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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
WJEC Welsh Poetry A Marriage R.S. Thomas
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WJEC Welsh Poetry A Marriage R.S. Thomas

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2 lessons exploring ‘A Marriage’ by R. S. Thomas in preparation for the WJEC Welsh Poetry Non-Examination Task. Lesson 1- Exploration of the poem- The lesson has a starter looking at pictures thinking about the significance of marriage. Pupils then annotate the poem using a series of detailed questions. Plenary is a discussion and answers (to the questions) for pupils to annotate the poem in further detail. Lesson 2- Focusing on AO2- The starter activity is a crossword about the poem ‘A Marriage’. Pupils then look at assessment criteria for this assessment (On WJEC website-GCSE English Literature Specification) and pupils will break down how they gain marks in each assessment objective. After that pupil complete a task looking at two examples focusing on AO2 and what band pupils think that it would achieve and why. Pupils then complete a paragraph focusing on AO2 themselves.
WJEC Welsh Poetry- My Box by Gillian Clarke and A Marriage by R.S. Thomas
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WJEC Welsh Poetry- My Box by Gillian Clarke and A Marriage by R.S. Thomas

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Two lessons exploring Gillian Clarke’s ‘My Box’ in preparation for the WJEC Welsh Poetry NEA. Lesson 1- Stanza one- This lesson has a range of activities from a prediction task to a drawing activity as well as a number of questions pupils can use to annotate the poem in detail. There are answers to the questions to help pupils add more detail during a class discussion. Lesson 2- Stanza two/three and form- This lesson has a proof-reading starter activity with information about Gillian Clarke’s life before asking pupils to consider the significance of that information in the poem. Pupils annotate the rest of the poem using questions to prompt them before having a class discussion with answers to the questions on the PowerPoint. The final part of the lesson looks at what a ballad is and what features ‘My Box’ has of a ballad. 2 lessons exploring ‘A Marriage’ by R. S. Thomas in preparation for the WJEC Welsh Poetry Non-Examination Task. Lesson 1- Exploration of the poem- The lesson has a starter looking at pictures thinking about the significance of marriage. Pupils then annotate the poem using a series of detailed questions. Plenary is a discussion and answers (to the questions) for pupils to annotate the poem in further detail. Lesson 2- Focusing on AO2- The starter activity is a crossword about the poem ‘A Marriage’. Pupils then look at assessment criteria for this assessment (On WJEC website-GCSE English Literature Specification) and pupils will break down how they gain marks in each assessment objective. After that pupil complete a task look at two examples focusing on AO2 and what band pupils think that it would achieve and why. Pupils then complete a paragraph focusing on AO2 themselves.
Summary question WJEC English Language exam revision
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Summary question WJEC English Language exam revision

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In the first part of the lesson pupils will learn/revise how to approach a summary question in groups or as class. The summary question is broken down into stages to help pupils grasp how to approach this question and get full marks. Pupils then complete a success criteria before completing a summary question independently to test their understanding of this question type.
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.
WJEC Welsh Poetry My Box Gillian Clarke
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WJEC Welsh Poetry My Box Gillian Clarke

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Two lessons exploring Gillian Clarke’s ‘My Box’ in preparation for the WJEC Welsh Poetry NEA. Lesson 1- Stanza one- This lesson has a range of activities from a prediction task to a drawing activity as well as a number of questions pupils can use to annotate the poem in detail. There are answers to the questions to help pupils add more detail during a class discussion. Lesson 2- Stanza two/three and form- This lesson has a proof-reading starter activity with information about Gillian Clarke’s life before asking pupils to consider the significance of that information in the poem. Pupils annotate the rest of the poem using questions to prompt them before having a class discussion with answers to the questions on the PowerPoint. The final part of the lesson looks at what a ballad is and what features ‘My Box’ has of a ballad.
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.
GCSE speech writing social media
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GCSE speech writing social media

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3 lessons revising speeches for English Language GCSE focusing on the topic of social media. Resources include a starter proof-reading activity, infograph activity and mix and match persuasive techniques 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.
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.
'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
'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.
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.
Speaking and listening task based on chapter 30 of 'Holes' by Louis Sachar- 'Zero's Trial'
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Speaking and listening task based on chapter 30 of 'Holes' by Louis Sachar- 'Zero's Trial'

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Lesson worked really well with mixed ability year 8 class. Pupils work in groups of 4 taking on the role of a barrister or a character from 'Holes' to decide on whether Zero deserves to be punished for his assault of Mr Pendanski in chapter 30. Each character has a support sheet with an extract from 'Holes' to help them come up with reasons why. I chose the more able pupils to be the barrister so they could lead the group.
'A Peasant' by R. S. Thomas 3 lessons for WJEC GCSE English Literature Non-Examination Task
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'A Peasant' by R. S. Thomas 3 lessons for WJEC GCSE English Literature Non-Examination Task

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3 lessons exploring ‘A Peasant’ by R. S. Thomas in preparation for the WJEC Welsh Poetry Non-Examination Task. The first lesson starts with a proof-reading task and then looks at a piece of information exploring the history of agricultural in Wales. Pupils will complete some GCSE Language style questions on the information. The second lesson has vocabulary mix and match starter activity and then explores lines 1-10 of the poem using questions to help pupils annotate the poem in detail. The plenary has answers to the questions. The third lesson has a crossoword starter activity before exploring the rest of the poem. Again there are questions to help pupils annotate the poem in detail and answers to the questions for a plenary discussion.
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.
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.