15th July 2011 at 01:00


The Crucible

Lessons on confession, moral questions and `quotation webbing'

This collection of resources has been put together by TESEnglish and is particularly geared for the extended reading project on The Crucible as part of the English language GCSE unit for the AQA exam board.

The collection includes a teacher's guide to controlled assessment, an overview and scheme of work, and a student workbook. An introductory lesson, featuring a PowerPoint, worksheet and supporting extracts, looks at character, themes and language. Another PowerPoint has a number of activities that can be used to question pupils' first impressions of the play, as well as looking at Arthur Miller's use of symbols.

An activity on confessions is designed to encourage students to look at admissions of guilt in relation to morality, while another looks at the principles of Salem and the groups within the community, asking pupils to locate different characters within these.

Lessons based around John Proctor include one that looks at his relationships with Elizabeth and Abigail. Another examines the tension between Proctor and Parris, while yet another looks at the similarity between Proctor and Jesus, asking pupils to plot their respective journeys. A role-play activity asks students to question each speaker's performance as Proctor, and an analytical task challenges pupils to look at the way the Proctors' relationship develops throughout the play.

Other resources include a lesson that aims to teach pupils about "quotation webbing" - finding connotations within a quotation and going on to dissect and explain it successfully. A pair of lessons looks at Miller's use of Latinate structures in the play's dialogue, and his choice of biblical names for the characters, including an exploration of how this makes the audience feel about them.

Design amp; Technology


Recycling project and green design considered

This is a collection of resources on sustainability, chosen by TES adviser Spencer Herbert (Spencer_DT), head of the Damp;T department and lead advanced skills teacher at Ravens Wood School for Boys in Bromley, Kent, and owner of design analysis tool

Sustainability is often seen as an "add on" or an optional consideration, but it is an essential part of any product's success. This collection largely features resources suitable for key stage 3.

A resource on turning plastic bags into charity bands provides a clear outline of how to manage the project, plus step-by-step instructions accompanied by digital images (Imagineer).

A series of starter activities uploaded by ysullivan outline the key considerations in teaching sustainability and includes a task looking at the pillars of sustainability, showing how it is both relevant and realistic.

A project to make a recycled tap for a school garden offers a practical challenge for pupils. Instructions are accompanied by a video and web pages uploaded by send a cow, who has also contributed a project on how to make an energy-saving mud stove. These stoves are used in Africa as they use less wood and take smoke away from the cook. Pupils can use them to cook their own food or compare how long it takes to boil water compared with on an open fire.

A Green TV video looks at the search for sustainable design, where exhibitors at a show talk about their views on green design and shed light on their own inventions. An introduction to green packaging materials focuses on the function of packaging and the lifecycles of the associated products. Pupils are encouraged to work in teams to solve design problems. The resource also incorporates group presentation and peer assessment (zaikamaria).


Thinking about self and others

STD info, puzzles booklet and a film on homophobic bullying

This is a collection of some of the best resources uploaded to TES Resources over the past year. It includes material to prompt pupil discussions, raise awareness and encourage students to think about themselves and their classmates.

The collection includes a resource on sexually transmitted diseases. It features information on their causes and symptoms and is accompanied by graphic images, uploaded by leighbee23, who has also contributed material on key facts relating to HIV and Aids.

A 35-page booklet uploaded by pippylargestockings includes a series of puzzles and problems that aim to promote positive relationships between pupils. The puzzles include brain teasers, sudoku, lateral thinking tasks, maths and word problems, and practical challenges. A toolkit offers a series of activities that can be used to structure discussion in the classroom, including snowballing, in which pupils synthesise their responses in ever-larger groups, and a listening triad, where pupils take on the roles of talker, questioner and recorder in turn (mikegershon).

Brentford0 has contributed a series of lessons addressing homophobic bullying, although many can also be adapted and used as a generic bullying resource, while a Teachers TV film features teenagers talking about sexual bullying in schools.

A PowerPoint on the effects of smoking is suitable for an assembly (q8margarita), while in a personal-hygiene game pupils can gain or lose "friends" by drawing cards stating how often they change their underwear or clean their teeth (collaborative).

Resources based around food include a healthy-eating Top Trumps, contributed by ezzysunlight, a Star Wars-themed game in which players battle for control of a supermarket (Green TV) and an assembly that looks at why some people choose to be vegetarian, exploring some of the myths around vegetarianism (TrueTube).


Bang in time .

Teaching packs for the third and fourth series of the BBC science programme Bang Goes the Theory can now be pre-ordered in time for the new school year. For details, go to

Science up close

TV presenter and particle physicist Professor Brian Cox will be one of the presenters at a school science event in London later this year. Science Discovered, at the O2 in November, is aimed at pupils aged 14-plus and will feature live experiments and presentations, as well as visits to the Science Museum and Natural History Museum. For details, go to

Seminar savings

Discounts on seminars at this year's Special Needs London show are now available until the end of the month. Continuing professional development seminars at this year's event, which runs 14-15 October, cover topics including language difficulties and the role of a Senco. Teachers can get a 30 per cent discount if they book before the end of July. For details, go to http:secure2.eventadv.comsnlstep1.asp.


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