An interactive quiz to revise features of persuasive writing using DAFOREST techniques (direct address, alliteration, facts,opinions, rhetorical question, emotive language, statistics and the rule of three). A fun starter, plenary or mini-plenary!
A differentiated two page worksheet and copy of the poem 'The Sea' by James Reeves suitable for teaching pupils how to identify, comment and explain the structure and language of poetry. Plus a little AfL for good measure.
An editable, A3 sized worksheet to help pupils learn poetry key words with examples and explanations of the possible effects that they create for the reader. Fantastic for EAL and SEN pupils, as well as those who simply need a reminder not to write, "The poet's use of alliteration/rhyme/metaphor (delete as appropriate) catches the reader's eye."
A starter and main activity based upon identifying and using comparative conjunctions accurately. Also a useful model of discursive writing for Common Entrance or GCSE pupils.
A colourful booklet which introduces pupils to: Conan-Doyle's literary career; Victorian crime fiction; Crime in Victorian London; Victorian women; the Governess; Darwin; The Andaman Islands and Queen Victoria. Suggested activity: share this booklet with pupils, divide them into groups and ask them to research their allocated topic in depth, ready to teach to the rest of the class in a 10-15 minute mini-lesson.
A whole lesson exploring the opening of ‘Skellig’ by David Almond. Includes differentiated lesson objectives and a ready to use worksheet.
This worksheet provides pupils with a word bank of 90 sophisticated adjectives describing the characters of the play. The activities guide them through evaluating each character and the way that they evolve from on act to the next. Ideal as a whole lesson or as homework. Editable and easy-to-follow (ideal for a cover lesson, home learning or online - just add dictionaries!). Extension activity: ask pupils to pair up and argue for the best three adjectives to describe their allocated character at a specific point in the play. Then, each pair joins another pair to argue about the most suitable adjectives. A fantastic way of getting pupils to use new vocabulary as soon as possible.
A colourful and easy-to-follow worksheet that explains what cohesive devices are and how to use them.
A fun lesson in which pupils follow online tutorials to learn how to draw characters from The Simpsons. This worksheet guides them through using prepositions and sequencing conjunctions in their instructional writing. Includes a peer assessment activity!
A series of five ready-to-use, editable worksheets and two lessons covering the following SPaG topics: Punctuation Modal verbs Prepositions (x 2) Conjunctions (x 3)
A fun, editable, ready-to-use lesson which guides pupils through exploring similes and metaphors in song lyrics. Differentiated lesson and challenge objectives.Proven success in numerous Transition Days across Years 5 to 8 in my current school.
An incredibly effective AfL tool which empowers pupils to take ownership of their work and see visible progress through redrafting just a section of their writing. I highly recommend showing your pupils the 'Critique and Feedback - the Story of Ausitin's Butterfly' on YouTube to encourage them to be honest and specific when giving peer feedback.
A full lesson including: A copy of the poem with key terms; a card sort starter which introduces the poetic devices used in the poem; a differentiated activity analysing the poem and a PPT presentation which guides pupils through each activity.
A colourful, editable step-by-step guide to writing analytical paragraphs suitable for higher attainers in Year 7 up to GCSE level. Model response is based upon 'An Inspector Calls' by J.B Priestley.
A worksheet inspired by Visual or Artful Thinking Technique created as part of the Harvard University Project Zero. Fantastic for encouraging pupils to think deeper, more independently and more broadly, step-by-step!
A series of lessons (2-3 depending upon ability), exploring the use of adjectives in chapter two of ‘Skellig’ by David Almond. Includes differentiated lesson objectives and a ready to use worksheet.
An editable, ready to print set of key terms useful for the revision of the context of 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck.
A two page, editable, pictorial map designed to aid pupils to explore the major themes if the novel: fear; crime & punishment; wealth & class; the British Empire; love; the exotic; women and intellect vs. emotion. A fantastic revision exercise and/or quote finding activity. For whole lesson: 1) Divide pupils into differentiated groups and allocate roles accordingly (Director, time-keeper, inclusion manager, etc.). 2) Allocate themes to individual pupils/pairs to find evidence supporting their ideas. Differentiation: guidance could be provided as to page numbers/chapters, etc. Challenge: to choose the best three quotes as evidence for the allocated theme(s). 3) Make the task a challenge, by allowing pupils to vote for the hardest worker/most valuable contribution per group. 4)Feedback to whole class or, divide groups and rotate to share their findings with classmates!