English Grammar/Literacy Quiz

English Grammar/Literacy Quiz

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.
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English Literacy Lessons

English Literacy Lessons

These lessons were used for non-specialist English teachers and were deemed fun and effective for students. Suitable for all abilities; KS3-lower abilities KS4.
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Language Techniques Lesson

Language Techniques Lesson

This lesson takes the form of an interactive quiz which develops students’ writing skills. The first task especially has been received very well by students. and could in fact be adapted to be used for a whole lesson.
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English Literacy Lessons

English Literacy Lessons

These lessons were used for non-specialist English teachers and were deemed fun and effective for students. Suitable for all abilities; KS3-lower abilities KS4.
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AQA Poetry Comparison Lesson-Porphyria's Lover Vs Farmer's Bride

AQA Poetry Comparison Lesson-Porphyria's Lover Vs Farmer's Bride

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.
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Black History Month English Lesson: Stephen Lawrence

Black History Month English Lesson: Stephen Lawrence

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.
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Key Word Analysis Lesson

Key Word Analysis Lesson

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.
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Persuasive Writing Worksheet

Persuasive Writing Worksheet

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.
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GCSE English Revision Lesson: An Inspector Calls

GCSE English Revision Lesson: An Inspector Calls

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.
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AQA English Language Exam Paper 1 Revision Lesson

AQA English Language Exam Paper 1 Revision Lesson

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.
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AQA Language Paper 1 Revision Lesson

AQA Language Paper 1 Revision Lesson

This lesson is focused on question 5 (40 mark question) Students will revise brackets, discourse markers and synonyms before completing a mock question 5 response. Students will spend 40 minutes writing their piece. This lesson is designed for students who are targeted at level 5 and above for the English Language exam. Typically a double lesson (100 minutes.)
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Foreshadowing in A View from the Bridge

Foreshadowing in A View from the Bridge

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.
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Of Mice and Men Character Inference Lesson

Of Mice and Men Character Inference Lesson

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.
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English Revision Lesson: form and structure

English Revision Lesson: form and structure

This resource would be suitable for revision of form and structure across all year groups (7-11.) The lesson focuses on two articles to begin with. Students retrieve simplistic information as well as have the opportunity to develop their responses using PEA style paragraphs. Pair work is encouraged to identify four types of structural devices in each article: dialogue, facts, statistics and language. Pack includes copies of extracts. Latter part of the lesson includes an extract from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Teachers may wish to simply focus on the first part of the lesson-the articles, as they are more accessible to lower sets. Duration: approximately 50-100 minutes
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Poetry Analysis Lesson: Infant Sorrow

Poetry Analysis Lesson: Infant Sorrow

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.
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AQA English Language Exam Lesson (Paper 1)

AQA English Language Exam Lesson (Paper 1)

This lesson is designed to support students who struggle to answer questions relating to AO2 (analysing language and structure in a text.) Most suitable for a KS4 class (mid-high ability) Lower sets/KS3 can access the lesson by including some close reading exercises with the use of a Dictionary and Thesaurus. Teachers can then set a comprehension task prior to the annotating and extended writing tasks (e.g. rewrite the extract in your own words) and plan to assess based on AO2 only. They would then have no need to include the exam based tips/timing suggestions. Detailed lesson plan included, along with a model response from the top band and level descriptors for self assessment. Lesson duration: approximately 90 minutes/2 double 50 minute lessons Pack includes suggested timings for answering questions and practical tips to aid in exam nerves.
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English Poetry Lesson: Imagery in Quickdraw by Carol Ann Duffy

English Poetry Lesson: Imagery in Quickdraw by Carol Ann Duffy

This lesson focuses on the imagery in the free versed poem, Quickdraw by Carol Ann Duffy. Students will review the term 'imagery' and key words from the poem in pairs. They will then read the poem and briefly annotate for imagery. Finally, they will be shown an exemplary response and will complete their own commentaries in imagery in the poem. Differentiation: This lesson is targeted at KS3, however, lower KS4 groups can also benefit from the activities. Poem has highlighted key words and phrases, with exemplary annotations. Model paragraph provided with highlighted elements for reviewing against mark scheme. Typically a 50 minute lesson.
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