I have now uploaded a second set of A-Level Othello exam questions - see my other resources for Pack 2.
This pack is a set of 14 assessment tasks, following the same structure as the AQA A Level Paper 1 (Love Through the Ages), Section A, Q1 sample materials, all on Othello. This is for the new specification (7712).
The assessments focus on the presentation of varying types of love across a range of key scenes in the play. This makes them useful as practice exam material, and/or for recapping key scenes in the play. Each task has a question based on the presentation of [aspect of love] in response to a statement, followed by an extract.
A fully resourced scheme, covering 34 lessons (which can be reduced if needed, as covered below) on a range of engaging short stories. This allows KS3 students to enjoy reading without getting bogged down in a single text, while covering key skills for both GCSE Language and Literature further down the line. It is most suited to Year 8 or 9, but could also be tailored for use with Year 7 or even as an introductory unit to GCSE skills in Year 10.
A ‘five a day’ style ‘Do Now’ activity, to recap key knowledge and settle students on entry, for each lesson.
Learning intention/objective (as a ‘big question’, with differentiated success criteria - bronze, silver, gold) for each lesson.
Regular opportunities for reflection, peer/self assessment and improvements.
All stories, worksheets, assessments and PowerPoints.
Mark schemes and conversions to estimated GCSE grades.
Coverage of key assessment objectives for Language and Literature, based on AQA spec but transferable across boards.
Work on building tier 2 and tier 3 vocabulary.
Extensions for students who finish tasks before others.
Embedded challenge tasks for higher ability students.
Opportunities to scaffold and support.
Quiz at the end of each story to check learning, which can be peer assessed.
Embedded AfL opportunities to check knowledge.
Guidance for teachers within ‘Notes’ of relevant slides.
Potential to use creative tasks as homework pieces.
Five short stories have six lessons each, following the same pattern and developing skills further each time:
1: Reading, understanding and enaging with the story. (Lang & Lit AO1)
2: Checking understanding and covering literary concepts, such as theme and genre. (Lang AO1; Lit AO1 & AO2)
3: Structure skills. (Lang & Lit AO2)
4: Evaluation skills (including language analysis) - with support. (Lang AO2, AO4; Lit AO2)
5: Independently applying evaluation skills. (Lang AO4)
6: Reflecting on evaluation and creative writing. (Lang AO5, AO6; Lit AO4)
This scheme can be taught ‘straight out the box’. The only parts you might wish to edit are the references to red and purple pen for reflection and extending work, if your school has a different policy. Lessons can also be easily edited to suit your students; the scheme can be shortened if necessary by removing one or two of the stories - it could cover a few weeks, a half-term or even a full term. Sections could even be taken to set as cover for a few lessons’ absence.
My students, particularly boys, have responded really well to this unit and enjoyed the stories, which were selected in consultation with both students and English teachers.
This is a booklet which covers the 2009 A Christmas Carol film. It has rough timings as to when students should be able to answer the question by and bares in mind methods used by the director and Dickens whilst allowing them to compare the two media types. Covers a range of Bloom’s skills. Can be used either as a pre-reading activity or post-reading recap.
A knowledge organiser aimed at KS3 pupils studying Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’. The focus is on Prospero and Caliban. Includes creative tasks and questions on characters which could be set as weekly homework tasks, as well as information on key characters, quotations, and common Shakespearean words.
A pack of six sample GCSE English Literature Paper 1, Section A assessments on Macbeth, in the style of the AQA paper. Each text gives key information on the extract, the extract itself (with line numbers), and a task relating to the presentation of a character/theme and the relevant bullet points instructing students to respond to the extract and whole play.
Useful for exam practice and/or recapping key scenes. New specification (8702).
Would probably last longer if required.
This focuses on the first 'Alice in Wonderland' book by Lewis Carroll.
Mainly focused on writing skills. Covers all of the book apart from Chapter 9 and 10.
Activities include challenge tasks to extend students' thinking skills.
All resources needed are included and all powerpoint slides come decorated and ready to use.
All include learning objective and success criteria.
No paper SoW as tasks are self-explanatory.
Thank you for looking!
This is a booklet which covers the 2009 film version of Skellig by Annabel Jankel. It has rough timings as to when students should be able to answer the question from. Covers a range of Bloom’s skills. Can be used either as an activity during teaching or post-reading recap.
This scheme of work is based on the Usborne Classic Retold version of 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'.
Each lesson covers 1 chapter more or less and they aim to look at skills that students will need to be able to use in their new AQA GCSE exams. They think about structure, characterisation, description and PEE analysis as well as some contextual links.
This is a pack of ten pairs of new sample GCSE exam questions on ‘Blood Brothers’, collated alongside the three existing pairs from AQA specimen questions and two pairs of exam questions that have appeared so far. Therefore there are thirty different questions in this pack - the twenty of these that I have created are formatted as they would be in the exam, using my knowledge as an AQA examiner.
The questions are together in one document which can be given to students for revision/homework, or cut up to separate the choices and potentially use as assessment questions in class.
Also included is a PowerPoint with each of the questions on a separate slide, with a button that will display a single question of the thirty at random. This can be used for practice assessments in class; I find it great for simply generating discussion and quick-planning activities.