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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

It's achievable

It's achievable

It is achievable- Lesson planTopic: Inspiration, Hope, DreamsAims: To practise Speaking and Listening skillsAge group: older teenagers, adultsLevel: B2 +Materials: videos (see provided links)Time: 1 hourCreated by Inspirational English

By InspirationalEnglish

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

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

Analysing the portrayal of Magwitch

Analysing the portrayal of Magwitch

Targeted at mixed ability GCSE pupils, this adaptable resource enables pupils to explore the ways in which Dickens uses language in order to expose Magwitch as an unjustifiably mistreated character. Aiming to promote independent learners, the PowerPoint embeds a relevant extract from Chapter 56 and differentiated questions that enable pupils to achieve AO1, AO2 and AO3 marks specifically.

By DeepaSabharwal

Analysing Minor Characters in Great Expectations

Analysing Minor Characters in Great Expectations

Targeted at mixed ability GCSE pupils, this adaptable PowerPoint can be printed and used as a resource pack. Within this are relevant extracts of minor characters and differentiated questions that enables pupils to analyse and explore how Dickens uses minor characters in order to expose underlying social issues about parenthood, wealth and education in Victorian Society.

By DeepaSabharwal

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

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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

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Marking time-buster. 50 ideas

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By whizzbangbang

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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

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

	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

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

British Poetry KS3 Unit (19 Lessons) - SOW, PPT, Homework, Resources, Exam!

British Poetry KS3 Unit (19 Lessons) - SOW, PPT, Homework, Resources, Exam!

A fun, diverse and detailed unit focused upon British Poetry! 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. The unit focuses upon exploration and analysis of the poems 'Jabberwocky' and 'Timothy Winters', and works best as a Year 7 scheme as its end-of-unit exam is tailored as a hybrid of KS2 SATs and GCSE. However, it could also be used with lower ability Year 8 or 9.This detailed and high quality unit includes:* 19 lesson plans (with 13 differentiation strategies)* 96 slide PowerPoint presentation (divided into lessons)* All resources and worksheets (17 sheets)* 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 3-6, with GCSE 1-9 conversion)Unit's lessons include:* Exploring 'personal identity'* Mapping and exploration of British culture* Writing poems about British culture* Poetic terms 'speed dating' to introduce key vocabulary* Analysing and storyboarding 'Jabberwocky' by Lewis Carroll* Developing vocabulary through the use of nonsense poems* Poetry SLAM competition - performing Lewis Carroll poems* Close reading and analysis of 'Timothy Winters' by Charles Causley* Activities focused upon improving sentence structures* Spelling tests on key vocabulary (differentiated by writing level)* SPaG starter activities* Crosswords* Quizzes* End-of-unit reading exam (KS2 SAT/GCSE hybrid)* End-of-unit writing exam (GCSE style)* Teacher/peer/self assessment opportunities

By ryan_wood16

An Inspector Calls Unit for 2017 GCSE (24 Lessons) - SOW, PPT, Homework, Resources, Mock Exams!

An Inspector Calls Unit for 2017 GCSE (24 Lessons) - SOW, PPT, Homework, Resources, Mock Exams!

A rigorous and detailed unit focused upon J. B. Priestly's classic 1945 play 'An Inspector Calls'. This unit has been created specifically for the new AQA Paper 2a (Modern Texts) exam to be sat from June 2017. This unit focuses upon analysis of the whole text, punctuated by two practice exam questions (one focused upon character, the other on theme) plus a revision quiz. Students are supported with their essays by planning lessons and sentence starters to help them structure their responses. Students are also given a choice of questions. There is a strong focus upon the analysis of quotations and links with contexts to reflect the 'closed book' style of the new exam.This detailed and high quality unit includes:* 24 lesson plans (with 13 differentiation strategies)* 96 slide PowerPoint presentation (divided into lessons)* All resources and worksheets (5 sheets)* Homework project (30 tasks, students choose 6) that includes both reading and writing skillsUnit's lessons include:* Cloze activity on the play's contexts* Exploring J. B. Priestly's influences* Whole class reading, discussion and annotation of the play* Detailed, thorough comprehension questions on each Act* Huge 60-question revision quiz* Exploring characters - Arthur, Sybil, Sheila, Eric, Gerald, Inspector Goole, Eva Smith* Exploring themes - responsibility, age, gender, class* Characters and themes revision* Essay planning* Writing a formal essay on a chosen character* Writing a formal essay on a chosen theme* Teacher/peer/self assessment opportunities

By ryan_wood16

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

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

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

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

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

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

300 generic lesson activities and 50 marking time-busters. Make life easy!!

300 generic lesson activities and 50 marking time-busters. Make life easy!!

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By whizzbangbang

Persuasive writing powerpoint

Persuasive writing powerpoint

This animated powerpoint resource comprises ten slides explaining the techniques of persuasive writing. It uses the mnemonic A FOREST to help students remember the features of persuasive writing and tests their knowledge with multiple choice questions. The students are asked to write either a speech to help the elderly people in their community or organise an event to raise money for a new skate park.This resource is aimed at pupils between 12 and 16 years.

By jlimb

Jane Eyre Extract Test

Jane Eyre Extract Test

A challenging test based on the extract from 'The Red Room' chapter of Jane Eyre. Aimed at Talented, Able and Gifted pupils, the test focuses on questions which will prepare pupils for the new GCSE-style examinations. The four questions look at selecting information, inferring and deducing information from the text, commenting on the writer's intentions and analysing the effects of the language used.Contains:The test itselfThe relevant extractA comprehensive mark scheme

By clarehlittlemore