In the Scottish curriculum students will do a personal/reflective piece of writing. This scheme has been created for this unit. But can be adapted between year groups (S2-S4/Year 9-11). Resources are attached. It focuses on creative writing, narrative hooks, using sensory language, reflecting on past events. Can be followed up with desert island discs (search for on TES) or a speaking and listening task such as This is Your Life. Can also adapt and use for non fiction writing with a focus on biographies and autobiographies.
English Teaching Resources: Writing to Entertain includes a 134 slide PowerPoint and 35 worksheets. This unit of work contains a series of progressive lessons designed to help teach Writing to Entertain. Resources include 11 lessons, each created using the 4 part lesson structure (starter activity, introduction, development and plenary) and all of which can be fully differentiated to fit your teaching needs. Writing to Entertain is a thorough and detailed resource with lessons covering a number of activities:
What makes a good opening, narrative hooks
How to structure a story and set the scene
The five stage narrative plan when writing to entertain
Using similes, metaphors, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in your writing
Drafting and redrafting writing
An extensive Powerpoint lesson(s) presentation with guidance and a range of tasks to develop creative writing skills and the notion of writing with the purpose to imagine, explore and entertain. Explored within the context of spelling, punctuation and grammar.
A Medium Term Plan for the Gruffalo covering all seven areas of learning in the EYFS.
A Gruffalo Literacy Activity: Recalling character descriptions and story events
A Gruffalo Mathematics Activity: Counting and number recognition
A Gruffalo Continous Provision Plan
EST PREP Common Core Vocabulary for Middle Grades PowerPoint. Test prep for middle grades Language Arts. Academic vocabulary. Vocabulary words that may be tested on the new common core assessments for middle school Language Arts. Each slide has a word, a definition, and an illustration or animated graphic to help students remember. Can also be printed out on index cards and used for a word wall or as flash cards. Now updated with even more words! Helpful for test preparation. Includes Sprenger's words - essential and critical vocabulary for common core- HappyEdugator
A set of 16 lessons I am using with my year 9 to prepare them for GCSE. All ideas are adapted from other peoples work, so thank you to the TES teachers and I hope it is of use in the format I have put it together in.
No lesson plans, but the PPT's should be self explanatory.
Our school is using Pit stops and Pits to show pupil progress and we have A,B,C,D and agree/disagree colour coded cards to use for those activities.
Also, the green pen is to show pupil response to Teacher and Peer feedback.
Novel study as a springboard for learning narrative structure through investigation of plot, character development and language use. The horror/ thriller genre provides a stimulating text for exploration.
There should be a balance of the tripartite strands Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening to enable development in each area.
Activities include group discussion, role play, PEE paragraph writing, character studies, language analysis, debate, predicting, diary writing and creative description.
Here is a whole term (13 weeks' worth) of planning for a topic entitled 'Out of the Blue'. This topic as focused on life under the sea including texts such as Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins, Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae and The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage. The 27 files in this download include:
- A Topic Web outlining curriculum objectives
- English weekly plans
- Maths weekly plans
- Medium-term plans
Please note that the first 7 weeks of planning for Maths and English involve continuous provision. We established a set of 'busy learning jobs' in Maths and English for the first half term so that the children could settle into Year 1. This worked brilliantly! Enjoy!
This personal narrative unit is directly aligned to Common Core Writing and Language standards, and is designed for students in grades 6-8. This unit will lead you and your students through the process of writing personal narratives. There are more than 65 pages which include:
Suggested Lesson and Resource Scope and Sequence
Lesson Plan Template
Narrative Definition Poster
Narrative Subway Art
Student Revision Checklist
Student Editing Checklist
Common Core Aligned Rubric
32 Task Cards aligned to Language standards
Dialogue and Quotations
Point of View
Clauses and Phrases
Writing Narrative Leads
Using Transition Words
This spreadsheet contains all the comments/ criteria used to track pupils on the PIVATS system. The spreadsheet replaces the need for lots of printed paper and it's easy to see at a glance where each pupil is at. Can easily be adapted. Attached word document explains how to use the spreadsheet.
This is used for thematic teaching of Literacy and humanities. It could be adapted to suit a geography, history or English lesson based on the book "Vacation under the Volcano" a story about Ancient Romans and Pompeii.
This is a complete novel study using the book Number The Stars. This Novel unit has nonfiction embedded into the lesson and a class favorite!
The entire unit focuses on the Common Core Standards and shift to getting students to use evidence from the text to defend their responses. More importantly it unites ELA with reading, writing, and vocabulary. Each lesson includes an annotated copy of student work with answer key, vocabulary word of the day, and homework option. Perfect for a whole class novel or with a guided reading group.
Lessons are uploaded using Word so that they can be easily formatted for your classroom. Lessons are also available in PDFs for teachers who simply want to print and go!
Updates include six activities/graphic organizers for students to use to help with comprehension, character taboo, vocabulary pictionary,writing mini-lessons, and a 10 page personal narrative (with model responses) lesson.