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A selection of resources for KS3 & KS4 English which I have developed in light of the new specifications for English. The KS4 resources are mainly designed for the new AQA GCSE specification for English Language and English Literature but are suitable and adaptable for other boards. Please review once you have downloaded the resources :) Also, please visit my website for more information on the other services I offer to English faculties in my current role as a consultant.

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A selection of resources for KS3 & KS4 English which I have developed in light of the new specifications for English. The KS4 resources are mainly designed for the new AQA GCSE specification for English Language and English Literature but are suitable and adaptable for other boards. Please review once you have downloaded the resources :) Also, please visit my website for more information on the other services I offer to English faculties in my current role as a consultant.
Dystopian Fiction themed activity booklet - 7 lessons/activities.
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Dystopian Fiction themed activity booklet - 7 lessons/activities.

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Originally designed for KS3, this booklet contains 7 tasks designed around building up basic skills and themed on dystopian fiction. This contains the booklet as PDF and editable word document. The booklet includes an introduction to dystopican fiction in which students are given an overview of a range of dystopian novels from across the last century and explore the conventions/define the genre, extracts from The Hunger Games and Divergent in order to explore how characters are presented, how thoughts and feelings are presented (inference skills) and writer's use of language features to convey setting. There are literacy activities on spelling and developing vocab as well as a structured creative writing piece based on setting (writing from an image - which ties into the new GCSE English Language Paper 1 Question 5). The final task is around the marketing of dystopian novels and films and designing their own marketing in order to convey the key themes/ideas of their own writing or an existing novel through the connotations of colour/images etc... The booklet could be used in class as additional activities to support a study of dystopian fiction, as a homework booklet or for cover. Space in the booklet for all work to be completed if desired.
GCSE English AQA Language Paper 1 Q3 Structure - Frankenstein
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GCSE English AQA Language Paper 1 Q3 Structure - Frankenstein

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A lesson to initially approach Q3 of the new AQA Language Paper 1. Encourages students to consider the way texts are structured, starting with an animated clip which enables them to draw out structural features, moving on to exploring the structure of an extract from Frankenstein. The lesson takes them through analysing structure in a very guided way with step by step analysis, questions to guide thinking, model answers and writing structure/frame. Peer assessment at the end of the lesson. Aimed towards Level 3-4 of the exam mark scheme/Grade 4-5 new GCSE.
Language devices/techniques revision
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Language devices/techniques revision

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Activity and resources to revise language devices - could be used before reading section and exploring writers' uses of language features or as part of creative writing and the techniques students can use. A language device bingo Powerpoint in which the powerpoint rapidly whizzes through lots of examples of language features. Press the 'S' key to stop the PowerPoint at random. Give students copies of the 'VAMPIRES bingo cards' and they then cross off the features as they see them come up (teacher will also need to jot down a record of what has come up to avoid any confusion....or dare I say...cheating!!) Fully adaptable so you could add in your own examples. I've also thrown in a language devices cut up and match up activity. Please see my seller account for more resources or my website www.rushtoneducation.co.uk for other services on offer to support secondary English departments.
GCSE English Language Paper 2 new specification : writing to argue on the topic of the environment.
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GCSE English Language Paper 2 new specification : writing to argue on the topic of the environment.

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Two lessons worth of resources in which students discuss the topic of the environment and how it is affected by litter etc.. including microbeads and other everyday waste items. Students explore the effects these have, link to a YouTube video is included in the slides for students to gain further ideas from. The lessons then focus on developing detail within ideas, writing using a range of convincing and compelling language features and technical accuracy. The Powerpoint has step by step lessons including lesson outcomes and objectives based on AO5 and AO6. All resources are included: planning sheets, starter tasks, checklists and model paragraphs to annotate.
AQA new specification GCSE English Language Paper 2 Question 4
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AQA new specification GCSE English Language Paper 2 Question 4

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Resource building up to students completing a question 4 response for language paper 2 (comparing perspectives and viewpoints/how they are conveyed). This is based on the theme of legal highs/effects of drugs. The lesson starts with students discussing the difference between viewpoint and perspective and defining these important key terms. The next tasks include exploring a pre 19th century text on opium use in the Victorian era and they practice their true/false skills with a quick Q1 task. They then explore the viewpoint conveyed in the text and how it is conveyed. Next students read an extract from a website on legal highs and practice summary skills by summarising the content of the text and the viewpoint it gives on the topic. There is then a table to support students comparison of how the viewpoints/perspectives are conveyed in the two texts and optional sentence starters and writing frames to support write up.
GCSE English Language Paper 1 Vocab work and Q1 Frankenstein.
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GCSE English Language Paper 1 Vocab work and Q1 Frankenstein.

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An introductory lesson to AQA GCSE English Language paper 1 in which students share prior knowledge of the story of Frankenstein, read an extract, explore unfamiliar/archaic vocabulary and then complete a Q1 locate and retrieve response with quick self assessment. AO1 of AQA GCSE English Language. Can be used as an introduction to Literature Frankenstein study. PowerPoint slides fully explaining stages of the lesson including outcomes (levels 3 and 4 of mark scheme) plus worksheet copy of an extract from Chapter 5 of Frankenstein and an optional research sheet for background information to Prometheus myth when exploring the full title of the novel.
Unit of work on gothic short story The Phantom Coach focussing on Language Paper 1A (AQA new spec)
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Unit of work on gothic short story The Phantom Coach focussing on Language Paper 1A (AQA new spec)

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This resource contains around 10 lessons geared towards practising the skills for the new AQA Language Paper 1 skills: list 4 (retrieval), exploring language and its effects, exploring structure and its effects, critical evaluation. Initially themed around gothic fiction and then moving to focus on the short story 'The Phantom Coach' by Amelia Edwards. Each lesson focusses on specific skills and question types for the exam along with modelled examples and support/guidance/scaffolding. A range of activities included. Aimed at Level 3 of the mark scheme (roughly grade 4/5) - can be tweaked up or down. The unit ends with an exemplar paper that I've created on an extract from the ending of the story which tests students on all of the Paper 1 Section A skills. Used with top set Y9 with great success - ideal for high ability KS3 or at KS4.
Unit of work: Lord of the Flies for new Literature specification
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Unit of work: Lord of the Flies for new Literature specification

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A fully resourced unit of work on Lord of the Flies. Coverage across the text/overview, including closer analysis of key scenes: chapter 1/intro to characters; the fire on the mountain; Chapter 4: Painted Faces and Long Hair; Simon's hallucination of the Lord of the Flies, Piggy's death and the ending. Includes 9 PowerPoints (around 11-12 lessons worth) and extracts/worksheets required are ready to use and clearly labelled. All lessons have outcomes and objectives based on AO1-3 of the new AQA literature spec. Includes an assessment based on Piggy's death scene and his significance in the novel with differentiated support/scaffolding. Good for a way in to the text or revision. Also includes a practice spoken language opportunity with pupil speak assessment criteria based on new spec requirements. I have used this for high ability KS3 and mid KS4. Half price as a bundle. Please review! Thank you
Lord of the Flies new GCSE English Literature AQA. Lesson11/Chpt12: ending and Golding's messages
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Lord of the Flies new GCSE English Literature AQA. Lesson11/Chpt12: ending and Golding's messages

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This lesson is based on AO1 and AO4 of the new AQA literature specification. It starts with a sequencing/diamond nine activity in which students rank the boys' descent into savagery/move away from civilisation by ordering statements/events from the novel and justifying them. Students then make predictions for the ending before reading Chapter 12. I have included activities on exploring the captain's conversation with Ralph and the implications of what he says/links to historical context. The lesson ends with students initially thinking about what they think Golding's messages/ideas were within the novel before reading an information sheet on his life and influences and writing a renewed summary of the novel's ideas and messages based on this new information.
Lord of the Flies new GCSE English Literature spec AQA. Lesson1: intro, ideas and historical context
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Lord of the Flies new GCSE English Literature spec AQA. Lesson1: intro, ideas and historical context

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A lesson geared around levels 3-4 of the new AQA GCSE English Literature specification mark scheme. This introductory lesson starts with a team building exercise using kagan structures around a desert island themed decision making task. Students then explore various covers of the novel and their connotations (worksheets provided) and then read the blurb before asking questions and making predictions about the novel (also opportunity to explore unfamiliar vocab). The main part of the lesson uses resource sheets (provided) for students to condense information on the historical context (WW2/the atom bomb) into memorable chunks of information before linking to possible themes and events of the novel discussed earlier. Good intro into the topic, could also be used with mid to high ability KS3.
GCSE English Literature new spec poetry: Walking Away.
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GCSE English Literature new spec poetry: Walking Away.

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2 lessons exploring the themes, ideas and use of language in the poem 'Walking Away' from the love and relationships cluster for AQA. Levelled around 3-5 of literature mark scheme and includes levelled outcomes in the slides. All resources needed are clearly numbered. The lesson includes entry ticket activity on unfamiliar vocab in the poem, reading the poem and exploding quotations from the poem - with an A3 resource including images to support understanding and prompt questions for language analysis, there is also then a recap on language devices and a table for students to collate their ideas from the poem. Write up support for a paragraph on 'language used to convey the father's feelings' and then an exit postcard activity to try and promote students to think about wider themes of the poem. Used for Ofsted and got really great feedback from this.
Descriptive writing based on a still image.
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Descriptive writing based on a still image.

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Created for AQA new GCSE Language Paper 1 Question 5 but is suitable for any descriptive writing unit. There are 12 tasks which are suitable for general lesson activities or ideal for cover as they enable students to work through independently. Aimed at Grade 5-6 for new GCSE. Each task works students up to writing their own description/narrative based on an image. Includes a range of tasks including skills (SPAG, proofreading), language features, sentence types, exploring model answers, self assessment, redrafting, structure and sequencing and with a final section for a full write up. There are some basic literacy activities on homophones in the back too. Would last approx. 3-4 50-60 minute lessons - could be set as a week's worth of cover - all work can be completed in the booklet.
Lord of the Flies new GCSE English Literature AQA. Lesson 2/Chapter 1: character/inference skills
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Lord of the Flies new GCSE English Literature AQA. Lesson 2/Chapter 1: character/inference skills

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In this lesson (could possibly go over two lessons) students start with a 'thunk' on what life would be like without rules and complete some structured team discussion. Students then read extracts from chapter 1 and complete activities to make inferences about Ralph and Piggy in the first part of chapter 1. Includes a worksheet to collate student ideas about the characters and examples to encourage inference. The lesson ends with further reading of chapter 1, summarising the new characters met in the second half of the chapter and begins to touch on the leadership battle between Jack and Ralph. The lesson focusses on literature AO1 (AQA new spec) and is aimed at around level 3-4 of the mark scheme. It also incorporates some English Language Paper 1 skills with some retrieval exercises for practice.
AQA GCSE English new specification Language Paper 2 Question 1 and 2: poverty themed.
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AQA GCSE English new specification Language Paper 2 Question 1 and 2: poverty themed.

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AQA new specification language paper 2 lesson with levelled outcomes using mark scheme levels. Based on the theme of poverty this lesson covers a questions 1 (true or false) recap before supporting students through Q2 which is the comparison/summary and synthesis question. Compares pre and post 19th century texts in line with the specification requirements. Includes model answer and self/peer assessment criteria. Lesson files include copies of the text both in the PowerPoint and word file.
GCSE English Language Paper 1 Q2 Language lesson based on an extract from Frankenstein.
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GCSE English Language Paper 1 Q2 Language lesson based on an extract from Frankenstein.

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This lesson give an introduction to language features to describe using the VAMPIRES acronym. Then students are encouraged to select language features from the extract and explore their effects. This includes write up support, model answer to review and improve and self assessment opportunity. The lesson is geared towards level 4 of the mark scheme - Grade 4-5. Includes levelled outcomes as the focus for all the learning throughout the lesson, progress driven and highly focussed on exam skills for Language Paper 1. Step by step, easy to follow lesson.
Language Paper 1 Bundle.
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Language Paper 1 Bundle.

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Lang P1 Q1-3 prep based on Frankenstein extract plus a booklet based on an extract from Jane Eyre which covers all of the Lang P1 questions. The Q5 work includes revision of sentence types, varying punctuation and proof reading and gears students towards writing about a still image. The booklet is ideal for cover or homework as there is enough guidance, instruction and support included for students to complete independently.
AQA English Language Paper 2 Section A
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AQA English Language Paper 2 Section A

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5-6 hour long lessons prepping students for the new English Language Paper 2 Section A for AQA. Step by step approach to building the skills. Includes all paper resources, source materials and PowerPoint slides. Slides are easy to follow, detailed and included levelled outcomes based around levels 3-4 of the mark scheme.
AQA GCSE English new specification Language Paper 2: poverty themed.
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AQA GCSE English new specification Language Paper 2: poverty themed.

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An introductory lesson to the non-fiction paper for the new AQA specification GCSE English Language (Paper 2). Includes levelled outcomes using the mark scheme levels for levels 3-4. The lesson introduces the topic of non fiction texts, students complete a true or false activity based on a video clip before exploring what is meant by implicit and explicit meaning in texts. They then read a text and create their own true or false questions and peer assessment. The lesson is based around the theme of poverty/child slavery.