A selection of song lyrics that serve as a unit of work introducing poetry analysis skills. Each song has its own lesson complete with an appropriate starter activity and analysis of the song as well as an exam style question to stretch more able pupils.
Song lyrics are provided as are links to YouTube videos.
Songs analysed are as follows:
Black Eyed Peas: Where is the love?
Snow Patrol: Chasing Cars
Michael Jackson: Earth Song
Madonna: Papa Don't Preach
Tupac: Dear Mama
Bars and Melody: Hopeful
Ed Sheeran: Castle on the Hill
A quick guide to writing a successful film review. This lesson includes an exemplar resource as well as a power point that guides students through everything they need to include in a film review. Ideal for KS3 English lessons of Year 10 Media classes. I recommend using a short film, Pixar's One Man Band is ideal for this, or allowing the students freedom of choice for a movie they have watched recently.
An outstanding lesson exploring the rules for apostrophe usage. Beginning with a quick baseline exercise and ending with a progress proving test, this lesson explores funny examples of bad grammar and gets the pupils to complete a marketplace activity teaching apostrophes for possession and contraction.
5 scenes from the play reworked with modern language that the pupils will love to perform. The scripts are fun and accessible for all abilities and will ensure your pupils enjoy this great story. Ideal for drama lessons but just as effective in an English classroom...
REGAN: That’s a brilliant cuppa, Sis. Now that we have got rid of Cordelia and our stupid old dad, no one can stop me from ruling Britain!
GONERIL: You mean us?
REGAN: Oh yes, about that. I was thinking that maybe you should die as well! (REGAN throws hot tea in Goneril’s face and pushes her off the edge of the tower.)
A full analysis of Carol Ann Duffy's poem as featured in AQA's new spec anthology. Focusing on AO2 (language, form and structure) this lesson includes an exemplar response and a full annotation of the poem.
A mini unit of 4 objective led lessons themed on amazing escapes.
Lesson 1 develops creative writing skills and links to Aron Ralston's true story which was made into the movie 127 hours.
Lesson 2 focuses on punctuation with the incredible true story Touching The Void as its inspiration.
Lesson 3 analyses structure in a newspaper article about a dog stranded at sea.
Lesson 4 analyses language devices used in an extract from Life of Pi.
A KS3 unit of work exploring the rise of slavery and how the issue contributed to the American Civil War. Each lesson is fully resourced with a range of different activities. The resources can easily lead into a slavery museum project. A full half-term’s work in one bundle!
Lesson 1: Africa before slavery
Lesson 2: Trade Triangle
Lesson 3: Auctions and plantation life
Lesson 4: American Civil War
Lesson 5: Jim Crow and segregation
Lesson 6: Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King
Seven literacy starters themed around The Simpsons' Ralph Wiggum. Each starter takes approx. 10 minutes and covers a range of basic literacy areas such as spelling and punctuation. 15 mistakes to identify/ fix in each task. Easy to peer assess. Seven great little starters that my old head-teacher loved!
Five worksheets (one for each act) with a selection of key quotes. Pupils have to find out who said them before explaining their effect on the audience and the impact of the key words. A model answer and some partial answers are included on the worksheets which make an excellent revision tool once completed.
A complete scheme of learning for John Boyne's sensational novel. This unit has 21 lessons (one for each chapter plus a second to split the much longer chapter 7) that follow the adventures of Bruno and his family during WWII in Nazi Germany. The unit mixes guided reading with creative writing and research tasks that make it ideal for this wonderful class reader. The unit is pitched to high flyers in Years 6/7 or middle ability Year 8 and has links to the new spec AQA exams. Everything you need (apart from the DVD) in one resource!
Designed for a top set Year 7 class, this unit of work consists of 14 hour long lessons and an assessment. Covering the range of creative writing skills from punctuation to planning and narrative hooks to characterisation, this unit is designed to engage and inspire pupils to develop their own story writing skills. Extracts from Harry Potter, Treasure Island and Boy are included as stimulii for creative young minds. This resource bundle has all you need for a full half term and is easily adapted for Year 6 or 8 pupils.
A pack of festive fun lessons suitable for use in English or drama lessons. Aimed at KS3 but older/ younger pupils still enjoy them!
Most of the resources follow the story of evil Atnas Claws (Santa's brother who steals presents) and his dastardly schemes to ruin Christmas. These resources can easily be adapted to take place in any school/ town. In story one he steals presents before being unmasked as a teacher from your school. in the second story he escapes from prison and takes Santa hostage. In the third story he has Santa charged with numerous offences (driving a sleigh whilst drunk etc.) and the pupils can write creative stories, newspaper articles or prepare dramas/ pantomimes about the events.
In Donkey's Christmas Carol, a young donkey dreams of becoming part of Santa's sleigh pulling team- will his dream come true?
A quick poetry lesson using Benjamin Zephaniah's Talking Turkeys is included as are a range of festive starters and an introduction to Call My Bluff as a literacy based quiz competition.
These lessons are a fun, team building alternative to watching DVDs on the last week of term!
A compilation of ten poetry lessons united by the theme of nature. Copies of all the poems are included (either as word documents or within the powerpoints) and feature guided analysis as well as creative writing stimuli.
This resource focuses on classic poems (there is a modern selection available separately) including Evening by Percy Shelley, To Autumn by John Keats, The Badger by John Clare and Daffodils by William Wordsworth.
A focused unit of work ideal for bridging KS3/4.
A full unit of work exploring the holocaust. Eight fully resourced lessons are included, each with a variety of activities to challenge and engage your students. The resources are designed for KS3 classes but can easily be adapted into KS4 resources.
Lesson 1: Intro to holocaust
Lesson 2: Ghetto life
Lesson 3: The final solution
Lesson 4: Auschwitz- Birkenau
Lesson 5: Effects of holocaust
Lesson 6: Liberation
Lesson 7: Remembering the victims
Lesson 8: Revision of unit.
This unit is designed to follow on from a mini unit on Hitler’s rise to power which is also available from SIK Lessons.
All the kids in school are singing “football’s coming home” so here’s an AQA style exam paper to give you an easy, fun end of year lesson that still looks good if the Head pops in! Two video links are used as starters before the pupils read, and respond to exam questions on, an article about how Gareth Southgate went from penalty zero in 1996 to hero in 2018.