This resource includes two articles on the topic of ‘Elephants’.
The powerpoint guides pupils to:
Consider what is meant by the terms ‘viewpoint’ and ‘perspective’ and begin identifying from the texts
Scaffolded paragraph as a first attempt.
Model answers for EACH level in the mark scheme, for pupils to read and sort next to the correct level descriptor.
Tasks to identify the differences between the model answers, getting pupils to identify what is needed to get their responses into the next ‘level’ on the mark scheme.
Finishing with another scaffolded paragraph (to monitor progress), and a peer assessment task to engage with others work, as well as the mark scheme.
PLEASE NOTE: I cannot take credit for the extracts, and apologies I cannot remember where I sourced them from (please do contact me if they are yours!).
ALSO: This powerpoint is not set out into specific lessons however, I have used this PP with my year 11s (first time through the paper) and it took a weeks worth of lessons, to give you a guide.
Worksheets for each stanza of Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘War Photographer’. Suitable for Mid- low ability classes, or a higher ability class, as a first response type activity. Activity mostly aimed for understanding meaning and imagery, as opposed to analysing language, form or structure.
AQA 2019 Language Paper 2 DIRT tasks, section A: Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives
A series of lessons that reflect upon questions 2-4 of 2019 Paper 2, advising pupils where they may have missed marks and how to improve.
AQA 2019 Lang Paper 2:
‘The Crossing’, an extract from James Cracknell and Ben Fogle’s autobiographical account of crossing the Atlantic and ‘Idle Days in Patagonia’, an extract from W H Hudson’s travel writing.
Worksheets created to analyse the poem ‘Remains’ by Simon Armitage. Focus is on meaning and understanding, as well as analysis of techniques. I have found that my classes would identify techniques in a poem but not say much about them! In these worksheets, the techniques have been given to them (which will help with their understanding of a range of techniques - not the same ones time and time again that they seem to go for!), with questions aimed at analysis why the writer has used said technique, as well as further questions exploring specific language choice. i.e. why ‘life’, why not ‘body’? etc. Also includes storyboard type images, to help with dual coding.
If you like this resource, please check out my storyboard activities for this poem too:
A complete lesson giving a comprehensive contextual background in preparation for studying the play Blood Brothers by Willy Russell.
This would work for KS3 or KS4 first time study of the play or revision.
A lesson on the prologue in Blood Brothers, including the role of a prologue (generally), the specific role of this prologue (with reference to the play’s cyclical structure) and what we learn. Suitable for first time study of the play.
A lesson introducing the context for Seamus Heaney’s ‘Storm on the Island’, one of the poems in the AQA Power and Conflict poetry anthology. This has been planned for use in a Yr 9 bottom set, but could be easily adapted. It includes a link to a 5 min video that explains ‘The Troubles’ as well as clear presentation slides that explains a (brief!) history of Ireland. The lesson was planned to be taught after the class had had an initial lesson or two, unpicking the key themes, ideas and imagery within the poem, with this lesson highlighting the importance and significance of context in shaping our understanding.
In a nutshell, the lesson follows the lines of: what is context; here’s some context; apply the context to the poem; what’s our understanding now.
Worksheets created to analyse the poem ‘Poppies’ by Jane Weir. Focus is on meaning and understanding, exploring the key imagery with lots of prompts and scaffolding to guide pupils. This has been created for LA pupils, where I am trying to steer away from simply identifying techniques and move further into WHY specific techniques/words have been used and what imagery it suggests.
PRE-READING tasks: Context/Summary/Glossary page
READING tasks: Each stanza broken down with tasks to explore the imagery and a challenge task to complete.
POST-READING tasks: Deeper thinking questions; Lang techniques task; Themes based task; Essay style question.
Introduction lesson for AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2: Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives.
A whole lesson & resources which focus on pupils exploring how to distinguish between ‘viewpoint’ and ‘perspective’.
Powerpoint resource on the assessment: ‘How does the writer use language in the text to present the character of Hyde?’ from an extract taken from CH. 1 of the novel. (Can easily be adapted to ask pupils to compare to the rest of the text too.)
Included in the resource is:
the assessment question with scaffold to remind pupils how to respond to the Q.
a DIRT lesson that includes a model answer, a model annotation of a single quotation, and then a selected quotation for pupils to then annotate themselves (with the focus on, ‘a lot from a little’ ).
Pupils can then rewrite new, improved PEA paragraphs based on the quotations selected for them, and the annotations made.
A peer assessment task.
3 lessons aimed at LA pupils to explore the presentation of characters.
Watch this space for resources on the other characters.
Each ‘lesson’ consists of:
true/false starter activity
vocab match up task (adjectives used to describe the respective characters, to ensure understanding e.g: words like, ‘insightful’; ‘assertive’; 'responsible; ‘arrogant’ etc.)
quotation wheel activity: a blank wheel with just the adjectives on (to print A3), with a list of quotations for pupils to cut up and stick in the correct segment of the wheel. Then to add notes to the quotations.
What/How/Why template to put info from the wheel into paragraphs.
Whole lesson on ‘Caged Bird’ by Maya Angelou with resources, exploring the imagery and extended metaphor. There’s also an element of looking beyond the initial ‘top layer’ meaning, and pupils are guided towards the extended metaphor. Can also be used with the focus of the role of context informing our responses, whereby pupils consider how understanding context of the poet enables pupils to identify the deeper meanings and the extended metaphor.
8 week’s worth of homework on Macbeth to support the study and revision of the play.
Tasks focus on supporting vocabulary of pupils, linking vocabulary to our study of the play, as well as tasks on context, SPaG and a ‘Elizabethan pronoun’ challenge.
All tasks have been designed so they can easily be marked in class either as self/peer assessment (to reduce teacher marking!) but also designed to be purposeful to student’s learning.
Pupils will need to know the plot / summary of the play in order to complete these tasks (i.e. I always begin teaching Macbeth with context and summary / main plot, before studying in more detail).
A 5 lesson walkthrough of AQA Language Paper 2, section A on the topic of ‘Hunting’ (the Q paper itself is not my resource, and can be found for free, but the lessons are my own).
Can be used for first time teaching of the paper as the lessons indicate how pupils should approach the paper, highlighting how each question builds onto the next, and ‘photos’ of teacher’s copy to model how to annotate their own extracts and prepare to answer.
All questions come with model answers for pupils to mark against skill descriptors, with lessons culminating in pupils given the opportunity to ‘magpie’ ideas and improve their own responses.
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A lesson and resources to revise the key imagery and context of the poem ‘Storm on the Island’ by Seamus Heaney, in preparation for AQA Lit Paper 2, Section B - Power and Conflict anthology.
Ppt is designed for LA and post-study of the poem.