This lesson was created for a mid set year 8 group but can be used universally. It was a one off lesson for fright week (halloween week). But is a good, quick introduction to the techniques of gothic literature if you just wanted a nice, easy start to your new topic, or as a one off lesson!
Uses the topic of plastic surgery to explore persuasive writing. I should add that one of the resources (technique matching) in the pupil booklet was taken from www.teachit.co.uk and I can’t take the credit for it! I usually use the plastic surgery topic as an example and let pupils chose their own topic to research and write about. Lesson plans are excessively detailed as I did this for my PGDE. For some reason I couldn’t upload the document with all the useful articles in it, but I’m sure you can find more current ones anyway.
Worksheet Resources to encourage pupils to make informed choices about their use of narrator and narrative in their creative writing. It contains text extracts from Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier and ‘Complicity’ by Iain Banks. The task specifies using ‘water’ as a motif in their piece of writing to reflect the mood or personality of their main character. I usually combine this with quite a bit of modelling in class to demonstrate. This is effective with an able standard grade class but could also be used for Higher Still with some modification.
An entire pupil booklet for a unit of work (complete with excessively detailed lesson plans - it was for my PGDE!) on what are primarily Scottish folk tales; includes analysis of the form as well as of specific tales. Intended outcome is for pupils to write their own story in the style of a folk or fairy tale. The booklet does NOT include copies of the text as I only have hard copies; they should be easy enough to look up on the internet though.
Resources that explore some of the genre markers of Gothic fiction, considering examples of this genre, and leading towards a critical essay on ‘The Yellow Wall-paper’ by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. It may eventually have materials to support creative writing in this style but we ran out of time! Not all materials uploaded yet - the rest to follow shortly.
A Full scheme of work covering writing objectives using various of Roald Dahl's works (including Matilda and The BFG). It is easy to differentiate for KS 2 (7-11 year olds) and KS3 (11-14 year olds)and contains many worksheets for activities including vocabulary and punctuation use as well as descriptive and creative writing techniques.
These ‘Library Challenge’ cards were made for my class library, but they could be used in a school library as well. The idea was just to get the children excited about reading and properly engaged with the books, and they’ve really enjoyed working through the activities – an added bonus being that I use this work to decorate the walls of our library.
There’s a selection of 10 Library Challenge Cards, plus a ‘Library Challenge of the Week’ which just allows for changing things up a little without having to print and laminate more cards.
Resources to introduce dystopian/post-apocalyptic literature conventions to AS students, but also suitable for GCSE or KS3 students. Designed to lead to a comparative essay on 'The Road' and 'The Handmaid's Tale' but easily adaptable for your choice of novels or to stand alone as a study of the four short stories included.
A variety of Literacy Tasks
Word mat provides useful words and phrases to support writing tasks.
Pirate Character Description Sheet with Writing Prompts and Graphics
Island Setting for a pirate adventure with further writing prompts
Simple Drawing Tasks
Label a Pirate
A great additional resource for a pirates topic.