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Hunger Games 2 (Catching Fire) Student Work Booklet

Hunger Games 2 (Catching Fire) Student Work Booklet

This booklet has been designed as part of a unit of work on Catching Fire (the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy). It includes activities about characters, the setting and language features which students are to complete as they read the novel. There are also questions about the events/themes/character's perspectives et cetera for each chapter. This is all in preparation for a creative writing assessment where students take what they have learned to create two or three diary entries which provide insight into a minor character from the novel. In doing so they must reveal the personality of their character through what they see, think, feel, hope for and fear. Students were assessed on how purposefully they shaped their representations of people, places, events and concepts in the novel.

By lrigb4

World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day

A great resource for World Poetry Day on 21st March. Save 35% when you buy this bundle.6 workbooks Analysing poems, poetry anthologies, Summer poetry, Autumn poetryand comprehension.

By teachercellar

ENGLISH GCSE Lord of the Flies- Context and Themes (part 2)

ENGLISH GCSE Lord of the Flies- Context and Themes (part 2)

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 classic novel.Fully annotated, with quotes, 'check yourself' questions and further reading, this is an essential guide to Lord of the Flies.This is part 1: the more focused part 2- Context, Themes, Motifs, Symbolism and Language , is also available on here.

By siobhanthetutor

ENGLISH GCSE Lord of the Flies- Context and Character Analysis (part 1)

ENGLISH GCSE Lord of the Flies- Context and Character Analysis (part 1)

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 classic novel. Fully annotated, with quotes, 'check yourself' questions and further reading, this is an essential guide to Lord of the Flies.This is part 1: Context and Character. the more focused part 2- Context, Themes, Motifs, Symbolism and Language , is also available on here.

By siobhanthetutor

AO3 Julius Caesar and the Gunpowder Plot

AO3 Julius Caesar and the Gunpowder Plot

A simplified and accessible resource that aims to develop pupils' AO3 skills of connecting wider contextual discussions in their writing. With its short nature, pupils may read and annotate the keywords from the extract in a starter activity. The resource embeds information about Guy Fawkes alongside Cassius and Brutus. Aiming to develop their clarity of writing and contextualisation, the resource raises pupils' awareness of how Shakespeare uses characters to reflect Guy Fawkes' immoral actions in the Gunpowder Plot.

By deepavali_sehgal1

Aleppo - reading comprehension resource

Aleppo - reading comprehension resource

This reading comprehension supports a BBC Newsround text that covers the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo. By including information about the city before the conflict, the text helps the reader understand that Aleppo was once place where people were able to live normally.The resource contains 3 worksheets of questions, differentiated for use through KS1 and KS2. It could also be used to support readers in KS3 and supports aspects of learning in SMSC. Answers and ‘content domain’ references are included for each question.

By Headway_Learning

Teacher's Tools

Teacher's Tools

A bargain bundle every teacher will need. 8 workbooks analysing poetry, guided reading cards and workbook, Non fiction ideas, task cards and writing prompts. These are useful for KS1 and low ability KS2.

By teachercellar

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Reading Comprehension Worksheets x 6 (60 % OFF) - ESL, ELT, ELL - Intermediate to Advanced

Reading Comprehension Worksheets x 6 (60 % OFF) - ESL, ELT, ELL - Intermediate to Advanced

This Reading Comprehension worksheet Bundle is comprised of different non-fictional texts which describe the history behind certain concepts, events and organisations. Reading Comprehension Worksheets included in this bundle: - A Brief History of Marriage- A Brief History of the Oscars- The History of the International Red Cross- The International Space Station- The Unfortunate Story of Easter Island- The Sweet History of ChocolateThese worksheets are suitable for higher elementary to proficient ESL learners. After carefully reading each story/text, students are required to complete some comprehension exercises including: crosswords, comprehension questions, word-searches, definition matching, gap filling, True or False exercises and engage in in-depth class discussions. The vocabulary used in the texts is rather advanced and can also be used for IGSCE, TOEFL or IELTS vocabulary building purposes. The handouts can be completed in class or assigned for homework.

By MariaPht

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The History of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement - Reading Comprehension

The History of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement - Reading Comprehension

This Reading Comprehension worksheet is suitable for upper intermediate to proficient ESL learners. The text describes in detail the history and formation of the ICRC and Red Crescent Movement. The text also describes the admirable contribution of the ICRC during WWI and WWII.After carefully reading a text, students are required to complete some comprehension exercises including: questions, True or False, gap filling exercises, a definitions matching exercise and participate in an in class discussion on the ICRC and the broader concept of volunteer work. The vocabulary used in the text is rather advanced and can also be used for IGSCE, TOEFL or IELTS vocabulary building purposes. The handout can be completed in class or assigned for homework.

By MariaPht

English Language Paper 1: Writing Section (Q5)

English Language Paper 1: Writing Section (Q5)

Detailed and relatable assessment preparation lesson focusing on English Language Paper 1: Q5, using 911 as a stimulus for descriptive writing. The lesson includes:1. quiz to test students' knowledge of writing skills 2. student friendly mark scheme3. student example 4. independent writing task 5. opportunity for guided self assessment

By xxnats1989xx

War poetry - Feature articles and their components

War poetry - Feature articles and their components

1) An exemplar feature article 2) A PowerPoint designed to teach students about the genre they need to write for their assessment. It includes tips for the exam and the criteria students have to demonstrate. It specifies the codes and conventions of a feature article (in terms of structure, visuals, paragraph length, cohesive ties, vocabulary etc.) It includes a suggested structure followed by a student's example. Afterwards there are questions about the article's intended reading, tone, use of language features etc. Examples of types of statements they may come across in their exam. If time there is another feature article example (resource 1) also copied into the final few slides.

By lrigb4

War poetry - Analysing poems about the Atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War Two

War poetry - Analysing poems about the Atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War Two

3 Resources1) A handout with questions for the three poems in the booklet about the atomic bombing (for students to complete as revision2) A PowerPoint which first explores survivor's recounts of the bombing. This is to help students to understand how witnessing the bombing would influence the worldview of a person and be able to explain how this would insert subjectivity into poems written by survivors. View an excerpt of a documentary on the atomic bomb (which simulates the blast and includes interviews with survivors – one of which is a poet who will be studied in the next lesson. Students will read the poem 'At the makeshift aid station' together stanza by stanza, taking time to address the questions in the prompts down the side. The significance of the reference to the cherry blossoms will be explained so that students can reflect on the effect of this symbolism. It includes some other discussion questions which will help them to think like they need to for their feature article under exam conditions...3) A PowerPoint which analyses Takashi Tanemori’s Blades of Grass in a Dreamless Field. Information about the author and something which shaped his belief system (the bushido code). What must be understood about the author in order to best interpret the poem. There are questions, discussion points and other annotations alongside each stanza of the poem.

By lrigb4

War Poetry - Comparing World War One poems

War Poetry - Comparing World War One poems

3 resources for a year 12 English unit.1) A PPT for a mini lesson on nouns, verbs and adjectives + another mini lesson on adverbs.2) A PowerPoint engaging with 2 WW1 poems: ‘I have a rendezvous with death’ and ‘In Flanders Fields. After reading the first poem there are discussion questions. I have also included some of my observations about each of the poem (modelling analysis), some info about the author, activities encouraging the students to consider how langauge features have been used in the text. Following this, students read the second poem on their own and complete the comparison activity (3rd resource). 3) A handout with the table for the comparison activity (for students to complete electronically)

By lrigb4

Protest Poetry - Assessment 2

Protest Poetry - Assessment 2

7 resources created for a year 8 English Unit studying war poetry.1) A PowerPoint explaining the assessment - creating a poetry anthology featuring a minimum of 3 poems. It explains what an anthology is, its components (e.g. title page, table of contents, etc.), what they are being assessed on, planning steps and some homework to get them started.2) An example analysis of the poem Beach Burial (in a table outlining the structural requirements and expected langauge features)3) A PowerPoint lesson designed to take students through the example analysis of Beach Burial.4) A document with the STEP UP acronym for students to use to analyse their 3 poems.5) A PowerPoing to help students write their analysis of poem one.6) A PowerPoint explaining how to write the preface and reference list (with examples)7) A completed anthology exemplar (created by a student)

By lrigb4

War Poetry - Analysing William Blake's poem A War Song to Englishmen and Robert Frost's Not to Keep

War Poetry - Analysing William Blake's poem A War Song to Englishmen and Robert Frost's Not to Keep

1) PowerPoint. Learning about William Blake and British Colonial Expansion. They will learn about a fundamental ideology of the period: The divine right of kings. Students will read 'A War Song to Englishmen' which is accompanied by my annotations (which they may copy into their poetry booklets if they wish). Discuss how everything he wrote was infused with religious meaning so you will see that this poem operates on two levels. We will then compare this to another First World War poem written by American poet Robert Frost. After reading the poem, students will research Frost to gain further context. Afterwards they will highlight the poetic devices used in ‘Not to Keep.’2) Venn Diagram for comparing the two poems3) a table used for analysing the poems to prepare students for their exam (these will become their revision tools)

By lrigb4

Protest Poetry - Analysing poems using the STEP UP acronym

Protest Poetry - Analysing poems using the STEP UP acronym

4 resources designed for a year 8 poetry unit. The first is a PowerPoint which takes students through the STEP UP acronym which they will use to analyse poems in their upcoming assessment: subject matter, theme, emotions, poetic devices, your interpretation, purpose... It includes prompting questions that students should ask themselves to help guide their response for each category. It then includes a poem about a refugee and slides which work through the STEP UP process. The second is a worksheet for modified students which has most of the notes written so that they only have to write a few.The third is a handout which explains STEP UP which could be used as a poster.The fourth is a typed version of the analysis of the refugee poem (in a Word Doc)

By lrigb4

ENGLISH KS3 AND GCSE- POETRY: Context, Analysis and Themes in  ‘Exposure’ by Wilfrid Owen.

ENGLISH KS3 AND GCSE- POETRY: Context, Analysis and Themes in ‘Exposure’ by Wilfrid Owen.

A full in depth analysis of Wilfrid Owen's 'Exposure' poem, part of the 'Conflict' section of the GCSE Anthology. Ten pages long fully annotated with check yourself questions, and further reading recommendations, this guide is perfect for a lesson plan, revision, or getting to grips with this piece of now classic World War I poetry. Pupils, teachers, tutors and parents who are home schooling will find this invaluable.It contains biographical and social context information, themes, symbols, motifs and language structures such as simile, metaphor, rhythm and rhyme, and imagery.

By siobhanthetutor

War Poetry - Texts about the Vietnam War - I was only nineteen and Homecoming

War Poetry - Texts about the Vietnam War - I was only nineteen and Homecoming

A lesson aimed to help shape student's understanding the lived experiences of soldiers in Vietnam. It focuses on two key texts: I was only 19 and Homecoming. The PPT includes a video of the song I was only 19 which students will listen to. They will then view key lyrics and talk about the representation of the Vietnam war in this text (including the literary devices used). After this is some information to help students empathise with what this would have been like especially for the conscripts. Some brief info is provided about 'fragging' and how the treatment the Veterans received upon their homecoming severely damaged countless veterans. It briefly looks at lyrics from Khe Sanh which discuss the experiences of a returned soldier. The remainder of the PowerPoint explores the poem Homecoming (which I ran as a separate lesson).2) a handout with questions about Homecoming. We will then turn our focus to the major poem for this war in our booklet (Homecoming). We will talk about the difference between these representations.

By lrigb4

War Poetry - Analysing Aftermath by Sigfried Sassoon

War Poetry - Analysing Aftermath by Sigfried Sassoon

1) A PowerPoint to guide students as they read the World War One poem ‘Aftermath.’ It includes information about the author’s background and encourages students to speculate about how that influenced him to write Aftermath. As they read the poem there are little discussion-prompting questions and annotations down the side. Afterwards, students will suggest an intended reading and explore how the language features contributed to this message. Finally, students will review what they have learned about WW1 as next lesson they will move onto a new time period.2) The handout with the typed questions from the PPT.

By lrigb4

War Poetry - What is war and an intro to analysing war poems

War Poetry - What is war and an intro to analysing war poems

1) A fun an engaging PPT designed to build up students' reading comprehension abilities. It includes a definition of war, a series of questions for classroom discussion (drawing on prior knowledge), a small clip from Forrest Gump for students to watch and discuss (questions included), info about who writes war poetry and the various reasons they have for doing so, an answer to the question 'why read poetry?' Following this the PPT encourages students to engage with three poetic texts and learn to read for meaning and to appreciate the emotions created by the author and how they achieve this. Each poem comes with questions to check for student comprehension and to begin scaffoldin their ability to analyse.2) A handout with the words to each poem: Grandpa what did you do in the war?, Gaps in the ranks & And the band played Waltzing Matilda3) A Poetry retrieval chart (homework) for students to complete to revise after the lesson -- I would send these out via email to be completed electronically.

By lrigb4

Protest Poetry - Assessment handout

Protest Poetry - Assessment handout

6 resources developed for a year 8 English Unit.1) a task sheet explaining their assessment (a multimodal presentation that explains a current social issue and uses poetry to challenge how people think and feel about the issue. )2) An example PowerPoint created by a student for their assessment.3) A written exemplar in a table (which highlights the structural requirements and expected language features)4) A planning booklet for students to use as they prepare to write their assignment5) A PowerPoint for a lesson taking them through what to write for body paragraph 16) A personal checklist for the student and parent to use once they have completed their first draft to make sure they have everything they need.

By lrigb4

War Poetry - Taking the socio-cultural context into consideration

War Poetry - Taking the socio-cultural context into consideration

POWERPPOINT: Learning about the key concept socio-cultural context, what it means and how to use it when analysing poems. The difference between worldview and mindset (plus the factors which influence these). Intro to some other key terms you will need to know for this unit. An explanation of critical literacy terms including intended reading, connotation, marginalised, silenced, form, theme, symbol, atmosphere and tone. Afterwards there is a cloze strategy to check whether students havee understood and remembered these terms.Extra resource: The Poetry Booklet used for this unit which includes poems from The British Colonial Expansion period, The Crimean War, World War 1, World War 2 (specifically Hiroshima), The Vietnam War and more contemporary conflicts. Each section includes a brief spiel which provides historical context. For some of the more famous poets, information has been provided about their background. Images and a reference list are included.

By lrigb4

English Literature GCSE Simon Armitage- 'Remains' analysis.

English Literature GCSE Simon Armitage- 'Remains' analysis.

A full in depth analysis of Simon Armitage's 'Remains', part of the 'Conflict' section of the GCSE Anthology. Ten pages long fully annotated with check yourself questions, and further reading recommendations, this guide is perfect for a lesson plan, revision, or getting to grips with this piece of now classic modern poetry. Pupils, teachers, tutors and parents who are home schooling will find this invaluable.It contains biographical and social context information, themes, symbols, motifs and language structures such as simile, metaphor, rhythm and rhyme, and imagery.

By siobhanthetutor

GCSE English Literature- Ted Hughes 'Bayonet Charge' analysis.

GCSE English Literature- Ted Hughes 'Bayonet Charge' analysis.

A full and indepth ten page up to A* guide on this poem for GCSE students, tutors, parents who are homeschooling and teachers. It can be used as revision, as a lesson tool, or just to make sense of this poem before you read it, for context. Fully annotated, with quotes, 'check yourself' questions and further reading, this is an essential guide contains necessary biographical background on the poet, themes, imagery, symbols, motifs and language devices for one of the more interesting poems and poets of the GCSE syllabus- suitable for all exam boards.

By siobhanthetutor

English Literature GCSE Carol Ann Duffy War Photographer

English Literature GCSE Carol Ann Duffy War Photographer

A full in depth analysis of Carol Ann Duffy's War Photographer, part of the 'Conflict' section of the GCSE Anthology. Nine pages long fully annotated with check yourself questions, and further reading recommendations, this guide is perfect for a lesson plan, revision, or getting to grips with this piece of now classic modern poetry. Pupils, teachers, tutors and parents who are home schooling will find this invaluable.It contains biographical and social context information, themes, symbols, motifs and language structures such as simile, metaphor, rhythm and rhyme, and imagery.

By siobhanthetutor

Analysing A Poem

Analysing A Poem

A complete unit of work on Analysing Poetry. Suitable for KS2 and Lower Key Stage 3 Discussion questions for shared discussionSimpler analysis questions for differentationPoetic terminology sheet and individual terminology definitions for classroom display.2 Analysis worksheetsMy Poetry AnalysisI have also included two poems written by me and a powerpoint presentation.

By teachercellar

Reading Comprehension Newspaper Bundle

Reading Comprehension Newspaper Bundle

A collection of three reading comprehension activities using real life newspaper articles. Each contains a copy of a newspaper article suitable for KS2 (new species of spider / Pangaea / blizzard) and questions that I have made myself to test their comprehension of the articles.09/11/16 - UPDATED TO INCLUDE FIFA/POPPIES ARGUMENT

By stephgrimes86

Reading Comprehension - BBC Poppies / FIFA / Remembrance Day Article

Reading Comprehension - BBC Poppies / FIFA / Remembrance Day Article

As it is hot topic in the news at the moment, I took one of the articles about the poppy / FIFA debate from the BBC and made it into a reading comprehension exercise to give children a purposeful activity in their reading time and something that could later be discussed in PHSE/circle time.In this pack is a PDF copy of the article (which is still available online) and linked questions suitable and easily adaptable for all KS2.

By stephgrimes86

PSHE Staying Friends

PSHE Staying Friends

An 18 page workbook suitable for KS1/2 on conflict with peers. This could be given as an individual workbook or used with groups for differentation. It would also be good as a starter for World Conflict Issues.Includes:Definition of conflictDescribe a conflict they have had with someone in the past.How did they resolve the conflict?Why is it important to talk and listen to others? Ways to resolve conflict.Fun Activity Conflict in Fairytales.I have also included a powerpoint presentation

By teachercellar

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By whizzbangbang