NEW  SOW for The Secret River iGCSE

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This unit of work has everything:

  • 52 resources including 20 COMPLETE lessons. Everything you need to walk into the classroom and teach this fascinating historical fiction novel.
  • PowerPoint presentations for every lesson
  • Complete timeline of all events, with dates, colour coded by chapter.
  • Character and place quotation gathering templates
  • word searches (because we all need a quiet starter every now and again)
  • Links to videos and articles on Australia Day, Aboriginal history, New South Wales and the Hawksbury River.
  • new vocabulary challenges - pictionary, dominoes, spelling tests, word searches
  • revision lessons - students make their own quizzes and resources
  • essay planning guidance
  • 20 different potential essay or extract questions
  • worksheets
  • games
  • drama and role play
  • Silent debatewriting guidance
  • exemplar success criteria for English Literature paragraphs
  • exemplar analytical paragraphs
  • the same paragraphs highlighted to show the success criteria being met in the answer
  • family tree worksheets to be completed as they read with answers
  • diary writing frames from Sal’s point of view
  • AND MORE!!

Each lesson covers about 20 pages which was perfect for a double lesson. Students could complete the reading at home. Lessons have titles, dates, learning objectives on every slide and activities geared towards that focus. Students progress from analysing individual quotes to structuring detailed analytical essay paragraphs and then on to essay planning, breaking down extract analysis and whole text essay questions including exemplar paragraphs. The novel follows a young man born in London as he is deported to Australia and faces conflict with the Aboriginal family who live on the land he wishes to take over. It is an unflinching novel and there were tears at the climax from several students (and me!). This would make a great addition to any GCSE or A level course programme. The questions (10 to 15 for each chapter) aim to keep notes of each chapter as well as support the students’ understanding of how to write about characters, setting, language and style.

To go with lesson 3, I used a fantastic free resource on Crime and Punishment in Victorian London and one on Australian and Aboriginal culture. I have included links to those on the appropriate lessons. In fact, you’ll find lots of links and notes on PowerPoints with helpful guidance for you and the students to increase their cultural capital on Australian history.

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  • 4---London--3--style-purpose.pptx
  • 18Completed-Thornhill-Family-Tree-answers.docx
  • 3---London--2.pptx
  • 11-A-Clearing-2.pptx
  • 16-Drawing-a-Line-2.pptx
  • 9-Sydney-3.pptx
  • 1-STRANGERS-1.pptx
  • 1-Chapter-Qs-STRANGERS.docx
  • 1-SOW-lessons.docx
  • 2-Chapter-Qs-LONDON.docx
  • 3-Sal's-diary-writing-frame.doc
  • 3-timeline-events.docx
  • 5-London-4-extract.pptx
  • 7-TSR-word-search-activities.docx
  • 8-Thornhill-Crossword.docx
  • Naming-the-parts-of-a-skiff.docx
  • Quotations-Saver-themes.docx
  • 7-The-Secret-River-exam-practice.pptx
  • iGCSE-Eng-Lit-prose-questions.pptx
  • 2-London-1.pptx
  • 2-The-Thornhill-Family-Tree.docx
  • 2-The-Thornhill-Family-Tree-answers.docx
  • 2-The-Thornhill-Family-Tree-quicker-quote-hunt.docx
  • 3-Words-Sydney.docx
  • 6-London-essay.pptx
  • 7-Sydney-1.pptx
  • 6-essay-planning-sheet.docx
  • 10-Chapter-Qs-A-CLEARING.docx
  • 10-vocab-Dominoes.docx
  • 11-A-clearing-2-vocab-dominoes.docx
  • 11-A-clearing-3-vocab-dominoes.docx
  • 12-A-Clearing-3-extract-qs.pptx
  • 8-Sydney-2.pptx
  • 8-University-language-article.docx
  • 9-Naming-the-parts-of-a-skiff.docx
  • 9--timeline-events.docx
  • 10--3-A-CLEARING-1.docx.pptx
  • 13-A-Hundred-Acres-1.pptx
  • 14-Factual-article-about-colonisation-in-NSW.docx
  • 14-A-Hundred-Acres-2.pptx
  • 15-drawing-a-line-1.pptx
  • 18-secret-river-2.pptx
  • 20-Thornhill-Crossword.docx
  • HWK-1-web_quest_Secret-River.doc
  • 15-Chapter-Qs-AHA.docx
  • 15-drawing-vocab-word-search.docx
  • 17-Chapter-Qs-Drawing-a-Line.docx
  • 17-The-Secret-River-ppt.pptx
  • 17-TSR-puzzle.docx
  • 17--TSR-word-search-activities.docx
  • 19-Thornhill's-point.pptx

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Created: Aug 27, 2016

Updated: May 10, 2018

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