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Titanic  Comprehension &  Letter Writing follow up with WAGOLL

Titanic Comprehension & Letter Writing follow up with WAGOLL

KS2/3 Literacy, Cross CurricularPart one is comprehension based on lyrics to the song 'Lady's Maid' taken from Titanic the Musical. Comprehension focuses on hopes and dreams of 3rd class passengers. Part two is creating a role in preparation for writing a 'Letter Home'A WAGOLL letter is also included.Lady's Maid, taken from the Titanic Musical Soundtrack is available on iTunes and Spotify.

By mrrichardson-bs-11

An Inspector Calls - Theme Table Task

An Inspector Calls - Theme Table Task

An activity used by students to help aid their understanding of the themes of the play 'An Inspector Calls' and how the themes affect each character. Can be simplified or made more challenging easily, so suitable for all students.

By Sazo123

Reading Comprehension-South Sudan Famine

Reading Comprehension-South Sudan Famine

This reading comprehension summarises the key points of the current famine which has been declared in South Sudan. This reading comprehension has been designed to keep young people up to date with current news topics and global issues. The questions are focused around the content of the text, language choices used and inference. There is also an extension for more able learners of which you will need access to the internet for.

By psyjess

An Inspector Calls - What's Happening?

An Inspector Calls - What's Happening?

An activity designed to get students thinking and recapping on their understanding of the plot of 'An Inspector Calls.' The activity gives students quotes from the text and asks them to explain where they fit into the plot.

By Sazo123

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Coming Home

Coming Home

Challenging, real-to-life activities for secondary school students.

By qgabydomingue

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Great Expectations KS3 Unit (24 Lessons) - SOW, PPT, Homework, Resources, Exam!

Great Expectations KS3 Unit (24 Lessons) - SOW, PPT, Homework, Resources, Exam!

A challenging and detailed unit focused upon Dickens' classic 'Great Expectations'! This unit has been created specifically to intigrate KS4 skills into the KS3 curriculum to prepare students for the rigors of the new 100% exam GCSE specification, particularly the 19th Century Texts requirement of both English Literature and English Language. The unit works particularly well with higher ability or gifted Year 8 or 9 students. The unit focuses upon how Miss Havisham is presented as a disturbed character in Chapters 8, 11, 29 and 38. The unit culminates in an end-of-unit reading and writing exam styled upon the 2017 GCSE Specifications for English Language and English Literature.This detailed and high quality unit includes:* 24 lesson plans (with 13 differentiation strategies)* 110 slide PowerPoint presentation (divided into lessons)* All resources and worksheets (16 sheets)* Teacher copies of key chapter extracts, annotated in meticulous detail* Homework project (6 tasks) that includes both reading and writing skills* End-of-unit reading/writing exam* End-of-unit exam mark scheme (suitable for KS3 Levels 4-8, with GCSE 1-9 coversion)Unit's lessons include:* Contexts cloze activity* Mapping the characters of the novel and their relationships* Storyboarding the novel* Reading and analysing the key chapters* Analysing how Miss Havisham is presented as disturbed* Exploring Miss Havisham's psychology* Exploring mental illness in the 19th century* Structuring an essay response* In role writing as Miss Havisham* Creative writing inspired by an image* Huge 60-question revision quiz* Spelling tests on key vocabulary (differentiated by writing level)* SPaG starter activities* Crosswords* End-of-unit reading exam (GCSE English Language/Literature style)* End-of-unit writing exam (GCSE English Language style)* Teacher/peer/self assessment opportunities

By ryan_wood16

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News, Politics, Current Affairs reading Comprehension

News, Politics, Current Affairs reading Comprehension

8 reading comprehensions which cover a combination of political headlines and global matters which have been in the news recently. Could make useful activities for lesson time, general studies or tutorials. Excellent value and a way of keeping your class up to date with whats going on in the world. They have been written in a style which completes SATS, entrance exams etc.

By psyjess

Film Unit - The Butterfly Circus

Film Unit - The Butterfly Circus

This is a short unit that is linked to the film 'The Butterfly Circus' it is an amazing short film about the human spirit and the ability to overcome adversity. It has been the basis of several different assignments and discussions for classes that I have taught.This is aimed at an upper primary/lower secondary mainstream class level.

By BenjiAus

New Identities speaking activity for EAL/ESL students

New Identities speaking activity for EAL/ESL students

These were created for my primary age ESL students but would work well with a class studying "children in the world".There are 27 identities in total, which are printed on three pages. Cut out the identities and give each child one.Encourage them to circulate around the class and "meet " the other children. They need to ask questions to find out about the others. Tell them that these are real children from around the world. The information was taken from the Time for Kids site (with a few additions for information about pets). They can look for similarities and differences as well.

By mbrizz

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ENGLISH LITERATURE- ANIMAL FARM PART 1: CHARACTERS

ENGLISH LITERATURE- ANIMAL FARM PART 1: CHARACTERS

AN EIGHT page guide on this novel, it includes:Examination of all major and minor charactersHow each character connects to themes (keyworded) in contextLinks to how and where they appear in the novelWith good weblinks to topics that students just starting out at GSCE may not be familiar and ten multiple choice questions to check knowledge and understanding of the text and the guide (with answers) this guide can be read before or after reading the novel.Useful for teachers, tutors and pupils, this can be used as revision, an essay helper or a whole lesson document. Allied to this is part 2 of the analysis of this novel, concerning themes, symbolism and motifs in full, also available on this site. This can be used for KS3 or GCSE (11-16 year olds.)

By siobhanthetutor

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ENGLISH LITERATURE- ANIMAL FARM (part 2): THEMES, SYMBOLS, MOTIFS

ENGLISH LITERATURE- ANIMAL FARM (part 2): THEMES, SYMBOLS, MOTIFS

AN EIGHT page guide on this novel, it includes:Examination of the three main themes in the novel and how to use them in essaysBiographical detail on the authorHistorical, literary and social context of the novelWith good weblinks to topics that students just starting out at GSCE may not be familiar and ten multiple choice questions to check knowledge and understanding of the text and the guide (with answers) this guide can be read before or after reading the novel.Useful for teachers, tutors and pupils, this can be used as revision, an essay helper or a whole lesson document. Allied to this is part 1 of the analysis of this novel, concerning the characters, in full, also available on this site. This can be used for KS3 or GCSE (11-16 year olds.)

By siobhanthetutor

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An Inspector Calls Context and Question lessons

An Inspector Calls Context and Question lessons

Here is the perfect little bundle to get you started on 'An Inspector Calls' with your GCSE class this New Year. It contains a lesson on Themes and Context with links and specific Capitalism and Socialism worksheets. It also has a whole detailed lesson on the question: In what ways is Eva Smith exploited in the play?This lesson worked a treat for my Year 10s as it got them linking the correct context to the correct characters and quotations in the play. Very useful. This is up for a bargin for only a short time, so get your hands on this bundle now!!!Happy New Year and Happy Teaching!

By jesspon

	How is Dickens presenting the Cratchits in Stave 3?

 How is Dickens presenting the Cratchits in Stave 3?

 How is Dickens presenting the Cratchits in Stave 3? How is Dickens reflecting on the Victorian values on disability through his description of Tiny Tim?This is a guided assessment for a middle ability group of y9 students. The paper is in yellow to aid dyslexic pupils. A table is provided to aid pupils who struggle with answering a GCSE question.

By vkondou

ENGLISH KS3 and GCSE Of Mice and Men- Allegory, Symbols and Motifs.

ENGLISH KS3 and GCSE Of Mice and Men- Allegory, Symbols and Motifs.

A summary for Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men on its allegory, symbolism and motifs. There is enough information in this to obtain A04/A/A* in the technical part of an essay on this book.Excellent as a lesson starter for tutors, homeschoolers and teachers, and for pupils who are trying to streamline their essays or come up from a C grade, or lesson aid/revision for everyone.

By siobhanthetutor

ENGLISH KS3 and GCSE Of Mice and Men- Curley's wife model essay

ENGLISH KS3 and GCSE Of Mice and Men- Curley's wife model essay

A model essay for Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men on possibly one of the most contentious characters- Curley's wife. Currently at an A03/grade B level, at the end there are tips on how to improve it to an A/A*.Suitable for pupils who are trying to streamline their essays or come up from a C grade, or lesson aid for tutors and homeschoolers.

By siobhanthetutor

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GCSE English HOW TO PREPARE AN ESSAY An Inspector Calls- Gerald Croft

GCSE English HOW TO PREPARE AN ESSAY An Inspector Calls- Gerald Croft

This is a A/A* grade GCSE English model essay preparation handout covering a topic in the play An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley. In this case it is a discussion of the character of Gerald Croft and how he embodies the themes of the play. It includes points to discuss; themes you should mention in ANY Inspector Calls essays; and quotes- and deviates from the PEE structure. This is because many examiners consider PEE a weak structure for which they can only award AO2/ grade C marks. Great revision/ essay preparation tool that can be adapted for all essays, and useful for those who find the play difficult to follow. It is divided up in how to compilean introductionan essay bodyanda conclusion.A useful guide for teachers, pupils and tutors/parents who homeschool, with four pages of explanation and themes, and an additional three page section for the addition of relevant quotes and space to make your own analysis/commentary before you start the essay.

By siobhanthetutor

Introduction to inferences (GCSE English Lang New Spec)

Introduction to inferences (GCSE English Lang New Spec)

This resource relates to new GCSE English Language spec A01, common across all specifications, and introducing inferences and "observations" - the difference between being about to identify a point in a text and being able to make inferences. This is useful for learners preparing for the GCSE, either before or during their GCSE years, and for those resitting their GCSE. This could also be adapted for functional skills.The resource includes: powerpoint slides, a 19th century text and a sorting activity.The idea of the resource is to show learners how they automatically make inferences by using an image - learners' responses can be recorded and separated into "what we see", "what is suggested/what we work out" before introducing the terms "inference" and "observation". These terms are then applied to a written text from the 19th century and learners will have statements they are to sort into "observations" and "inferences". They can also be stretched to identify a suitable quote to use for the inference.The final activity is to write a response to an exam style question (the question is based on AQA's interpretation) where learners will need to read a modern text and summarise experiences from different centuries. In this pack, there is no modern text included due to copyright - the only thing you'll need to do is find your own text about a local shopping centre or marketplace. Learners are also given the opportunity to review their work by considering if they have included key points.

By emsogram

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English Literature GCSE 'Blood Brothers' by Willy Russell: Context and Themes.

English Literature GCSE 'Blood Brothers' by Willy Russell: Context and Themes.

A full and indepth eight page up to A* guide on this poem for GCSE students and teachers. It can be used as revision, as a lesson tool, or just to make sense of this modern, socially aware play. Written for the WJEC board but suitable for all boards offering this play as a set text, this covers an essential range of links and repeating ideas that were the backbone of Russell's writing ethos.Fully annotated, with quotes, 'check yourself' questions and further reading, this is an essential guide to one of the most challengingly gritty plays of the GCSE anthology- suitable for all exam boards.This is part 2: Context, Themes, Motifs, Symbolism and Language; part 1 on the characters is also available on here.

By siobhanthetutor

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English Literature GCSE 'Blood Brothers' by Willy Russell- Character analysis.

English Literature GCSE 'Blood Brothers' by Willy Russell- Character analysis.

A full and indepth nine page up to A* guide on this poem for GCSE students and teachers. It can be used as revision, as a lesson tool, or just to make sense of this modern, socially aware play. Written for the WJEC board but suitable for all boards offering this play as a set text, this covers an essential range of links and repeating ideas that were the backbone of Russell's writing ethos.Fully annotated, with quotes, 'check yourself' questions and further reading, this is an essential guide to one of the most challengingly gritty plays of the GCSE anthology- suitable for all exam boards.This is part 1: the more focused part 2- Context, Themes, Motifs, Symbolism and Language , is also available on here.

By siobhanthetutor

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A Level English: Analysis of Themes in  ‘The Great Gatsby ’

A Level English: Analysis of Themes in ‘The Great Gatsby ’

Written for the AQA exam board but suitable for any course that includes this book, this is a guide on analysing the seven main themes in The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald.Fourteen pages long, fully annotated with a further reading section and a revision quiz, this can be used for revision, lessons and to get to know the work by pupils teachers and tutors. One of a set of six (all available on this site) of guides that comprehensively cover all aspects of this novel from context and themes to symbolism and motifs.

By siobhanthetutor

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A level English: Summary and Plot Analysis in  ‘The Great Gatsby ’.

A level English: Summary and Plot Analysis in ‘The Great Gatsby ’.

Written for the AQA exam board but suitable for any course that includes this book, this is a guide on analysing the plot in The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald.Ten pages long, fully annotated with a further reading section and a revision quiz, this can be used for revision, lessons and to get to know the work by pupils teachers and tutors. One of a set of six (all available on this site) of guides that comprehensively cover all aspects of this novel from context and themes to symbolism and motifs.

By siobhanthetutor

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A Level English: Symbols, Motifs and Language Techniques in  ‘The Great Gatsby ’.

A Level English: Symbols, Motifs and Language Techniques in ‘The Great Gatsby ’.

Written for the AQA exam board but suitable for any course that includes this book, this is a guide on analysing symbols, motifs and language techniques in The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald.Thirteen pages long, fully annotated with a further reading section and a revision quiz, this can be used for revision, lessons and to get to know the work by pupils teachers and tutors. One of a set of six (all available on this site) of guides that comprehensively cover all aspects of this novel from context and themes to symbolism and motifs.

By siobhanthetutor

Marking time-buster. 50 ideas

Marking time-buster. 50 ideas

You will save countless hours of marking time with these ingenious ideas. INSTEAD OF......(common mistake), try................(new time saving solution!)These are highly praised and have been adopted at whole-school levels. 50 great ideas with scanned examples (If you search '300 lesson activities - you will see that my products are popular here on TES. This product is just as good!).

By whizzbangbang

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A Level English: Context- Biographical Social and Historical  in ‘The Great Gatsby'.

A Level English: Context- Biographical Social and Historical in ‘The Great Gatsby'.

Written for the AQA exam board but suitable for any course that includes this book, this is a guide on analysing the biographical, social and historical context in The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald. Without this essential background, it is difficult to obtain high marks on this novel. At A level you need to put into context everything you read and analyse.Eleven pages long, fully annotated with a further reading section and a revision quiz, this can be used for revision, lessons and to get to know the work by pupils teachers and tutors. One of a set of six (all available on this site) of guides that comprehensively cover all aspects of this novel from context and themes to symbolism and motifs.

By siobhanthetutor

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A Level English 'The Great Gatsby' minor characters analysis

A Level English 'The Great Gatsby' minor characters analysis

Written for the AQA exam board but suitable for any course that includes this book, this is a guide on analysing the minor characters in The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald.Thirteen pages long, fully annotated with a further reading section and a revision quiz, this can be used for revision, lessons and to get to know the work by pupils teachers and tutors. One of a set of six (all available on this site) of guides that comprehensively cover all aspects of this novel from context and themes to symbolism and motifs.

By siobhanthetutor

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Year 11 Revision SOW for 'An Inspector Calls'

Year 11 Revision SOW for 'An Inspector Calls'

13 detailed lesson PowerPoints for revision of 'An Inspector Calls'. Each lesson focuses on a different character or theme. A variation of tasks are included:-visual and auditory task - independent written tasks - group tasks-speaking and listening taskI have also tried using examples that are relatable to them, for example getting students to make comparisons between the relationship of Sheila and Gerald and Beyonce and Jay-Z. Scheme also includes:- focus on exam skills-break down on how to approach the question- lesson on assessment objectives - weekly homework timetable, which includes exam style questions for a seven week term- midweek homework tasks for revision of the 'Love and Relationships' poetry cluster.

By xxnats1989xx