English: Supporting struggling students

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28th January 2020
English: supporting struggling students

Help lower attaining pupils build confidence and develop their written skills with these popular tools, strategies and activity ideas

With February half term around the corner and GCSE English exams starting in May, there is no better time to build your lower attaining pupils confidence and encourage them to recall and revise key strategies in English. From intervention booklets, to knowledge organisers and structure strips, we have brought together a selection of materials you could introduce to your students.


GCSE English - Revision and Exam Skills

Powerpoint presentation with revision techniques and exam skills. How to approach the GCSE English exams. Improve students' results and attainment.
By chelt53

AQA GCSE English Language Exam Revision Booklet and Practice Papers

A twenty page exam revision and practice booklet outlining how to approach the sections and skills for the AQA GCSE English Language exam, Papers 1 and 2. Ideal as a student revision resource, walking talking mock or for intervention and revision sessions.
Includes: revision mats/ knowledge organisers for both papers; practice papers for both exams; suggested timings and key acronyms to address the AOs for each question.
By Debbie Morgan

English Intervention Booklet

I have created this English Intervention booklet for Years 7-11 in Secondary school . My role is to take low ability pupils out on a one to one basis and work on their skills in preparation for the English language exam. There are some basic and some in depth skills. The skills I have covered are:
Word classes
Sentence types
5 senses
It is an in-depth booklet and taken me a while to make, hence the cost.
By sazjones

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2 Revision Booklet (New Specification)

This revision booklet is designed to assist students in their preparation for the AQA English Language paper 2 exam (new specification).

It contains:

  • An overview of the questions
  • A list of generic language techniques and definitions
  • Sample questions and answers for section A
  • A copy of the source material that accompanies the questions:
    "Is there too much technology in our modern lives?
    The Guardian, 10 Apr 2014"
    “A Trip on Stephenson’s Rocket, August 1830”
  • Additional revision tasks for each question
  • Examples of non-fictions texts: an article, a letter and a blog for the section B creative writing task.
By cwilson1983

Structure strips

Informal Letter Writing Structure Strips!

These creative writing structure strips are designed to help children with formulating their own informal letters. They are tried and tested in the classroom - they are loved by teachers and students, and have helped to enable some incredible compositions! Each strip contains key information about how to construct the content of the letter, alongside differentiated language targets that should run throughout.

These structure strips were initially designed for KS2/KS3 children.

Provided in both PDF (to prevent formatting issues between computers) and Word (to allow for easy editing). Each A4 page contains 4 structure strips. Hope that they prove useful for you too.

Please also take a look at the full ‘Informal Letter Writing’ lesson, which a range of interesting activities and explanations to aid the children in creating imaginative and appropriate informal letters for audience and purpose -thank you!

By TandLGuru

AQA English Language and Literature Structure Strips

Four A4 sheets for each AQA English exam paper. Each sheet has a structure strip to support students with their writing including sentence starters.

By AlexStonebanks

Poetry comparison structure strips

A set of three poetry comparison structure strips to help ensure students hit all aspects of the mark scheme in their response. Simply stick them in the margin and set students off on a question and encourage them to use the strip to remind them of the importance of covering all parts of the question in their response.
By redwoodperformance

Paragraph Writing: Structure Strips for GCSE English Literature (AQA)

These strips are a great companion to my TEACH paragraph writing checklist. While the latter is an expanded version suitable for all ability levels, this resource is a bright, colourful and concise version that can be laminated and used as a bookmark or guide alongside work.
The PowerPoint version can be edited for your convenience, and the PDF version is the original formatting.
Complete with sentence starters and straightforward guidance on what to include for each section of the paragraph.
By Georgina O'Toole

Knowledge organisers

Knowledge Organiser: Language and Structural Terminology

The knowledge organiser is essentially an analysis terminology sheet, offering students key structural and language terminology and analytical verbs plus words to use for effect on the reader.

It's aimed at AQA Language Paper 1 but can be adapted.
By laurajholder

English Literature Knowledge Organiser/ Writing Mats (AQA)

These knowledge organisers provide a quick guide for pupils to help them write effective answers for AQA English Literature paper 1 and paper 2 with poetry on one side and fiction on the other. Keep them on your classroom desks to use as writing mats, or give them to students to revise from. Each one features:

-A breakdown of each question, and suggestions of how to plan for each one,
- sentence starters,
- discourse markers,
- analysis prompts,
- poetic, structural and language technique lists.

A3 size. Print on both sides to make them flippable!

For more resources like this - including an editable version of these writing mats - please take a look at my other resources and follow me on twitter: @MissGOToole.
By Georgina O'Toole

Comparing Unseen Poetry Knowledge Organiser/ Revision Mat!

This detailed and visually-appealing resource offers a complete reference point for students preparing for the ‘Unseen Poetry’ elements of English Literature examinations. It is ideal for GCSE and A Level students, as it contains detailed and comprehensive sections (including explanations, examples and key questions) on:

Content -Subject Matter, Context, Tone, Atmosphere, The Poet;
Language - Similes, Metaphors, Interesting Adjectives, Interesting Verbs, Imagery, Onomatopoeia, Alliteration, Assonance, Personification, Hyperbole, Oxymoron, Repetition;
Form and Strcuture - Common Forms, Rhyme/ Rhyme Schemes, Metre, Rhythm, Stanzas, Line Type, Line Length.
Plus lists of Adding Connectives and Contrasting Connectives for use when comparing.

Key words and ideas are underlined for easy reference. The resource is designed to be printed onto A3, and is provided as both a PDF and a Word version (so that you can edit if you want to). All images used are licensed for commercial use and are cited on a separate document (included).

By TandLGuru

Knowledge Organisers For Literature Themes - differentiated

Two blank templates for analysing key themes in literature - one is simplified for lower ability students

By advanceacademic

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