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AQA Step Up to English Gold AO1 LESSONS Component 2 Secret Spies

AQA Step Up to English Gold AO1 Lessons Component 2 Secret Spies.
Step Up to English - Gold Level.
Fully resourced lessons for assessment objective AO1.
Component 2 (creative reading and writing).

Excitement here at Quirky Whiskers, I have developed the first, of an eagerly anticipated, series of lessons to complement the Secret Spies assessment at Gold level – Component 2.
This unit of work aims to support the acquisition and development of the assessment objective AO1:
• read and understand a range of texts
• identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas.

These lessons are based on extracts taken from the engaging text driver, ‘The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’ written by Alexander McCall Smith. The African setting is used to context set a suite of engaging exercises.

I am a practising English teacher as well as a head of department and my resources are developed for use by my own students, a number of which have SEN and/or challenging behaviour. In order to meet their needs, I create resources which are SEN aware, engaging as well as academically challenging. My own students have responded extremely well to these resources; the resources are targeted to support progress and attainment towards the qualification.

This resource comprises 10 engaging, short, sharp activities to support students who are working at pre-GCSE level and require support with the first of the assessment objectives - AO1.

This resource contains:
UNIT 1: AO1 lessons

  1. L/O Identify explicit and implicit information using an image.
  2. L/O Interpret ideas at a literal level.
  3. L/O Expand upon ideas at a deeper level.
  4. L/O Compare and contrast the difference between explicit and implicit information.
  5. L/O Locate key points in a text. Establish the difference between fact and fiction.
  6. L/O Interpret texts at a deeper level by locating key points.
  7. L/O Read a text to locate key information.
  8. L/O Expand upon a text to obtain its meaning.
  9. L/O Read a text for meaning and understanding.
  10. L/O Assessment of Assessment Objective AO1
    locate key points in texts - interpret texts at a literal level.

Attribution of images used in this resource:
Attribution of extracts used in this resource:
‘The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’ by Alexander McCall Smith

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  • Secret-Spies-UNIT-OF-WORK-AO1-LESSONS.pdf
  • Act-1-Detective-Image-and-Discussion-Prompts-starter.pdf
  • Act-2-What-is-a-detective-mind-map.pdf
  • Act-3-What-sort-of-person-can-become-a-detective.pdf
  • Act-5-True-False-Facts-about-Africa.pdf
  • Act-4-Africa-Explicit-vs-Implicit.pdf
  • Act-5b-True-False-Facts-about-Africa-ANSWERS.pdf
  • Act-6-Items-needed-for-profession.pdf
  • Act-7-No1-Ladies-DA-Word-Blanks.pdf
  • Act-7b-No1-Ladies-DA-Word-Blanks-ANSWERS.pdf
  • Act-8-No1-Ladies-DA-Word-Check.pdf
  • Act-8b-No1-Ladies-DA-Word-Check-ANSWERS.pdf
  • Act-9-No1-Ladies-DA-EXTRACT.docx
  • Act-10-No1-Ladies-DA-AO1-QUESTONS.pdf
  • Act-10b-No1-Ladies-DA-AO1-ANSWERS.pdf

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Created: Feb 8, 2019

Updated: Apr 23, 2019

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