Secondary English resources inspired by autumn

Resources team
19th September 2019

The season of autumn, with its beautiful colours, crunchy woodland walks, harvest festivals and bonfires, has inspired writers through the ages - perhaps most famously Keats, with his Ode to Autumn. It's a great time of year to encourage students to experience the season with all of their senses and write creatively about it, as well as to encourage critical responses to other writers' evocations of autumn. Here, we have gathered together some of our favourite autumn-inspired resources to help you bring this beautiful time of year into your English classroom.

Ode to Autumn by John Keats

Ode to Autumn is well-known poem which has been recited and taught in most English classrooms across the world. To help your students analyse and respond to the poem effectively, we have brought together a selection of resources including lesson presentations, a mini scheme of work and exam preparation activities.

‘Ode to Autumn’ PPT - John Keats

Lovely 35-slide PPT on the poem ‘Ode to Autumn’ by John Keats containing a short biography of the poet and 30 study questions (with detailed answers).
By Teacherfantastico

To Autumn by John Keats

The EDUQAS/ edexcel GCSE poem “To Autumn” is one of the finest poems by Romantic poet John Keats. This resource explore all areas of his ode to autumn covering its language, themes and structure. A full annotation of the poem is included. Everything you need to prepare yourself, and your students, for an exam question on this poem!

By SIKLessons

Descriptive writing: Autumn 'Ode to Autumn' by John Keats

Descriptive writing: Autumn. The power point includes: a starter, 'Ode to Autumn' by John Keats which is analysed at word and whole text level, an opportunity for pupils to improve their work to show progression, a skills slide, a writing planning slide and a checklist for peer assessment. Highly visual and engaging.
By jimjo1962

Mini Scheme: ‘To Autumn’ by John Keats - WJEC/Eduqas

This 38 slide PPT contains approximately 4-5 hours worth of lessons (depending on your class and their pace) analysing ‘To Autumn’ by John Keats.

This resource is specifically tailored to the new WJEC/Eduqas Anthology for teaching from September 2015, although it would be suitable for analysis for other exam boards, especially for the ‘unseen’ element of the exam.

It covers first impressions, opportunities for detailed language/poetic technique analysis, discussion and analysis about tone, structure, themes and context. Homework and revision opportunities are also built in.

Each activity is linked to the AO’s (of which there is a student-friendly version) and there is a set of grade criteria/banding towards the end of the PPT.

Some activities are for individual completion, some pair and group work and a timed essay response towards the end.

I've added previews of a few more slides from this PPT, so you can see a bit more of what you're purchasing:
I hope you find it useful.
By MissHallEnglish


Other autumn-inspired activities

Inspire and engage your students with this selection of shorter autumn-themed activities - from writing haikus to word puzzles and sensory descriptions.


Backgroud Writing Autumn haikus Leaf template included for display purposes
By Mariewebster

Autumn Haiku

An activity to write a haiku with explanations of the form, hints for getting started and an image sheet for inspiration. I have used this with a wide range of students of different abilities and ages with great success. It is easily adaptable to spring, summer or winter as appropriate with different image sheets being produced.
By Ruthie66

Glorious Autumn! ( Thematic Boggle + solutions )

Another five minute filler for teachers. Embedded in this puzzle are ten words associated with Autumn and 100 other general vocabulary words. Full instructions, templates in colour and in black and white, a thematic vocabulary and an answer key are included. If you were one of the first 8 people to download this puzzle, you'll notice that the answer key was for another puzzle. Mea culpa. The correct key is included now.
By Carlav

Sensory descriptions- improving creative writing

Perfect as a stand alone lesson or as part of a poetry or creative writing unit, this is a challenging lesson on identifying sensory descriptions using Keats’ Autumn. I used this with a middle ability year 8 class but would work as GCSE prep with a lower ability KS4 class.

By ab_s

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