This highly engaging, whole lesson analyses the language of Donald Trump's speech in Arizona regarding building a wall in Mexico in comparison to a letter written by an Irish immigrant living in America.
This pack contains:
- One full lesson presentation
- Four videos to use in class (links in the presentation)
- Opportunity for a small paired debate or a whole class extended debate, with support cards to help pupils generate ideas
- Scaffolded tasks to guide pupils to identify and analyse the effect of language techniques and sentence types for both texts
- An emphasis on identifying viewpoints and implied contexts, helping pupils to push their answers into the 'perceptive' category
- A detailed model response which would receive 16/16 marks (confirmed by a senior AQA examiner at my school)
- A pupil friendly mark scheme for question 4
- An assessment pack for Q4 in both PDF and editable Word format
This content took me three lessons to get through. There is lots of material and lots of challenge for high ability pupils.
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 unit of work contains around 25 lessons (five lessons per presentation), focusing on building pupils' ability to analyse language, structure, historical context and character. There is plenty of opportunity to read the full play as a class - I did and they really enjoyed it.
The themes of this play would be more suited for higher ability pupils/older KS3.
This comes fully resourced and with assessments.
This scheme of work focuses on the skills needed for the new specification AQA English Language Paper 1, question 3. I focused on identifying and analysing the use of structural devices.
This scheme includes six full lessons with model answers and extracts.
This scheme uses extracts from: The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, Of Mice and Men, The Hunger Games and The Time Traveller's Wife. (All extracts are, of course, age appropriate for KS4.)
All lessons are on Smart Notebook. If your school doesn't use Smart Notebook, these files can be easily accessed for free here: http://express.smarttech.com/#
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 UoW focuses on the skills needed for AQA English Language Paper 1, Question 4 - the critical evaluation question. Pupils are encouraged to use word level analysis to support their views. This scheme is pitched at a lower ability year 9 class, but could easily be differentiated up for higher ability groups.
I used extracts from:
- The Girl on the Train
- Gone Girl
- The Fault in our Stars
- The Hunger Games
All of which are included in the scheme.
There are five whole lessons included in this scheme.
All lessons are on Smart Notebook. If your school doesn't have Smart, you can easily access the files for free here: http://express.smarttech.com/#
This unit of work includes 8 whole lessons on comparison for KS3. I focus on word level analysis, identifying viewpoints, use of accurate subject terminology, using comparative phrases and structuring your answer.
Any additional lessons marked 'b' have been differentiated for a low ability year 8 group.
Included are all the resources you need, extracts, pupil mark schemes, model answers and so on.
There is also a bonus booklet of Source As and Source Bs, over 40 pages worth.
This fun Christmas grammar quiz is ideal for English class, where it could be used as a whole lesson quiz or as a 10 minute starter every day. It would also work well in tutor time. Included is a 99 page Powerpoint that has questions covering a range of grammar points, with explanations of answers included.
The rounds are as followed:
Correct the spelling: correct the spelling of Christmas words
Add the punctuation: add the missing punctuation to Christmas lyrics with the songs included in the background of each slide
Splice or no splice: a series of Christmas related questions in which the students have to identify whether the sentence includes a comma splice or is grammatically accurate. Example and explanation of comma splicing included.
Semi-colons & Santas: write a semi-colon sentence about a series of celebrities dressed in Santa hats. Explanation of semi-colon use included.
Ho ho ho or no no no: series of sentences that the students have to identify whether there is a grammar mistake and if so what mistake (no no no) or if there is no mistake present (ho ho ho). Common mistakes such as use of they’re/their/there and possessive apostrophes are used here with explanations of the mistakes.
There are a total of 50 questions included. You could do this in teams on paper or individually with whiteboards would also work well. Slides include timers and fast paced music to keep to a good timing.
Fun, cute and Christmassy quiz that makes grammar fun!
This scheme of work is aimed at KS3, building up the skills needed for OCR's English Literature New Spec GCSE.
This presentation includes 5 whole lessons.
These lessons look at The Yellow Wallpaper, focusing on language analysis skills (AO2) and building in historical context (AO3), specifically looking at feminism in the late 1800s. Full copies of the text are available for free online - which I printed off for pupils to use alongside this scheme.
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 resource is aimed at teaching KS3 to identify and analyse the effects of enjambment and caesura. I use 'Hawk Roosting' and 'You and I' to teach this.
You get x2 full lessons in this pack, fully scaffolded and accessible to middle to high ability KS3.
This fun Christmas quiz has 7 rounds with 72 total questions. The rounds are:
Partridge in a pear tree
General Christmas knowledge
Christmas food and drink
Complete the Christmas lyric
Name the secret Santas
It includes song clips, film gifs, food round, multiple choice, celebrities and so on. Teacher sheet and student sheet included. Fun for Christmas 2018! Perfect for tutor time or end of term activity. Rounds also include an optional timer, which plays fun, fast-paced music to help keep the timings correct for the quiz.
This lesson focuses on the skills needed to write a successful evaluation for question 4 (evaluations) on AQA New Spec English Language Paper One. I use an accessible extract from Of Mice and Men.
Pupils will be invited to offer their opinion, learn my 'burger' method of writing a Q4 answer, select relevant quotations, analyse a success criteria and a model answer and write their own evaluation, followed by peer assessment.
This fun and colourful English reading quiz would be suitable for KS3 and KS4. Each round contains extra clues to support weaker students, plus songs, film audio, picture clues, timers and more. All of the books in this quiz are books I have seen my pupils read, so should be accessible to most high school students. Extra clue differentiate for weaker ability students too. Total of 67 colourful slides. I gave it a contents page and fully hyperlinked so it would also be appropriate for starters and/or tutor time activities.
Also included are student answer sheets and teacher answer sheet.
Name the author
Books on Netflix
Unscramble the title
Books and film
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 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 lesson is a teacher led presentation focusing on structural features in HG Wells' War of the Worlds. It also features a context and quote quiz for general revision. (It is a very long lesson and will probably last 2-3 lessons, depending on how fast your pupils work.)
This lesson was built with OCR's new specifications (2016-17) in mind and focuses heavily on AO2. My pupils often struggle to understand initially what is meant by 'structure', so this lesson explicitly explains what would constitute a grade 9 response in terms of structural analysis.
This lesson examines four responses to a question 3:
1. Receives bottom of level 3 (clear, relevant) 7/12
2. Receives top of level 3 (clear, relevant) 9/12
3. Receives bottom of level 4 (perceptive, detailed) 10/12
4. Receives top of level 4 (perceptive, detailed) 12/12
These have been written by myself and checked over by an AQA Examiner who agreed with me on the decided marks.
Pupils will work together to unpick what makes a top band answer, fully expanded on by my presentation. I annotate and make explicit why each answer received the mark it did. Pupils will then write their own model answer in pairs based on this 12/12 mark response. This could easily be modified into individual work if you choose.
I look at: embedded quotes, subject terminology, and defining perceptive analysis.
This comes with one presentation, packed full of information, and a mark scheme, translated into accessible language for pupils. There is also a planning sheet, a help sheet and challenge cards for your most able pupils.
BONUS: this pack comes with my full booklet of sources, additional to the texts used in this lesson - a total of 40+ pages of Source A and Source Bs for you to use in your lessons.
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By the end of this lesson, pupils will be able to identify and analyse the effects of the following sentence types:
Basic: Simple / Multi-clausal / Subordinate Clauses
Advanced: Declarative / Interrogative / Exclamatory / Imperative
This lesson comes with a worksheet and a full text. There are a total of 26 detailed slides, which not only look at being able to identify the sentence types but specifically at analysing the effect of them - something my pupils have found much harder to master.
This new knowledge is then applied to an excerpt from Florence Nightingale's diary.