NEW  SOW for The Secret River iGCSE

NEW SOW for The Secret River iGCSE

Be the first to review this new unit of work and win a free resource of your choice! This unit of work has everything: 52 resources including 20 COMPLETE lessons. Everything you need to walk into the classroom and teach this fascinating historical fiction novel. PowerPoint presentations for every lesson Complete timeline of all events, with dates, colour coded by chapter. Character and place quotation gathering templates word searches (because we all need a quiet starter every now and again) Links to videos and articles on Australia Day, Aboriginal history, New South Wales and the Hawksbury River. new vocabulary challenges - pictionary, dominoes, spelling tests, word searches revision lessons - students make their own quizzes and resources essay planning guidance 20 different potential essay or extract questions worksheets games drama and role play Silent debatewriting guidance exemplar success criteria for English Literature paragraphs exemplar analytical paragraphs the same paragraphs highlighted to show the success criteria being met in the answer family tree worksheets to be completed as they read with answers diary writing frames from Sal’s point of view AND MORE!! Each lesson covers about 20 pages which was perfect for a double lesson. Students could complete the reading at home. Lessons have titles, dates, learning objectives on every slide and activities geared towards that focus. Students progress from analysing individual quotes to structuring detailed analytical essay paragraphs and then on to essay planning, breaking down extract analysis and whole text essay questions including exemplar paragraphs. The novel follows a young man born in London as he is deported to Australia and faces conflict with the Aboriginal family who live on the land he wishes to take over. It is an unflinching novel and there were tears at the climax from several students (and me!). This would make a great addition to any GCSE or A level course programme. The questions (10 to 15 for each chapter) aim to keep notes of each chapter as well as support the students’ understanding of how to write about characters, setting, language and style. To go with lesson 3, I used a fantastic free resource on Crime and Punishment in Victorian London and one on Australian and Aboriginal culture. I have included links to those on the appropriate lessons. In fact, you’ll find lots of links and notes on PowerPoints with helpful guidance for you and the students to increase their cultural capital on Australian history.
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Australian identity - Representations of Indigenous Australians

Australian identity - Representations of Indigenous Australians

3 resources used in a 9 English unit. 1) A homework sheet which includes the poem 'Then and Now' by Oodgeroo Noonuccal and comprehension questions which are designed to help students begin to analyse the text. This poem touches on the dispossession of land and the consequences for the poet and her people. 2) A PowerPoint which teaches visual source analysis using the picture book 'The Rabbits' by John Marsden (illustrated by Shaun Tan). Students have to respond to the images by answering the following questions: What do you feel about the imagery? What does it mean to you? What is the idea of Australian identity portrayed in the picture? Afterwards, the PPT explains that this story is an allegory. The PowerPoint also includes some examples of Australian slang (as this is part of a stereotypes unit). 3) A PowerPoint which points out that for a long time there were “entrenched negative stereotypes” about Aboriginal people in Australia and how the media’s focus on negative Aboriginal issues creates much hurt when it presents the problems of individual Aboriginal people as problems of all Indigenous Australians. It explores the negative stereotypes about Indigenous people as shown in Bran Neu Dae and the positive attributes shown in The Sapphires. The clips I have selected from Bran Neu Dae are humorous but touch on serious issues and often generate good classroom discussions.
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The Secret River Revision Resources 2

The Secret River Revision Resources 2

A baker's dozen of revision creative tasks and activities. Little to no preparation time needed. These are student-focused, varied for different abilities and to keep students engaged. These make the student work hard, not you. These would form either the main focus of a lesson or part of a carousel of activities which students tackle over the lesson. They could also be set as homework tasks with opportunity to feedback in the following lesson. These are revision tasks, so students should have already read the book and discussed the themes and issues.
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The Secret River Resource Pack 4

The Secret River Resource Pack 4

This resource pack is aimed at helping students analyse the text in close detail for a passage question and to structure that kind of response, and at students who will tackle a whole-book essay question. There are some activities which focus on Grenville herself and the information is provided for students along with some active reading challenges. This background information then links into a lesson helping students develop an empathetic response and a question on where our sympathies as readers lie. It succinctly takes them through the steps of structuring sentences, paragraphs and the whole response. There are clear objectives for each task, breaking down the C grade descriptors and A grade descriptors and helping students push themselves to the next grade. Best of luck to all of you guiding students through iGCSEs! I'm sure they will be a credit to you!
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The Secret River Resource Pack 3 - essay writing and characters

The Secret River Resource Pack 3 - essay writing and characters

These resources focus on essay writing skills and revising knowledge of characters in an active game (though this could be done with students just writing notes on each character - feel free to adapt it to your needs). There is essay writing guidance including grade C and grade A mark scheme, colour-coding revision of essay paragraphs and an interactive plenary with a venn diagram for students to place themselves on. These are resources which will challenge every student to take part. They are easily adaptable for any essay question. These work really well in conjunction with the other resource packs I have for sale. The PowerPoint has been re-uploaded from the working copy I have.
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The Secret River Revision Resource Pack 1

The Secret River Revision Resource Pack 1

FIVE different activities to help students refresh their memories of the characters, events and quotations from The Secret River. These could be spread out over several lessons or combined into a couple. Students should have their own copies of the books, but there is no specific need for them here. I would suggest using these in the first week of revision. They are enjoyable, engaging, team activities with a bit of something for every learning style. Some notes on using the resources: Answers are provided for all of the quizzes on the same PPT. Cut up the dominoes beforehand because they are currently in the correct order. The pictures are taken from the TV mini-series, but should be obvious even if the students haven't seen it. The only ones who seem a little nondescript are Dan and Ned. Enjoy!
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Rabbit Proof Fence Student Workbook (film analysis)

Rabbit Proof Fence Student Workbook (film analysis)

This 32 page booklet has been designed as part of an Australian film studies unit focusing on the 2002 film The Rabbit Proof Fence. It includes activities exploring characterisation, the beliefs of the time and analysing the aesthetic features (film and language techniques) which students are to complete during and after viewing the film. While used for year 9 in this case, it could be applicable for any junior secondary grade. It could also be used during NAIDOC week. This booklet contains resources which would be useful for preparing students to write a range of genres including film reviews, feature articles, persuasive texts and analytical essays. There are questions about the events/themes/character’s perspectives and the effects of the aesthetic features. It introduces students to concepts such as textual structures, language features, visual features, film techniques and themes. It includes information about the socio cultural context of the film, articles about the women on which the film is based, key quotes from the film, scaffolded analysis activities for key scenes, an introduction to evaluative language and how it is used to describe films. The final pages include an explanation of how to structure an essay (along with planning and editing steps).
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The MASSIVE Secret River Revision Bundle!

The MASSIVE Secret River Revision Bundle!

All of the resources sold for revising The Secret River in one bundle. This is everything you need. Games, puzzles, quizzes, essay structure and support for attaining top grades. Answers are provided to all quizzes. Just add students! Best of luck to all of you supporting students through their English Literature GCSE or A level. You are doing a great job. I hope buying this lets you take a well earned break!
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Maybe Tomorrow Boori Monty Pryor Activities

Maybe Tomorrow Boori Monty Pryor Activities

Maybe Tomorrow by Boori Monty Pryor and Meme McDonald Resources: Comprehension Questions for each chapter Theme tasks and questions Two jigsaw activities These were used for Year 9 English but could be adapted for older or younger students.
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