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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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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KS3 Inference and deduction -  Students working as detectives on Roald Dahl's Lamb to the Slaughter

KS3 Inference and deduction - Students working as detectives on Roald Dahl's Lamb to the Slaughter

Students work as detectives investigating a crime scene based on Roald Dahl's short story Lamb to the Slaughter. There are two lessons included with the learning objective 'To select, understand and describe evidence; To interpret information and develop explanations.' These lessons have proved hugely successful and fun for students. They absolutely love walking into the classroom to see a crime scene and it's amazing to see even the most disruptive of students get completely into character. There's a little preparation involved in these lessons, but you and your students will reap the benefits.
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Baby Shower Mad Libs Game - Funny, Personalised, Crowd-Pleaser

Baby Shower Mad Libs Game - Funny, Personalised, Crowd-Pleaser

Issue the 'answer sheet' to baby shower guests. Instruct them to complete the list randomly with their own answers. They're NOT trying to second guess what the mum-to-be is writing. Once they've completed the answer sheet, hand them the 'story sheet'. They're to transfer their answers from the answer sheet to the story sheet making sure that the numbers correspond. This in turn will create a funny nonsense story. Once completed, guests can share their stories with each other and a couple can be read aloud to the whole group. You may wish to issue prizes for the best stories. This is a tried-and-tested game which works really well and creates much amusement.
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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 - 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 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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Michael Morpurgo War Horse Scheme of Work WW1 - KS2 OR KS3 Year 7 - 8 SOW - 14 Lessons

Michael Morpurgo War Horse Scheme of Work WW1 - KS2 OR KS3 Year 7 - 8 SOW - 14 Lessons

This SOW was created for Year 7 students of varying abilities. It contains 14 lessons with accompanying resources. The SOW has the following reading, writing and speaking & listening assessments: READING - Explore the relationship between one of the characters and the horse Joey. WRITING - Students are to describe a picture using the senses and one simile or metaphor. SPEAKING & LISTENING - Dramatic performance of a scene from War Horse. The SOW takes students through these learning objectives: LESSON 1 To be able to engage with the key theme of war in the novel To understand the main points about the historical context of the novel LESSON 2 To understand life on a farm in the early 1900s To develop inference skills LESSON 3 To be able to describe character To be able to make comparison To revise the use of connectives to compare LESSON 4 To understand the term ‘points of view’ To be able to compare points of view To be able to rewrite from an alternative point of view LESSON 5 To be able to analyse and describe a setting To develop descriptive writing skills LESSON 6 To develop inference skills LESSON 7 To be able to take different roles in speaking and listening tasks To develop drama skills LESSON 7.5 To be able to take different roles in speaking and listening tasks To develop drama skills LESSON 8 To be able to make links between objects, events and characters To be able to track themes and make logical links LESSON 9 To develop analysis skills To develop the ability to write about language To develop the ability to write about the words chosen by the writer LESSON 10 To be able to explain the relationships between characters LESSON 11 To be able to read independently To develop analysis skills LESSON 12 To assess students’ ability to make inferences about characters LESSON 13-14
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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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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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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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Animal Farm SOW - KS3 Year 9 Scheme of Work - 14 Lessons

Animal Farm SOW - KS3 Year 9 Scheme of Work - 14 Lessons

The SOW takes students through the following learning objectives: Lesson 1 Obj: To be able to define ‘allegory’ and ‘satire’ Lesson 2 Obj: To be able to identify persuasive devices / To research the background and context of Animal Farm. Lesson 3 Obj: To be able to identify language used for characters in Animal Farm Lesson 4 Obj: To be able to identify differences between Snowball and Napoleon Lesson 5 Obj: To be able to use knowledge of the content of Chapter 4 to plan newspaper article. Lesson 6 Obj: To be able to identify improvements to be made through planning. Lesson 7 Obj: To be able to understand how power and language are interlinked. Lesson 8 Obj: To be able to understand how Animal Farm relates to Russian history. Lesson 9 Obj: To be able to analyse and interpret events in Chapters 8 and 9 Lesson 10 Obj: To be able to identify what makes an effective speaker and listener. Lesson 11 Obj: To be able to work effectively as a group and prepare a speech Lesson 12 Obj: To be able to present speech and peer-assess Lesson 13 Obj: To be able to analyse and discuss the film adaptation of Animal Farm Lesson 14 To be able to analyse and discuss the film adaptation of Animal Farm
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KS3 English - Poetry - A Case of Murder by Vernon Scannell - Lesson - Analysis

KS3 English - Poetry - A Case of Murder by Vernon Scannell - Lesson - Analysis

This lesson takes students through Vernon Scannell's poem A Case of Murder. First, students are presented with the First Two Lines from their poem. Place these are students desks before they enter. They're to think about the poem and what it could be about. Next, present students with Gap-fill Poem where they are urged to fill in the gaps in the poem. This helps them to engage with the content and really think about the language of the poem. Feedback. Issue the complete poem. Discuss initial thoughts. Go through the activities in the PPT, which includes quick questions, in-depth question, discussion on themes, emotional response and then a contextual-based homework.
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KS2 KS3 Skellig - Home Schooling Debate - Cards For/Against Home Schooling - Speaking & Listening

KS2 KS3 Skellig - Home Schooling Debate - Cards For/Against Home Schooling - Speaking & Listening

Set up a debate with your class as a speaking & listening assessment/activity to run alongside the reading of David Almond's Skellig. This debate springs from the character Mina, who is home schooled. Having done this debate several times with classes, it usually elicits some passionate opinions. Divide your class as necessary into two teams - 'for home schooling' and 'against home schooling' and then issue the cards to the opposing teams. The cards will give students starting points to develop their arguments further. This is a flexible activity to manage and adapt however you wish to suit the abilities of your students.
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Advert Analysis SOW Advertising Media  - Persuasive Writing - KS3 - Scheme of Work - 8 Lessons

Advert Analysis SOW Advertising Media - Persuasive Writing - KS3 - Scheme of Work - 8 Lessons

This SOW focuses on persuasive techniques, language techniques, non-language devices and presentational features used in advertising to have an effect on the reader. Students develop their analytical skills before creating their own advert with commentary for their assessment. Although this may sound dull, students had real fun with this scheme and found it genuinely interesting. They thoroughly enjoyed the 'speed dating' to learn about different advertising techniques. The SOW uses the following learning objectives in its lessons: LESSON 1 To understand how images are composed, and how to read figure signs. LESSON 2 To understand how images use colour, texture and viewpoint. LESSON 3 To understand how persuasive language techniques as used in adverts. LESSON 4: To describe the effect of persuasive (language) techniques used in adverts. LESSON 5 To analyse language techniques and presentational features in an advert. LESSON 6 To create own advert using knowledge and skills gained from analysis. LESSON 7 To create own advert using knowledge and skills gained from analysis. INDEPENDENT TASK TIME LESSON 8 To create own advert using knowledge and skills gained from analysis. INDEPENDENT TASK TIME
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KS3 / KS4 Analysis of Story Openings - Creative Writing, Descriptive Writing

KS3 / KS4 Analysis of Story Openings - Creative Writing, Descriptive Writing

A 30-minute activity for students to understand what makes a great story opening. Students analyse some of the world's most renown story openings, they identify what's effective about them and then they use their new-found knowledge to craft their own enticing story opening. There are 13 story openings including The Lovely Bones, Orwell's 1984, Jane Eyre and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - a real mix for students to get their teeth into. I dare say this activity may encourage some students to read the books after being drawn in by some of the openings.
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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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