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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.

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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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
Key Word Analysis Lesson
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Key Word Analysis Lesson

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This lesson was recently used with a low ability year 9 girls' group; successfully. This lesson will familiarize students with analyzing at word level: a key skill for both language and literature papers. Students will create mind maps of 6 high frequency words via dictionary/thesaurus work. Students will then write a series of paragraphs simply analyzing key words from a variety of sentences extracted from current news and popular culture publications. Plenary includes a score based peer assessment. Typically a 50 minute lesson; low to mid ability groups.
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.
Structure in Poetry. Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy
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Structure in Poetry. Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy

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Content: An accessible, but thoughtful lesson on structure in Carol Ann Duffy's 'Valentine.' Students will execute independent and paired tasks in order to annotate and comment on the use of poetry devices that inform the language, structure and form in a poem. Differentiation: Extension and super extension tasks provided, as well as sentence starters and writing frames. Suitability: Most suitable for ability KS3/4, sets 2-6. Approximately a 50 minute lesson.
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).
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.
Responsibility in An Inspector Calls
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Responsibility in An Inspector Calls

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This lesson explores the role of responsibility in the play, An Inspector Calls. Students will complete a close reading activity and peruse a modelled paragraph, hitting AO2 and AO6. Suitable for a mid-top set and an approximately 50 minute lesson.
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.
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.
Foreshadowing in A View from the Bridge
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Foreshadowing in A View from the Bridge

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Context This lesson explores the use of foreshadowing in Arthur Miller's infamous play: A View from the Bridge. Links to AO2 Content Students will recap the definition of foreshadowing as a starter task, then proceed to brainstorm ideas in order to analyse key quotations from act one. Differentiation: Extension tasks, exemplary paragraph and writing frame provided. Suitable for all sets, during a single period of approximately 50 minutes. Follow on lesson could include peer assessing the students' paragraphs and redrafting to include alternative analysis.