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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.

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.
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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GCSE English Literature Revision (9-1): The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

GCSE English Literature Revision (9-1): The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

This resource was created to fill gaps in and consolidate knowledge of key themes in the novella. Starter: plot sort (worksheet and answer sheet attached). There are two lessons whereby students will recap contextual factors related to the themes mystery and fear. The second lesson includes directed group tasks where students will collate evidence and inferences on a theme pertaining to each chapter. A follow up lesson could include a practice exam question with a focus on how Stevenson creates mystery and/or fear in the novella. Differentiation: stretch tasks, exemplary paragraphs, varied challenges of group work roles. Lesson time: 100 minutes.
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GCSE English Literature Revision (9-1): Macbeth

GCSE English Literature Revision (9-1): Macbeth

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
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GCSE 9-1 Exam Revision: AQA Language Papers

GCSE 9-1 Exam Revision: AQA Language Papers

These resources aim to prepare students for the upcoming AQA Language Papers. PowerPoint includes sentence stems, feedback from examiners and top level exemplar paragraphs. Lesson length: approximately 100 minutes Suitable for all abilities. Practice Papers included.
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GCE English Literature 9-1 Revision

GCE English Literature 9-1 Revision

Lessons on Macbeth, Jekyll and Hyde, An inspector Calls and Blood Brothers for revision of characters, themes and events in each text. Comparative poetry lesson: Porphyria’s Lover Vs Farmer’s Bride.
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GCSE English Literature Revision (9-1): The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

GCSE English Literature Revision (9-1): The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

This resource was created to fill gaps in and consolidate knowledge of key themes in the novella. Starter: plot sort (worksheet and answer sheet attached). There are two lessons whereby students will recap contextual factors related to the themes mystery and fear. The second lesson includes directed group tasks where students will collate evidence and inferences on a theme pertaining to each chapter. A follow up lesson could include a practice exam question with a focus on how Stevenson creates mystery and/or fear in the novella. Differentiation: stretch tasks, exemplary paragraphs, varied challenges of group work roles. Lesson time: 100 minutes.
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GCSE English Literature Revision (9-1): Macbeth

GCSE English Literature Revision (9-1): Macbeth

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
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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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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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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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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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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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Outstanding English Lesson.  Comparative Writing in Poetry

Outstanding English Lesson. Comparative Writing in Poetry

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.
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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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