5 lessons of activities based around Act 3 of An Inspector Calls. Suitable for a GCSE class first encountering the text and to work alongside or to work through selectively as revision. Themes and setting are addressed throughout, as are generational aspects of the play.
A lesson based around analysing the poem 'Blessing' by Imtiaz Dharker. Comprehension questions and annotations are included of the poem. Prior knowledge of poetic devices is assumed and this is suitable for the iGCSE in English Literature. Originally pitched at a higher level year 10 class, this would supplement an existing scheme or as a standalone lesson.
A 12 lesson scheme on Oliver Twist with both reading and descriptive writing assessment tasks, character extract analysis, model answers and a focus on conditions in the Victorian workhouse. There is also an emphasis on making comparisons and links between character and theme. Extracts are also on the separate Word document. Scheme is suitable for a year 8 group or as a challenge for a year 7 class.
A lesson exploring ideas of nature and conflict within A Midsummer Night's Dream. An extract analysis and comprehension questions based on Titania form the main task. Would supplement an existing scheme on A Midsummer Night's Dream. Suitable for a high ability year 7 group or a mixed ability year 8 class.
A lesson focusing on group analysis of 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen exploring contrast, attitude and effect of onomatopoeia. Originally used with a year 8 mixed ability group, this would also suit a higher ability year 7 class. Prior knowledge of basic poetic devices is required.
A lesson based on the poem ‘Harlem’ by Langston Hughes. Prior knowledge of poetic devices is required as it was originally taught to a higher ability year 8 class. Can be used as a standalone lesson for consolidation/practice or to supplement a scheme of work based around ideas of social justice.
A challenging lesson and resources that explores imagery in the poem 'A Martian Sends a Postcard Home' by Craig Raine. Suitable for high ability year 7 or mixed ability year 8. Prior knowledge of simile, metaphor and personification is required.
A lesson focusing on the poem ‘Still, I Rise’ by Maya Angelou. Suitable for IGCSE/GCSE year 10 classes who already have a sound knowledge of poetic techniques.
An exploratory lesson on life as a soldier during World War 1 with summarising and pair work activities. Would support contextual background for war poetry or for the novel 'War Horse'. Suitable for a year 8 KS3 class.
5 lessons of activities to supplement study of An Inspector Calls. Students will need copies of the text. This would suit those just encountering the text or as additional revision activities for a GCSE class.
A lesson focused on revision of Gerald's character from An Inspector Calls. Students will need prior knowledge of the text and copies of the text to support the lesson. Suitable for supplementing an existing SoW and as a revision activity for a GCSE group.
A lesson that focuses on developing a response to an exam question on Journey's End. Suitable as revision for a GCSE group, the practice questions can be worked through as activities after explaining the powerpoint.
Three lessons that focus on extract analysis - the first one involves planning, the second is a write up lesson and the third is a feedback/forward task. Modelled writing examples included and scaffold frame for PEED paragraph writing. Suitable for a high ability year 7 or mixed ability year 8. Can supplement an existing SoW or as an extract analysis practice for English Language.
A 14 lesson scheme of work based on extract analysis from A Midsummer Night's Dream. This builds towards a reading assessment focusing on Titania and themes of conflict and the power of nature. There are also opportunities for group writing tasks and performance throughout.
A lesson based around extract analysis (Act 1 Scene 3) of The Merchant of Venice. Included is a differentiated grid and step by step instructions on the PowerPoint to develop analytical and writing skills. Suitable for a year 9 KS3 group. Prior knowledge of the play is required, the lesson would also be suitable as a revision activity.
A pair of lessons that focus on language devices and performance using the poem 'Dulce et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen. The first lesson explore the poem through freeze frame activities and group work while the second lesson develops analysis of language devices within the poem with a modelled example. Originally used with a mixed ability year 8 group, this would also work with a high ability KS3 year 7 group and could supplement a war poetry scheme or as a standalone pair of lessons. Prior knowledge of simile, metaphor and emotive language is expected.
A revision lesson aimed at developing a response to an unseen poem. There are comprehension questions and a brief, step by step process for unpacking an unseen poem. Suitable for an iGCSE syllabus or to supplement a GCSE poetry study SoW as a one-off.
A lesson on creative writing using an image of Victorian London as a stimulus. A success criteria is included, as are opportunities for planning and reflection. Originally intended as a two lesson activity (one for planning, one for a final write up) to supplement an English Language scheme, this would suit a high ability year 7 class or a mixed ability year 8 group. Prior knowledge of basic language devices and sensory language would be useful.
3 lessons that focus on the plot, context and applying analysis skills to the short story The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Modelled examples and writing frames included with opportunities for peer assessment. These lessons were taught to a mixed ability Year 8 class and can be easily adapted to online learning.
A pair of lessons with a range of activities to consolidate knowledge of simile and metaphor. Students are given tasks in which they must create their own and use them in writing. The first lesson includes identifying similes in the song 'You're a Mean One, Mr Grinch'. The second focuses on using images as a stimulus. Activities are suitable for a high ability KS2 group or a mixed ability year 7 group.