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 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!
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
Two excerpts from Act Two which focus on the relationship between Chasuble & Miss Prism in TIofBE. Includes key words and a series of questions to developing pupils' understanding of character, gender and the presentation of marriage.
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!
A set of six key images from Act 2 Scene 2 of the play, plus a table which guides pupils through analysing those images using the See-Think-Wonder technique. For differentiation: allocate see/think/wonder columns according to ability.
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.