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Uses of Dialogue with extracts from Harry Potter
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Uses of Dialogue with extracts from Harry Potter

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Full lesson PowerPoint which goes through the reasons for using dialogue in your writing, the Golden Rules of dialogue. This leads on to the children reading the three extracts from Harry Potter (written out for you in the attached Word document) and a task sheet (again attached). The pupils must: Identify characteristics of dialogue in the three extracts (why the dialogue is used e.g. does it reveal character relationships, move the story forward or build tension), explain how Rowling has showed this characteristic, find a quote and explain why Rowling may have chose this use of dialogue in the extract, e.g. at what point of the story is this dialogue occurring? WAGOLL (what a good one looks like) is also included in the PowerPoint.
Romeo and Juliet KS3 GCSE Who is to blame for tragedy? Carousel
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Romeo and Juliet KS3 GCSE Who is to blame for tragedy? Carousel

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Carousel activity with A3 sheets, posters for around the room and PPT all included with PDF and publisher files for ease of use and so you can adapt these. Speaking and listening activity for Y8, can be differentiated up or down. Objective: To explain who is to blame for the tragic events of Romeo and Juliet. Outcomes: To present my reasons to the class for a speaking and listening activity. Literacy objective: Doubling the consonant shortens the vowel sound. E.g. Bate – batting, Ripe - ripping Starter: Pupils write down phrases to do with Romeo and Juliet in a Venn diagram, this will help them with their speaking and listening paragraph later on in the lesson. At least 5 phrases for both Romeo and Juliet. Then pupils use their A3 sheets to go in pairs around the room and take notes and give a rating out of 10 to how much they feel the character is to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet. 1) Romeo, 2) Juliet, 3) The Montagues, 4) The Capulets, 5) Friar Lawrence, 6) The Nurse, 7) Mercutio, 8) Tybalt. A3 sheet is included in PDF and publisher file. 4 minutes on each station. Pupils then write a paragraph (sentence starters included and challenge activity - ambitious vocabulary) explaining their reasons why they feel one character is the most to blame. Using A3 sheet to help. Carousel posters around the room give reasons and questions afterward to encourage pupils to think for themselves. Then pupils, in register order, must read out their paragraphs one by on for the speaking and listening activity. (Challenge - adopt a serious tone, like you are trying to convince a jury). Then class together says who they think is to blame, and two pupils help to create a tally chart on the board to present our final verdict on who is the most to blame. Plenary to put a post it describing their view of the play on the board, 1-10, 1 being 'tragic', 10 being 'exciting'. Then they can explain their verdict. This can be stretched over two lessons or one, depending on length of time pupils have in class and ability.
Newspapers tabloid articles KS3 Y9 with homework
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Newspapers tabloid articles KS3 Y9 with homework

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Objective: To identify the features of a tabloid news article. Outcomes: To apply our understanding to write a lively and engaging tabloid article. Homework: Read your tabloid article and analyse the features, purpose and tone, using the table on the right. Literacy starter: Effect/Affect Starter activity is a card sort between the features of a broadsheet newspaper and a tabloid newspaper. Then a spot the features article to find the AFORREST features and how the writer has engaged the audience. Slides then move on to the main task, but first they go through example headlines to guess what the tabloid news article might be which we're writing about for an independent 10 task. Pupils then plan their tabloid article with a list of success criteria e.g. a shocking headline. Independent 10 task: Write an engaging article for a tabloid newspaper.
PSCHE lesson - British Values - tolerance
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PSCHE lesson - British Values - tolerance

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PSCHE lesson to promote fundamental British Values - tolerance. Literacy objective: Affect/effect Firstly, the pupils will sign a pledge which can be printed off and stuck into books. This is to listen to others opinion, respect each other etc. The pledge will start in this classroom and will be continued throughout their school education, fits within school ethos etc. This can also be used with a speaking stickball//pen/pencil etc. So, whomever has the stick has the floor. Discussions regarding what it means to be tolerant. Think, pair, share, square group tasks. Card sort activity for 'tolerant or intolerant' behaviour scenarios - card sort to cut up from PowerPoint slide 7 for slide 8's card sort mat. What should you do vs. What shouldn't you do? For when pupils come across intolerant behaviour in their lives. Plenary - what have we learnt today?
Features of newspapers KS3 Y9
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Features of newspapers KS3 Y9

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Objective: To identify the different features of broadsheet and tabloid newspapers. Outcomes: To compare these features in a table. This lesson goes through the differences between broadsheet and tabloid newspapers. Starter looks at two different front pages, one tabloid, one broadsheet. It then goes through the differences with the pupils. Sensational news and the public interest is also covered. Main task is to read through a 'Broadsheet vs Tabloid' article. Then pupils will annotate these two articles e.g. language differences, differences in headline. They then fill out a table with Newspaper 1/Newspaper 2. Plenary goes over headline count (how journalists count letters/numbers/symbols) and pupils can create a headline to match the count of 25. Lesson could be differentiated up or down, with more or less complex stories.
Gothic Horror conventions with Sleepy Hollow trailer clip
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Gothic Horror conventions with Sleepy Hollow trailer clip

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Half lesson starter: Teacher Standards: S1 Engage the pupils in the starter activity and use multimedia (YouTube) to consolidate knowledge learnt. S2 Construct and scaffold learning, consolidate knowledge regarding genre and develop this into a clearer understanding of Gothic Horror. S3 Breaking down ideas logically to support development of learner’s knowledge. Learning objective: To identify conventions of Gothic Horror genre. Learning outcome: To be able to pick out these conventions from a YouTube clip (Sleepy Hollow). Strategies: Ensure pupils understand the conventions of gothic horror literature e.g. setting – remote locations, haunted houses, gothic architecture, dungeons, hidden rooms, dark towers, crypts. Key concepts: Gothic horror conventions (characters, setting and themes). Questions: What other characters can we think of which may fit into these typical categories? – Perhaps think about books you have read or films you have watched. What can you spot in this setting? What is typical of the image on the board, what is the weather like? What time of year is this?
GCSE/KS3 Unseen Poetry analysis A3 worksheet
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GCSE/KS3 Unseen Poetry analysis A3 worksheet

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GCSE Unseen Poetry comparison A3 scaffolded sheet, both original publisher file and PDF file for ease of printing. Poem: Autumn by Alan Bold (I don't own this poem). Very useful for the section A analysis of unseen poetry for Eduqas WJEC. Sheets scaffold the pupils to bullet pointing the meaning, mood of the poem. Then discussing the language/spotting devices, identifying structure and seeing if there is a deeper meaning, and the effect the poem has on the reader. Lovely resource and well scaffolded for the ability of my classes. Easily differentiated up or down, this worked with low set year 9 as well as GCSE.
Romeo and Juliet comparing and contrasting Friar Lawrence and Nurse
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Romeo and Juliet comparing and contrasting Friar Lawrence and Nurse

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Objective: To investigate evidence which explores the characters of the Nurse and Friar Lawrence. Outcomes: To compare and contrast the attitudes of the Nurse and Friar Lawrence in Act 2. Literacy objective: When a word ends in ‘e’, you must always remove it when adding ‘-ing’. Starter: Task: Write a sentence to compare these two pictures using a comparative or contrasting conjunction. Use the word bank below to help you. Elephant and a mouse with comparative connectives to help. Comparing and orange and an apple. Going over the main plot of Friar Lawrence and the Nurse within Romeo and Juliet. Key terminology: Foreshadowing. Think pair share activity on an A3 sheet to help compare and contrast the attitudes of Friar Lawrence and the Nurse. Using comparative connectives. Venn diagram to compare and contrast different adjectives which might apply to FL or N. Main task: To compare and contrast the attitudes on an A3 sheet. Models with analysis for a response for Friar Lawrence and the Nurse. Evidence and then exploding the quote. Then comparing whether it is similar or different. AO3 context challenge. Assessment objectives to go over how they should respond. Task to compare and contrast by writing a paragraph - success criteria with AO1, AO2 and AO3 context challenge. Half way through their independent 10 - stop - and read the model response from the teacher to see if they can improve their answer. Post it plenary to put their post it on the 1-10 scale either 1 its tragic or 10 its exciting. Then discuss how they feel about the play so far.
Informal Letters - KS3 Y9 transactional writing
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Informal Letters - KS3 Y9 transactional writing

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This lesson goes over the features of informal letters (KS3) in preparation for the transactional writing part of the GCSE language exam. Stick-in sheet for pupils to make some notes on in their books included. The lesson also focuses on ambitious vocabulary and has a literacy homophone starter (where/were/we're). It goes over tone and style of informal letters, then 'spot the errors' in a small informal letter which is far too formal. Easily differentiated by editing the example. Main task is to write an informal letter to a friend: this includes a brief for the pupils to follow. Success and challenge criteria included. Peer assessment for AfL and plenary included at the end.
KS3 Mother, Any Distance Simon Armitage A3 worksheet and PPT
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KS3 Mother, Any Distance Simon Armitage A3 worksheet and PPT

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Whole lesson with accompanying A3 differentiated worksheet for a 'way into' the poem for low ability year 8. This could be used for all KS3 classes or low ability Y10/11 as well if this is in your anthology. Lesson uses a post it starter and image starter to engage and think about the metaphors in the poem, e.g. anchor, kite. What could these represent? Then pupils work around the A3 sheet both collaboratively with 'think, pair, share' signposted boxes and independently, with writing full sentences and justifying their responses. This worked well with my low ability Y8 class. After every box I used whole class feedback before moving on. After the A3 sheet, pupils write a letter (10 minute timer) from the perspective of the son, telling the mother the reasons he is moving out with success criteria. Glossary to go through with pupils with some of the more sophisticated vocabulary in the poem. I have included the publisher and PDF files of the A3 sheet for ease of use.
GCSE/KS3 Unseen Poetry comparison A3 scaffolded worksheet
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GCSE/KS3 Unseen Poetry comparison A3 scaffolded worksheet

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GCSE Unseen Poetry comparison A3 scaffolded sheet, both original publisher file and PDF file for ease of printing. Poems: Geriatric Ward and Warning. I don't own these poems. Sheets scaffold the pupils to bullet pointing the meaning, mood of the poem. Then discussing the language/spotting devices, identifying structure and seeing if there is a deeper meaning, and the effect the poems have on the reader. Lovely resource and well scaffolded for the ability of my classes. Easily differentiated up or down, this worked with low set year 9 as well as GCSE.
Transactional Writing Newspapers KS3 Y9
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Transactional Writing Newspapers KS3 Y9

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Newspapers transactional writing bundle for KS3 Y9 - can be scaled up for GCSE grade as this is covered, but in less detail. Five lessons, including assessment lesson, worksheets/models included etc. Fun journalism headline count (cross-curricular with media and maths) for a plenary to some lessons. Saving 35% compared to buying individually. Lessons come with all resources and homework included.
Romeo and Juliet KS3 GCSE Act 3 Scene 1 exploring tension Mercutio's death
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Romeo and Juliet KS3 GCSE Act 3 Scene 1 exploring tension Mercutio's death

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Objective: To investigate how Shakespeare builds tension using dramatic techniques. Outcomes: To evaluate the effect of the dramatic techniques in Act 3, Scene 1. Literacy objective: Doubling the consonant shortens the vowel sound. E.g. Bate – batting, Ripe - ripping This lesson included some PRT (pupil response time) at the start aka purple pen, so they could make some corrections - took 5/10 minutes off the lesson. Starter - pathetic fallacy key terminology - what kind of a mood do these images create. 6 images on the board. Challenge - what kind of a mood was Act 2, Scene 6 (marriage). Recap of the scene before watching the clip from the Baz Luhrmann DVD. After watching the clip (DVD - not included) then discussion to talk about the tension created within the scene and linking to pathetic fallacy. How, when Mercutio falls, the storm comes. Then pupils in groups or pairs, use a card sort activity (included) going through the quotes and plotting when the dialogue was said, and whether or not it increased or decreased tension. Time/Tension graph - linking to numeracy within the curriculum. Discussion when finished, plotting the time over tension graph on the board with key quotes. Then pupils for their independent 10 time choose a quote from the graph that is of high or low tension and they then explode this quote in their books. AO3 context challenge. Model explode-a-quote is included. Plenary for pupils to create a series of text messages between Benvolio, Mercutio, Tybalt and Romeo about the happenings of Act 3, Scene 1. For A3 tension over time graph, there is one illustrated on the PPT and I just drew this out onto A3 paper.
KS3/KS4 A Christmas Carol lessons/worksheets
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KS3/KS4 A Christmas Carol lessons/worksheets

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A mixed bag of lessons exploring The Ghost of Christmas Past, Scrooge's childhood, his relationship with Fezziwig, the relationship between Scrooge and Marley and language used within Stave 1/2. This was for a top set GSCE class. The range of activities worked extremely well. There is also a graded outstanding lesson included. A range of challenge and support is also included. I adapted these lessons for my lower sets, so differentiated worksheets are also included.
Sci-Fi conventions and dialogue
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Sci-Fi conventions and dialogue

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This is a full lesson planned for Sci-Fi conventions and use of dialogue. The start of the lesson the PowerPoint shows a few film posters typical of the Sci-Fi genre and the children are asked to raise their hands if they know what we're talking about. The PowerPoint then goes over the Golden Rules of dialogue and the Uses of Dialogue. Then the pupils can be paired and they work in pairs to create a mind map. I used colourful card and differentiated the planning task. Lower ability had two image stimulus of a human and an alien. Clear human and alien set for them, and their mind-map was already sectioned off to give some structure. Higher attainers were only given the question. Colourful pens can be handed out to the class too in order to ensure who has wrote what on the plan, to gauge progress. The main task for the lesson is to write dialogue between a human and an alien. One of these characters is pleading for their lives. The class will then present this in a dramatic reading, using their dialogue tags as directions e.g. whimpered, shouted, bellowed. If you wanted, the pupils could freeze, and then teacher could point to pupils and say "which convention of Sci-Fi have partner A and B used?" The class I delivered this lesson to loved it, very creative and it sparked imaginations.
KS3 Love's Philosophy Percy Shelley A3 worksheet
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KS3 Love's Philosophy Percy Shelley A3 worksheet

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KS3 year 8 low ability (can be adapted or used for any KS3 or KS4 class with differentiated questions). The worksheet allows ways into the poem e.g. list all of the verbs within the poem (doing words), challenge to find personification throughout the poem. Using collaborative work and individual work with think, pair, share activity boxes to chunk their way into the poem. Discussing structure and reflecting the way Shelley references pairs within the poem. Challenge to link to religion - coming from a short Shelley context discussion before the lesson. This worked very well with my low ability Y8's. Both publisher and pdf files for ease of use.
KS3 Bayonet Charge Ted Hughes
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KS3 Bayonet Charge Ted Hughes

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Objective: To identify techniques used within the war poem Bayonet Charge. Outcomes: To apply our knowledge to discuss the attitudes and realities of the soldier. Lesson analysing the poem Bayonet Charge by Ted Hughes. Starter to engage using an image, then a word sort activity to identify the key themes in the poem. Main task after analysing and discussing is to write an overview of the poem.
Features of Reports Y9 KS3 Transactional Writing
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Features of Reports Y9 KS3 Transactional Writing

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Full lesson on GCSE transactional writing (reports). Objective: To identify the features of a report. Outcomes: To produce a plan for a report using detailed content and the required structure. Literacy objective: An apostrophe must be used to show you have missed out letters in a contracted word. E.g. Should'nt - should not. Literacy starter is a contraction wheel. Lesson goes through what a report is, the purposes of a report, the audience and possible content. Starter allows the pupils to think for themselves what might be in a report (content), and a vocab-builder allows them to engage with formal vocabulary A06. The lesson then picks apart a report question, and allows pupils to investigate the purpose/audience/tone and format of the transactional writing question. Pupils then complete a table of positives/negatives to do with a school facility, read through a model report (either alone or with classroom teacher) and then complete their aims/questions in their introductory paragraph and their data collection paragraph in independent 10 task time with success criteria and a grammar challenge. Plenary to assess their knowledge of the features of a report.
KS4 Macbeth and Banquo's reaction Act 2, Scene 1
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KS4 Macbeth and Banquo's reaction Act 2, Scene 1

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Lesson exploring the different reacitons of Banquo and Macbeth in Act 2, Scene 1. I used a video clip in the lesson and printed off the Act for pupils to analyse. Quotes were then put into a venn diagram (included). Lesson worked well. Model paragraph included to stimulate responses from pupils.