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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.
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.
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.
Two lessons - Features of film review writing - KS3 Y9 GCSE transactional writing
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Two lessons - Features of film review writing - KS3 Y9 GCSE transactional writing

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Two full lessons on review writing for Y9 taken from GCSE specification. Homophone starter 'Your/You're' Lesson 1 Objective: To identify the different features of film reviews. Outcome: To plan a film review using the required features. Lesson 2 Objective: To investigate the different features of film reviews. Outcome: To apply our knowledge and write a film review, using the required features. First whole lesson, complete with a small section of film reviews to analyse takes pupils through different features of reviews, and the purposes of them (inform, describe, persuade and advise). A starter activity is to go through different kinds of reviews (book/film/restaurant) and who is the possible audience. Then the pupils (in pairs) go through a short review and try and spot the features. Then they can mind-map these features in their books or together on the board at the front of the classroom. Then the pupils watch an embedded clip (trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean) and then can plan to create a review. Extension tasks are added for the most able pupils. In the second lesson, pupils (on their whiteboards/in books) go through a recap (what is a review, purpose, audience), rewrite a paragraph of a film review using ambitious punctuation, read a WAGOLL (what a good one looks like) to look for AFORREST persuasive features, then read a bad example of a film review. Class then write an WWW/EBI for the reviews. Go over the structure of a review, then write their film review for an independent 15 task. I have also included success criteria checklists to print off for your classes.
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.
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?
KS3 transactional broadsheet opinion writing with differentiated resources
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KS3 transactional broadsheet opinion writing with differentiated resources

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Objective: To identify the features of a broadsheet opinion (comment) article. Outcomes: To apply our understand to plan a short comment piece, using the required features. Lesson is a differentiated version of one in my shop. Low set year 9 KS3. Lesson allows pupils to plan with heavy modelling throughout. The pupils can use the one on the board, or use the differentiated gold/silver/bronze provocative responses to write their own comment piece.
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 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.
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.
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.
GCSE/KS3 Unseen Poetry comparison A3 scaffolded sheet
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GCSE/KS3 Unseen Poetry comparison A3 scaffolded sheet

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GCSE Unseen Poetry comparison A3 scaffolded sheet, both original publisher file and PDF file for ease of printing. Poems: The Tiger in the Zoo and The Jaguar. 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.
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.
Reactions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth after Duncan's murder (Act 2, Scene 2)
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Reactions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth after Duncan's murder (Act 2, Scene 2)

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This lesson explores the different reactions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth after the murder of Duncan (Act 2, Scene 2). It gives a quick re-cap of the implications of regicide in Shakespearean England, then re-caps the attitude of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth (key words for stimulus - differentiation). Then you'll read through Act 2, Scene 2 with your class (can't upload the copies I used for copyright reasons, my school uses Macbeth: GCP English for GCSE), [Act 2, Scene 2 is on pages 23-25]. The pupils then used the copies of Act 2, Scene 2 and highlighted the reactions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth with different colours. The pupils then split these into similar reactions and different reactions (added points on PowerPoint for stimulus - differentiation), with an extension question at the bottom. Pupils can then pick one of their points and compare or contrast these (model paragraph included on PowerPoint).
Transactional Writing KS3 Y9 Tabloid Assessment lesson
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Transactional Writing KS3 Y9 Tabloid Assessment lesson

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Tabloid Article (Transactional writing GCSE for KS3 Y9) assessment lesson. Pupils are to write a lively and engaging tabloid article (full of puns, alliteration etc) for their assessed piece of work. Objective: To identify the features of a tabloid news article. Outcomes: To apply our understanding to plan a lively and engaging tabloid article, and write this for our assessment. Literacy objective: An apostrophe must be used to show you have missed out letters in contracted words. Lesson uses whiteboards to help pupils plan their tabloid written assessed piece (30 minutes), going over varied sentence starters, ambitious punctuation and vocabulary etc. Pupils can also use the planning sheet with quotes on to help with their assessed piece of writing (Attached). Pupils have a list of success criteria to allow them to write freely for 30 minutes. Plenary to assess what features we have practiced today in our assessment.
WJEC Eduqas poetry unseen and anthology with A3 sheets
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WJEC Eduqas poetry unseen and anthology with A3 sheets

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This bundle is all of my poetry resources from my KS3/GCSE/A-Level lessons and includes all PPTs from the lessons too. It also has GCSE poetic device posters for your classroom or for a carousel activity, and chunks down poems using A3 sheets for analysis. Whole bundle would cost £28.00, save 63%
GCSE AO4 'evaluate' lesson with extract and table to select and analyse evidence
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GCSE AO4 'evaluate' lesson with extract and table to select and analyse evidence

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Objective: To revise AO4 evaluation questions. Outcomes: To respond to AO4-style examination question using knowledge from today’s lesson. Literacy objective: Doubling the consonant shortens the vowel sound. Bate - Batting, Hope - hopping, Ripe – ripping. Starter: Images with questions. What attracts you, what puts you off, adjectives to describe. Secondary starter: Watch the advert, how does it persuade you to visit the city, has it changed your opinion? How to answer AO4 questions - impression and terminology/quotes. Breaking down the question 'what should I write' with model sentence starters. Small quote from the extract on the PPT, how does the class feel the writer feels about the city of Bradford? Seeing our AO4 question. Task 1: As I read through the ‘Bradford’ by Bill Bryson, annotate around the text what impression is created of the city. Challenge: Can you find some key vocabulary which helps create this impression? Task 2: Take a few minutes to write an adjective (describing word) to sum up what each paragraph says. Challenge: Key vocab again. Task 3: In pairs, complete the table by finding evidence (quotes) which give a view on Bradford, write your reaction and then explain the effect. (Model task 3 response included on the table to aid the students' responses. Then they respond to the question, keeping in mind the assessment criteria. Then self assess for a plenary, giving themselves a mark and WWW/EBI.
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.