Unit of work on gothic short story The Phantom Coach focussing on Language Paper 1A (AQA new spec)
This resource contains around 10 lessons geared towards practising the skills for the new AQA Language Paper 1 skills: list 4 (retrieval), exploring language and its effects, exploring structure and its effects, critical evaluation.
Initially themed around gothic fiction and then moving to focus on the short story 'The Phantom Coach' by Amelia Edwards.
Each lesson focusses on specific skills and question types for the exam along with modelled examples and support/guidance/scaffolding.
A range of activities included. Aimed at Level 3 of the mark scheme (roughly grade 4/5) - can be tweaked up or down.
The unit ends with an exemplar paper that I've created on an extract from the ending of the story which tests students on all of the Paper 1 Section A skills.
Used with top set Y9 with great success - ideal for high ability KS3 or at KS4.
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  • Lesson-Slides-Phantom-Coach-Paper-1-skills.pptx
  • Whole-Phantom-Coach-with-line-numbers.doc
  • Lesson-1-Extract-from-Monkey's-Paw.doc
  • Lesson-1-Semantic-Map.doc
  • Lesson-3-structure-tracking-table.doc
  • Lesson-4-A-Z-starter.docx
  • Lesson-4-quote-explosions.docx
  • Lesson-5-image-to-use-as-mindmap.docx
  • Lesson-5-7-Extract-3.doc
  • Lesson-6-Q4-planning.docx
  • Lesson-6-Example-paragraph-for-Q4.doc
  • Lesson-9--ending-extract.docx
  • Lesson-10--exam-paper.docx
  • Lesson-10--exam-source.docx

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Created: Aug 24, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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