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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

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

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Suspense Writing: Full Writing Scheme of Work

Suspense Writing: Full Writing Scheme of Work

This scheme takes the group step by step through the stages of how to write a story. It is adapted from the government initiative 'Improving Childrens Writing' getting children from level 3 to level 4. I have changed it a little, so that it is also suitable for level 2 and 3 as well. Some resources you will have to get from the government published folder 'improving childrens writing'.

By asadler79

Harry Potter Comprehension

Harry Potter Comprehension

An activity to revise and test students understanding of a story. Using Harry Potter allows the students to connect to a well known text. ***The extract used is copyright of the author J.K Rowling.

By Sazo123

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Private Peaceful full term SOW + resources mixed ability

Private Peaceful full term SOW + resources mixed ability

Used with a year 7 mixed ability group to build writing skills. Contains a mixture of creative writing tasks both fiction (character/ setting) and non-fiction (newspaper/ letters) inspired by the text. Also includes creative tasks such as building models of the trenches and poetry writing. Tasks are differentiated by 'core/ challenge/ super challenge' and most include sentence starters/ writing frames, vocabulary and extension tasks. Levels included 4-8 (AWOL) so should be suitable for other mixed ability and easily adapted for sets. All resources are included at the end of each lesson within the slides. Intro - contextChapter 1 – Tommo’s diary, first day at school (setting description)Chapter 2 – Describing character, Grandma Wolf Chapter 3 and 4 – Tommo and Charlie go poaching storyChapter 5 and 6 – Newspaper on missing Big JoeChapter 7 – propaganda poster & speechChapter 8 – Sergeant Hanley’s job advert letterChapter 9 and 10 – Figurative techniques practice/ assessment planningAssessment – descriptive writing on the trenchesPractical lesson – build trenches modelChapter 11 – letter homeChapter 13 – write a poem to soldiers

By jessica_grace

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Full Scheme of Work: Moving Image. Casino Royale.

Full Scheme of Work: Moving Image. Casino Royale.

Exciting scheme of work for KS3 classes on Moving Image. Takes pupils through media terminology in the first section and then allows them to apply what they have learnt to Casino Royale.Lesson 1- Introduction to the Media.Lesson 2- Audience.Lesson 3- Genre.Lesson 4- Signifiers and connotations. Pupils analyse a Casino Royale film poster and then create their own.Lesson 5- Connotation and denotation.Lesson 6- Stereotypes.Lesson 7- Soundtracks. Diegetic and non-diegetic sound.Lesson 8- Camera angles.Lesson 9- Writing up an essay.Lesson 10- Stereotypes in Casino Royale.Lesson 11- Camera angles in Casino Royale.Lesson 12- Writing up stereotypes and signs in Casino Royale.Lesson 13- Writing up camera angles and sound in Casino Royale.Lesson 14- Extension lesson for top-sets on Representation in the Media.Includes writing frames, model answers and builds up to an end of term assessment on Moving Image in Casino Royale.

By kattyanne72

KS4 GCSE English Language Paper 1, Question 3

KS4 GCSE English Language Paper 1, Question 3

A run through of the skills needed for GCSE English Language Paper 1, Question 3. There are glossaries, terminology checks, practice extracts and a step by step guide to tackling the question. Most of the content can be covered over two lessons should students not have encountered the topic before. Those using the presentation for revision should get through the content in one lesson. Suitable for supplementing a Language scheme of work or as standalone GCSE revision for year 11.

By omedoto7

3 x Language Features Quiz Sheets (with SPaG bonus)

3 x Language Features Quiz Sheets (with SPaG bonus)

On each sheet:Ten examples of language features for students to identify, followed by five sentences without punctuation for students to correct.Good for quick revision leading up to GCSE English Language exam and activity to get students practising recognising language features.Sentences to correct: some subject verb agreement, some homophone correction and full sentence punctuation.Language features: hyperbole, metaphor etc.Answers included - only print page 1 for learners; answers easily transferable to powerpoint/slides

By emsogram

Back to School IB PYP Portfolio Cover Sheets

Back to School IB PYP Portfolio Cover Sheets

These IB PYP cover sheets can be used for the on-going working binder and/or for the IB PYP Portfolio. These sheets are designed to be used as a mini reflection sheet as the you introduce each new unit of inquiry. There are two forms of the portfolio sheets and are created to make the children think about the new central idea and the lines of inquiry as they write them on the cover sheet. The second type asks the children to think about the new central idea and to illustrate their thinking about it, along with noting down any questions/inquiries that may have as you introduce the unit. UK & USA spelling. They are great to separate each unit of inquiry within the daily working binder or to use as a cover sheet for each unit within their portfolio. I have used these sheets also within our Student Led Conference preparation. Easily differentiated and suitable for grades 2-6. You will find a collection of 12 new unit sheets, titled with the name of each theme. Use them with:Introducing new units.End of unit reflectionsPortfoliosStudent Led Conferences. You may also be interested in my unit planners and reflection pack & other IB PYP resources which can be found in my store or on my blog. I have complete units of inquiry for each theme as well as resources to build understanding of the Learner Profile, Attitudes and Key Concepts.Enjoy! Susan Powerswww.pypteachingtools.com

By susanpowers09

GCSE AO2'How is tension built' 2 lessons with A3 extract sheet

GCSE AO2'How is tension built' 2 lessons with A3 extract sheet

Two lessons, second a continuation and with peer assessment. All activities included including literary bingo starter and original publisher and PDF version of extract to analyse how tension is built. Sheet 'chunks' devices/terminology for the pupil to find either individually or in a pair.Lesson 1: Objective: To revise how to answer an AO2 question using subject terminology. Outcomes: To respond to an exam style question analysing the effects of techniques. Literacy objective:Adding an ‘e’ to a word lengthens the vowel sound. E.g. hate, cape, ride, pane, kite, site, gripe, cute.Literacy starter task, whole school literacy. Then literary bingo starter, 22 individual tiles for the game. Teacher reads out 'bang!' etc, pupils tick 'onomatopoeia'. This worked great with the class.Then going over 'how' questions for their exam. E.g. ‘How is suspense and tension created throughout this extract?’ TEE acronym introduced: Technique device or method e.g. short sentencesEvidence quotesExplain how tension is created and the effect on the reader.Then interactive element to the lesson, YouTube video embedded 'Annabelle' horror film. How does the director build tension? Mind map in books. Then pupils read through the extract on their A3 worksheet to see how the writer has created tension and what effect this creates. Then add to their mind map (4 minutes) - ambitious punctuation, cliff hangers, powerful verbs, etc. Then back to the A3 sheet, the boxes 'chunked' around the extract to allow pupils to select evidence. Pupils then answer a 5 mark question (Eduqas exam is usually 10 marks - first lesson on AO2) this can be bumped up to 10, more points/paragraphs etc. Success criteria with TEE acronym, connective bank to allow their writing to flow and emotion word bank so pupils don't write 'scared/sad' etc. Peer assessment plenary and post-it - write an aspect of AO2 you have practiced today, write an idea you wish to improve on.Lesson 2: Objective: To revise how to answer an AO2 question using subject terminology. Outcomes: To respond to an exam style question analysing the effects of techniques and self-assess this question. Another literacy starter, then definition match up, e.g. personification/metaphor. Recap of how questions and what causes tension. 10 more minutes to finish their A3 sheet - focusing on different success criteria: short sentences, powerful verbs, cliff hanger, changing perspectives, ambitious punctuation. Model responses on the board (three) and discussion with partner the best AO2 response to how tension is created. Extension - can you improve on the worst model?Further 5 points (splitting up 10 mark question). Peer assessment and plenary again.

By ChristyJade1

GCSE AO3 'compare and contrast' two lessons with A3 extract sheet Q5/6

GCSE AO3 'compare and contrast' two lessons with A3 extract sheet Q5/6

Two full lessons with model responses within a table of comparison for two attitudes to nursing extracts, one modern, one historic, and model paragraph with sentence starters for comparison between Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Victoria's wedding. Latter lesson includes A3 extract sheet which 'chunks' down tasks to scaffold a response for their exam style response question at the end of the lesson. Confidence checks included within the lesson. Second lesson was an observation lesson, rated 'Good/Outstanding'. Lesson 1:Objective: To compare and contrast information from two texts.Outcomes: To respond to a comparison-style exam question. Literacy objective:When a word ends in ‘e’, you must always remove it when adding ‘-ing’.Recap of component 1 reading exam (30%) question 5/6. Starter: Compare/contrast using conjunction bank. Elephant/mouse, apple/orange. Helpful tips for AO3. Then looking at the exam question - comparison attitudes to nursing and how writers get their argument across. Modern article has model responses (differentiation - pupils can find their own examples to compare). Within this lesson, pupils read through the historic text (Florence Nightingale) to find success criteria, highlight and annotate, and then 'chop up' their ideas and write them into the comparison table. Recap of the question, then pupils write their response. Sentence starters for support and 10 minute timer added. Connective bank included to support writing. Self assessment. Post-it plenary to give one comparison they gave in their response. Lesson 2: Objective: To compare and contrast information from two texts.Outcomes: To respond to a comparison-style exam question. Recap of component 2 reading. Confidence check 1-10. Emojis to support their rating. Starter: spot the difference between the two images with connective bank. Secondary starter: Two clips, one of DoC's wedding and fictional portrayal of QV's wedding. Write on post it ambitious adjectives and comparisons. Read through the two A3 extracts about arrival of royal wedding. 'Chunking' tasks to scaffold their responses. Success criteria for pupils to look through and find. Model example on the sheet. Challenge task: find the mood and how it compares. Then response: comment on, what is said (ideas), how it is said (terminology). Question support with sentence starters and a model answer, and a paragraph response structure. Connective bank. Self assessment and final confidence check. This was my observation lesson, rating Good/Outstanding.

By ChristyJade1

GCSE AO4 'evaluate' lesson with extract and table to select and analyse evidence

GCSE AO4 'evaluate' lesson with extract and table to select and analyse evidence

Objective: To revise AO4 evaluation questions.Outcomes: To respond to AO4-style examination question using knowledge from today’s lesson.Literacy objective:Doubling the consonant shortens the vowel sound. Bate - Batting, Hope - hopping, Ripe – ripping.Starter: Images with questions. What attracts you, what puts you off, adjectives to describe. Secondary starter: Watch the advert, how does it persuade you to visit the city, has it changed your opinion?How to answer AO4 questions - impression and terminology/quotes. Breaking down the question 'what should I write' with model sentence starters. Small quote from the extract on the PPT, how does the class feel the writer feels about the city of Bradford?Seeing our AO4 question. Task 1: As I read through the ‘Bradford’ by Bill Bryson, annotate around the text what impression is created of the city.Challenge: Can you find some key vocabulary which helps create this impression?Task 2: Take a few minutes to write an adjective (describing word) to sum up what each paragraph says. Challenge: Key vocab again. Task 3: In pairs, complete the table by finding evidence (quotes) which give a view on Bradford, write your reaction and then explain the effect. (Model task 3 response included on the table to aid the students' responses. Then they respond to the question, keeping in mind the assessment criteria. Then self assess for a plenary, giving themselves a mark and WWW/EBI.

By ChristyJade1

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The Bog Baby - Book Study

The Bog Baby - Book Study

The Bog Baby is a well loved story about childhood.You will need to first purchase the book 'The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Gwen Millward'.A suggested site to purchase this is:https://www.amazon.com/Bog-Baby-Jeanne-Willis/dp/0375861769KS1 - activities to encourage understanding and exploration of themesKS2 - As above but also philosophy for thinking - thinking deeper about the issues explored in the book (Trust / sisterhood / wild animals)* Simple introduction to the Bog Baby - two key questions writing frame* Being safe - informing people when you go out alone or with a friend* Instructions for keeping a Bog Baby* What I know about the Bog Baby* The forest* Text to self* Text to world* Text to Text* Story events and corresponding consequences writing frame* Real love* If I had a Bog Baby* A letter to the Bog Baby - two writing frames* A letter to Mum - two writing frames* Character traits* Adjective hunt* Verb hunt - three writing frames* My Bog Baby* Comprehension writing frame - 4 pages* Vocabulary challenge* Bog Baby similes* Bog Baby flip booklet* Wild animals as pets flip booklet* Text connections* 40 pagesThis unit will be updated regularly

By KatQatresources

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AQA LITERATURE PAPER 2 revision sessions

AQA LITERATURE PAPER 2 revision sessions

2 lessons worth (could take more depending on class ability) of revision for AQA Literature Paper 2: An Inspector Calls and Love and Relationships Cluster Poetry. Inspector Calls: revision on plot, context, key themes, characters, quotation and exam technique.Love and Relationships: whistle-stop tour of the poems (inc. context), quotations, comparison and exam technique for cluster and unseen elements. Includes opportunity for class to respond to unseen poems.

By Cbalms

Macbeth Revision

Macbeth Revision

FREE to first time buyers with code FREEBIE A revision guide for KS4 students to prepare for Section A of the new specification AQA Literature Paper 1 Section A, which includes differentiated activities and resources to support students as they revise for William Shakespeare's Macbeth.Includes:Plot summaryKey quotesContextual informationTheme analysisRevision activities

By Lead_Practitioner

19th Century Literature Unit of Work

19th Century Literature Unit of Work

A file for teaching pupils regarding texts to do with science, colonialism and industrialisation in the 19th century. Uses 'Frankenstein', 'Sherlock Holmes', 'Jekyll and Hyde' and 19th century non-fiction texts to support interpretations. Word and powerpoint documents.

By literacystars

English Literature Revision

English Literature Revision

Four fully differentiated lessons on Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (2x 1hr) , Macbeth (2 hours) and An Inspector Calls (2 hours) to prepare Year 11 students about to sit the two new spec AQA English Literature papers.

By Lead_Practitioner

Frankenstein: Victor Frankenstein - The Tragic Hero

Frankenstein: Victor Frankenstein - The Tragic Hero

This engaging and detailed lesson aims to improve students’ understanding of the lead protagonist in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Victor Frankenstein. The lesson places a particular focus upon how Victor fits the role of a tragic hero, and it studies the actions and behaviours that lead to his inevitable demise. Students also analyse how Shelley uses the character of Victor to present key messages about religion, unchecked ambition, and the treatment of the ‘others’ in society.The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:- Defining the role of the tragic hero and exploring how Victor personifies these features;- Understanding prevailing attitudes towards religion, ambition, and appearances, and investigating how Victor would have been received considering these ideas;- Reading and understanding extracts in which Victor's fatal flaws are evident, and considering how they are relevant;- Analysing how Shelley utilises Victor and his demise to present key messages to readers;- Linking knowledge of time, place, and author, and relating these to specific areas of the text;- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.Included is:- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and substantial; (including an animated Frankenstein's monster to guide them through the lesson);- Mood map - to track Victor's role in the plot and eventual destruction;- 'Frankenstein's Actions' worksheet;- Analysis template with success criteria for creating well-structured responses;- Comprehensive lesson plan.There are also opportunities for group learning, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. This was originally taught to middle-ability year 10 groups, but can easily be differentiated for groups of different ages and abilities.

By TandLGuru

AQA English Language and Literature Revision

AQA English Language and Literature Revision

FREE to first time buyers with code FREEBIE Six 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

EDEXCEL poetry - CONFLICT - Dominoes, Pairs or Rummy!

EDEXCEL poetry - CONFLICT - Dominoes, Pairs or Rummy!

This activity is working really well with my students.Divide the poems and themes up between players and they need to connect them all.E.g. Dominoes - alternate poem with theme. When connection is being made they must select a quote that supports their match. Extend task for higher ability, as they should be commenting on language techniques and effect on the reader. Happy gaming!

By KatPus

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The Black Book of Secrets

The Black Book of Secrets

This unit of work supports the reading of the whole novel. Complete with reading activities, including essay writing and a reading assessment. Spoken language activity included to encourage pupils to think about the language they use. Ending with a narrative/creative writing task in which pupils write their own chapter for the novel.

By sarahcracker123

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Butterfly Unit ~ Close Reading Passages ~ Text Dependent Questions

Butterfly Unit ~ Close Reading Passages ~ Text Dependent Questions

Butterfly Unit ~ Close Reading ~ Text Dependent Questions : We have developed this Common Core aligned complete Butterfly Unit with CLOSE Reading passages, text dependent questions, and essential questions that contains everything needed to teach a rigorous unit on butterflies. Four original CLOSE Reading nonfiction passages were created to help teach your students about butterflies. CLOSE reading instructions and anchor charts are included to help you incorporate this skill into your teaching. There are text dependent questions aligned with each passage, a set of vocabulary cards with definitions to accompany each nonfiction text, a research report, Common Core Essential Questions, performance tasks, and RAFTS. A variety of other graphic organizers and activities are included. This unit emphasizes "Depth of Knowledge" (D.O.K.) throughout. You can use this unit in its entirety, or “pick and choose” the components to meet the needs of your students. This unit contains the following elements:• Four CLOSE reading nonfiction passages with illustrations:1. Introduction to Butterflies2. The Butterfly Life Cycle3. Butterfly Migration4. Parts of a Butterfly• Four sets of vocabulary cards with definitions, one for each CLOSE reading passage (Lexiles range from 500-850; we provide vocabulary support to scaffold for students who need more support).• CLOSE Reading Instructions PowerPoint ( or handout) explaining the steps of CLOSE Reading.• Anchor Charts for student annotation and Discussion Topics for CLOSE Reading.• Four sets of “Text Dependent Questions”, on set for each CLOSE reading passage.• Common Core Essential questions (to be used after all four passages are read, can be used as a summative assessment or a performance task.• Butterfly Research Report (template to be used to write a complete report on butterflies). This can also be used as a performance task.• RAFT ideas (explanation included if you’re not familiar with RAFTS).• Cognitive Content Dictionary (to be made into a “book” for student vocabulary words, definitions, and pictures).• KWL Chart (you can use this at the beginning of the unit to ascertain what they may already know about butterflies).• Venn Diagram to compare and contrast similarities and differences.• A Tree Map Graphic Organizer ( a grammar component for students to analyze the words in the passages and their parts of speech).• A CLOZE worksheet (a fill-in the blank) worksheet and answer sheet to assess vocabulary attainment and your students’ ability to utilize context clues.• Butterfly Crossword Puzzle (an added extra, can be used for early finishers or homework) with answer sheet and word bank.

By theteacherteam