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RF Resources aims to provide quality lessons and resources for teaching English, while promoting collaboration and independence in your students. All lessons are tried and tested in top British and International schools, by teachers with high success rates. Watch out for our series of resources. This week: Literacy Lesson Series Coming soon: AQA Love and Relationship Poetry Series

RF Resources aims to provide quality lessons and resources for teaching English, while promoting collaboration and independence in your students. All lessons are tried and tested in top British and International schools, by teachers with high success rates. Watch out for our series of resources. This week: Literacy Lesson Series Coming soon: AQA Love and Relationship Poetry Series
Jekyll and Hyde: 14 Sample Exam Questions for AQA Literature Paper One
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Jekyll and Hyde: 14 Sample Exam Questions for AQA Literature Paper One

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This resource includes 14 practice exam questions, written and presented in the style of the new AQA literature exam, focusing on The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It also includes a handy tracker sheet for students, as well as a peer/self assessment tick sheet for quick marking. The resource is fully editable, to allow you to add in your own changes, answer pages etc.
Literacy Lesson: Adjectives KS3
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Literacy Lesson: Adjectives KS3

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This series provides individual lessons, for 11-14 year old students, at approximately 45 minutes per session. The lessons aim to move beyond students simply identifying words, phrases and clauses, but rather allows them to discover and discuss the effects that a writer's grammatical choices have in a text. The lessons are simple and straight forward, designed to provoke thought and understanding. In this lesson, students explore the affect of overusing adjectives by experimenting with adjectives in a set piece of writing and reflecting on the result. Ultimately, students should come to the understanding that there are alternative ways of adding description to a piece than adjectives.
AQA Love and Relationships: Mother, Any Distance.
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AQA Love and Relationships: Mother, Any Distance.

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Mix and match the range of provided activities to create a number of personalised lessons. This PPT on, Mother, Any Distance, includes activities ranging from collaborative guided annotation, to establishing and debating arguments, to method specific questioning. The download also includes an A3 worksheet, with questions designed to guide students through their own annotation of the poem - excellent for catch up, revision, or cover lesson. Can easily be used for up to four consecutive lessons. One poem a series of lessons, which provides a range of activities to mix and match in order to create the perfect lesson for your KS4 class's abilities and interests, from starter to plenary. PPTs can be easily used for up to four lessons, depedning on your choice of activities. All worksheets are provided within the PPT and all PPTs come with a guide on how to use the lesson, with additional notes at the bottom of each slide, and a choice of learning objective. Please review and rate this lesson, and look out for more lessons coming soon on this topic from RF Resources.
Macbeth Essay: A "How To" Guide on Constructing an AQA Macbeth Essay
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Macbeth Essay: A "How To" Guide on Constructing an AQA Macbeth Essay

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Using advice from AQA, this lesson guides students through the process of constructing an essay response to Macbeth, with reference to the original exemplar question on Lady Macbeth. The lesson provides advice on how to establish an argument, use the AOs and move from extract to whole while maintaining a point, as well as using exemplar student responses. The follow up lesson gives students an opportunity to self assess their progress using the mark scheme, having attempted a response themselves, as well as using the exemplar response from AQA and the examiner's report to further compound their understanding of the exam expectations.
Mother, Any Distance - Guided Annotation Worksheet
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Mother, Any Distance - Guided Annotation Worksheet

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This resource provides the students with a series of questions about the poem, in order for them to create their own annotated version, as well as develop a secure understanding of the poet's use of language and structure to create meaning. Suitable for all KS4 classes, as questions cover a broad range of abilities. This would be excellent for independent work, cover lessons, or a main group activity.
Literacy Lesson: Spelling Strategies
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Literacy Lesson: Spelling Strategies

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A simple lesson, which introduces students to seven different strategies to use, in order to help them remember spellings that they are struggling with. An excellent lesson for any time if the year, which ends with an activity that can be used as a interactive literacy display in your classroom.
The Lake Isle of Innisfree by WB Yeats
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The Lake Isle of Innisfree by WB Yeats

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This resource contains three lessons on the poem, The Lake Isle of Innisfree, and is suited for high ability Yr7 - Yr9, higher JC and ordinary LC. The lessons focus on the poet's use of imagery, with an opportunity to explore the five senses, specifically aural imagery in greater depth. Look in notes beneath the PPT slides for guidance and instructions on how to use slides. During the lesson, there is clearly marked opportunities for differentiation, and for highly independent learning, as the lesson revolves around jigsawed group activities. In the final lesson, students have the opportunity to explore what they have learned through the poem, by applying it to their own creative writing. An excellent group of lessons to promote confidence and independence in analysis of poetry, as well as enthusiasm for creative writing.
KS3 Non-Fiction SOW: Exploring Viewpoints and Perspectives: Travel in Britain and Beyond
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KS3 Non-Fiction SOW: Exploring Viewpoints and Perspectives: Travel in Britain and Beyond

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A complete unit of work designed for ages 11-14, allowing students to explore multiple non-fiction texts across the last three centuries, in a number of different forms. Although originally designed for KS3 prep for AQA Language Exam 2, explicit refernece to the exam is omitted to allow it to be adapted to any curriculum. ** A sample and overview of this unit can be found here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/ks3-non-fiction-sow-sample-blackpool-from-exploring-viewpoints-and-perspectives-britain-and-beyond-11716057 The unit includes 14, 70 minute lessons, covering activities which encourage: - Analysis and evaluation of writer's methods. - Collaboration and independence. - Inference and deduction of information. - Role play and performance. - Creative writing using studied methods. - Speaking and listening through an independent project. - Reading and writing assessments. - Discussion around social, moral and cultural topics. The download also includes an anthology of all the extracts used, a Medium Term Plan overview and notes on how to use the resources. Please review product after download - thank you.
AQA Love and Relationships: Eden Rock
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AQA Love and Relationships: Eden Rock

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Mix and match the range of provided activities to create a number of lessons . The activities included on Eden Rock provide students with opportunities to collaborate and investigate the poem, giving the teacher time to circulate and trouble shoot, rather than being front of class. Activities provided are differentiated, and can be adapted to your own teaching methods. This is one poem in a series of lessons, which provides a range of activities to mix and match, in order to create the perfect lesson for your KS4 class's abilities and interests, from starter to plenary. PPTs can be easily used for up to four lessons, depending on your choice of activities. All worksheets are provided within the PPT, and all PPTs come with a guide on how to use the lesson, with additional notes at the bottom of each slide, and a choice of learning objective. Please review and rate this lesson, and look out for more lessons coming soon on this topic from RF Resources.
Literacy Lesson: Sentence Structures and Syntax - Investigating Impact and Effect
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Literacy Lesson: Sentence Structures and Syntax - Investigating Impact and Effect

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A lesson that can be used proceeding a piece of creative writing, which allows students to investigate the impact of the sentences that they have constructed. This not only improves their own creative writing, but lends itself to students' analytical skills. (AO2/AO5 AQA Language) The resource is suitable for Yr9 to Yr11. The lesson begins by asking students to experiment with a provided sentence, noting the impact of syntax on how a reader sees an image, by moving adjectives and adverbs around the sentence. Students then review their own piece of writing (focusing on 10 lines), paring back their work to basic information, and rebuilding it to have a specific impact through syntax and sentence structure. Students then have time to reflect on what they have learned.
The Whole Town is Sleeping by Ray Bradbury
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The Whole Town is Sleeping by Ray Bradbury

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Three lessons on Ray Bradbury's short story, The Whole Town is Sleeping. Lessons were originally used for YR9 students, in preparation for the AQA language exams, but can be used as a short Halloween unit, as part of a short story SOW etc, as well as being easily adaptable for lower years. Lesson One: Close language analysis of opening paragraphs, and personal descriptive writing. (AO2 and AO5/6 AQA) Lesson Two: Focus on whole text structure and tension, with personal writing using structure and tension. AO2 and AO5/6. Lesson Three: Evaluation practise as students debate a topical statement and apply understanding of text to their argument, with the opportunity of evaluative writing practise.(AO4) Link for short story: https://www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us/cms/lib/NC01910456/Centricity/Domain/4127/The%20Whole%20Town%20is%20Sleeping%20Bradbury.pdf
Literacy Lesson: Impactful Nouns and Verbs
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Literacy Lesson: Impactful Nouns and Verbs

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A lesson which encourages students to reflect of the impact of nouns and verbs, rather than becoming over reliant on adjectives and adverbs as describing words. It aims to allow students to become more conscious of the choices they make as writers, as well as impacting their analytical skills. This lesson is best used proceeding a piece of creative or descriptive writing, and is suitable for both KS3 and KS4. The lesson begins with an activity to encourage students to understand that words should be identified as functioning within a sentence, rather than classified individually. They then complete an activity investigating the effectiveness of nouns and verbs within a sentence. Students then must reflect and review their own personal writing, paring back their work and reconstructing it based on the lesson's learning.
Revising Colons, Commas and Semi-colons: Quiz and Explanations
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Revising Colons, Commas and Semi-colons: Quiz and Explanations

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This is an excellent resource for revising the the use of colons, commas and semi-colons: the punctuation our students struggle with the most. It can be used from Yr7 to Yr12 as a revision tool. Students begin by completing the worksheet alone or in pairs, whereby they answer ten multiple choice questions on the correct usage of the three types of punctuation in sentences. Teacher can then use the PPT to go through each of the answers, which explain the rule of each usage. As a follow on activity, students can reflect on and review a past piece of personal writing, using rules they have revised. This lesson never fails to teach every student something they did not know about the punctuation.
Macbeth: Introduction to the Witches
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Macbeth: Introduction to the Witches

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Four lessons on one PPT, introducing the witches through creative description and role play, which can be used as a stand alone unit leading up to Halloween, or as a gentle way in to the play. These lessons are suitable for lower ability KS4, and for KS3 classes. Lessons offer explicit differentiation and student choice, introducing Shakespearean language through quotes and snippets of analysis, while focusing more on students creative response to the play. Lesson One = Introduction to witches in Jacobean Society. Lesson Two = Creating atmosphere - creative writing in the role of film makers. Lesson Three = Revenge role play as witches Lesson Four = Describing Witches
Revising Commas Activity
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Revising Commas Activity

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A straightforward but effective activity, whereby students add missing commas to a paragraph of writing. It is suitable from Yr7 to Yr11, as either a literacy lesson, or a starter/plenary activity proceeding or preceding personal writing. Teacher then reviews four different uses of the comma with the class. Students can then use the note sheet to review and revise their own personal writing to ensure that their use of the comma is accurate.
Macbeth: Come You Spirits - Act 1, Scene 5 Guided Annotation
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Macbeth: Come You Spirits - Act 1, Scene 5 Guided Annotation

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An excellent resource for a lower set who need to develop more independence, or as a cover lesson. Worksheets are provided in the PPT, along with the soliloquy by Lady Macbeth with differentiated questioning to guide students to their own understanding of the text. Final slide provides a creative activity to consolidate students' understanding of character and motivation.