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AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1

A complete 12 week scheme of work that is fully resourced and differentiated. Contains powerpoint lessons, medium term plan, text extracts and sample practice papers. Everything you need to teach the new GCSE English Language Paper 1. Also contains revision activities for GCSE Literature Paper 1 (easily adapted to suit your texts.)

By stebbingk05

An Introduction to Dystopian Literature

An Introduction to Dystopian Literature

Resources to introduce dystopian/post-apocalyptic literature conventions to AS students, but also suitable for GCSE or KS3 students. Designed to lead to a comparative essay on 'The Road' and 'The Handmaid's Tale' but easily adaptable for your choice of novels or to stand alone as a study of the four short stories included.

By archev

AQA New 2017 Specification: English Language, Paper 2 Section A: Nonfiction Reading

AQA New 2017 Specification: English Language, Paper 2 Section A: Nonfiction Reading

10 fully resourced lessons to prepare students for the AQA English Language Paper 2, Section A exam: 'Writer's Viewpoints and Perspectives'.This resource bundle includes:Two powerpoint presentations totalling 142 slides.A full lesson by lesson scheme of work including clear learning objectives and outlining assessment opportunities.Eight different extracts to use with students from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Each lesson is clearly structured with learning objectives, learning start activities, learning review activities and opportunities for students to demonstrate and assess their learning in a number of ways. The lessons aim to develop a common approach for tackling each question to build students' confidence. There are a number of opportunities for students to tackle the different question types and the presentations provide clear steps and guidance to support students during the assessment process. Model answers and assessment sheets also included.Extracts included:'American Sniper', Chris Kyle'The Charge of the Light Brigade', William Howard Russell'Letter to My Mother', Wilfred Owen'A Beautiful Job', Gunner William Towers (WW1)'The Death of Lord Nelson', William Beatty'We Shall Fight Them on the Beaches', Winston Churchill'Surrender Speech', Chief Joseph (taken from the AQA Reading Support Booklet)'The Gettysburg Address', Abraham LincolnIn addition to this, the presentations also include some optional Paper 2, Section B questions that link to the extracts and aim to develop students' nonfiction writing skills.The lessons and extracts are focused around the theme of war so they can be linked with the 'Power and Conflict' AQA poetry anthology to develop students' contextual understanding for the English Literature exam.Any feedback on the resource would be greatly appreciated!

By RojoResources

Tabbed Memory Book End of Year Activity

Tabbed Memory Book End of Year Activity

This memory book is a fun way for your students to reflect on their year in your classroom. Hopefully it will be a little treasure for your students (and parents) to look back on in future years!I have included a fun extra visual element by adding tabs to the front of each of the pages.There are 16 pages in total, as well as a 'front cover'.The completed book will have a front and back to each page, so this involves some basic cutting and glueing to achieve the finished look. Detailed instructions for assembly are included.There are two options for printing - the second for those who wish to save on ink.Please look at the preview image to see what students will be writing about! The pages of the memory book are numbered to avoid any confusion of the page order!******************************************************CONTENT⊛ Cover⊛ Teacher Notes⊛ Contents⊛ Memory Book⊛ Ink Saving Memory Book⊛ TOU/CreditsPAGE COUNT: 42**********************************************************RELATED RESOURCES**********************************************************Teacher's Toolkit End of Year

By TeachersToolkit

Library Challenge Cards

Library Challenge Cards

These ‘Library Challenge’ cards were made for my class library, but they could be used in a school library as well. The idea was just to get the children excited about reading and properly engaged with the books, and they’ve really enjoyed working through the activities – an added bonus being that I use this work to decorate the walls of our library. There’s a selection of 10 Library Challenge Cards, plus a ‘Library Challenge of the Week’ which just allows for changing things up a little without having to print and laminate more cards.

By sh2810

The Great Kapok Tree Planning Pack

The Great Kapok Tree Planning Pack

Special offer! Get this for FREE using code MARVELLOUS-MAY at checkout.Download the Great Kapok Tree Planning Pack from Tes recommended author KS2History. This two-week unit of English work, based on the book 'The Great Kapok Tree', works well alongside topics about rainforests, sustainability and Mayans. It can also be used as a standalone English unit.The ten lessons in this unit use drama, discussion and creative activities to help pupils to engage imaginatively with the text. Pupils will become familiar with the structure of dilemma stories and then write and edit their own dilemma stories based on The Great Kapok Tree. There is also a grammar focus on using direct speech and plenty of activities designed to develop vocabulary.The English objectives covered in this unit are: - To retrieve information from non-fiction- To design a ‘great tree’ setting - To explore the structure of dilemma stories- To punctuate direct speech correctly- To use a range of speech verbs- To use adverbs in dialogue (higher group)- To identify persuasive devices- To use a dictionary to find definitions- To write a persuasive letter- To prepare a group performance- To plan a dilemma story- To write my own dilemma story- To edit and evaluate my writing- To use a thesaurusAll of our lessons are planned by Outstanding-rated teachers and literacy experts.

By KS2History

An Introduction to Gothic Literature

An Introduction to Gothic Literature

An introduction to gothic literature, originally aimed at A2 students preparing for OCR's 'Texts in Time' coursework but suitable for GCSE and KS3, if AOs changed.Includes conventions and extracts of key texts as well as suggestions for assessment titles.

By archev

The Way up to Heaven by Roald Dahl

The Way up to Heaven by Roald Dahl

The Way up to Heaven by Roald DahlComplete lessons or lessons, on the excellent short story by Roald Dahl!Complete and attractive lesson pack includes:• Engaging starters• Lesson objectives• Full story and discussion prompts throughout (pdf of the complete story included)• Key quote analysis discussion• Main question • The Way up to Heaven quizAn engaging lesson to use time and time again.For the Roald Dahl lesson, The Hitchhiker see here:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/the-hitchhiker-by-roald-dahl-11628326Visit my shop for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: image http://wallls.com/wallpaper/61117, cooltext.com.)

By EngageinEnglish

The Odyssey

The Odyssey

A writing scheme of work designed for year 7 based on grammar for writing ideas but could be used for any Key Stage Three. Ideal used in conjunction with The Iliad reading scheme. Based on the Robert Fagles Penguin Classics edition of Homer's Odyssey.

By helendora

Full 3 week unit of work for 'The Tin Forest' Y3

Full 3 week unit of work for 'The Tin Forest' Y3

Full 3 week unit for 'The Tine Forest' aimed at Y3 literacy skills!Includes differentiated plans, resources, video link and short story text for 'The Tin Forest'. All planning includes grammar focused lesson starters, whole class teach, support identified, follow up opportunities for chn to apply skills modelled, plenaries and success criteria. Each week plan includes an opportunity for an independent write to allow chn to apply the skills practiced in different contexts(context for these provided in plans). This is effective in enabling the teacher to assess how secure skills are and to identify next steps in learning.

By fh1989

GCSE Descriptive Writing - Zooming in

GCSE Descriptive Writing - Zooming in

An easy way for KS3 and KS4 pupils to write effective descriptive pieces, using 'zooming structure' - Perfect for Q5, English Language Paper 1.With model descriptions, the powerpoint enables pupils to realise how each paragraph structurally engages readers by gradually zooming from broader to specific objects.

By DeepaSabharwal

GCSE Matching language conventions to texts types - persuasive writing

GCSE Matching language conventions to texts types - persuasive writing

Targeted at KS3 and KS4, this simple hand-out allows pupils to distinguish between the language conventions that are required for writing letters, blogs and speeches.With effective models of each text and beak-down of the ways language conventions are used, pupils are left with a clear understanding of how and why they must structure their persuasive writing in line with the text type - letters, blogs or speeches.

By DeepaSabharwal

Daily Writing Prompts

Daily Writing Prompts

24 writing prompts. A PDF file which can be printed as individual task cards or as a complete booklet for SEN children to encourage creative and imaginative writing, spelling and grammar, writing instructions, letter writing, newspaper articles, magic stories, superhero stories, pirate stories, historical stories, animal stories and about myself. This would also be good to put in your substitute teacher file for that unexpected absence. It is not a seasonal resource therefore could be used at anytime of the year.

By teachercellar

Study Guide for Hitler's Canary by Sandi Toksvig

Study Guide for Hitler's Canary by Sandi Toksvig

This study guide is a tool for teachers to support guided group reading or whole class novel study with a variety of text, sentence and word level activities at Key Stage 2. The guide can also be modified for students to use to support independent reading and novel study. For exploration of or discussion about character, page references direct the reader to the most significant pieces of character development. There are some suggested writing tasks and there is room for learners to add further examples of elements identified and discussed.

By louiseknight763

The Iliad & The Odyssey

The Iliad & The Odyssey

A reading (Iliad) & writing (Odyssey) scheme designed to last one full term for KS3 plus an academic language resource to help with students' essay writing skills.

By helendora

The Venice Murders - Creative Writing

The Venice Murders - Creative Writing

The Venice Murders - Creative WritingFantastic creative writing murder mystery story, with a clear scenario and structure to help students write an amazing story.Lesson scenario:It was supposed to be the school trip of a lifetime. You were selected as one of only twelve students to go on the week long school trip to Venice and it all started so well. But then, your teacher goes missing only to be found murdered! And what’s more, only one of your fellow students could have done it!Lesson includes a 10 question Venice quiz starter, full lesson prompts, lesson objectives, starters and interesting plenary activity all with attractive slides and imagery.For a range of other interesting lessons and great resources visit my page here:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits:Taketours, Monarch, Wikipedia, cooltext.com.)

By EngageinEnglish

Venice – Descriptive Writing, Complete Lesson

Venice – Descriptive Writing, Complete Lesson

Venice – Descriptive Writing, Complete LessonA sophisticated descriptive writing lesson based on images from Venice!Complete, visually attractive lesson includes a 10 question Venice quiz, a senses hunt, a video clip and prompts throughout. For a range of other interesting lessons and great resources visit my page here:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits:Taketours, Monarch, Wikipedia, cooltext.com.)

By EngageinEnglish

5 Mystery Genre  Activities for KS2 learners

5 Mystery Genre Activities for KS2 learners

Save your time! Editable 5 lessons with interactive activities from plotting to analysis of characters. Students get familiar with the vocabulary. With Story mountain worksheet get star of the week banners for the best Mystery writers in the class.

By simranvirus123

Analyzing Writing Prompts with RAMP

Analyzing Writing Prompts with RAMP

Do you teach your students how to attack writing prompts by using specific steps expressed by acronyms? Well here are simple posters and bookmarks that highlight the decoding of writing prompts with the acronym RAMP. By following these simple steps your students can better understand what a writing prompt is asking and how to make a plan of attack to achieve their best. As you teach your students to break down writing prompts using the steps in this method you can display the poster as a visual reminder. I also created these bookmarks that can double up as notebook strips that you can stick in their writing books. This set includes 3 coloured bookmarks2 colored posters3 black and white bookmarks 2 black and white posters

By nicadez

Parts of A Writing Prompt Posters

Parts of A Writing Prompt Posters

Here are three coloured posters created to identify the five parts of a writing prompt. Included are also black and white versions. Use these visuals to help your students how to decode writing prompts so that they are understood and the responses are more accurate.

By nicadez

Poems that create images - Similes / Metaphors - March '17 UPDATE

Poems that create images - Similes / Metaphors - March '17 UPDATE

A bumper set of resources initially used in the year 4 topic of: Creating Images with Poetry, Similes and Metaphors. Due to the popularity of this resource I have included a Powerpoint I used for a very successful observation lesson by Ofsted involving describing a beach setting with similes and metaphors. I recently adapted this in this for a year 6 class I took. There is also quite a few poems I have written using Similes and Metaphors in them to create images and a few more resources too including a soothing soundtrack and background to play on your IW on loop.I have continually updated this resource due to its popularity and quality.Please check my other resources out here...https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/dave_orritt

By dave_orritt

Synonyms and Antonyms!

Synonyms and Antonyms!

This detailed and engaging lesson enables students to gain an understanding of what synonyms and antonyms are, and why knowledge of them is important when writing. Students also learn to use a variation of synonyms and antonyms in their own writing, for both clarity and effect. Students learn through a number of fun and interactive tasks, which enable them to:- Define and exemplify synonyms and antonyms;- Identify the synonyms and antonyms for a range of different words;- Understand and analyse how synonyms and antonyms can be used for clarity and effect;- Create a written piece using a variety of synonyms and antonyms for clarity and effect;- Evaluate their use of different synonyms and antonyms.The resources include:-Visually engaging and comprehensive whole-lesson presentation;-Resources for the card-sorting activity;-A model example and analysis worksheet;-Step-by-step lesson plan.All images are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on the final page of the slide.

By TandLGuru

The Accidental Goalkeeper

The Accidental Goalkeeper

This is an illustrated story book for developing the reading skills of EAL learners who have developed a basic vocabulary and a mastery of phonics. It may also be useful for the beginning reader and students with SEN. The football theme and elements of humour should appeal to some reluctant readers. It contains a range of comprehension, language and writing activities for each chapter.This is suitable for:• Individuals or groups with similar stages of language development• EAL students (early stage, advanced stage)• Students with SEN may also find it accessible.

By clas3

VISUALISING Reading Comprehension & Connection Skills using Images VISUAL TEXT "BROKEN WINDOW"

VISUALISING Reading Comprehension & Connection Skills using Images VISUAL TEXT "BROKEN WINDOW"

Visual literacy is important to students' ability to understand and delve more deeply into texts they read. This uses a comical Ron Leishman cartoon, that I've titled "Broken Window."This literacy centre activity uses Visual Text as input or stimulus. THE BROKEN WINDOW plus 20 Task Cards delving deeply into comprehension skills; Visualisation, Prior Knowledge, Generalisation, Cause and effect, Fact and Opinion, Sequencing, Questioning, Predicting, Comparing and Contrasting and Drawing Conclusions.You'll find that students' skills comprehension improve with this opportunity to think about the image. These thinking skills carry over into written texts and improve students' ability to discuss their ideas, possibilities and opinions.The image makes a great focal point for a wall display, surround by student's task work.1. The last 8 Task Cards make great notebook/workbook activities.2. They serve as idea starters for class or small group discussions.3. Laminate a set to use as an activity in a literacy center.4. Use them as assessment and/or homework tasks.5. Use them as a Centre Activity

By mareehenderson21

Writing Tools for Young Students Narratives Wheels ... Spin up an idea or two!

Writing Tools for Young Students Narratives Wheels ... Spin up an idea or two!

Novelty Classroom tool for students to spin up ideas for writing Narratives. Fun and solves the constant, "I don't know what to write!"Being totally tired of my students complaining, "I don't know what to write" I invented these wheels to give them some ideas for characters, settings and some item to include in the narrative.Teaching students to write interesting Narratives, is difficult. They can have a scaffold and a plan etc but if they don't read great fiction and have an active imagination, they have no ideas!There are 6 wheels altogether; 2 for characters, 2 for settings or places and 2 for random items.This was a very successful tool, as I found as soon as they spun a character, they became excited and as they kept spinning their ideas grew, and they'd race away to start. WANTING to WRITE!I printed and laminated and have a spinner attached with a split pin. These can be printed on A4 or A3.Students spin and they must include those results in their narrative.So, for example, they may spin a clown, shark, church, torch and a tree; or a ghost, a monkey, jungle, rainbow and some false teeth.Once they've spun, the smiles and ideas seem to flow, and off they go to create and write.They seem to need 2 or 3 characters; 1 place and 1 or 2 items, but you can set your own limits. Sometimes, I spin one or two wheels and everyone has to use the results.I gave them "chance" so if they didn't like one result, they could re-spin.This system took the pressure off the children, and I found the narratives and ideas were fresh and the vocabulary stretched, because they were sometimes out of their usual comfort zone.I know the system worked because gradually less students used the wheels. They already had an idea for a character etc; they wanted their own setting, job done!I've also "spun the wheels" for speaking activities and oral story-telling. It is entertaining to create a class story, and continue to spin a wheel, to determine what the next student must include. This activity makes listening compulsory!These are a fantastic resource for classroom, casual teachers, tutors and home schoolers, because it is difficult to interest and involve all students in the same compulsory topic. I find the kids enjoy this novel approach and become involved and interested in the random fun aspect. It relieves the pressure.Fun and learning!

By mareehenderson21

The Highwayman SEN resource

The Highwayman SEN resource

A resource designed to support SEN learners during a topic about The Highwayman. This resource is designed to help them plan a diary entry.

By LB213

Homes under the creepy hammer  - Gothic conventions - KS3 - ghost stories

Homes under the creepy hammer - Gothic conventions - KS3 - ghost stories

Fun task based on the conventions of Gothic literature, geared towards KS3.Based on Homes under the Hammer, create an advertising display for a creepy, haunted house that will be on display in an estate agent’s window in your local area.Students then write a fuller description of a ghost that haunts the propertyExamples given for students to design their own advert and to invent a ghost that haunts the property

By tinytearsforever