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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.
Language devices/techniques revision

Language devices/techniques revision

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.
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AQA GCSE English new specification Language Paper 2: poverty themed.

AQA GCSE English new specification Language Paper 2: poverty themed.

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.
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AQA GCSE English new specification Language Paper 2 Question 1 and 2: poverty themed.

AQA GCSE English new specification Language Paper 2 Question 1 and 2: poverty themed.

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.
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AQA new GCSE specification Language Paper 2 Question 3 lesson: poverty theme.

AQA new GCSE specification Language Paper 2 Question 3 lesson: poverty theme.

A lesson which begins with students exploring the effects of specific word choices and then encourages them to identify language features in a post 19th century non fiction text on the theme of poverty. Included levelled outcomes using mark scheme level criteria for level 3-4 (top two bands) as well as including model responses, write up support and peer/self assessment opportunities. All worksheets and sources needed to accompany the PowerPoint are in the word documents included.
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Unit of work on gothic short story The Phantom Coach focussing on Language Paper 1A (AQA new spec)

Unit of work on gothic short story The Phantom Coach focussing on Language Paper 1A (AQA new spec)

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.
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Lord of the Flies new GCSE English Lit/Lang AQA. Lesson 4/spoken lang "who should be chief?"

Lord of the Flies new GCSE English Lit/Lang AQA. Lesson 4/spoken lang "who should be chief?"

Based around the new requirements and assessment criteria for the spoken language element of the English Language GCSE this lesson (would probably take 2 lessons) uses students understanding of characters and events from Chapter 1 of Lord of the Flies to write a speech in character persuading the other children to vote for them as chief. Ties in with Literature study. The lesson starts with a persuasive language features (very brief) recap and then encourages them to explore the reasons why various characters would make a good leader. There is then a planning sheet to encourage them to develop detail in their ideas and reasons. Students then explore the 'Yes we can' speech by Barack Obama for persuasive devices and their effects before writing their own. There is then a video clip of Obama delivering the speech to enable students to create a list of dos and don'ts for delivering speeches. Finally, they deliver the speeches in groups and I have included peer assessment sheets which I have adapted slightly into pupil speak based around the spoken language criteria for pass, merit and distinction. Students tick the statements, award a level, note down questions to ask and also give WWW/EBI feedback.
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GCSE English Language Paper 1 Vocab work and Q1 Frankenstein.

GCSE English Language Paper 1 Vocab work and Q1 Frankenstein.

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.
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AQA new specification GCSE English Language Paper 2 Question 4

AQA new specification GCSE English Language Paper 2 Question 4

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.
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GCSE English Literature new spec poetry: Walking Away.

GCSE English Literature new spec poetry: Walking Away.

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.
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AQA English Language Paper 2 Section A

AQA English Language Paper 2 Section A

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.
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Lord of the Flies new GCSE English Literature spec AQA. Lesson1: intro, ideas and historical context

Lord of the Flies new GCSE English Literature spec AQA. Lesson1: intro, ideas and historical context

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.
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Lord of the Flies new GCSE English Literature AQA.  Lesson3/Chpt1: inference skills - Piggy's diary

Lord of the Flies new GCSE English Literature AQA. Lesson3/Chpt1: inference skills - Piggy's diary

In this lesson students use inference skills to explore the different personalities and reactions to the situation shown in Ralph and Piggy. Students collate these ideas in groups before using their inferences and quotations/ideas from the text to incorporate into a convincing piece of creative writing in the form of Piggy's diary. Modelled examples from the point of view of Ralph are included along with graded success criteria linked to the level of inference used in their writing to assess Lit AO1. There are optional slides included to provide scaffolding and support for lower ability students in structuring, organising and starting their paragraphs.
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Dystopian Fiction themed activity booklet - 7 lessons/activities.

Dystopian Fiction themed activity booklet - 7 lessons/activities.

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.
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Lord of the Flies new GCSE English Literature AQA. Lesson7/Chpt 4 Jack's savagery

Lord of the Flies new GCSE English Literature AQA. Lesson7/Chpt 4 Jack's savagery

This lesson focusses on AO2 and how Golding presents the ways in which the boys begin to descend into savagery in Chapter 4. It starts with exploring an extract on Roger and the extent to which he begins to disobey the rules of 'parents and school and policemen and the law' and the extent to which Maurice is drawn into this also (extract included). The lesson then moves onto exploring the description of Jack's painted face and the effects this has through a sketch and annotations. Examples/models all included. Aimed at around level 3-4 of AQA lit paper 2 mark scheme.
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Lord of the Flies new GCSE English Literature AQA. Lesson 2/Chapter 1: character/inference skills

Lord of the Flies new GCSE English Literature AQA. Lesson 2/Chapter 1: character/inference skills

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.
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Lord of the Flies new GCSE English Literature AQA. Lesson5/Chpt2:Jack& Ralph's changing friendship

Lord of the Flies new GCSE English Literature AQA. Lesson5/Chpt2:Jack& Ralph's changing friendship

An hour lesson: begins with a recap quiz on chapter 1, followed by reading the first half of Chapter 2. Students then explore the changing relationship between Jack and Ralph - worksheet included to gather evidence of the distant relationship in chapter 1 growing closer in chapter 2 and an opportunity for more able students to explore the potential future friction between the two being foreshadowed in chapter 2. Students are to write a summary of the changes in their relationships (cross over skills to Lang Paper 2) and there are some scaffolds/supports for writing up using PEEE method the inferences they have made about their relationship.
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AQA GCSE English new spec Language Paper 1 preparation/revision booklet Jane Eyre

AQA GCSE English new spec Language Paper 1 preparation/revision booklet Jane Eyre

A 20 page booklet which uses an extract on the 'Red Room' from Jane Eyre as the basis for preparation for the AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 exam. The booklet starts with the extract and each of the four reading questions for students to complete: locate and retrieve, language, structure and critical evaluation. There is also an activity on unfamiliar vocab at the start. There is support provided to answer the questions (such as tips and writing frames) which decreases as the booklet progresses through the questions. The second half of the booklet is based on Q5 writing skills including sentence types, commas for separating clauses, colons and semi colons and proof reading. Students then complete a piece of extended writing based on an image using what they have learned through the various activities - combining all of the skills. Could be used as multiple lesson activities, a revision booklet, a couple of weeks of cover or a half term of homework. All work can be completed in the booklet.
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Lord of the Flies new GCSE English Literature AQA. Lesson11/Chpt12: ending and Golding's messages

Lord of the Flies new GCSE English Literature AQA. Lesson11/Chpt12: ending and Golding's messages

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.
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Lord of the Flies new GCSE English Literature AQA. Lesson8/Chpts 5-10: focus on Simon and the beast

Lord of the Flies new GCSE English Literature AQA. Lesson8/Chpts 5-10: focus on Simon and the beast

A mid unit look at chapters 5-10 including a recap of the symbolism of Piggy's glasses, reading chapter 5 and summary, watching chapters 7-10 with an A3 notes sheet to collate ideas whilst watching the film, extracts from Chapter 8 to explore Simon's interaction with the 'Lord of the Flies' and returns to the symbolism of Piggy's glasses after they are stolen. Focuses on AO1 of AQA new lit spec. 1-2 lessons worth.
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