This Unit of Work focuses on the skills needed for the New Specification English Language GCSE for AQA.
This scheme includes 22 whole lessons with accompanying extracts, model answers, worksheets and assessments.
I target the skills of varying sentencing, punctuation and use of language devices for effect, embedding these throughout my unit within lessons that are topical and engaging. In particular, my classes responded with enthusiasm to lessons on marriage equality. I place emphasis on generating ideas prior to writing, as this is what I've found my classes struggle with, particularly lower sets. Having a chance to gather ideas and speak about their writing has helped pupils to refine their writing.
I include opportunities for pair work, group work, drama, peer assessment and class discussions. This scheme both directly addresses pupils needs and engages them - my classes have really enjoyed it and I'm very proud of the work they produced as a result of these lessons.
I look at the following three forms: newspapers, letter writing and speeches. Throughout the unit, we look at several model examples, from (accessible!) Guardian articles to speeches from Harvey Milk. Extracts for these resources are also included.
Assessment lessons and accompanying reflection lessons are also included.
The topics I focused on were:
- Marriage equality
- Social media
- Complaint letters
- Capital punishment
Example slides are included on this page in the images section.
All lessons are on Smart Notebook, which can be easily accessed for free if your school does not have it right here: http://express.smarttech.com/#