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DIRT (Direct Improvement and Reflection Time) Template

DIRT (Direct Improvement and Reflection Time) Template

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.
MissDFacey
What's in a Button? A Descriptive Writing Mini Unit

What's in a Button? A Descriptive Writing Mini Unit

A differentiated mini unit of 3+ lessons that guides students through describing a character, starting with a button from their clothing. Includes a colourful, easy-to-follow powerpoint presentation and an accompanying student worksheet. Key terms are provided for lower attainers as well as challenges to stretch more confident learners. TIP: provide learner with actual buttons - realia is fantastic for developing sensory description!
MissDFacey
Chapter Two of 'Skellig' by David Almond

Chapter Two of 'Skellig' by David Almond

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.
MissDFacey
SPaG Bumper Bundle!

SPaG Bumper Bundle!

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)
MissDFacey
Exploring Love & Marriage in The Importance of Being Earnest

Exploring Love & Marriage in The Importance of Being Earnest

A full lesson exploring the presentation of love and marriage in acts one and two of TIofBE, based on the iGCSE English Literature specification. Created for a lesson observation, all supporting materials and lesson plan are included. Differentiated for grades C/D or grade 3/4.
MissDFacey
The Definitive List of Key Terms for GCSE English

The Definitive List of Key Terms for GCSE English

An extensive list of key terms for pupils studying towards earning a GCSE in English Language. Colour-coded for the purposes of differentiation. A great, longitudinal homework task: researching the definitions and learning them over time.
MissDFacey
Differentiated 10 Page Booklet Exploring Five Excerpts from Act One of 'Romeo & Juliet'

Differentiated 10 Page Booklet Exploring Five Excerpts from Act One of 'Romeo & Juliet'

A colourful, editable Word document which guides pupils through exploring excerpts from five key scenes from Act One of the play. Could be used as a project or series of lessons for individual or group work or separated into 5 different worksheets! - Using the See, Think, Wonder technique, pupils can independently examine each scene in depth - For differentiation: 'See' is the least challenging step; 'Think' is slightly more challenging and finally 'Wonder' is the most sophisticated process - Includes an overview of the PEELER paragraph model (brilliant for scaffolding pupils in developing in-depth analysis skills) - Includes GCSE examination style questions - A great tool for encouraging independent learning
MissDFacey
90 Sophisticated Adjectives Describing the Characters in 'An Inspector Calls' PLUS Activities

90 Sophisticated Adjectives Describing the Characters in 'An Inspector Calls' PLUS Activities

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 - 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.
MissDFacey
The Sign of Four Context Booklet

The Sign of Four Context Booklet

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.
MissDFacey
'The Sign of Four': A Thematic Map

'The Sign of Four': A Thematic Map

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!
MissDFacey