English class project ideas

Resources team
18th October 2019
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Rich project ideas to keep classes motivated and practising key skills

English projects offer students an opportunity to work creatively whilst consolidating everything they have learned so far. Whether you’re putting your students into small groups, or encouraging them to work individually, we have selected a range of project based resources which are sure to keep your secondary students engaged. Looking for more secondary English resources? Take a look at our new English collection.

Creative English projects 

At the start of a term or nearing the end of one, creative English projects are a good way for students to focus on one piece of work over a period of time. From putting together your own magazine to creating a TV advert or pitching a business idea, these resources allow your students to explore and demonstrate a range of English language and literary techniques in the classroom.

Etymology Booklet: History of English

A booklet of etymology resources comprising a 7-8 lesson sequence. BE AWARE you will need to make flash cards with the word roots and meanings of your choice. Covers the history of English, Greek and Latin roots, Slang, Onomastics, Accent/Dialect and includes a Language Autobiography assignment.
By a.k.hughes

Descriptive Writing- 5 week Project Book - NEW GCSE English Language Paper 1: Creative Writing

This is designed to be used to teach Section B of Paper 1: Creative Writing of the new AQA English Language spec.

This 5 week book is perfect as a homework project- all the activities are stepped and aim to build on students' skills. All the information that students need is provided, so that students can get on independently.

I have used this in class with a small group of students at a PRU and it kept them engaged. Activities are differentiated but it is primarily aimed towards low-mid ability students. EAL students are also able to access it. The book allows students to:

- Practise analysing a text for descriptive/linguistics techniques
- Practise using descriptive/linguistic techniques in their own writing
- Build a bank of sophisticated vocabulary and practise using it in writing
- Practise planning their writing
-Practise describing settings
-Practise responding to an image
By m1ssR

Magazine Project Bundle!

This lesson and resource bundle provides all that is needed to aid students in composing their own short magazines, on a subject/genre of their choice. Everything that is needed to teach the project is provided, including engaging lesson powerpoints, worksheets, model examples, and activities, and also comprehensive lesson plans for each stage.

Each engaging and informative lesson aids students in learning about and then composing a different magazine page. Included are lessons on:

- Choosing the Genre and Audience and Composing a Front Cover
- Writing Agony Aunt/ Uncle Pages
- Writing Feature Articles
- Writing Reviews

Throughout each lesson, students learn through defining techniques, identifying 'what a good one looks like' and analysing model examples, before using writing help-sheets and success criteria to design their own.

All images are cited on the final slides of each PowerPoint.
By TandLGuru

KS3 English/Media Project: Magazines

Attached are some resources for students to use in groups in order to make a magazine. This would be perfect for year 7 and 8 since from this age students need to be encouraged to read a wide range of non fiction texts in preparation for GCSE and magazines are a good place to start. I would suggest that you provide piles of different types of magazines for them inspect and scrutinize such as ones based on music, fashion, teen girl, cars, football/sport and gaming.

Within their groups, students can assign roles and each student can plan and design their own page.

Since I can't share images of front covers or pages from real magazines, I have left boxes on some of these planning sheets blank so that students can stick their own in to demonstrate their decision making. I have made these resources into PDFs so that the text boxes don't shift.

The resources attached include:

- Magazine Planning Sheet (a sheet to record their group's initial decisions)
- Front Cover Analysis Sheets (provides space to stick examples and thinking prompts)
- A suggested questionnaire for students to distribute or an exemplar which students can build on
- Design a Contents Page - a planning resource
- Design a Front Cover - a planning resource
- Design a Letters or Problem Page - a planning resource
- Design a Product Review - a planning resource
- Page Templates - boxed sections to place text and images
- Planning an Advert - a planning resource
- Spellings - suggested spelling lists which can be adapted
- Write a Feature Article - a planning resource.
By flabs84

Animals Project

Research, evaluation and writing tasks on the topic of animals.
By Tes English

TV ADVERT group project

Groups are expected to first plan (on a story board), then produce a filmed TV Ad, after which they will 'pitch' it to the class and teacher - as if they were an advertisement company. You may want to edit some of the time factors and think of a rigid structure with a set number of days for class time preparation. I hope this is a lot of fun :) This requires a lesson plan to really get going, and a few, or more, interesting youtube ad videos. Try give a good introduction in the first lesson, and group effectively, so that their inspiration and imagination are peaked.
By Timbruyns

Year 7 Island Project

This is very summery - ideal for the last week of term. It is based around group work and pupils being effective participators and creative thinkers, working together to create something really special. I got the idea from something on Teachit, but simplified and *hopefully* improved it, aiming it at lower ability pupils.

By emma_stuart

Dragons' Den Persuasive Project! (Building Speaking & Listening and Persuasive Writing Skills!)

This resource is perfect for enabling students to build both their persuasive writing and their speaking and listening skills. Based upon the popular BBC series 'Dragons' Den', students have the opportunity to research, design, pitch, and evaluate arguments for their own inventions, whilst simultaneously analysing persuasive pitches, revising persuasive techniques, structuring arguments and articulating convincingly.

Included is a 16 page booklet (I would say at least 4-5 hour lessons of tasks) that lead students to:
- Introduce themselves and their interests;
- Watch persuasive pitches (links included) and identify persuasive devices;
- Analyse why persuasive devices are effective;
- Structure an analysis appropriately;
- Brainstorm ideas for an invention using imagination and helpful aiding questions;
- Formulate an argument by considering key questions and counter arguments;
- Write and present a persuasive pitch;
- Peer-evaluate and self-evaluate persuasive pitches.

I have also provided some examples of news stories featuring the worst and best pitches from the den, in order to provoke discussion about what makes a strong pitch.

All images are licensed for commercial use and are cited throughout.
By TandLGuru

English project ideas and activities

If you’re looking for smaller one-off lesson activities or English project ideas for your students, take a look at our mini-collection below. From a make your own anthology booklet to designing your own dystopian world, these resources are a great way to encourage creativity and exploration in the classroom.

Different ideas for creative writing activities

A resource with a worksheet and 6 different ideas for creative writing activities.
By ela86

KS3 Fun Literacy Project

This is a unit of work I created which is so much fun and engages EVERY child in literacy tasks. The project is to design their own school.

Learning:
Every Writing Triplet
Language of the Media
2 Spoken Language Tasks
Familiarization with the Writing AFs
Cross-Curricular with Maths, Design and Media

It includes:
-Full Scheme of Work
-Activities for floor planning, employment, purchasing and marketing
-Homework
-Instructions and worksheets for ALL activities and homework
-Marking requirements for activities

IMPORTANT PRINTING INFO:
1. Floor plans need to be printed on A3 paper
2. Purchasing Booklet needs to be printed on both sides, flipped on the long edge so it creates the booklet form.
By hollymc85

Designing a Dystopia - Project Booklet

This resource was designed for a mixed ability year 10 class during a unit of work on the dystopian genre. I used it towards the end of the term, but it could also be used at the start of a unit to help students develop ideas for their own dystopian pieces of writing.

By wallee09

Make Your Own Book! A Creative Writing Anthology (Theme: Energy)

A Creative Writing Anthology with five visual prompts to inspire creative writing.
By CurvedHouseKids

Project Based Task Cards

Encourages students to understand the difference between biased and balanced arguments.
Helps encourage understanding on how to develop a formal balanced argument, verbally and in writing.
Project based tasks encourage students to look at a wider variety of connectives to present opposing viewpoints.
Suitable for Upper KS2 and KS3
By PollyPuddleduck

Animal Farm: Create Your Own Government Project

From Silvestris Educational Publications, a complete project and reflective paper assignment to complement your reading of Animal Farm. Students get to create their own government! They have all the power, and they love it, but they soon realize just how difficult it is to create any government, particularly one under which they would actually wish to live. Give them something to think about, argue about, and enjoy!

By lsilvestris

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