English: Planning for the new specifications

Nicola Davison
02nd September 2016
English, secondary, GCSE, A-level, exam, new specification, unit, lesson, guide, KS4, post-16, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12, Year 13

Units of work, guides and practice papers to support the teaching of the new GCSE and A-level specifications

Hopefully the process of transitioning between the old and new exam specifications hasn’t caused you too much grief. But if you’re still after a bit of inspiration to enhance your planning, then look no further. We’ve scoured TES in search of the best and most original resources aligned to the new specifications. Why not dig in and see what you can find?

GCSE resources

Complete with lesson outlines, presentations and accompanying resources, these complete units of work on Much Ado About Nothing and Anita and Me* can be easily adapted to suit the requirements of your particular exam board.

At the other end of the spectrum, these detailed Macbeth revision guides are ideal for consolidating learning, while these original language-focused trial papers will give learners some useful practice ahead of the exams. And why not get pupils analysing a variety of unseen poems either in class or at home by distributing this comprehensive unseen poetry booklet?

A-level resources

Kick-start learning about A Streetcar Named Desire with this handy literary context document, which includes an in-depth look at the rise and fall of the Southern belle. Or, get stuck into this fully resourced scheme of work* on Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, including a lesson sequence with links to relevant assessment objectives.

Alternatively, this well-structured unit* outlines a step-by-step approach to the thorough analysis of Christina Rossetti’s poetry. And this simple Hamlet quotation test has the dual purpose of testing students’ knowledge of the key themes in the play, as well as revising those all-important quotes.

Finally, this well-presented overview booklet contains a wealth of information on children’s acquisition of spoken language and literacy development, which is a key feature of many language courses.

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