50+ Activities for Reading Novels Texts Books - KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5 English - Engage, Enthuse, Excite

50+ Activities for Reading Novels Texts Books - KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5 English - Engage, Enthuse, Excite

This 23 slide PowerPoint (for teachers) contains 50+ FUN activities for students to do when reading novels as a class. These tasks really do engage, enthuse and excite, and they can be used with any age group. Look at the 'previews' to see the kind of activities on offer. These activities really do jazz up 'reading' up students and gives them an active task when reading as a class.
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KS3 English - Newspaper Journalism Writing Scheme of Work - Writing to Inform - 8 Lessons

KS3 English - Newspaper Journalism Writing Scheme of Work - Writing to Inform - 8 Lessons

Before becoming an English teacher, I was a journalist. I used my skills and knowledge gained there to create a scheme of work to teach students about how language is used in news writing. The SOW proved very successful with Year 9 students of varying abilities. The SOW is 8-10 lessons long, depending on your students' ability. It leads up to students writing their own news article using the skills gained in the SOW. The SOW uses the following learning objectives in its lessons: LESSON 1 To understand how newspapers use layout LESSON 2 To compare and contrast online and printed newspapers LESSON 3 To explore the power of images in newspapers LESSON 4: To understand more about the language of types of newspaper writing LESSON 5 To explore the way newspaper stories are structured LESSON 6 To identify and understand emotive language, and its effect on readers. LESSON 7 To understand how to write clearly, concisely and correctly. LESSON 8 To understand how to put a whole article together
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AQA English Lit Paper 1 - Macbeth - Quotation Revision Activity - Illustrate Key Quotations

AQA English Lit Paper 1 - Macbeth - Quotation Revision Activity - Illustrate Key Quotations

Students I've taught struggle to remember key quotations. I wracked my brains to try and find a way to help them remember without just learning by rote and repetition. This activity was particularly successful with my students. Print the carefully selected quotations with their short explanation and issue to students. You may wish to print 2-3 times to give students 3 quotations each. Ask each student on a sticky note to illustrate the quotation. Albeit simple, this activity really helps students to recall quotations as they remember the illustration they do. Allow students to use colour as it makes the activity for memorable. An alternative activity may be to give each student one quotation each and an A4 piece of paper. Ask them to illustrate the quotation on a larger scale, using colour, and then make a class display which the whole class can refer to.
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KS3 ENGLISH Assessment Student Friendly Sub-level Descriptors - Reading/Writing/Speaking & Listening

KS3 ENGLISH Assessment Student Friendly Sub-level Descriptors - Reading/Writing/Speaking & Listening

Sheets for students to stick in their books or for teachers to display in their classrooms that describe requirements for levels and sub-levels in reading, writing and speaking and listening. An accessible resource that allows students to take responsibility for their own progress. It's also a helpful resource for teachers when setting targets. Students find their level on the sheet and they can then look to the next level where it says 'To get a level 5b, I need to...' Also included is a marking key sheet for students to stick in their books to enable teachers to state the particular markers they use to marks students' books. Also, a personal target sheet for students to self-assess their ability at the start of the year. Students may review this at different times of the year to assess their own progress. There's also a target record sheet for students to keep in the front of their exercise books to keep a record of their targets. The idea is that they start filling in their targets from the bottom of the sheet so they're effectively climbing "the ladder" and making progress. Students should regularly review the sheet with their teacher to assess whether they're meeting their targets and whether their NC level is improving over time.
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GCSE AQA Modern Texts - Of Mice and Men & An Inspector Calls 10-week revision booklet

GCSE AQA Modern Texts - Of Mice and Men & An Inspector Calls 10-week revision booklet

Revision booklet full of activities for students to do at home, lasting 10 weeks. It gives clear activities and reading for students to do each week. There are practice exam questions throughout the booklet. The booklet functions as a workbook that students can hand in once they've finished. It's proved incredibly successful with GCSE students.
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AQA English Lit Paper 1 - Macbeth - Exam Practice Revision - Exciting Court Case - IS MACBETH EVIL?

AQA English Lit Paper 1 - Macbeth - Exam Practice Revision - Exciting Court Case - IS MACBETH EVIL?

Students are asked the question: Is Macbeth Evil? Based on their simple 'yes' or 'no' response, they are split into two teams: prosecuting team and defence team. You - the teacher - are the judge. Teams are initially given their 'first piece of evidence' (an extract) to analyse and annotate with their agenda/argument in mind. They are then asked to look at the 'play as a whole' to find other pieces of evidence to support their argument. A mock court case is then held with Macbeth on trial. Both teams present their cases and debate whether or not Macbeth is evil. The teacher - playing the role of the judge - then weighs up the arguments and makes a decision. For homework, students are given the same question which has been formalized into an exam question. This is a fun and exciting way of exploring an exam question which allows students to really get their teeth into a question. All lesson guidance is in the 'notes' section on each slide on the PowerPoint. This lesson is about encouraging students to develop a 'critical, exploratory, well-structured argument' which is at the top of level 6.
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KS3 English The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Understanding Asperger's Syndrome

KS3 English The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Understanding Asperger's Syndrome

This is a list of 'symptoms' of Asperger's syndrome. Display these around the classroom before students enter. As a starter activity, ask students to tour the room, find the 'symptoms' and jot them down in their books. This opens up a discussion about Asperger's Syndrome. Video also attached which offers a very intriguing insight into autism and Asperger's Syndrome. This resource is taken from my KS3 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time SOW which you can buy from my shop.
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AQA English Literature Paper 1 - Macbeth - Revision How to Respond to an Exam Question - 1 x Lesson

AQA English Literature Paper 1 - Macbeth - Revision How to Respond to an Exam Question - 1 x Lesson

This lesson takes students through how to respond to an exam question. The question is: Starting with this speech, explain how far you think Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as a powerful woman. Write about: • how Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth in this speech • how Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth in the play as a whole Students explore the play where Lady Macbeth is featured. They highlight/annotate the exam question and speech. They then read through other parts of the play and pick out important quotations for their 'quotations' bank. Students also complete a PEE-based essay plan throughout the lesson in preparation for writing a whole response. Students also consider the assessment objectives. On the PowerPoint there are 'notes' at the bottom of each slide for guidance on how to conduct the lesson.
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KS3 Shakespeare Starter - Facts, True of False? - Fun Way for Students to Learn about the Bard!

KS3 Shakespeare Starter - Facts, True of False? - Fun Way for Students to Learn about the Bard!

Go through the PowerPoint slide showing statements about Shakespeare. Students move to the left or right of the room depending on whether they think the statement is true or false. Once students have made their decision, click the mouse and show the answer. Use the Teacher's Notes to give students a little bit more information about the fact. This is an interactive starter activity that students really engage with.
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GCSE - English Literature AQA Paper 1 - Macbeth's Speech - Analysis - Charting Emotion - PEE

GCSE - English Literature AQA Paper 1 - Macbeth's Speech - Analysis - Charting Emotion - PEE

In Act 2, Scene 1 Macbeth is deciding whether to kill Duncan or not. Read Macbeth’s soliloquy to students from ‘Is this a dagger which I see before me?’ Ask students to listen carefully as you read aloud to them – try to be quite dramatic and theatrical! Instruct students to jot down any words or phrases that they think are especially important. Ask students to feedback. Also, ask them about their first impressions of the speech. Issue Lesson 5 – Macbeth’s Soliloquy (High Ability Students) or Lesson 5 – Macbeth’s Soliloquy (Low Ability Students). Watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pusU90ov8pQ This will aid understanding. With Lesson 5 – Macbeth’s Soliloquy, give pairs three highlighters to share. They must identify how Macbeth is feeling at the prospect of murdering King Duncan, exploring three possible choices: 1) Macbeth is intent on the murder. 2) Macbeth is undecided. 3) Macbeth is horrified by the prospect of murder. They’re to use 3 different colours to represent each of the three choices. They should try to highlight each line in a colour. Issue Lesson 5 – Macbeth Chart to students. They’re to create a line graph which illustrates Macbeth’s decision making. (20 mins) Students are to answer the following question: Why does Macbeth decide to kill King Duncan? Students should refer to the soliloquy, but also what’s happened in other scenes from the play. They should use the PEE format in their response. You may decide to make this form the basis for an extended piece of writing. Select quotations for low ability students to work with, rather than them trying to find their own. (Macbeth's Soliloquy - with helpful definitions - was taken from The RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for Teachers.)
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FUN QUIZ FOR ENGLISH / READING LESSON - Story Opening Lines - Children's / Teen Literature - Reading

FUN QUIZ FOR ENGLISH / READING LESSON - Story Opening Lines - Children's / Teen Literature - Reading

This is an excellent, fun and challenging quiz to do with secondary school students in an English lesson. This quiz tests students' knowledge of children's and teen literature. There are 52 opening lines - one for every week of the year - for students to try and identify. Students must decide which story the opening line comes from. Depending on your students' ability, you can use the optional clues provided on each slide, available simply by clicking 'clue' on each slide. You can also challenge students to not only guess the story's title but also the story's author. There is plenty of scope for differentiation. Some notes for how to complete this activity are included in the 'notes' section the PowerPoint slides. Sample opening lines: "All children, except one, grow up." - Peter Pan "Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmond, and Lucy." - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe “I found him in the garage on a Sunday afternoon.” - Skellig "My mother drove me to the airport with the windows rolled down. It was seventy-five degrees in Phoenix, the sky a perfect, cloudless blue.” - Twilight “Sophie couldn’t sleep. A brilliant moonbeam was slanting through a gap in the curtains. It was shining right on her pillow.” - BFG The opening lines range from The Hungry Caterpillar to The Fault in our Stars. This quiz is a fun thing to do at Christmas or at the end of term, or just as part of a reading lesson to encourage students to read by engaging them in the opening lines. This quiz also offers opportunity for students to discuss which opening lines are their favourites, perhaps encouraging them to seek out the stories to read for themselves.
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50+ Activities for Reading Novels Texts Books - KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5 English - Engage, Enthuse, Excite

50+ Activities for Reading Novels Texts Books - KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5 English - Engage, Enthuse, Excite

This 23 slide PowerPoint (for teachers) contains 50+ FUN activities for students to do when reading novels as a class. These tasks really do engage, enthuse and excite, and they can be used with any age group. Look at the 'previews' to see the kind of activities on offer. These activities really do jazz up 'reading' up students and gives them an active task when reading as a class.
Debzy87
GCSE - English Literature AQA Paper 1 - What sort of play is Macbeth? - High Ability

GCSE - English Literature AQA Paper 1 - What sort of play is Macbeth? - High Ability

Students look at seven different interpretations of Macbeth, the play as a whole. Go through the PowerPoint of different interpretations and briefly discuss each one. Print them off for small groups to look at. As a group, students must choose one of the interpretations and put together a short presentation in which they argue why Macbeth best fits that interpretation. They must use evidence from the play and come up with coherent arguments. Give groups a large piece of sugar paper. They must stick their chosen interpretation in the middle and then write their supporting quotations and arguments around it, ready to present to the rest of the class.
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KS3 Descriptive Writing - Writing to Describe Lesson - Creative, Fun Exercise

KS3 Descriptive Writing - Writing to Describe Lesson - Creative, Fun Exercise

Do ‘Starter Activity for Descriptive Writing’; this should put students in the right mind-set for descriptive writing. This activity should encourage students to tune into their senses, which is an essential skill for writing descriptively. Ideally, students should use mini whiteboards, but if these are not available, then exercise books are satisfactory. Hand-out ‘An Example of Writing to Describe’ sheet. Ask students, in pairs, to read it through and highlight – in different colours – the words and sentences that relate to the five senses. Recap the five senses – sight, sound, smell, touch, taste. Feedback. Ask students why description is important. Hand-out ‘Planning Sheet for Descriptive Writing’. Explain that, as it is a planning sheet, it does not matter if they alter or change their ideas throughout. They are to write about a place or event, perhaps building on the ideas they established in the starter activity. Students could write up their piece of descriptive writing as a writing assessment.
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