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GCSE magazine article writing

GCSE magazine article writing

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.
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Narrative writing structure/opening paragraph

Narrative writing structure/opening paragraph

3 lessons suitable for KS3 or KS4. Lesson 1 focuses on the structure of narrative writing including a worksheet looking at examples of plans. Lessons 2 and 3 look at what makes an effective opening paragraph looking at 3 different examples- you could give pupils all 3 or give different ones to different groups. Pupils can then write their own opening paragraph based on success criteria.
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English Language style questions on 'Hard Frost'

English Language style questions on 'Hard Frost'

This resource enables pupils to practice the skills needed for their GCSE English Language exams. It is really useful for GCSE pupils or even high ability year 9 pupils in order to develop how to approach each question type.
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'Eclipse' by Owen Sheers 3 lessons for WJEC GCSE English Literature Non-Examination Task

'Eclipse' by Owen Sheers 3 lessons for WJEC GCSE English Literature Non-Examination Task

3 lessons exploring ‘Eclipse’ by Owen Sheers in preparation for the WJEC Welsh Poetry Non-Examination Task. The first lesson 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.
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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

'In Cardigan Market' by Brian Morris and 'A Peasant' by R. S. Thomas for WJEC GCSE English Literature Non-Examination Task

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.
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'A Peasant' by R. S. Thomas 3 lessons for WJEC GCSE English Literature Non-Examination Task

'A Peasant' by R. S. Thomas 3 lessons for WJEC GCSE English Literature Non-Examination Task

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.
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'In Cardigan Market' by Brian Morris 3 lessons for WJEC GCSE English Literature Non-Examination Task

'In Cardigan Market' by Brian Morris 3 lessons for WJEC GCSE English Literature Non-Examination Task

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.
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'Explain' Question Revision (WJEC English Language GCSE)

'Explain' Question Revision (WJEC English Language GCSE)

‘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.
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KS3 World Book Day Quiz 2018

KS3 World Book Day Quiz 2018

World Book Day Quiz 2018 with 5 different rounds celebrating children's literature through time. Round 1- Picture round Round 2-Fill in the gap of the title/author Round 3-Nonsense language and find the literacy mistake Round 4- Make the link between 3 words Round 5- General knowledge All rounds out of 9. Perfect to use with KS3 classes to celebrate World Book Day in English lessons or even form time! There is also a answer sheet for pupils to write down their answers. Note: There are deliberate spelling mistakes in the PowerPoint as part of the bonus literacy points!
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GCSE magazine article writing

GCSE magazine article writing

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.
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Romeo and Juliet Formal Letter

Romeo and Juliet Formal Letter

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.
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GCSE speech writing social media

GCSE speech writing social media

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.
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William Shakespeare and Elizabethan era activities

William Shakespeare and Elizabethan era activities

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.
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Hard Frost Poetry Analysis for high ability

Hard Frost Poetry Analysis for high ability

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.
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Personification in poetry

Personification in poetry

Perfect for KS3 classes when learning about personification in poetry. Fun starter where pupils have to guess what objects have been personified. Pupils then explore the poem 'The Fog' and then create their own personification based on ice or snow. Could work for 1 or 2 lessons depending on ability of class.
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Hamlet act 2 crossword

Hamlet act 2 crossword

Crossword to help pupils consolidate or revise act 2 of 'Hamlet'. The page numbers refer to the Longman Literature edition.
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Capital punishment exposition writing

Capital punishment exposition writing

7 lessons on exposition writing I designed for a year 9 SoL exploring the topic of capital punishment. It focuses on pushing pupils to achieve level 6 but could be easily adapted for GCSE.
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The Globe Theatre Description Writing

The Globe Theatre Description Writing

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.
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Stereotyping teenagers 'How' question suitable for GCSE or KS3

Stereotyping teenagers 'How' question suitable for GCSE or KS3

4 lessons focusing on a 'how' question exploring the topic of stereotyping teenagers. Lessons explore an article a Daily Mail article looking at the 'Feral Youths' of the gangs of Brixton London. Previously used for GCSE non-fiction controlled assessment I have now adapted up for the new GCSE style questions. These lessons look at a 5 mark question but it could be easily expanded to 10 marks and more time spent on it.
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The Tom-Cat Poem PEE

The Tom-Cat Poem PEE

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.
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Speaking and listening task based on chapter 30 of 'Holes' by Louis Sachar- 'Zero's Trial'

Speaking and listening task based on chapter 30 of 'Holes' by Louis Sachar- 'Zero's Trial'

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.
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'Romeo and Juliet' act 1, scene 5 sonnet

'Romeo and Juliet' act 1, scene 5 sonnet

Lesson for year 9 mixed ability pupils exploring what a traditional sonnet is before looking at the sonnet between Romeo and Juliet in act 1, scene 5. Plenary explores what pupils have learnt through the lesson.
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