AQA English Language GCSE - Paper 1, Section B SOW- Explorations in Creative Writing

AQA English Language GCSE - Paper 1, Section B SOW- Explorations in Creative Writing


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These lessons are aimed at year 10 students who are studying for AQA Paper 1.
They can also be used/adapted to suit other year groups to develop creative writing skills.
This is a full module of lessons that lead up to the students completing a mock AQA paper.

The lessons explore and develop the skills students learned in Section A and begin to apply these techniques in their own descriptive/narrative writing piece.

The lessons are based on the skills required as detailed in the AQA mark scheme. The lessons have a mixture of individual, paired and group work tasks.

Model answers are included in multiple lessons so that students can clearly see what they are expected to be able to write by the end of the module. Differentiated extracts are also used so you can adapt the activities to suit your group’s ability.

Most lessons are planned for a double session (2 hours) so can be split to create separate lessons if required.

Lesson 1: Introduction to the module and a focus on developing ambitious vocabulary.
Lesson 2: Setting- Crafting figurative language devices to zoom in on detail.
Lesson 3: Sentence Structure- Reviewing the different types of sentences and applying them artfully to create effects.
Lesson 4: Structure- Exploring how to create a narrative journey in a text.
Lesson 5: Creating Tone/Atmosphere- Exploration of how subtly changing vocabulary choices can create specific tone/atmosphere in descriptive writing.
Lesson 6: Narrative Structure- Explore the structure of a narrative looking at ‘story mountain’ and how it can be applied to writing.
Lesson 7: Opening- Identify techniques in a range of extracts and consider what makes an effective opening to a narrative and how to hook the reader.
Lesson 8: Tense- Group work tasks where students look at model answers and then experiment with changing tenses in their own work.

Most lessons were planned as double lessons (2 hours) so can easily be split to form two 1 hour lessons.

Additional information for some tasks and challenge questions are written in the notes section of the PPTs.

Please note that some images and extracts have been removed due to copyright. Where possible I have tried to list what these items were either on the slide or in the notes section to enable you to try and locate if desired.

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  • Lesson-1a--Introduction-and-Vocabulary.pptx
  • Lesson-1b--Setting.pptx
  • Lesson-1d--Sentence-Starters.docx
  • Lesson-1d--Sentences-and-Punctuation.pptx
  • Lesson-2b--Structure.pptx
  • Lesson-2d--Description-of-Miss-Havisham.docx
  • Lesson-2c--Creating-Tone-Atmosphere.pptx
  • Lesson-2d--Narrartive-Structure.pptx
  • Lesson-3a--Opening.pptx
  • Lesson-3b--Tense.pptx

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Created: Feb 21, 2016

Updated: May 31, 2019

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