A fully differentiated 21-lesson home learning booklet aimed at introducing year 7 students to * A Midsummer Night’s Dream*. Links are included to resources which will enable students to access the play independently at home. Lessons include: Research into Shakespeare’s life and theatre Reading and watching of the play Creative responses Analysis work on key scenes Ending in a creative project Students will learn about context, complete analysis of character and setting, and write creatively.
A 12-lesson scheme of learning aimed at Key Stage 3 (year 8, but would work for year 7 or 9) on “The Bard’s Baddies”. The scheme guides students to learn about Othello, Richard III and Macbeth to analyse the key villains in each play (Iago, Richard III and Lady Macbeth). There are opportunities for online research, creative writing, comparison and close analysis of Shakespeare’s writing. The scheme ends with a comparative analysis of the villains in the three plays. The scheme is designed for students working independently at home, potentially for the lockdown period.
This resource would be very useful home learning for independent revision. It encourages students to make connections between all 15 poems in the Power and Conflict GCSE cluster. Extension tasks mean students can also use quotations to support their comparisons, and analyse those quotations.
A role play-based lesson that uses the format of The Jeremy Kyle Show to explore all the characters in depth. Each character is questioned in turn by Jeremy, including Inspector Goole. Resources included: Powerpoint (including lie detector and paternity tests) Script prompts for all characters: Arthur, Sheila, Gerald, Sybil, Eric, Inspector Goole
I’ve used this paragraph structure with my GCSE classes for years. I call it the PERFECT paragraph. It guides students to include everything they need to hit the GCSE Literature Assessment Objectives in one paragraph. The structure is: Point Evidence Reasoning Feature Effect Context Title These posters are great for wall displays or Powerpoints.
A 12-lesson scheme practising Language Paper 1 Question 4 evaluation skills, alongside the study of Roald Dahl’s The Landlady. It would be easily adaptable for other short stories or unseen extracts. Aimed at year 8/9 but could work for GCSE. The scheme includes lessons on: comprehension of the short story setting character foreshadowing language & imagery structure Practice Question 4 Formative feedback sheet Final assessment Question 4 The evaluation skills will be practised, but without the need for endless unseen extracts! No context is covered in the scheme so there’s no risk of confusion between language and literature skills.
A one-page sheet that encourages students to reflect on their skills for the GCSE Literature exam. This would be a very useful home-learning resource for teachers to get a sense of which skills students need support with.
This resource guides students through the “High-5” essay structure. They will plan a 5-paragraph for each essay that includes: How the character is established How they respond when interrogated by the Inspector Which character they are most similar to Which character they are most different from Whether they have changed at the end of the play Included: A PowerPoint that guides students through the essay structure and provides ideas for each character A worksheet for students to make notes This resource would be useful for independent home-learning, to revise the play and prepare for the exam.
A revision “exercise” book that directs students through independent revision of A Christmas Carol for GCSE English Literature Paper 1. The booklet includes revision of key vocabulary, characters, themes, and is interspersed with practice exam questions and mark schemes.