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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 note hesitate to leave feedback and/or connect with me via Instagram!
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.
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.
Civil Rights: The Journey to Social Justice
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Civil Rights: The Journey to Social Justice

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A comprehensive booklet on the civil rights movement, including enslavement, activism and the black lives matter movement. Take your students through the fraught and intricate journey of the systemic oppression of African people, whilst empowering them to challenge misconceptions about black culture and its contributions to world history. Contents: Lesson 1: 20th August 1619-The Day that Changed the World Lesson 2: The Middle Passage Lesson 3: Caged Bird by Maya Angelou Lesson 4: The Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution and the Silence on Slavery Lesson 5: Frederick Douglass and the Fourth of July Lesson 6: Philosophy for Children (P4C) Lesson Lesson 7: The 13th Amendment Lesson 8: The Civil Rights Movement Lesson 9: Tulsa, Oklahoma ‘Black Wall Street’ 31st May 1921 Lesson 10: Black Entrepreneurs Lesson 11: Philosophy for Children (P4C) Lesson 12: Advocating for Justice Lesson 13: Nationalism Lesson 14: Debate: Defund the Police? Lesson 15: Police Brutality Lesson 16: Slave Patrols: An Early Form of American Policing Lesson 17: Black Lives Matter Movement Lesson 18: Don’t All Lives Matter? Lesson 19: Put Out the Fire? Lesson 20: President Barack Obama Lesson 21: Dismantling Racism Suitable for KS3 onwards.
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.
GCSE English Revision Lesson: An Inspector Calls
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GCSE English Revision Lesson: An Inspector Calls

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Content: This interactive double lesson will explore the themes in the play as well as some key quotations. Students will start the lesson by putting events of the play in chronological order. They will then take part in a paired discussion, followed by a timed writing task. the lesson concludes with a peer assessment exercise. Differentiation: Extension and challenge tasks will enable students to consider the social context of the play, giving them opportunities to consolidate existing knowledge. The main task is an essay with a strict success criteria as well as sentence starters to enable all learners. Plenary is a peer assessment activity with provided wording for feed back as well as specific elements of writing to look out for. Suitability: This lesson would suit any group who have studied An Inspector Calls-having read the entire play. It is mainly geared for revision purposes however can also be used as an assessment tool to test understanding and analytical writing. Typically a double lesson of 50 minutes each. Main task can be shortened to fit a single lesson if necessary.
EAL Literacy Starter (Kurdish)
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EAL Literacy Starter (Kurdish)

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This starter task is aimed at Kurdish speaking students to improve their literacy and consolidate their own knowledge of phonics. Suitable for students of all age groups. Extension task provided.
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.
English Language Exam-Imaginative Writing
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English Language Exam-Imaginative Writing

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This lesson will prepare students for the new language exam for English. Students will review a selection of images and brainstorm ideas that will inform their writing. Differentiation: Exemplary paragraphs given Extended tasks for the more abled Planning resource sheet included Descriptive language lists provided Typically for a mid-low ability set. Can be used at KS3 for early preparation or KS4 for scheduled end of unit or end of year assessments.
GCSE English Literature Revision (9-1): Macbeth
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GCSE English Literature Revision (9-1): Macbeth

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This resource was created to address gaps in text knowledge and to consolidate analysis skills with a focus on leadership. There are two lessons whereby a top level exemplar paragraph is included as well as a directed group work tasks. Some students will have done more revision.research than others, therefore this is a good activity to share and fill gaps in knowledge. A follow up lesson could include a timed exam question with a focus on a character who exhibits leadership/masculinity. Differentiation: stretch tasks, exemplary paragraphs, varied challenges of group work roles. Lesson time: 100 minutes
GCSE English  Literature Student Revision Booklet
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GCSE English Literature Student Revision Booklet

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Get your students working! This is an interactive revision booklet containing 35 pages, for those studying: Romeo and Juliet, Jekyll and Hyde, An Inspector Calls and the Power and Conflict poetry cluster with AQA. Students will be directed through a range of tasks daily, to consolidate knowledge of the texts and also the specifics of the exams, such as assessment objectives and timings. Lots of quizzes, web links and check boxes to keep the students on task. Extended writing opportunities and guided essay plans included. Encourage independent learning over summer with self reflection and SMART plan pages reviewing lockdown learning routines. Parent box included to assist with monitoring of learning, making it easier to keep track of students’ progress. Suitable for all abilities in KS4. Colour coded for ease of differentiating tasks/days. Can be used for summer learning or as a homework booklet during term time. Certificate of completion included, to be signed by teacher and Principal.
English Lesson: DNA by Dennis Kelly
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English Lesson: DNA by Dennis Kelly

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Content: This interactive lesson is most suitable for a double period of two 50 minute lessons. The students will partake in a range of analytical tasks, including close reading, challenging ideas of stereotypes and evaluative assessments of pair work. The starter task will introduce the students to the play ‘DNA’ by Dennis Kelly; key words are highlighted to guide less able students to the main ideas in the text. The students will then have a guided discussion on the definition of gangs, reviewing images of young people in groups and review a video with a short commentary on gangs. They will then decide how the images represent gangs (or not.) Teacher led discussions will enable the students to contemplate where their interpretations are derived from i.e. media, own experiences etc. Students will then practise a dramatic reading of the beginning of the play; teacher should monitor the students and select 4 to perform at the end of the lesson. Students will then peer assess each performance using an evaluative sheet.
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.
Phonetics Starter
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Phonetics Starter

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This activity encourages students to identify stressed sounds. Typically for a low ability KS3/4 group. Can also be used for primary aged students. Teachers need only print copies and cut in half.
English Lesson for Black History Month
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English Lesson for Black History Month

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This interactive lesson is designed to give students of all backgrounds knowledge of one of the West Indies' most honored entrepreneurs: Marcus Garvey. Through the exploration of his endeavors, students will utilize their inference and writing skills to explain the social and economical impact of Garvey's achievements. Includes peer assessment plenary covering AF2 Reading and AF2 Writing, pair work and class discussion activities and homework task. Typically for a 50 minute lesson. Pitched for a mixed ability group; minimum set 3.
Homeschooling Game: improve articulation, vocabulary and confidence!
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Homeschooling Game: improve articulation, vocabulary and confidence!

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Homeschooling becoming a drag? Spice things up with Plausible ©! This is a printable PDF sample of Plausible © Plausible is a scenario based card game that improves confidence in articulation, vocabulary and grammar. Plausible offers a multitude of challenges that not only cater for all abilities (the cards alone have been colour contrasted to accommodate Dyslexia requirements), but also provides a range of combinations to play, giving players a unique opportunity to create their own games, whatever their mood! Players get to revise key grammatical terms, (nouns, antonyms etc.) whilst discussing real life situations, using hyperbole and metaphors! Suitable for ages 11+ Purchase a full pack of Plausible © at www.plausiblecardgame.com/shop Leave a review of Plausible on TES for a chance to WIN a FREE Plausible mug! (Whilst stocks last!)
English Lesson for Black History Month: Media Coverage During the Civil Rights Movement
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English Lesson for Black History Month: Media Coverage During the Civil Rights Movement

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A poignant, skills based lesson designed to fuse elements from the civil rights movement and the use of language and structure in printed media from the time. Students will consider how language and structure was used to portray opposing approaches to protesting against segregation in America during the mid-late 20th century. Lesson includes worksheets to help students consider the use of language and structure in printed media and an exemplary PETER paragraph to assess against AF4 Reading and AF4 Writing. Can also be used as an SMSC lesson to evoke discussions on equality. Homework task included. Pitched for mixed ability; minimum set 2.