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Here you will find challenging, but engaging resources for all abilities, that will engage your students and support their progress in English. Please do not hesitate to leave comments with lesson/resources requests.
Literacy Workbook
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Literacy Workbook

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This resource can be set for a literacy lesson (approximately 50 minutes,) or for homework. Students will review the basic rules of sentence structures and complete a variety of literacy tasks, including the revision of nouns and adjectives, aimed at improving literacy. The workbook is differentiated and becomes more challenging, concluding with a descriptive writing task. This resource has been used for EAL learners and low ability students.
English Grammar/Literacy Quiz
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English Grammar/Literacy Quiz

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This interactive quiz will challenge students of all abilities to recap their knowledge of grammar and the rules of literacy. Students will enjoy working individually, in pairs or small teams. Can also be used for a staff icebreaker/training aid/beginning/end of term/cover lesson.
English Poetry Lesson-Half-Caste
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English Poetry Lesson-Half-Caste

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Content: This lesson explores language and structure in the poem 'Half-Caste' by John Agard. Students will complete a variety of independent and paired tasks in order to pick apart the subtleties of the popular poem. Also includes an interactive mini plenary that assesses the students' understanding of the writer's choices. Differentiation: Sentence stems provided for response task. Separate resource includes full writing frame to comment on language and structure. Extension and super extension tasks Links to AO2, typically for a mid-top set at KS3/4. Lesson duration: 100 minutes (double) Lesson recently rated good+ in an observation with outstanding features.
AQA Poetry Comparison Lesson-Porphyria's Lover Vs Farmer's Bride
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AQA Poetry Comparison Lesson-Porphyria's Lover Vs Farmer's Bride

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This resource was used effectively with a top set Y11 class. The lesson begins with the students assessing their own knowledge of the poetry cluster by matching quotes to the correct poem-an effective settling activity. They then answer a series of questions about the poems whilst using their anthologies to annotate. ANSWERS provided on the PowerPoint presentation. A 5 minute ‘thesis challenge’ is then set and students will select a range of effective quotes that they’ve already analysed, to support their opening thesis statements. Optional homework/follow up lesson: write a full response to the comparative question: compare the attitudes towards possessive love in Porphyria’s Lover and The Farmer’s Bride. Differentiation: work in pairs to complete the starter and main task, exemplar thesis statement provided. Timings provided as well as check points for AFL. Suitability: All abilities; perhaps remove some of the questions for the main task and lesson the amount of quotes to select for the plenary.
Of Mice and Men Character Inference Lesson
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Of Mice and Men Character Inference Lesson

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Content This lesson will guide students into making inferences about George and Lennie in 'Of Mice and Men.' Students will select characteristics for each character and look closely at the opening of the novella, at language that describes the characteristics of them both. Differentiation PEAL paragraph example is provided to guide students, as well as sentence starters and extension tasks. Typically for a double 50 minute lesson.
Imagery in Macbeth
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Imagery in Macbeth

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These lessons explore the use of imagery in Macbeth's soliloquy-act , scene 7. Students will annotate the extract, brainstorm ideas and translate these ideas into sentences and then paragraphs. Used with an intervention class to help aid understanding and encourage critical thinking skills. Part 2 goes into more detail and the students will write a complete PEEL paragraph. Lesson is heavily geared towards gaining marks for detailed explanations- a key focus for KS3 students. Sentence starters and extension tasks provided. Resource provided is act 1, scene 7, with underlined words and phrases for lower ability students.
Literacy Quiz
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Literacy Quiz

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Used for an end of term/stand alone lesson. (KS3/Lower ability KS4 students).
Persuasive Writing Worksheet
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Persuasive Writing Worksheet

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This worksheet is suitable for all abilities to plan a persuasive piece of writing. Students are given opportunities to create a new product or 'sell' their favourite experience or commodity. Can be used as an extended starter sheet in a persuasive writing lesson. Teachers need only provide their own success criteria for a persuasive speech; i.e. use of rhetorical questions and exclamation marks. Plenary: most impressive speeches read aloud by teacher or student.
Poetry Lesson: Quickdraw
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Poetry Lesson: Quickdraw

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During this lesson, students will explore the poem 'Quickdraw' by Carol Ann Duffy. Starter task asks students to identify a range of poetic devices. They will then be expected to discuss the effects of these devices and produce a written response to their findings. Peer assessment task concludes the lesson. Differentiation: Model PEAR paragraph included, as well as sentence starters and extension tasks. Typically for a 50 minute lesson (mid-top set) Teachers of lower sets can facilitate learning by recapping poetic devices and annotating the poem before delivering this lesson. Teachers only need to print copies of the poem-of which can be found online/in anthology texts.
Black History Month English Lesson: Stephen Lawrence
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Black History Month English Lesson: Stephen Lawrence

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The case of Stephen Lawrence was reignited with the 'Joint Enterprise' Law in 2012. If you witness a crime and you do not report it, are you just as guilty as the perpetrator? Students will be introduced to a brief history of joint enterprise and the details of the Stephen Lawrence case, giving students a real life example of the law at work. Students will use a range of connectives to create a balanced argument which feeds into evaluative writing (AO4) for the GCSE English language paper, as well as analytical writing (AO2) in the GCSE English literature paper. Activities include: paired discussions, peer assessments and a short BBC video clip. Lesson duration: 50 minutes for sets 1 & 2. Double (100 minutes) for sets 3 and below, Differentiation: sets 3 and below should use dictionaries throughout the lesson. Challenge tasks offered for higher sets.
Outstanding English Lesson.  Comparative Writing in Poetry
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Outstanding English Lesson. Comparative Writing in Poetry

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This lesson was judged as outstanding in a recent observation. Students will build on their annotation skills and consider five areas for comparison: main ideas, language techniques, themes, structure and the effect on the reader. Students will work independently and compare two poems (Catrin and To a Daughter Leaving Home) Teachers are welcome to alternate the poems, by providing copies of different ones and simply changing the titles in the presentation. Included is also a detailed writing frame for comparative analysis. Suitable for a double lesson (each being 50 minutes.) Differentiated for all abilities. For the lowest sets, use simpler poems and break the lesson up over a week.
Macbeth English Lesson-Transactional Writing to Argue and Persuade
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Macbeth English Lesson-Transactional Writing to Argue and Persuade

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This lesson will suit sets 1-4. Students will explore the different aspects of forming an argument through the context of Macbeth. Extension tasks provided, as well as sentence stems for constructing arguments. Group work will encourage speaking and listening skills, as well as writing to argue and persuade. Plenary allows students to self and peer assess group work contributions. Typically suited to a 50 minute lesson. Links to WAF2/5 and RAF3.
Poetry Analysis Lesson: Infant Sorrow
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Poetry Analysis Lesson: Infant Sorrow

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This lesson offers the opportunity, for students to analyse language and structure in the poem 'Infant Sorrow,' by William Blake. Starter task encourages students to work independently by reading and annotating the poem, utilising a dictionary for unfamiliar words. A thorough, timed task is the main activity and focuses on the structure of the poem (stanzas, line breaks etc.) as well as the use of language to communicate ideas to the reader. Plenary task is a self assessment against AO2. Differentiation: Students may work in pairs to complete the starter task. Simplistic to complex analysis questions provided in the main task. Extension tasks provided for closer analysis of language in the poem. Typically for a 50 minute lesson-students can complete the main task as homework if the set is lower than a 3 and timing for the starter task goes beyond 10 minutes.
Blood Brothers Lesson-Themes
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Blood Brothers Lesson-Themes

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This lesson is suited to a mid-top set, however can be split into two for lower abilities. Students will use close reading skills to retrieve information about the many themes in the infamous play. Detailed analysis and use of quotations will enable the students to create a written response about how the themes are explored in the play through the characters, setting and plot. Differentiation: Extension task provided Exemplary paragraphs and inferences Includes a worksheet for recording inferences with an example provided
Creative Writing Lesson
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Creative Writing Lesson

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This lesson can be used for any group at Key Stages 2,3 and 4. The lesson explores the features of gothic writing, and asks the students to create their own fictional character. Some brief notes on the origin of Gothicism is explored and linked to modern day literature and film. An ideal, light hearted, creative lesson for new classes/last lessons of the day and for cover. Typically suited to a 50 minute lesson. Can be extended to a double if students are asked to create a story based on their fictional characters.
AQA English Language Exam Paper 1 Revision Lesson
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AQA English Language Exam Paper 1 Revision Lesson

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This lesson is designed to accompany a mock question paper. Students will focus on questions 1-4 (Question 5 lesson available also) Students will be suggested timings and assigned practical tasks to complete for questions 1-4 on the AQA English Language Exam (Paper 1.) Typically suited to a double lesson (10 minutes) with groups working towards a level 5.