IGCSE Descriptive Writing: Paired sample response marking challenge with lots of details

IGCSE Descriptive Writing: Paired sample response marking challenge with lots of details

Ideal way to encourage your IGCE students to take on the demands of the two-part mark scheme for Paper 3's Composition task, helping them become more mindful of the CIE exam board's assessment requirements in a fun way. The response was to a gory title called 'Trapped!' so it is interesting for the students to read through and apply the criteria to. The pack includes: 1) a full slideshow of over 10 slides which goes through what descriptive writing is, the mark weightings and introduces the task: read an anonymous response, then the simplified mark scheme, then try and mark it out of 25. 2) the anonymus top band response itself 3) I also include the full mark scheme for teachers to cross-refer to. This lesson works well and generates good discussions about what the board want, the importance of accurate expression and just how much is required to reach Band 1. 4) Please note there are also four feedback slides, where I go through the better features used in the student response, explaining why they are good choices for descriptive writing.
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Shakespeare's Henry V: full introduction lesson

Shakespeare's Henry V: full introduction lesson

Over 8 slides of clear and visually varied slides. Each covers a different historical, contextual or literary aspect of Henry V, helping students to get an understanding of Henry V and his actual historical source. Lots of images of recent and classical images of the monarch, taken from film and historical sources. More coming in this series - add me to your follow list!
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Romanticism theory, Blake and Wordsworth bundle

Romanticism theory, Blake and Wordsworth bundle

Nice set of carefully prepared and designed resources which offer contextual backgrounds to the movement and introduce students to new concepts and some useful quotations (Rousseau, Blake, Wordsworth) There's a lot of focus on childhood innocence and experience in one slideshow and more on the roots of the movement and how they relate to the poets in the other. Other bundles available...
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Guide for writing in an empathetic style - customised to Romeo &Juliet but adaptable for all plays

Guide for writing in an empathetic style - customised to Romeo &Juliet but adaptable for all plays

Useful 12 slide presentation which defines what 'empathetic' is, guides students through the best ways to structure and approach the task and shows them some examples of good and bad practice. Goes well with several writing genres, such as letters or diaries. Please see my other worksheets for clear tasks on 'a letter from Romeo to Friar Laurence' and 'Juliet's Diary before taking the potion'. Fun way to introduce KS3 or 4 students to this writing style.
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Romeo and Juliet empathetic student responses bundle

Romeo and Juliet empathetic student responses bundle

Varied set of resources including: 1) A guide to what empathetic writing is, with lots of clear slides showing how to plan the task, write convincingly and in the right style. 2) Thorough 'Write a diary for Juliet' worksheet 3) Anonymous marked sample student response to this task to give teachers an idea of what works well in practice 4) 'Write a letter from Romeo to Friar Laurence' worksheet task. The students like the tasks as once they understand what's needed from the slides, they can get involved in some of the most dramatic scenes in the play. Popular choices for Juliet are just before she takes the potion. Popular Romeo choices are when he is in turmoil during his Mantua exile and writes back to the Friar. There are obviously lots of possibilities, so you could adapt it very well - and the work makes fr great classroom displays.
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Romanticism in poetry: introduction to the movement

Romanticism in poetry: introduction to the movement

Handy 12 slide resource which: 1) Offers students a good overview of Romanticism, enabling them to add valuable contextual depth to exam answers. 2) Contains a concise summary of the range of the movement across art and literature. 3) Has useful quotations summarising some of Rousseau's beliefs. 4) Ends with a plenary task to check student understanding. 5) Also has some light-hearted slides to remind students of using capital 'R' when discussing Romanticism. Students should then be able to relate the ideas in this slideshow to other Romantic poems by Wordsworth and Blake. Please do see my other resources and bundles on Wordsworth and Blake's poetry about cities and childhood.
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Romanticism theory, Blake and Wordsworth bundle

Romanticism theory, Blake and Wordsworth bundle

Nice set of carefully prepared and designed resources which offer contextual backgrounds to the movement and introduce students to new concepts and some useful quotations (Rousseau, Blake, Wordsworth) There's a lot of focus on childhood innocence and experience in one slideshow and more on the roots of the movement and how they relate to the poets in the other. Other bundles available...
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'Westminster Bridge' and 'London': detailed poetry comparison lesson series

'Westminster Bridge' and 'London': detailed poetry comparison lesson series

Ideal for GCSE courses, this 14 slide show gets students to start thinking inventively and originally when it comes to comparisons. Sensible amount of context is offered on each poem, followed by detailed tasks (slides which teachers can print out as work cads) on the Wordsworth poem. Also includes a very detailed annotated poem fr feedback on the Wordsworth poem. Blake is then brought in as the comparison text, followed by plenary. Aimed at all abilities kids - really stretches the top end. See my other Romanticism contextual background resources - lots available. Saves a LOT of time, this bundle!
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Romanticism mega bundle!

Romanticism mega bundle!

Huge value as it contains five resources, including: 1) Thorough slideshow about the way London is seen by Wordsworth and Blake. Fully differentiated with probing questions based on images . Over 14 slides in this pack alone, including focus slides on different aspects of 'Westminster Bridge' which teachers can print out as word cards for students. Blake's London is compare to in the final section, focus is more on Wordsworth. Good context on both poets. 2) Thorough 12 slide contextual background to Romanticism resource. 3) 12 slide unit on Romanticism and Childhood, introducing more key terms and concepts and applying them to Romantic poems, especially Blake's. Helps the students understand what the 'Songs of Innocence and Experience' are and what 'the two contrary states of the human soul' means! 4) Handy handout of poetic terms with examples and definitions, 3 sides, very varied and well defined, ideal revision resource. 5) Clean copy of Blake's poem 'London', illustrated by Gustav Dore, ideal lesson starter as the image is rich and links on to other rich resources.
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Romeo and Juliet: detailed task sheet for an empathetic writing letter task

Romeo and Juliet: detailed task sheet for an empathetic writing letter task

Students are asked to imagine how it feels to be Romeo at a pivotal point in the play - when he's in exile - and to write a letter to Friar Laurence, voicing his thoughts and fears. This task is full of bullet points and suggestions fr how to approach the task and write a good response. There is also some advice on letter layout. A value resource you can set up in class for a lesson and ask students to complete for homework.
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IGCSE Descriptive Writing: Paired sample response marking challenge with lots of details

IGCSE Descriptive Writing: Paired sample response marking challenge with lots of details

Ideal way to encourage your IGCE students to take on the demands of the two-part mark scheme for Paper 3's Composition task, helping them become more mindful of the CIE exam board's assessment requirements in a fun way. The response was to a gory title called 'Trapped!' so it is interesting for the students to read through and apply the criteria to. The pack includes: 1) a full slideshow of over 10 slides which goes through what descriptive writing is, the mark weightings and introduces the task: read an anonymous response, then the simplified mark scheme, then try and mark it out of 25. 2) the anonymus top band response itself 3) I also include the full mark scheme for teachers to cross-refer to. This lesson works well and generates good discussions about what the board want, the importance of accurate expression and just how much is required to reach Band 1. 4) Please note there are also four feedback slides, where I go through the better features used in the student response, explaining why they are good choices for descriptive writing.
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Merchant of Venice: trial scene focus unit, 12 slides with tasks and overviews

Merchant of Venice: trial scene focus unit, 12 slides with tasks and overviews

Useful and varied slideshow which explores the nature of this sort of scene, the court setting and dramatic structure. Focus questions on key sections of the scene plus focus tasks on the key characters. Nicely differentiated tasks, as more able students will add in more details to their tasks, pushing their answers further, but the tasks are clear enough for all to attempt. Please see my other Shakespeare bundles.
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Merchant of Venice: focus lesson and tasks on Portia

Merchant of Venice: focus lesson and tasks on Portia

A series of overview slides, student tasks and contextual background points on Portia and her role in the play. Ideal for showing to the students as they first encounter her in the play on the first reading. Differentiated questions which allow students to respond to her on various levels. Please see the others in this series.
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Descriptive Writing: Journey through the dark forest: 1-4 lesson scheme and image prompts

Descriptive Writing: Journey through the dark forest: 1-4 lesson scheme and image prompts

This works so well across the age range, but especially with my GCSE students. It summarises what descriptive writing is, offers the students lots of interesting and varied vocabulary, scaffolds a sample introductory paragraph and sets a structured writing challenge: describe a journey through the dark forest. Students can extend themselves further by giving their writing a Gothic or a Fantasy slant to it. Images included in the pack help them to achieve this. There is also a two sided worksheet of image prompts and wider vocabulary combinations, encouraging more adventurous use of nouns, compound adjectives, verbs and adverbials. Would also be ideal cover or revision work for students already familiar with this style of writing.
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Descriptive writing: the Dark Forest:  6 page  unit for 3-4 lessons with image prompts

Descriptive writing: the Dark Forest: 6 page unit for 3-4 lessons with image prompts

This works so well across the age range, but especially with my GCSE students. It summaries what descriptive writing is, offers the students lots of interesting and varied vocabulary, scaffolds a sample introductory paragraph and sets a structured writing challenge: describe a journey through the dark forest. Students can extend themselves further by giving their writing a Gothic or a Fantasy slant to it. Images included in the pack help them to achieve this. There is also a two sided worksheet of image prompts and wider vocabulary combinations, encouraging more adventurous use of nouns, compound adjectives, verbs and adverbials. Would also be ideal cover or revision work for students already familiar with this style of writing.
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