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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

Princess Diana - The People's Princess (20 Year Anniversary)

Princess Diana - The People's Princess (20 Year Anniversary)

As the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's untimely death approaches, it's important to remind the current generation about The People's Princess. This mini presentation can be used for assemblies/tutor time for Upper KS2/KS3/KS4 Please note the presentation takes a brief look at conspiracy theories, media coverage and discusses the scrutiny surrounding Princess Diana and Prince Charles' marriage. The presentation is 35 slides long, it includes one short written/speaking/listening task at the end- this may be continued further. Should anyone require further questions to go with the presentation- please, let me know.

By PollyPuddleduck

Much Ado About Nothing - Beatrice and Benedick!

Much Ado About Nothing - Beatrice and Benedick!

This engaging, in-depth lesson enables students to understand how plot and language are utilised to develop the characters of Beatrice and Benedick in William Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado about Nothing.’ The lesson places a particular focus upon how language is used between the two characters to present the audience with ideas about their intelligence, attitudes, and emotions. Students also analyse how their behaviour develops over the course of the text. The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which students learn through: - Taking part in a fun team quiz to secure understanding of the two characters; - Completing a 'love graph' (backed up with textual evidence) to show how the prevailing attitudes and emotions of the two characters develops through the text; - Analysing quotations in which Shakespeare used advanced language techniques to portray both of the characters in a particular light; - Completing an essay style response in which they consider how Shakespeare's use of language helps to develop the two characters; - Peer assessing each other's learning attempts. Included is: - Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and detailed - just download and teach from it! - Love Graph - to track the two characters' feelings towards one another; - 'Beatrice and Benedick Quotations' 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 higher-ability year 9 groups, but can easily be differentiated for groups of different ages and abilities (e.g. lower KS3 up to GCSE)

By TandLGuru

Debating Topics

Debating Topics

This is a powerpoint presentation that can be used to stimulate debate and allow the students to explore major world issues and topics. There are 51 different topics here and these cover popular debating topics (animal rights, immigrants, democracy) and more obscure topics (about junk food and curfews!) Really useful starter, plenary, tutor time activity, drama activity or in a debating club.

By laumorrow

Field Trip Report

Field Trip Report

Very interesting report writing activity on field trip by students.This is an activity on Field Trip by KS2 students. Easy to print and editable activity. It can be stuck in their notebooks.

By simranvirus123

Literacy Mats

Literacy Mats

Four detailed mats targeting the skills of accuracy, vocabulary choice, sentence structures and literature analysis. Handy for both KS3 and KS4 and suitable for targeting English work or whole-school dissemination.

By lboumeester

Opinion Writing and Opinion Reading DIGITAL Tablets vs. Textbooks - Google Drive

Opinion Writing and Opinion Reading DIGITAL Tablets vs. Textbooks - Google Drive

Go Paperless! Google Drive and Microsoft One Drive Compatible Opinion writing starts with reading about both sides of the argument. This digital file contains two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic of whether tablets should replace textbooks in schools. Multiple skills are covered, including reading, close reading, reading comprehension, analyzing two texts on the same topic, vocabulary, summarizing, and opinion writing. CCSS aligned. Answer keys included in teacher file. Includes Google Drive teacher and student instructions and Microsoft OneDrive instructions. For the PRINT version of this product, click here: Opinion Reading and Writing - Tablets vs. Textbooks No prep! Perfect substitute lesson plan. Included: Google Drive Teacher Instructions Google Drive Student Instructions Microsoft One Drive Instructions Teacher file with all pages including answer keys Student file with all applicable pages Two non-fiction articles, one pro and one con The reading level is advanced fourth grade through sixth grade. Two versions of each reading are included, one with bolded vocabulary words and one with no bolded words. Three vocabulary sheets One contains the vocabulary words with definitions to use as a handout. One contains the words only if you want to have the students look up the definitions. The third is a worksheet that helps students practice the vocabulary in context. A pro and con chart for group work A “My Opinion” worksheet This worksheet allows students to agree with one of the authors, and display close reading skills, using evidence from the text to support their opinions. Bonus pages: If you decide to assign an essay using these readings or topic, I’ve included: An outline template Essay assignment sheet Grading Rubrics CCSS standards included on rubrics for 5th and 6th grades, or use the generic rubrics You might also like: Opinion Reading and Writing DIGITAL - Should Animals be Kept in Zoos? Opinion Reading and Writing DIGITAL - Should Schools Discipline Cyberbullies?

By LauraTorresELA

Opinion Writing & Opinion Reading DIGITAL - Should Animals be Kept in Zoos?

Opinion Writing & Opinion Reading DIGITAL - Should Animals be Kept in Zoos?

For Google Drive and Google Classroom. Go Paperless! Google Drive and Microsoft One Drive Compatible Opinion writing starts with reading about both sides of the argument. Should animals be kept in zoos? This digital file contains two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic of whether animals should be kept in zoos. Multiple skills are covered, including reading, close reading, reading comprehension, analyzing two texts on the same topic, vocabulary, summarizing, and opinion writing. CCSS aligned. Answer keys included in teacher file. Includes Google Drive teacher and student instructions and Microsoft OneDrive instructions. For the PRINT version of this product, click here: Opinion Reading and Writing - Should Animals be Kept in Zoos? No prep! Perfect substitute lesson plan. Included: Google Drive Teacher Instructions Google Drive Student Instructions Microsoft One Drive Instructions Teacher file with all pages including answer keys Student file with all applicable pages Two non-fiction articles, one pro and one con The reading level is fifth grade through sixth grade. Two versions of each reading are included, one with bolded vocabulary words and one with no bolded words. Three vocabulary sheets One contains the vocabulary words with definitions to use as a handout. One contains the words only if you want to have the students look up the definitions. The third is a worksheet that helps students practice the vocabulary in context. A pro and con chart for group work A “My Opinion” worksheet This worksheet allows students to agree with one of the authors, and display close reading skills, using evidence from the text to support their opinions. Bonus pages: If you decide to assign an essay using these readings or topic, I’ve included: An outline template Essay assignment sheet Grading Rubrics CCSS standards included on rubrics for 5th and 6th grades, or use the generic rubrics You might also like: Opinion Reading and Writing DIGITAL – Driverless Cars? Opinion Reading and Writing DIGITAL - Fidget Spinners in the Classroom?

By LauraTorresELA

Opinion Reading and Writing DIGITAL- Should Schools Discipline Cyberbullies? For Google Drive

Opinion Reading and Writing DIGITAL- Should Schools Discipline Cyberbullies? For Google Drive

For Google Drive and Google Classroom. Go Paperless! Opinion writing starts with reading about both sides of the argument. Should schools discipline cyberbullies? This digital file contains two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic of whether schools should be responsible for discipline cyberbullies when it happens off campus. Multiple skills are covered, including reading, close reading, reading comprehension, analyzing two texts on the same topic, vocabulary, summarizing, and opinion writing. CCSS aligned. Answer keys included in teacher file. Includes Google Drive teacher and student instructions and Microsoft OneDrive instructions. For the PRINT version of this product, click here: Opinion Reading and Writing - Should Schools Discipline Cyberbullies? No prep! Perfect substitute lesson plan. Included: Google Drive Teacher Instructions Google Drive Student Instructions Microsoft One Drive Instructions Teacher file with all pages including answer keys Student file with all applicable pages Two non-fiction articles, one pro and one con The reading level is fifth grade through sixth grade. Two versions of each reading are included, one with bolded vocabulary words and one with no bolded words. Three vocabulary sheets One contains the vocabulary words with definitions to use as a handout. One contains the words only if you want to have the students look up the definitions. The third is a worksheet that helps students practice the vocabulary in context. A pro and con chart for group work A “My Opinion” worksheet This worksheet allows students to agree with one of the authors, and display close reading skills, using evidence from the text to support their opinions. Bonus pages: If you decide to assign an essay using these readings or topic, I’ve included: An outline template Essay assignment sheet Grading Rubrics CCSS standards included on rubrics for 5th and 6th grades, or use the generic rubrics You might also like: Opinion Reading and Writing DIGITAL – Fidget Spinners in the Classroom? Opinion Reading and Writing DIGITAL - Driverless Cars?

By LauraTorresELA

Opinion Writing & Opinion Reading DIGITAL - Should America Switch to Metrics?

Opinion Writing & Opinion Reading DIGITAL - Should America Switch to Metrics?

For Google Drive and Google Classroom. Go Paperless! Google Drive and Microsoft One Drive Compatible Opinion writing starts with reading about both sides of the argument. Should America Switch to the Metric System? This digital file contains two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic of whether the U.S. should switch to the metric system. Multiple skills are covered, including reading, close reading, reading comprehension, analyzing two texts on the same topic, vocabulary, summarizing, and opinion writing. CCSS aligned. Answer keys included in teacher file. Includes Google Drive teacher and student instructions and Microsoft OneDrive instructions. For the PRINT version of this product, click here: Opinion Reading and Writing - Should America Switch to the Metric System? No prep! Perfect substitute lesson plan. Included: Google Drive Teacher Instructions Google Drive Student Instructions Microsoft One Drive Instructions Teacher file with all pages including answer keys Student file with all applicable pages Two non-fiction articles, one pro and one con The reading level is advanced fourth grade through sixth grade. Two versions of each reading are included, one with bolded vocabulary words and one with no bolded words. Three vocabulary sheets One contains the vocabulary words with definitions to use as a handout. One contains the words only if you want to have the students look up the definitions. The third is a worksheet that helps students practice the vocabulary in context. A pro and con chart for group work A “My Opinion” worksheet This worksheet allows students to agree with one of the authors, and display close reading skills, using evidence from the text to support their opinions. Bonus pages: If you decide to assign an essay using these readings or topic, I’ve included: An outline template Essay assignment sheet Grading Rubrics CCSS standards included on rubrics for 5th and 6th grades, or use the generic rubrics You might also like: Opinion Reading and Writing DIGITAL – Tablets vs. Textbooks?

By LauraTorresELA