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GCSE magazine article writing- boxing
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GCSE magazine article writing- boxing

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2 lessons revising magazine articles for English Language GCSE focusing on the topic of boxing. Resources include a starter proof-reading activity, advice on structure, how to write an introduction and developing main argument using persuasive techniques. Examples are provided for the introductions and main paragraphs.
'In Cardigan Market' by Brian Morris 3 lessons for WJEC GCSE English Literature Non-Examination Task
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'In Cardigan Market' by Brian Morris 3 lessons for WJEC GCSE English Literature Non-Examination Task

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3 lessons exploring ‘In Cardigan Market’ by Brian Morris in preparation for the WJEC Welsh Poetry Non-Examination Task. The first lesson starts with an activity thinking about market stalls/ stall holders and then allows pupils to clarify any difficult vocabulary before analysing the first 5 lines in detail. The second lesson has a crossword as a starter activity and then explores lines 6-14 of the poem. The third lesson explores the form of the sonnet starting off with a mix and match poetic terms starter before focusing on a double sided worksheet looking at two different sonnets, one Italian and one Shakespearean, analysing sonnet structure/rhyme/ rhythm. The plenary explores how ‘In Cardigan Market’ uses the sonnet form and the effect it has.
'Explain' Question WJEC English Language GCSE exam revision
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'Explain' Question WJEC English Language GCSE exam revision

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‘Explain’ question revision with two 5 mark ‘explain’ questions. The first one can be done as a class annotating the text and then looking at the example. Pupils can create a mini success criteria to remind them how to answer this question. Pupils can then complete the second ‘explain’ question as a practice without having an example to copy. There is also an example answer for the second ‘explain’ question pupils can use to self or peer assess.
How Question WJEC GCSE English Language exam revision
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How Question WJEC GCSE English Language exam revision

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This lesson guides pupils through the GCSE ‘how’ question with a starter activity looking at how the ‘how’ question is worded. Pupils then look at how question and pick out examples linking to the question before looking at an example of a ‘how’ response that would be awarded full marks to work out how to set out answer. Pupils will then complete the how question and self assess their answers. You will need the summer 2018 Unit 3 resource material. The link will take you to that paper: http://pastpapers.download.wjec.co.uk/s18-3700u30-1a.pdf
Synthesis question WJEC English Language exam revision
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Synthesis question WJEC English Language exam revision

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This lesson guides pupils through the GCSE synthesis question with a starter activity looking at how the synthesis question is worded. Pupils then look at an example of a synthesis response that would be awarded full marks (not linked to any text they have looked at) to work out how to set out answer. Pupils will then complete a synthesis question and peer assess their answers. There is also a lesson plan attached with the resources and the standard of the lesson was considered ‘excellent’ when observed. You will need the summer 2018 Unit 3 resource material. The link will take you to that paper: http://pastpapers.download.wjec.co.uk/s18-3700u30-1a.pdf
William Shakespeare and Elizabethan era activities
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William Shakespeare and Elizabethan era activities

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A few tasks and activities linking to the Elizabethan era and William Shakespeare's life. Resources include a PowerPoint on Elizabethan life pupils can make notes on, a biography of William Shakespeare's life with comprehension questions (link to PowerPoint too), A 'what is the question activity' and a question loop game.
'Eclipse' by Owen Sheers and 'A Marriage' by R.S. Thomas- 4 lessons for WJEC GCSE English Literature
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'Eclipse' by Owen Sheers and 'A Marriage' by R.S. Thomas- 4 lessons for WJEC GCSE English Literature

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3 lessons exploring ‘Eclipse’ by Owen Sheers and 1 lesson exploring ‘A Marriage’ by R. S. Thomas in preparation for the WJEC Welsh Poetry Non-Examination Task. The first lesson on ‘Eclipse’ starts with an activity thinking about what eclipses are using a youtube clip and then analyses the first 6 lines in detail with questions focusing on diferent aspects of language to ensure detailed annotation. There is also answers to the questions. The second lesson has a crossword as a starter activity and then explores lines 7-15 of the poem in the same detailed manner as lesson 1. The third lesson starts with a picture starter where pupils have to identify which quotation links to the picture and then focusing on the skill of AO2 looking at two examples exploring a quotation from the poem. The lesson focusing on ‘A Marriage’ by R. S. Thomas has a starter looking at pictures thinking about the significance of marriage and then has a detailed questions and answers for pupils to annotate the poem.
Hard Frost Poetry Analysis for high ability
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Hard Frost Poetry Analysis for high ability

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Two lessons exploring the poem 'Hard Frost' used with a high ability year 9 class- would also be suitable for GCSE pupils if adapted. The first lesson looks at the vocabulary and annotating the poem and the second looks at exploring quotations in detail- considering different meanings to help pupils reach level 6.
'In Cardigan Market' by Brian Morris and 'A Peasant' by R. S. Thomas for WJEC GCSE English Literature Non-Examination Task
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'In Cardigan Market' by Brian Morris and 'A Peasant' by R. S. Thomas for WJEC GCSE English Literature Non-Examination Task

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3 lessons exploring ‘In Cardigan Market’ by Brian Morris and 3 lessons exploring ‘A Peasant’ by R. S. Thomas in preparation for the WJEC Welsh Poetry Non-Examination Task. The third resource looks at how to ensure pupils are achieving assessment objective 2 (exploring language, form and structure) Look at individual resources for more information on starter activities and specific tasks etc.
The Tempest act 1, scene 2 PEE
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The Tempest act 1, scene 2 PEE

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Lesson used with year 7 mixed ability- with a number of lower ability pupils who need extra support. Lesson has literacy starter and then focuses on the part of act 1, scene 2 when Prospero and Miranda visit Caliban. Lesson works well for first approach at using PEE.
Romeo and Juliet Formal Letter
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Romeo and Juliet Formal Letter

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3 lessons using the fight scene in act 1, scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet as a stimulus to write a formal letter- a letter of complaint to Prince Escalus from a civilian of Verona who is fed up of the violence caused by the Montagues and Capulets. Resources include a starter proof-reading activity, use of senses activity and formal letter layout starter. There is also advice on structure, how to write an introduction and developing main arguments using persuasive techniques. Examples are provided for the introductions and main paragraphs.
Compare question WJEC English Language exam revision
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Compare question WJEC English Language exam revision

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‘Compare’ question revision with one 4 mark ‘compare’ question and one 6 mark ‘compare’ question. The first one can be done as a class annotating the text and then looking at the example. Pupils can create a mini success criteria to remind them how to answer this question. Pupils can then complete the second ‘compare’ question as a practice without having an example to copy. There is also an example answer for the second ‘compare’ question pupils can use to self or peer assess.
Theme park texts and questions
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Theme park texts and questions

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Great for a one off revision lesson at KS3 if you give them a language style exam paper or just general improving reading skills lesson linking into theme parks. Resources include a proof-reading starter and then 3 texts with questions.
The Tom-Cat Poem PEE
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The Tom-Cat Poem PEE

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Two lessons focusing on the poem 'The Tom-Cat' by Don Marquis focusing on the skill of PEE. Suitable for any KS3 class. First lesson looks at difficult vocabulary and the content of the poem and the second lesson looks at picking out examples and explaining those examples.
The Globe Theatre Description Writing
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The Globe Theatre Description Writing

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Two lessons for a Year 8 mixed ability class linking into the Globe Theatre. The first lesson looks at a video clip of the Globe Theatre and explores what makes a good piece of descriptive writing using two examples. The second lesson is planning and writing a piece of description writing.