This is my whole year’s worth of lessons that I used to teach CIE 0500 First Language English IGCSE to Chinese EAL students. I organised the files by topic, so it’s not chronological, as you can dip in to whichever section your class most needs. I also included my Forms quizzes, starter booklet with short answer practices and revision materials, including a link to my one hour video lesson for question 3. All the folders, files, worksheets etc, in the preview video are included. I put each folder into a zip file so that everything would stay organised.
Question 1 - Summaries: lessons going over paraphrasing techniques with a model answer and tips
Question 2 - Language analysis: many lessons on this, including one on the song Blowin’ in the Wind and many from past exams. I also made a PowerPoint in which I go over common effects that I found when going over past papers (in the revision folder).
Question 3 - Extended response: lessons for the major text types, speeches, newspaper, magazine, interview, diary and letter. Exam tips for approaching this question. Includes engaging material such as Harvey Milk and JFK speeches.
Narrative writing - tips and tricks, going over plot structure and climax, looking at engaging openings.
Descriptive writing - tips and tricks, exemplar, lesson on extended metaphors and developing a range of imagery.
Evaluative response - PPT and resources to give a rebuttal to an article about school uniforms with a plan included.
Six Forms quizzes (mostly self marking) which offer short answer question practice
Starter booklet for short answer questions
My video lesson for Q3 is included as a link in the revision folder
Student friendly overview of the course
This fun music quiz has 70 questions all with song clips from 2021-22 chart toppers. This includes a PowerPoint with clips and answers, a student answer sheet and a teacher answer sheet.
Artists included (amongst many others!): Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Dua Lipa, Lil Naz X, Lizzo, Harry Styles, Owl City, The Weeknd, BTS, BLACKPINK, Billie Eilish, Adele, Ariana Grande…
Preview video here: https://youtu.be/ohRGaNDU2r4
The rounds all contain ten questions with clips:
Pop music (1) - recent chart toppers
Two second belters - two seconds of a famous artist singing
Finish the lyrics - song clip that cuts off before a crucial lyric, can students fill in the gap?
Kpop - recent Kpop hits
Guess the year - chart toppers from the 2010s, can students guess from a choice of three possible years when the song was released?
8 Bit - 2021 hits turned into 8 bit (polyphonic ringtone style) songs
Pop (2) - ten more recent chart toppers
This is a full scheme of work for Noughts and Crosses (the play version), ideal for KS3, year 8/year 9 English. Included: PowerPoint with 95 slides and three different assessment options for reading, writing and speaking.
Fonts used (free to download - just go to Google Fonts): [Montserrat] and [Staaliches].
Act 1 is analysed in detail, then students read through Act 2, completing some optional tasks at the end, such as review writing or an empathic monologue.
Context of racism, segregation and the IRA bombing
Narration task for the trailer, where students take the trailer without sound and add on their own narration
Group research and presentation task
Language analysis, including a model answer
Drama activities including hot seating
Newspaper writing task that forces students to pick a biased perspective
Empathic response - taking on the voice of one character to write a monologue
Preview video: https://youtu.be/Q1QDDNe2L2c
Three lessons on the topic of informal letter writing. This was intended for CIE IGCSE English as a Second Language question 6, but could be used also with KS3.
1. Generating ideas - four different routes into coming up with ideas for letter writing (PPT)
2. Formal/informal language with a variety of activities and model answers (PPT)
3. Peer assessment (PPT)
This also comes with a success criteria based on the CIE mark scheme.
This is a review lesson for language devices, which defines the language devices with examples, then moves onto identifying languagde devices in a text, before finally guiding students to use the language devices with a range of engaging picture stimuli. Originally planned for the CIE IGCSE English as a First Language scheme but would also work well for AQA English Language, as that has a picture stimulus based writing task.
Also includes a language device Kahoot I made including videos, pictures and music, such as Justin Bieber.
The file is a PowerPoint file.
This booklet contains two whole lessons plus fast finishers. I structured this booklet so that pupils will have visual cues in the form of icons to help them structure their story: who, where, when, problem, solution and ending. This mini icons help to signal to pupils what is required of them.
The booklet contains many many colourful images to generate ideas for writing and engage pupils. There are also two stories in there to use as a starting point, with images and comprehension questions. This is suitable for KS2 and SEN and low ability KS3.
This Powerpoint lesson introduces students to the five-point narrative structure. The lesson has a listening task, discussions, group activity and a video task - optional to either analyse the plot structure of Cinderella or The Bodyguard (BBC), dependent on the ability of your group.
Inside, there are two versions of the same PPT, one differentiated for ESL/EAL students, specifically Chinese students.
This is one of my favourite lessons to teach, tried and tested, and always gets good results! Students will learn step-by-step how to write extended metaphors, with videos, model answers and a nicely designed ppt.
This 17 page booklet contains:
- Modern Source A: article from the Mail on Sunday, upbeat tone, on the Queen's cousin coming out as gay and his new relationship
- Pre-1914 Source B: three short letters by Oscar Wilde to his lover, accessible and full of language techniques
- Both sources are annotated with talking points
- Scaffolded tasks and guidance for Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4
- Exam style questions
- An additional exam booklet with these texts in should you choose to use this as an assessment
- PDF and editable Word Docs of both booklets
A PowerPoint guiding students through the historical context of The Great Gatsby. Includes videos, images, songs, quotes from the Great Gatsby and discussion point. This took me around 2 hours to teach using the materials in this resource.
I cover: prohibition, the American dream, the roaring 20s and the new woman. These are linked back to the novel to explain how they are relevant to the novel.
This resource contains a Powerpoint and a running race worksheet with teacher answers.
You will first explain some common strategies for working out the meaning of new vocabulary with examples.
Students will then have a group running race in which they apply the strategies they have learnt to new words. They will have to come to you for each question with a correct answer before being allowed to access the next question. The first team to complete the quiz wins.
This is a tried and tested lesson which my students love. Engaging, fun and practical.
Suitable for KS3 or KS4 English for any exam board. Especially suitable for CIE First Language English 0500 in which students will have to define new words.
This is a PPT lesson guiding you through teaching Question 1 letter writing for CIE IGCSE English as a First Language. It uses The Hunger Games as a text, looking at the Interview scene.
Included is one full PPT (this took me around 3 hours to teach fully), a mock CIE assessment Q1 based on The Hunger Games, a planning sheet and an example insert annotated for the three bullet points.
This pack includes a PowerPoint music genres quiz with eight rounds of different genres for pupils to guess. The first 20 second clips of songs are included within the presentation. Also included are pupil answer sheets and a teacher’s answer sheet.
The presentation is colourful, exciting and engaging.
I chose a mixture of songs that I thought pupils would know and a couple of more challenging entries. I made this genre quiz to suit diverse classrooms with different ‘cliques’ of students and an array of musical tastes… hopefully something to appease everyone!
electronic & dance
This lesson guides students through analysing the opening of The Hunger Games film, looking specifically at the use of sound, camera angles, contrast and the portrayal of Katniss. I’ve also included some notes I made with my class about the opening film, with suggested talking points. Slides include screenshots and sound clips from the film.
I couldn’t share the whole opening of the film due to copyright issues, so you’ll need to get the DVD, download it using your own means, or rent it off Youtube.
This booklet enables pupils to write a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, scaffolding the process along the way. I encourage pupils to think about setting, costume and character, and how this might alter as we bring the play into a different era.
This booklet guides pupils through the skills needed to achieve highly for AO2 marks on the OCR English Literature GCSE (new spec). Pupils will look in detail at several key scenes and are guided through using accurate subject terminology, word level analysis and language analysis.
The booklet contains around five lessons and concludes with a short exam.
This scheme of work is aimed at KS3, building up the skills needed for OCR's English Literature New Spec GCSE.
This presentation includes 3 whole lessons.
I have taken extracts from Victorian literature, focusing on language analysis skills (AO2) and building in historical context (AO3).