Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: KS3 and KS4 Reading Prose Part 2

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: KS3 and KS4 Reading Prose Part 2

15 different resources to teach the events, structure, imagery and characterisation in chapters 4, 5 and 6 of Mildred D Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry including a mid-point assessment in the form of an essay on the character of Cassie Logan. The assessment includes a blank essay template with prompts as well as a completed one and an essay built from that template as a model for your students. My students loved Roll of Thunder and enjoyed Cassie as a character. I hope yours do to.
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Cry, the Beloved Country SOW iGCSE Prose Literature

Cry, the Beloved Country SOW iGCSE Prose Literature

EVERYTHING YOU NEED!! This is a lesson-by-lesson scheme of work with EVERY SINGLE WORD of the ENTIRE book covered in a sequence of 19 lessons. Every lesson has objectives designed to help your students not only understand the characters, themes, events and messages but to make excellent PROGRESS in manageable steps. A range of activities including group work, speaking and listening, essay writing and extract analysis, Q&A, quizzes, games, wider reading, webquests and active reading strategies to help your students stay ENGAGED. Starters and plenaries to hook the students and then help them reflect on the progress they've made. Structured examples of how to get to a C grade and an A grade and how to self- and peer-assess their writing. 10 different homework tasks, none of which are "read pages blah blah to blah blah". This is a must-have resource if you're teaching Cry, the Beloved Country and will save you hours of time and energy which you can put into the teaching! If you have any requests for additional CtBC resources, or resources for any other topic, please contact me. And if you love this resource, please review it to help others. Thank you :)
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End of Term 10 Newspaper Challenges!

End of Term 10 Newspaper Challenges!

I had a whole stack of newspapers in my classroom which the cleaners were threatening to throw away and an end of term lesson with my year 7 students. I put together this selection of the games we played to get students engaged with this text type (which lots of them said they rarely, if ever, saw at home). Most are set up as team building challenges, but there are several which would make great independent activities as a starter for a lesson involving or analysing newspapers. There are artistic, kinesthetic and, of course, literacy- based challenges suitable for a variety of ages and abilities. Nothing that isn't fun! Very few materials are required for these activities apart from the newspapers: sticky tape, any scrap materials, marker pens, A3 paper and glue would cover every challenge and most can be done with nothing more than a pen. Enjoy!
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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. KS3 Prose Reading. Part 1

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. KS3 Prose Reading. Part 1

These lessons cover, in detail, the first three chapters of the novel and include everything for each lesson: objectives, starters, activities, analysis, character sheets, quizzes, plenaries and the text itself, just in case someone forgets a book (which inevitably happens!). This is a wonderful book to study with year 8 or 9 and fills in a lot of the gaps in their knowledge of the USA between the end of slavery and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. It is a sweet story, told through the eyes of our plucky heroine, Cassie as she learns about the unfairness and danger of her society. It holds up some important mirrors to today's society and the political and social issues we all still deal with. This goes well with the 1930s historical context lessons I have uploaded to my store. Look out for part 2, coming soon!
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Media Bias and Fake News

Media Bias and Fake News

A good introduction to non-fiction writing, newspapers, reporting and analysis. A Fake or Real quiz on stories reported online to help students become critical readers. The key word is 'Sensationalist'. A range of headlines are given from different sources and students are asked to write their own versions of headlines which are not sensationalist. They enjoyed this reverse version of what they are often asked to do. The lesson is generally upbeat and humorous, but as it goes along there are some serious points being made about sexism and racism and how these ideas are reinforced in the media. They are asked to analyse the introduction to a Daily Mail article in the development, picking up on word choices in order to show the writer's purpose and message.
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Revision Song Writing Parodies

Revision Song Writing Parodies

Hi! Song lyrics get stuck in our heads, so why not get students to use that to their advantage? This lesson has a guess the song starter using images. The first pair to work them all out get the first choice of song. There is a reminder of how to work out syllables to ensure students have the right number per line. I then included some specific revision topics for Geography, but obviously you can change those to suit the subject. One video didn't want to attach: https://youtu.be/pvdrN3GJFZo Enjoy! PS: Since the price increase I have attached the revision lyrics I made for my KS3 Geography lesson.
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Quiz Quiz Trade Cards English Writing Fiction

Quiz Quiz Trade Cards English Writing Fiction

A range of questions including ideas about content, structure, language, vocabulary, quotations, creating similes, sentence types, punctuation and more, all related to creative writing and fiction. There are 2 questions regarding the Paper 2 of the Cambridge English Checkpoint, but these can be changed to suit your exam board/curriculum. After students complete this activity, I chose 10 questions to quiz the students on to check they were paying attention! Enjoy!
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Quiz, Quiz Trade KS3 Geography Revision

Quiz, Quiz Trade KS3 Geography Revision

Quiz, quiz, trade is a great way to get kids asking and answering questions on Geography. This activity has some straightforward questions covering topics including globalisation, climate and weather, Antarctica, maps and directions. Answers provided. Cut out and go! After the students have quizzed each other and traded enough times, the PPT has a quiz related to those questions so you have a grade for your mark book.
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Writing Informal Letters

Writing Informal Letters

Three lessons which focus on planning, developing ideas into paragraphs, structuring paragraphs, using language features and structuring the whole letter. I have also included a frame for weaker students as well as an exemplar article on Seychelles culture. Students can write about their own culture, of course. Everything from outcomes, starters, progress tracking, self or peer-assessment instructions and plenaries are provided for each lesson. Initially I created this for WJEC but have recently adapted it for CIE's Checkpoint English. Please feel free to put in your board's mark scheme where this one was. I have also included a lesson plan for the second lesson, just in case you are being observed, this will make adapting it much easier, as well as giving you clear guidance.
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1930s USA America: Black History Month. Great Depression. Jim Crow. Web Quest Research

1930s USA America: Black History Month. Great Depression. Jim Crow. Web Quest Research

Hi. There are a range of resources I used with my students to learn about the background for M Taylor's novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, but it will be of use to those studying Of Mice and Men and other texts set in this time period or about the historical context of the Civil Rights movement and why it was so necessary. There are web quests and listening quizzes for different topics which are hard to speak about, let alone teach, because of their awful brutality: the KKK, lynching, JC laws and sharecropping.
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iGCSE Songs of Ourselves Poetry Revision Guide KS4 Literature Exam

iGCSE Songs of Ourselves Poetry Revision Guide KS4 Literature Exam

A complete pack of 2017 CIE Songs of Ourselves poetry analysis and revision. Perfect for students who have missed a lesson/lessons: just print the notes for that page. Or you could give a copy to each student to read and work on over the holidays. Every poem has full analysis of structure, form, language and effects written alongside the poem and every poet has a background information section. I have also provided a range of previous exam questions, a checklist for achieving high grades, essay planning advice and top tips for getting your students the best grades they can.
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The Secret River GCSE English Literature

The Secret River GCSE English Literature

A complete unit of work on the novel The Secret River by Kate Grenville. The novel follows a young man born in London as he is deported to Australia and faces conflict with the Aborigine 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 unit of work has PowerPoint presentations for every lesson as well as worksheets, games, drama, new vocabulary challenges, revision lessons and essay writing guidance. My year 9 students were reading it for iGCSE English Literature, but 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. I would advise downloading (for free on TES) a webquest on Crime and Punishment in Victorian London and one on Australian and Aborigine culture. The students created some beautiful pointillism art work and posters for displays as well as a gigantic display with pictures from London to Australia, dotted with memorable quotations and the timeline following a blue 'river' progressing across the classroom. I have been warned that there were issues with three PowerPoints failing to open. I have taken these down and uploaded them again. Please let me know if you have any questions about the book or resources and I will respond to emails asap, usually within 24 hours.
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T4W KS3 KS4 GCSE SOW and Reading Assessment: Dystopian Future, Tragedy.  Stephen King

T4W KS3 KS4 GCSE SOW and Reading Assessment: Dystopian Future, Tragedy. Stephen King

This short story was written by Stephen King in 1986 and I have adapted it and shortened it to make it appropriate for students while still showcasing his amazing use of language and structure to show the end of the world. The End of the Whole Mess is the story of two brothers, one of whom discovers water in Waco, Texas which stops humans behaving violently. After testing it on wasps, the brothers decide to deploy it over the whole globe to stop acts of violence, war and terrorism. And it works!! But what are the long-term effects? This story is perfect for showing students how a writer can adapt their writing to show a change in a character and to build tension. A masterpiece of flashbacks and foreshadowing. Talk 4 Writing. My school is focusing of Talk 4 Writing all the way up to GCSE currently. For this reason you will find a huge range of activities to help students closely analyse the text at word level, "box up" to show structure and picture mapping with actions to embed punctuation and sentence types into students' speech. I have also included work on the social and historical context and King's own biographical background to help students make those links with the themes of the story. There are games to help embed students' knowledge of language features and revision exercises to prepare them for the reading comprehension test at the end.
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Cthulhu Monster Description Lesson

Cthulhu Monster Description Lesson

This lesson introduces students to the monster Cthulhu through pictures and a listening quiz using the parody song "Hey There Cthulhu". The lesson focus is on using impressive vocabulary, so there is a thesaurus race at the start and a cloze (gap filling exercise) to use new vocabulary in as well as a descriptive writing task. Nothing too spooky here, but enough to get students interested.
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Welcome to Night Vale -- Podcast Listening Quiz, Writing Scripts, Speaking and Listening

Welcome to Night Vale -- Podcast Listening Quiz, Writing Scripts, Speaking and Listening

Welcome. This PPT has a range of guided listening activities to help students engage with the script and ideas before writing their own satirical podcast scripts on their home towns. WTNV is a highly celebrated podcast for its representative cast and amusing events. This particular PPT is based around episode 28: The Summer Reading Programme where children are captured by the evil librarians and eventually escape after beheading them. This exciting event is broken up with a range of government approved messages and advertisement parodies. My students really enjoyed creating their own podcasts and we put them up on the school website for everyone to listen to. They really threw themselves into it far more successfully than any previous work on script writing. This could also make a nice G&T after-school project.
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The Happy Prince - Oscar Wilde Reading Comprehension and Fairytale Structure

The Happy Prince - Oscar Wilde Reading Comprehension and Fairytale Structure

My favourite fairytale of all time! Read it with the students (or watch the animated version here on YouTube which uses the words from the text) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Aank8bDtcE and then let them answer the comprehension questions. I find this is a great story to tackle before Christmas as it deals with themes of charity, poverty and the value of our lives in service to others. It creates really interesting critical discussion with more able students on the didactic nature of fairytales and how they express morals. The PowerPoint then asks students to organise the traditional structure of a fairytale and then plan their own fairy tale with a moral element.
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Human Development Index  Top Trumps: Countries A - G

Human Development Index Top Trumps: Countries A - G

42 Country cards to be laminated and cut, then played with by students. The statistics cover HDI 0 - 1, rank /196, life expectancy, years of schooling, population, homicide rate, GNI, Internet usage, etc. As well as playing Top Trumps, students could rank them in different ways or us them to play Play Your Cards Right. They also make handy revision cards. 42 countries including Afghanistan, Australia, Burkino Faso, Canada, China, Congo, Costa Rica, France, Ghana, etc.
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T4W Talk For Writing Geography: The Life of Rivers

T4W Talk For Writing Geography: The Life of Rivers

A PPT and article to help students understand the structure of an informative and descriptive article on the life of a river. I used this in Geography to introduce the topic of Rivers, but this could lead students into writing about another feature or process such as volcanoes, deforestation or coasts. Includes a picture map for the first paragraphs, pre-selected words to warm up with (different from the technical words in bold in the article) and a "boxing it up" slide and colour coding slide. Enjoy!
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Songs of Ourselves CIE Revision Resource Pack

Songs of Ourselves CIE Revision Resource Pack

Tonnes of activities, games, quizzes, a worksheet on themes, a Poem in a Box revision resource making activity and flashcards to be completed by students, a PowerPoint on structuring essay responses and closely analysing language, essay sentences to scaffold responses, vocabulary for playing games like Go Fish or Give Me A Clue or Pictionary. This should keep exam revision interesting and help students stay engaged and focused in these last few weeks.
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