Secondary English resources inspired by autumn

We have gathered together some of our favourite autumn-inspired resources to help you bring this beautiful time of year into your English classroom.

Tes Resources Team

Autumn leaves on a table and a person writing autumn poetry

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.

To Autumn by John Keats
SIKLessons

To Autumn by John Keats

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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 s...
Descriptive writing: Autumn  'Ode to Autumn' by John Keats
jimjo1962

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

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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 vi...
Mini Scheme:    To Autumn    by John Keats - WJEC/Eduqas
MissHallEnglish

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

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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 analy...

 

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.

Haiku
Mariewebster

Haiku

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Backgroud Writing Autumn haikus Leaf template included for display purposes
Autumn Haiku
Ruthie66

Autumn Haiku

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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 differ...
Glorious Autumn! ( Thematic Boggle + solutions )
Carlav

Glorious Autumn! ( Thematic Boggle + solutions )

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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 peo...
Sensory descriptions- improving creative writing
ab_s

Sensory descriptions- improving creative writing

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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.