch interviews from ex-soldiers to gain understanding of the contextual ideas that may help their understanding of the poem. A series of questions are given to aid students’ analysis of the poem. In addition, an exam style question and Assessment Objective planning sheet is also included.
AQA Q5 Writing Starters
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AQA Q5 Writing Starters

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TEN writing starters for Paper 1, Question 5. Students are given a series of pictures as a stimulus (some of the photography is taken by me!) and a success criteria for each picture. This will help guide their writing and create more imaginative openings using ambitious writing techniques to impress an examiner! Find some free examples to download on my Tes shop. If you like it, download the collection :o)