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The Man He Killed - Thomas Hardy - Comprehension Activities Booklet!

The Man He Killed - Thomas Hardy - Comprehension Activities Booklet!

This 16-page resource booklet contains a wide range of challenging and engaging comprehension activities for use throughout the reading of Thomas Hardy’s war poem 'The Man He Killed.’ They are perfect for aiding the progress of students learning poetry either in KS3 and KS4 in preparation for poetry/unseen poetry at GCSE, as the tasks draw on English Literature assessment objectives - suitable for all examining bodies - it is clearly highlighted within each task regarding which assessment strands the task is designed to demonstrate. The booklet is provided in both Word (to allow for easy editing) and PDF (to ensure for consistency of formatting between computers). Activities within the booklet include (amongst many others): ‘Analysing Context’ - helping students to ‘Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.’ ‘Analysing Subject Matter, Language and Structure’ - to help students to ‘Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.’ ‘Diary Entry’ - to help students to ‘Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation. Make an informed personal response, recognising that other responses to a text are possible and evaluating these.’ ‘The Speaker’ - to help students to ‘Read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to: maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.’
TandLGuru
Guided Reading: After Reading Fiction

Guided Reading: After Reading Fiction

A great activity for your students to complete after reading a fiction text. Nice link activity for Guided Reading or ‘stand alone’ worksheet. Appropriate for upper KS1 or KS2. PFD and Word documents attached so fully editable.
Lresources4teachers
My Castle + 3 Graded Castle Character Poetry Frames (KS1)

My Castle + 3 Graded Castle Character Poetry Frames (KS1)

This 4-sheet resource comprises a castle picture-poem and 3 graded variations of a castle-characters picture-poem. These are attractive sheets with lively, hand-drawn illustrations of old, cobwebby, crumbling castles, the graded ones featuring characters such as a ghost, king and queen. Children have the fun of writing directly onto the castles - a particularly vivid experience in the ‘My castle is’ activity. Describing words are invited on each sheet. These writing frames are self-explanatory, having starter phrases followed by thick lines for writing, with increasing opportunities for imaginative, expressive input on the graded character sheets. For ‘My castle is’, prompt for describing words such as: old, crumbly, tall, spooky, dark, haunted, spidery, cold, windy, grand, royal, huge, hard, rat-infested, ghostly, scary, massive, golden, fine, splendid, stone, rich, ancient, mysterious, creepy, abandoned, damp, shadowy, candle-lit, and ruined. On the Castle Characters graded sheets, encourage a range of personality attributions for the ghost, king and queen, such as kind, mean, cruel, crazy, gentle, friendly, and various colours. The ghost might be see-through, floaty, spooky or dancing. This is principally a Literacy resource, though it also offers scope for expressive art through colouring, and an intriguing window onto the past.
katewilliams_poetry
Inferencing Activity

Inferencing Activity

A simple INFERENCING Activity Students to identify words or phrases in a text, guess the meaning of the word/phrase then find and draw the meaning. PDF and Word document attached (so fully editable).
Lresources4teachers
Punctuation Bundle

Punctuation Bundle

A variety of resources about punctuation. A set of basic rules (used either as a teaching tool or as a reminder for students); A set of 10 fiction and non-fiction extracts with the basic punctuation missing, each one with an answer sheet, and some labelled by section as to how many missing marks there are; and a punctuation/paragraph practice.
Sazo123
Questions to ask a PILOT!

Questions to ask a PILOT!

Why not invite a PILOT in to visit your class? I used this sheet when a PILOT visited the class last year. The children prepared 5 questions each and recorded their answers on the sheet. The children thoroughly the visit and it linked in well with their** ‘WRITING TO EXPLAIN’** work in English.
Lresources4teachers
2 'Giant' Poetry Frames + Examples for Use, Yrs 2-6

2 'Giant' Poetry Frames + Examples for Use, Yrs 2-6

These two poetry frame sheets have lively, idea-triggering illustrations, and are designed to be fun and accessible to use. Both invite creative input, in terms of ideas and choice of words. ‘Watch Out for the Giant’ is easier, being shorter and simpler, with the chief focus on description and some giant meal possibilities at the end - suitable for Yr2-3, or as a starter-sheet for older writers to build ideas. ‘The Giant Went…’ sheet is more challenging, though clearly structured, requiring action-words and accompanying similes, as well as description and settings. Onomatopoeias, alliteration, rhymes within lines, and other poetic techniques can also be employed, and there is scope for all sorts of crazy, giant-themed possibilities in each frame. The Examples for Use (one sheet per poetry frame) provide whole-poem examples for teachers’ and pupils’ guidance. Suggestions for extending the activities are provided at the end of each.
katewilliams_poetry
Fruits Picture Scrambles

Fruits Picture Scrambles

Directions for use: The aim of this activity is for children to cut the pictures along the dotted lines, and then to order them correctly to spell a word. Children glue the pictures on the recording page provided and then write the word that they have built.
Olynj
My star is... 3 graded versions of a Star Picture-Poem Frame Early Yrs, Yr 1, Yr 2.

My star is... 3 graded versions of a Star Picture-Poem Frame Early Yrs, Yr 1, Yr 2.

These attractive star pictures are fun to write in, and there are plenty of straight lines to write on - shooting in all directions. The variations are graded in difficulty, with increasing opportunities for words and similes, the hardest having three descriptive lines to complete below, about stars, sky and space. Colouring possibilities are wide open. Recommended approach: first, in a wide space, ‘be’ stars with your group, pointing, shooting, whirling, glowing, winking, blinking, dancing, spinning. Then prompt for verbs like these, and adjectives, such as spiky, sharp, peaceful, gentle, high up, twinkly, pretty, delicate, dainty, tiny - and different colours. The similes are for sparkly stars and dark space. The 3-sheet resource has been used with rewarding results in my workshops. They are hand-drawn and home-produced, so don’t expect perfect symmetry!
katewilliams_poetry
Year 2 Reading Comprehension - Royal Family - Royal Baby

Year 2 Reading Comprehension - Royal Family - Royal Baby

Celebrate the birth of the new royal baby with this year 2 SATs-style comprehension booklet. The booklet teaches the children about lots of royal baby facts, including bizarre traditions, royal baby names and royal baby clothes. The booklet is based on the KS1 SATs reading paper and includes 3 differentiated levels. There are a range of ‘what,’ ‘when,’ ‘who’ and ‘which’ questions, some multiple choice tick questions and some that require more detailed answers. The activity is also laid out in a similar way to the SATs booklets, with four pages of pictures and short written extracts to read and 2-3 questions per page. PDF file format.
blossomingminds