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Examiner created, trialled before posting and always update with any changes. Paid reviews rewarded with any resource under £5 free-heavily animate PPTs with step-by-step/click-by-click organisation and if there's anything I can make more visually enticing - I will. Download some of my free resources to see the quality, as I put the time and effort in to ensure free and paid resources are worthwhile. Requests, fixes or complaints: stormbornd@icloud.com using 'TES Shop' in the subject bar.

Examiner created, trialled before posting and always update with any changes. Paid reviews rewarded with any resource under £5 free-heavily animate PPTs with step-by-step/click-by-click organisation and if there's anything I can make more visually enticing - I will. Download some of my free resources to see the quality, as I put the time and effort in to ensure free and paid resources are worthwhile. Requests, fixes or complaints: stormbornd@icloud.com using 'TES Shop' in the subject bar.
AQA 8700 GCSE English Language - 6 Colourful Micro Mocks - Papers 1 & 2
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AQA 8700 GCSE English Language - 6 Colourful Micro Mocks - Papers 1 & 2

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I have a sample pair of these in my shop for a clear preview. The texts are pretty small on the paper 2 ones but people have generally found them okay to read. I’ve added a larger version of the Hair Paper 2 Micro Mock - just in case. These Micro mocks are editable and if you want to reword/change questions then Word documents are also available - after purchase via email. Just send a request to leckyletters@gmail.com with a screenshot of your receipt.
AQA 8700 GCSE English Language - Paper 1 Question 3 Structure
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AQA 8700 GCSE English Language - Paper 1 Question 3 Structure

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Linking to Paper 1, Question 3 - this worksheet has 4 narrative expositions and grids for students to organise their ideas. It pushes them to make one main point about how interesting the opening is and then explain how the reader is affected, whilst using three quotes/key words or phrases to evidence it. I usually use it as a stretch and challenge exercise, in extra revision sessions or as bookends to a session. The PPT is a recent thing which allows it to be used as a more inclusive lesson. It offers a strategy to aim for 8 minutes and as much of a sophisticated answer as possible.
AQA 8700/2 GCSE English Language Paper 2 Question 4 Comparisons - Bowling Venues
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AQA 8700/2 GCSE English Language Paper 2 Question 4 Comparisons - Bowling Venues

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This is a local text as I am a St. Helens lad and source A is very relevant to our locality. However - it’s not a bad little resource for comparing language use over time and comparing the perspectives. The comparison mark scheme is included and a choice of two Source B documents - one which is accompanied by a video which I embedded so that one can teach even with a loss of internet connection. The video is a historical marvel to watch. The students will have a good laugh at it… It uses a planning sheet which will help some students guide their writing and structure their response. There is also a detailed commentary on an example, triangulated response to Paper 2 - Question 4.
AQA 8700/1 GCSE English Language - Example Written Responses
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AQA 8700/1 GCSE English Language - Example Written Responses

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A wide collection of written responses for AQA 8700 exams. I’ve used these as examples and have written them with ideas from marking real exams. I asked others to write some so they appear more authentic. I’ve had students who, for whatever reason, find it hard to grasp an example answer if it’s typed. So I thought this would help. They have seemed to work better once they’ve decided the scruffiest must be mine! No work has been replicated, here. But they are very good examples, particularly the Jigs and Reels responses. The structure ones were based on what I was hoping to see but never actually did. Students over complicate it most of the time and map out the text gaining 2-3 marks. These examples show how differently the question can be approached. Students can mark them, with some support and you yourselves can have a practice if you’re new or haven’t marked for AQA. DISCLAIMER - All marks are close approximations. Having marked for a few years, I have noticed that sometimes standards can minutely shift from year to year.
A Level English Language - A Brief History of English with Embedded videos
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A Level English Language - A Brief History of English with Embedded videos

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Updated - Animations had been stripped…they’re now back… Take your AS/A level Eng Lang students through the ages via this quite detailed 2-3hr session. Visually pleasing and videos, embedded for ease of use, are also placed into an old TV Set template. It adds a bit of charm to it but is just a gimmick. My students made notes from slides but all images are of good enough quality to print if you right click them and save as image. I used some of them to make a display with students but they created a giant timeline on a wall with craft materials. Any feedback will be welcomed as it was my first year and some of my students did well so it would be good to improve and update.
English Language - Punctuation Workbook & Answer Booklet
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English Language - Punctuation Workbook & Answer Booklet

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Got this online and removed all copyrighted content. Images are all from www.pixabay.com - where ALL images are free to use, even for commercial purposes… Useful booklet with answer booklet and is nice as a homework task. There is a more advanced and updated, Fantasy Fiction, version in my shop. It has grammar included and a fully animated answer powerpoint in addition to a booklet. It has different texts in it - check it out! https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/aqa-8700-gcse-english-language-ao6-fantasy-fiction-spag-workbook-and-ppt-12184776
AQA 8700/2 GCSE English Language - Persuasive Writing Revision Workbook
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AQA 8700/2 GCSE English Language - Persuasive Writing Revision Workbook

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Now with accompanying Powerpoint! Grade boosting - I hope! - a workbook like the other I’ve created. Specifically around skills and some ideas of how to boost grades. Good for most students to work independently but lower level students will need some support. It covers all the basic elements of writing for P2Q5 - Nonfiction. It has an example answer, a number of tasks to complete, format/layout of the main forms and some extra persuasive features like anecdotes and expert opinions.
AQA 8700 GCSE English Language - AO6 Fantasy Fiction SPaG Workbook & ppt
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AQA 8700 GCSE English Language - AO6 Fantasy Fiction SPaG Workbook & ppt

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Extracts from famous fiction included with modifications for Punctuation Practice! There’s also some spelling and grammar! Included, also, is a 26-slide ppt presentation with animated answers throughout. Look at: The Red Wedding in George R. R. Martin’s A Storm Of Swords. An extract from Bilbo’s party - J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring And one, also, from Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. Good for use with my SPaG session for GCSE AO6 - halloween theme. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/aqa-8700-1-ao6-technical-accuracy-in-depth-overview-halloween-spag-12181966 With a full contents page, students can navigate themselves through the session or take this home for homework. Covering all major punctuation marks, some tenses tasks, plural practice as well as homophones and homographs. I have a free version of this in my shop - which is aimed at lower-level students and is quite close to the original from which it is derived.
AQA 8700 GCSE English Language - AO2 Being Perceptive
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AQA 8700 GCSE English Language - AO2 Being Perceptive

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Want to challenge your students to write in a more sophisticated and perceptive way? Want to impress observers with your natural embedding of maths? There is a reason some find English difficult and, more often than not, it’s because they think they can’t do it. They think it’s difficult - like maths can be. However, this lesson could change all that and help your students realise how easy it is because we are programmed to do it! This 3 hour lesson is split across two 1.5hr sessions and includes formative tasks and homework. There are detailed animations to provide a number of different examples of patterns across language and structure, using shapes and images and text boxes in a visually pleasing manner. There are no handouts with this as students are encouraged to write down some notes and small quotes and to take pictures with their smart devices. It also includes a short TED Talk clip teaching you how the human brain is programmed to recognise patterns…
AQA 8700/1 GCSE English Language - Narrative Openings - Paper 1 Question 3
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AQA 8700/1 GCSE English Language - Narrative Openings - Paper 1 Question 3

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Introduce your students to the significance of narrative expositions with this collection of famous movie openings. Be aware that this was created with adults in mind so there is quite a selection of them and you can therefore skip/delete any you deem to be inappropriate. Mainly used as a group discussion tool for those who are disengaged - Film and Music can be more engaging for 16-18 resits, too. Students are to take note of each opening - Asking: What makes the opening interesting? How are we introduced to characters/setting? Are there any pivotal events which might foreshadow later events? Are there any interesting plot devices? What contrasts are present? Generic markers present? Helps students to understand how much they can talk about in just the exposition of every narrative.
AQA 8700/1 GCSE English Language Paper 1 Section A Set - 13 Reasons
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AQA 8700/1 GCSE English Language Paper 1 Section A Set - 13 Reasons

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Alert Video Embedded Within the Title Slide - Resources cover SENSITIVE ISSUES… Be sure to gain consent and warn students before use…the video will help with that! This is great for anti-bullying week and will certainly make students think and provide ample natural opportunities for discussion… This detailed, animated set covers AQA 8700 - Paper 1 Section A - Reading and includes example responses, differences between Language & Structure, Prep’ tasks and exam-style tasks for Questions 1 - 4 from Paper 1. This is a fantastic story to use and provides a great opportunity to promote an open culture in which people are encouraged not to be afraid of asking for help or voicing their concerns or opinions. Serious issues are brought to light via interesting and thought-provoking tasks on language analysis, structural analysis and evaluation. I left Q5 because it was hard enough reading a few hundred stories about abandoned animals in the Summer 2019 paper. I couldn’t face it so there is a homework task slide to link to Q5. It could be used to introduce or revise Sec. A because it assumes some knowledge but has some detail, also. It also has timers and mark schemes and anything required for tasks in a handout.
AQA 8700/1 GCSE English Language - Christmas Creative Writing & Mock
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AQA 8700/1 GCSE English Language - Christmas Creative Writing & Mock

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This session goes through Paper 1 - Question 5, descriptive and narrative writing, as a practice session. It starts off comparing the mark scheme to an example with a task, following a set of animated annotations which are to be discussed as a group. Then move onto approaching an image for description and this includes an example, too. There is a list of figurative features which can be amended, as well as a task on making epic connections in creative writing. Following this, there is a small focus on titles and sentence starters. Finally, there is a writing challenge which uses a starting sentence and Christmas icons to stimulate and focus writing. As an added bonus: there is also a Christmas Full Paper 1 mock paper included. I wrote the example text myself and all top quality images are from www.pixabay.com - where all images are free for use, even for commercial purposes.
AQA 8700/1 GCSE English Language 80 Revision Card Pack
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AQA 8700/1 GCSE English Language 80 Revision Card Pack

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This is a colourful collection of text extracts and exam-style questions for Paper 1 - Creative Reading & Writing. 4 sets of 4 on A3 for the reading questions - 16 micro mocks = 64 questions in total + 16 mini extracts. This one also comes in a rainbow pack which removes the opportunity for a challenging jigsaw activity because each line is a unique colour/shade. 2 sets of 4 on A4 for Q5 - 8 images and 2x cards for each - one based on description, the other: narration. Best to be printed and laminated so that they can be reused without the risk of wear and tear. Each set for Section A - has a unique colour so they can be double-sided and kept like a pack. Just print pink/green & blue/yellow - printing from the word doc. They look great as in the photograph preview image but, printing them off single-sided means having the ability to use 4 sets at once, with four small groups and we now have a few sets in a drop-in room so students can just choose some to revise with. The set with four blocked colours also make a good jigsaw puzzle, as all texts have matching questions, to start a revision session. Students need to match the questions with each text - basic comprehension Can be used in workshops or given to students to take home and use for revision/practice. Paper 2 now in my shop! =-)
AQA 8700/1 GCSE English Language - AO2 - Language & Structure - Hocus Pocus Edition
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AQA 8700/1 GCSE English Language - AO2 - Language & Structure - Hocus Pocus Edition

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This 2-3hr HALLOWEEN-themed session has basic terms revision for Language & Structure, exemplar comments, mark schemes, guided tasks covering both questions and is animated with step-by-step/click-by-click animation. Features texts and embedded mini clips from Disney’s Hocus Pocus and the sequel & Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas - no internet connection required! There are timers on independent tasks and a matching, colour-coded handout with anything needed to complete tasks. Homework slide with a short task linking to AO4 but can easily be deleted and/or replaced for your own scheme. It can also be split into two sessions for both parts of AO2.