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Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 10

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 10

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance.These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision.The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. I have uploaded each of the chapters individually - but you can also grab them as part of my Spies Revision Prompts bundle.

By Robert_Frost

Spies - Frayn - Revision Prompts Bundle

Spies - Frayn - Revision Prompts Bundle

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance. These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision. The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. This bundle contains each of the individual prompts - Chapters 1-11

By Robert_Frost

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 3

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 3

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance.These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision.The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. I have uploaded each of the chapters individually - but you can also grab them as part of my Spies Revision Prompts bundle.

By Robert_Frost

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 4

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 4

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance.These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision.The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. I have uploaded each of the chapters individually - but you can also grab them as part of my Spies Revision Prompts bundle.

By Robert_Frost

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 5

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 5

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance.These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision.The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. I have uploaded each of the chapters individually - but you can also grab them as part of my Spies Revision Prompts bundle.

By Robert_Frost

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

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 2

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 2

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance.These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision.The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. I have uploaded each of the chapters individually - but you can also grab them as part of my Spies Revision Prompts bundle.

By Robert_Frost

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 11

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 11

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance.These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision.The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. I have uploaded each of the chapters individually - but you can also grab them as part of my Spies Revision Prompts bundle.

By Robert_Frost

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 6

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 6

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance.These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision.The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. I have uploaded each of the chapters individually - but you can also grab them as part of my Spies Revision Prompts bundle.

By Robert_Frost

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 9

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 9

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance.These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision.The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. I have uploaded each of the chapters individually - but you can also grab them as part of my Spies Revision Prompts bundle.

By Robert_Frost

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 7

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 7

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance.These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision.The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. I have uploaded each of the chapters individually - but you can also grab them as part of my Spies Revision Prompts bundle.

By Robert_Frost

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 8

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 8

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance.These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision.The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. I have uploaded each of the chapters individually - but you can also grab them as part of my Spies Revision Prompts bundle.

By Robert_Frost

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 1

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 1

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance.These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision.The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. I have uploaded each of the chapters individually - but you can also grab them as part of my Spies Revision Prompts bundle.

By Robert_Frost

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

AQA English Language and Literature Revision

AQA English Language and Literature Revision

Five fully differentiated and resourced revision packs for both the English Literature and English Language new spec GCSE examinations. These packs offer ideal preparation for KS4 students as they enter into the busy exam season. I will be continuously updating this bundle with new resources, so regularly check your downloads for updates.

By Lead_Practitioner

KS3 and 4 English Language Activities

KS3 and 4 English Language Activities

A series of resources aimed at developing writing skills across key stages 3 and 4. The language paper lessons focus on skills required for question 5 of both AQA language papers 1 and 2 while 'The Road' creative writing lesson focuses on using a film title as stimulus.

By omedoto7

KS3 Language Writing Bundle

KS3 Language Writing Bundle

A series of resources that aims to develop writing skills for English Language papers 1 and 2 as well as creative writing practice for tension. Suitable for high ability year 7 or mixed ability year 8. The additional Question 5 activities offer additional challenge.

By omedoto7

AQA LANGUAGE PAPER 1 LESSON BUNDLE - 'PLANET EARTH'

AQA LANGUAGE PAPER 1 LESSON BUNDLE - 'PLANET EARTH'

Included in this resource:- 1 x AQA style Language Paper 1 (Questions 1-4) - 1 x PPT Research Page (introducing students to SoW)- 3 x PPT (Questions 1-4)- 1 x Transcript to accompany Questions 1-3- 1 x Purple Pen Reflection Worksheet - 1 x Model Response/WAGOLL (David Attenborough Language Analysis - can be used as part of Purple Pen reflection lesson).These lessons were created to engage students using the well-loved BBC documentary 'Planet Earth'. The lessons work through all of the AQA Language Paper 1 questions (1-5 - 5 being the writing task). As well as completing the AQA style exam booklet, students should also write a descriptive piece - a commentary in the style of 'Planet Earth'. To inspire students with this task, it is advised that they find a relevant video clip/stimulus. The Purple Pen Reflection worksheet is to be used once students' commentaries have been graded. It has been used with both KS3 and KS4. As with all resources, this can be easily adapted.

By wilsonite

AQA ENGLISH LITERATURE - MACBETH REVISITED REVISION SCHEME OF WORK

AQA ENGLISH LITERATURE - MACBETH REVISITED REVISION SCHEME OF WORK

Included in the resource:- 1 x PPT Context (carousel lesson) - 7 x PPT Key Extract Focus Lessons (students to annotate key extracts during the lessons. Also include summative extract assessments and tasks)- 1 x PPT AO Focus lesson (students encouraged to interweave the AOs for top level responses)- 7 x Word doc. Key Extracts- 5 x Context Information Sheets- 2 x Character Image TasksThese lessons were created as a Macbeth Revisited Scheme of Work to refresh students' memories of the key extracts and concepts in the play. Students are encouraged to acknowledge the AOs and the importance of clear, detailed links between contextual ideas and the play. There are also opportunities for students to include critical literature and ideas about the play thus stretching and challenging the high attaining. As with all resources, these could easily be adapted.

By wilsonite

English Literature Key Stage 3 into Key Stage 4

English Literature Key Stage 3 into Key Stage 4

A bundle consisting of several KS3 English Literature schemes of work: Oliver Twist, A Midsummer Night's Dream, a challenging poetry scheme and Frankenstein (the play adaptation) with additional WW1 poetry lessons. Moving into KS4, there is a 30 lesson scheme that covers An Inspector Calls. The KS3 schemes are aimed at challenging years 7 and 8 while An Inspector Calls can be used for a high ability year 9 group or mixed ability year 10 with revision activities for year 11 at the end of the scheme.

By omedoto7

AQA  LANGUAGE PAPER 1 - REVISION LESSON - STRETCH AND CHALLENGE

AQA LANGUAGE PAPER 1 - REVISION LESSON - STRETCH AND CHALLENGE

Included in the resource:- 1 x PPT Whole Lesson that covers Q2 and Q3 of Section A and Q5 of Section B.- 2 x Extracts - 1 x Model Response (Narrative)- 1 x Writers' Methods Bingo Cards (made using myfreebingocards.com)The lesson was planned and created for an Easter revision conference for high attaining Year 11 students - it therefore pushes students to consider alternative interpretations and deeper, perceptive notions and meanings. Furthermore, it encourages students to research and consider high-level, ambitious vocabulary. As with all resources, it could easily be adapted for all students.

By wilsonite

AQA LANGUAGE PAPER 1 - THE GREAT GATSBY - SECTION A WALKING TALKING MOCK

AQA LANGUAGE PAPER 1 - THE GREAT GATSBY - SECTION A WALKING TALKING MOCK

Included in the resource:- 1 x PPT Whole Lesson Walking Talking Mock Style with a range of tasks- 1 x The Great Gatsby ExtractUsing 'The Great Gatsby' as a focus text, this resource was created to introduce KS4 students to the structure of AQA Language Paper 1. It includes all questions and a variety of tasks and model responses. There is also tasks specifically targeting higher attaining students. As with all resources, the materials can be adapted to suit all students.

By wilsonite

KS3 Poetry Bundle

KS3 Poetry Bundle

A bundle consisting of an 8 lesson challenge scheme featuring 'Jabberwocky', 'A Martian Sends a Postcard Home', the Witches' Speech from Macbeth, 'Brothers' and 'Mother Diving' by Andrew Forster. Additionally there are separate lessons on war poetry that include 'Dulce et Decorum Est', 'Anthem for Doomed Youth', and 'The Soldier'. Suitable for a high ability year 7 group or a mixed ability year 8 class.

By omedoto7

Cool KWL Charts - Planning and Assessment

Cool KWL Charts - Planning and Assessment

K-W-L Charts track what a student knows (K), want to know (W), and has learned(L) about a topic, and can be used before, during, and after research projects.Using a K-W-L chart, students can prepare to research a topic and use it to track information gathered along the way. It will help students confirm what they know about a topic and encourage them to think about how they want to focus their research. Ask students leading questions for each column of the chart, such as “what do you already know about this topic?” “What things do you want to learn about the topic so you can focus your research?” “What did you learn from doing your research?” K-W-L charts are also a great tool for teachers to use at the end of a topic to assess how much the student has learned.This resource includes a series of KWL charts for some of the more popular areas of the curriculum. It also includes a blank KWL charts for you to use for the topic of your choice.

By suepowell

Inspector Calls'  Key Themes

Inspector Calls' Key Themes

Within this document, there is an analysis for six individual themes (social class, young and old, men and women, judgement, learning about life and social responsibility). For each theme I have linked characters and their quotations as evidence. This resource also covers the behaviour of each character and how they change over the course of Preistley's play. I would recommend this as a revision tool for GCSE/ A Level exams.

By charliexjenkins

GCSE English 9-1, Grade 9 Analysis- Macbeth's Development

GCSE English 9-1, Grade 9 Analysis- Macbeth's Development

Included in this comprehensive document, is a detailed analysis on the development of characterisation of Macbeth. This uses a plethora of subject terminology, detailed contextual ideas and many thematic links. This document will guarantee the grade 9 ideas, astonishing the examiner with joy and merit.

By harroopb

Exam-style questions for Macbeth - OCR new 9-1 GCSE English Literature

Exam-style questions for Macbeth - OCR new 9-1 GCSE English Literature

Three exam-style questions for Macbeth, in the style of the new OCR 9-1 GCSE. Ideal for assessments or for revision tasks in preparation for the exam. Contains:Three exam-style questions (choice of 2 for each)APP grid/mark scheme at a glanceExample essayCreated by a Head of English with 10 years' experience and tested successfully in a secondary school setting.

By TheArtilleryman

Walking Talking Mock for The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells - new OCR 9-1 GCSE English Literature

Walking Talking Mock for The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells - new OCR 9-1 GCSE English Literature

Full presentation for a "Walking Talking Mock" on The War of the Worlds.A "Walking Talking Mock" is a mock exam, but with the teacher going through the question and possible answers before the writing time begins. The idea is that the pupils all sit together in the exam hall, whilst the teacher goes through ideal ways to approach the exam paper, then the pupils take the exam. This approach is being used by schools all over the country and encouraged by PiXL.Contains:Power Point that covers how to approach the question, with detailed language and structure analysis of an extract from the novel.APP grid/mark scheme at a glanceSample question for the pupils to answerCreated by a Head of English with ten years' experience and tried and tested successfully with year 11 pupils.

By TheArtilleryman

Full Scheme of work for Shakespeare's Macbeth - 9-1 new OCR GCSE style English Literature

Full Scheme of work for Shakespeare's Macbeth - 9-1 new OCR GCSE style English Literature

Full scheme of work for Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Created for the new 9-1 OCR GCSE but easily adaptable for any course.This is an extensive resource which comprehensively covers the entire play and all the key characters, engineered specifically to work with the 9-1 specifications.Would suit teachers approaching Macbeth for the first time, more experienced teachers wanting new material, or anyone who wants a quality scheme which covers the whole play from start to finish.Contains:16 lessons with a Power Point for eachA range of supporting worksheets and activitiesTwo practice assessment questions in OCR styleSample answersAPP grid/Mark scheme at a glanceUseful notes with the Power Points giving guidance on where to take the discussionLots of contextual information for AO3Strong focus on structure to support the new specificationSome differentiated resourcesChallenge for all abilitiesCreated by a Head of English with 10 years' experience and tried and tested for two years in a live secondary school setting.

By TheArtilleryman