GCSE Revision sheet containing key quotations linked to main characters and themes.
Includes an answer sheet for the test on key quotations for each character.
Also includes the play divided into scenes using page numbers with an activity asking students to find key quotations from each scene.
Ideal lesson to check the students’ understanding of the 15 poems and work out which poems to go over again.
In each round there are 15 questions (one on each poem).
Round 1: Opening Lines
Round 2: Conflict
Round 3: Power
Round 4: Key phrase
Round 5: Structure
Round 6: Context
Extra quiz on thesis statements for each poem.
Also includes an extra quiz on 5 questions per poem.
9 GRADE 9 SAMPLE ESSAYS ON A CHRISTMAS CAROL COVERING THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
How does Dickens present Scrooge’s fears? (2018 AQA question)
How is Bob Cratchit presented?
How is Scrooge presented as an isolated character?
Explore the importance of the ghosts,
How does Dickens present Scrooge’s attitude to charity?
How is Scrooge presented as an outsider to society? (my old version)
How are places presented in the novel?
How is Scrooge presented an an outsider to society? (my completely new version)
Explore the importance of the ghosts in changing Scrooge’s beliefs and attitudes (2019 AQA question).
All 9 responses also include the extract and the question and have been formatted to snugly fit onto one page each to allow for easy cost-effective printing.
Some teachers who try to write grade 9 essays get carried away and produce degree level work that is beyond the expectations of a GCSE student. Therefore I created these to replicate the quality expected of a GCSE student within 45 minutes of an exam.
The essays all follow a similar pattern that can be traced as part of your further studies.
I have also included a generic writing frame that attempts to sum up my strategy for attempting the question.
These essays can be used for both AQA and Eduqas. The only real difference is AQA is marked out of 30 while EDUQAS is marked out of 40.
This popular resource includes 3 grade 9 Romeo and Juliet responses, 1 grade 8 response and 1 grade 7 model response to 5 AQA style GCSE examination questions on Romeo and Juliet. The exam questions and extracts are included beside the model responses.
I have tried to produce responses at the level reasonably expected of a high-level GCSE-aged student within 45 minutes of examination time.
Sometimes when teachers write exemplar responses, they produce such a high level of analysis that students find them overwhelming. I tried to avoid that.
Includes a grade 9 model response to the AQA May 2019 question on Romeo and Juliet’s relationship. Includes the extract and some brief examiner comment.
Includes a grade 9 model response to the AQA May 2018 question on adults and children.
Includes a grade 8 model response to the AQA May 2017 question about male aggression and asks students how they could turn it into a grade 9 response through deeper language analysis (A02).
This resource is ideal to use to show students how to write successful answers that meet the criteria for A01, A02 and A03.
I have also included a sixth examination question so that students can have a go at an exam question themselves using my 9 step method.
A high level student essay to the following question:
Starting with this speech (Act 1 Scene 5 ‘The raven himself is hoarse’) 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.
The PowerPoint contains colour coded annotations to showcase a deliberate and easy to imitate method for helping students structure a successful response.
Printer-friendly Revision cards for 6 themes in Romeo and Juliet.
Each card has 3 sections:
parts of the play where the theme is important
key quotations for each theme
context notes for each theme
Includes a full revision lesson with resources, starter and plenary where students make notes about all the quotations to check understanding using the accompanying worksheet. Answers are provided for all 40+ quotations on the PowerPoint.
20 detailed PowerPoint lessons which cover 20 poems from The Feminine Gospels collection in detail. The PowerPoints have been structured to be easy to follow for both students and teachers.
I recommend teaching the poems in the following sequence.
Introduction to Carol Ann Duffy
2. The Long Queen
6. The Map - Woman
7. The Woman who Shopped
10. The Virgin’s Memo
12. White Writing
Risk of feminism
13. The Laughter of Stafford Girls’ High
15. The Light Gatherer
16. The Cord
18. North West
19. Death and the Moon
Valentine - Exploring a poem outside of the collection as a counter point.
Each PowerPoint contains an introduction to concepts and ideas in the poem, animated annotations to promote whole class annotations and further questions to explore the ideas in the poem further.
There is also now a board game to help revise key quotations and a quick revision quiz on key quotations.
Also includes an introduction to Carol Ann Duffy with some pre-Feminine Gospels poems for students to study and identify themes and stylistic features in Duffy’s poems.
For wider reading, I have included some activities on other Duffy poems outside of the FG collection that have featured at GCSE.
The question in the AQA 2019 exam for Power and Conflict was as follows:
Compare how poets present the ways people are affected by war in ‘War Photographer’ and one other poem.
This is a high level model essay for this question that selects ‘Exposure’ as the comparison poem.
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Or buy my full power and conflict bundle also containing lessons and various revision activities:
A grade 9 exemplar essay to the 2018 AQA question on Romeo and Juliet which was as follows:
Starting with this moment in the play, explore how Shakespeare presents relationships between adults and young people in Romeo and Juliet. (30+4 marks)
Includes some examiner comment for A01, A02, A03.
Eight exemplar responses on character and theme questions for An Inspector Calls with marks and examiner comments. The model essays range in quality from grade 4 to a full mark grade 9 response.
Include model answers to the following questions:
Explore how Priestly uses Mr Birling to explore ideas about class.
Explore how Priestly uses Sheila to explore ideas about responsibility.
How is Eva Smith significant in the play?
Explore how Priestley uses Gerald to explore ideas about responsibility.
Explore the importance of Inspector Goole.
This lesson was inspired by the AQA 2018 English Language Paper 1 Question 5. Students were asked to describe the face of an old man. To help students improve their description, I have created a bank of 275 words that students can use to add precision to their descriptions.
The follow up tasks gives students 8 images of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth (Polanski version). Students must select the adjectives carefully to describe one of the 8 images. Peers then have to work out which image they have described from the quality of the description.
The plenary asks students to write down their favourite words to describe each aspect of the face.
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Student-friendly, double-sided revision cards to cover 6 themes in Macbeth:
Each revision card has 3 sections:
key parts of the play that link to the theme
key quotations linked to each theme
ideas about context/Shakespeare’s purpose for each theme.
The back of the card has space for students to make analytical notes on quotations.
I have now added revision cards for the 6 main characters and 9 revision cards to cover the character of Macbeth.
2 full lessons on poems from Feminine Gospels which explore motherhood - The Cord and The Light Gatherer.
Each lesson contains a starter activity, line by line annotations, exploration of different interpretations and extension questions which encourage deeper thinking and how the poems fit into the Feminine Gospels as a whole.
A grade 9 exemplar essay answering the A Christmas Carol AQA 2018 question:
Starting with this extract, explore how Dickens presents Scrooge’s fears in A Christmas Carol. (30 marks)
Students with a high target grade read and annotated this as a follow up task after taking the mock exam.
There is a copy of the extract and question.
I have also included a writing frame that I used with a much lower ability class (target grades 4 and 5).
A grade 9 response to a GCSE style question on the theme of the supernatural in A Christmas Carol. Students should read the essay and trace how I have followed my 9 step process.
This pack also contains the original exam style question along with a differentiated version to help students with planning an answer using the 9 step method.
Paired quotations from Stave 1 and Stave 5 to compare the transformation in Scrooge's character while also exploring the circularity of the plot. Includes an answer sheet for teachers.
This is a helpsheet to support an exam question which is also attached.
A composite of various resources combined together to form one A3 revision sheet on the poem.
This is a free taster from my Power and Conflict bundles which are available here:
A grade 8 model response comparing how conflict with nature is presented in Prelude and Storm on the Island.
I’d give it a mark at the top of Band 5 24/30 which I predict is around grade 8.
It is well-structured, thoughtful, detailed and developed with apt evidence.
To reach Grade 9 it needs to be more critical and exploratory with more convincing exploration of alternative interpretations and contectual factors.
I have many other Power and Conflict resources also on my shop such as the following: