Literacy Lesson: Impactful Nouns and Verbs

Literacy Lesson: Impactful Nouns and Verbs

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.
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Literacy Lesson: Adjectives KS3

Literacy Lesson: Adjectives KS3

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.
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Literacy Lesson: Conjunctions

Literacy Lesson: Conjunctions

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 allowing 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 of the English language. A lesson where students investigate how conjunctions can affect the formality and style of our writing, by through experimentation and reflection.
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AQA Love and Relationships: Eden Rock

AQA Love and Relationships: Eden Rock

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.
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Turned - Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Turned - Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Three lessons on Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story, Turned. Lessons were originally used for YR9 students, in preparation for the AQA language exams, but can be used as a short unit focusing on female writers or gender, as part of a short story SOW etc, as well as being easily adaptable for lower years. Lesson 1 - Focus on reading implicit and explicit detail to interpret character; activity on creating own character as follow up (AQA AO1 and AO5) Lesson 2 - Focus on exploring how narrative structure affects our reading of a text. (AQA AO3) Lesson 3 - Evaluation of how gender is represented in 'Turned.' (AQA AO4) Link to text: http://www.public-library.uk/ebooks/101/19.pdf
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Creative Writing Ideas

Creative Writing Ideas

Low input creative writing lessons for paired, group and individual work. To be used as ‘Free Writing’ activities with little focus on SPaG in first draft.
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AQA Power and Conflict: Storm on the Island - Heaney

AQA Power and Conflict: Storm on the Island - Heaney

An excellent lesson to encourage independent analysis of the poem, and develop confidence in collaboration. Suited for a lower ability KS4 class, or a KS3 class, this lesson can be used as cover, an initial way in to analysis or consolidation at then end. The guided annotation work sheet allows for low input from the teacher, allowing time to circulate student groups.
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Exam Advice and Revision: A03 Context AQA (New Spec)

Exam Advice and Revision: A03 Context AQA (New Spec)

A lesson which uses the AQA guidelines on AO3 context to encourage students to understand what including a discussion on context actually means. The examples demonstrate how to move away from such taboo responses as, "the audience in Shakespearean times..." etc. The PPT uses Macbeth as an example, but can be easily adapted. It includes middle and top level example answers, as well as examiner commentary on each.
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Jekyll and Hyde: 14 Sample Exam Questions for AQA Literature Paper One

Jekyll and Hyde: 14 Sample Exam Questions for AQA Literature Paper One

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.
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Macbeth: Introduction to the Witches

Macbeth: Introduction to the Witches

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
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Macbeth: Come You Spirits - Act 1, Scene 5 Guided Annotation

Macbeth: Come You Spirits - Act 1, Scene 5 Guided Annotation

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.
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AQA Love and Relationships: Mother, Any Distance.

AQA Love and Relationships: Mother, Any Distance.

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.
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Mother, Any Distance - Guided Annotation Worksheet

Mother, Any Distance - Guided Annotation Worksheet

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.
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Macbeth Revision: Graphing Macbeth

Macbeth Revision: Graphing Macbeth

A lesson(s) which facilitates students to revise the pivotal moments in Macbeth by plotting a graph. The students have to evaluate their own ideas about the text, choosing quotes, ranking moods/emotions and attributing themes. The finished product is visual revision tool which can be laminated and used frequently for reference. Students can work individually, in pairs or groups. Originally for a top set class, the activities can be easily differentiated based on time, ability and preference. A very independent, which relies only on clear instructions from the teacher. Note. depending on time, this activity can take up to three lessons. Could be a good cover lesson, as encourages and scaffolds independent work .
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Literacy Lesson: Conjunctions

Literacy Lesson: Conjunctions

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 allowing 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 of the English language. A lesson where students investigate how conjunctions can affect the formality and style of our writing, by through experimentation and reflection.
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Literacy Lesson: Modal Verbs

Literacy Lesson: Modal Verbs

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 allowing 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 of the English language. A lesson where students investigate how modal can affect the formality and style of our writing, by through experimentation and reflection of a short piece of fictional writing, where understanding of modal verbs and imperatives leads to a greater understanding and analysis of character. Suited for YR7 and 8.
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Literacy Lesson: Abstract and Concrete Nouns

Literacy Lesson: Abstract and Concrete Nouns

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 allowing 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 of the English language. A literacy lesson designed for students to investigate and experiment with the different effects of abstract and concrete nouns through simple poetry. Students compare two pieces of work, and work to create their own poem using abstract nouns.
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Literacy Lesson: Adjectives KS3

Literacy Lesson: Adjectives KS3

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.
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Literacy Lesson: Active Vs Passive Voice

Literacy Lesson: Active Vs Passive Voice

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. This lessons helps students identify the difference between the active and the passive voice, as well as reflect on where each voice is appropriate in their own writing and why.
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KS3 Non-Fiction SOW: Exploring Viewpoints and Perspectives: Travel in Britain and Beyond

KS3 Non-Fiction SOW: Exploring Viewpoints and Perspectives: Travel in Britain and Beyond

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.
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Macbeth Revision: Philosophy Circle and Follow Up Exam Prep Activity

Macbeth Revision: Philosophy Circle and Follow Up Exam Prep Activity

Perfect lesson to revise Macbeth, while encouraging independent thinking and collaboration, with minimum teacher input. The first lesson facilitates a student led Philosophy Circle based around their understanding of the play Macbeth. The PPT provides guidance on how to set up the Philosophy Circle, as well as opportunities for differentiation. Students discuss 5 thought provoking statements about the play, encouraging in depth reference to the text, higher order thinking and a deeper understanding of the play as a whole. The follow up lesson guides students to collaborate in creating their own sample exam questions, including an essay plan and indicative content.
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