English Literature pupil led revision sheet

English Literature pupil led revision sheet

A worksheet full of pupil led homework activities with a tick sheet for them to show their progress. This sheet is set up for pupils studying the AQA combination of Macbeth, Blood Brothers, A Christmas Carol and Conflict poetry but can be adapted to suit other combinations. Designed to guide high flying (self-motivated) students with their revision/ study leave timetables. This resource encourages pupils to revise key themes and quotes using mind-maps and essay plans.
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Our Day Out by Willy Russell

Our Day Out by Willy Russell

A full unit of work exploring the popular play by Willy Russell. 16 full lessons are included (a video version is required for the final two lessons) and an extra resource analysing the context is included. All lessons have warm up challenges and have three differentiated activities/ outcomes. Designed for KS3 with a mixture of PEE analysis and creative writing lessons, this resource can easily be adapted to match your classes.
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Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes by Louis Sachar

A full scheme of work with 20 lessons. Each lesson consists of a basic literacy starter, a designated reading section with analysis or a creative writing challenge and various discussion points. Everything you need to teach this wonderful book in one pack.
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Literacy starters

Literacy starters

A collection of quick literacy starters that can easily be dropped into the start of lessons. Averaging five minutes each, the pack includes: sentence structures, word classes, homophones, adverbs, silent letters and apostrophes.
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Follower by Seamus Heaney

Follower by Seamus Heaney

A complete resource analysing Seamus Heaney's 'Follower'. Beginning with discussion points about how sons view their fathers, this resource focuses on the use of nautical imagery and how Heaney admires his father working the plough as a child. Example PEE responses and a full annotation of the poem are included. Everything you need to teach this poem in one resource!
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Travel Writing Scheme of Learning

Travel Writing Scheme of Learning

A full scheme of work for travel writing. Ideal for Years 6-8, this resource includes 10 hour long lessons, many of which can be developed into two full lessons, and covers all of the main areas of travel writing. The unit includes analysis of travel brochures, rhetorical devices, drama activities, formal letters of complaint and exemplar travel writing from Bill Bryson. An assessment (plus planning grid) is also included.
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Nature Poetry (modern) scheme of learning

Nature Poetry (modern) scheme of learning

A poetry scheme of work based on the theme of nature. This resource focuses on modern poetry (a classic literature resource is also available) and includes a variety contemporary poets and pop stars. Eleven stand alone lessons are included as well as extra lesson opportunities for developing comparisons. The songs include Michael Jackson's 'Earth Song' and Will Smith's 'Summertime'. The poems featured include Benjamin Zephaniah's 'For Sale', Vernon Scannell's 'Nettles' and Grace Nichols' 'I Am A Parrott'. Copies of all poems are within power points or attached as word documents. Video links are also included for most texts.
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Climbing My Grandfather by Andrew Waterhouse

Climbing My Grandfather by Andrew Waterhouse

A comprehensive resource exploring Andrew Waterhouse's poem about his relationship with his grandfather. The whole poem uses an extended metaphor (climbing a mountain) to show their relationship and this resource focuses on how this is achieved. A full annotation is included- everything you need to prepare your students for this AQA poem in one place!
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Nature poetry (classic poems)

Nature poetry (classic poems)

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.
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The Farmer's Bride by Charlotte Mews

The Farmer's Bride by Charlotte Mews

A full resource with everything you need for this AQA poem. Beginning with a discussion on marriage in 1912 and Mews' background, this resource is designed for pupil led analysis and breaks down each stanza with discussion points for the pupils to investigate. A full annotation is included- everything you need to teach this poem in one resource!
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Letters from Yorkshire by Maura Dooley

Letters from Yorkshire by Maura Dooley

A comprehensive resource to prepare your students for this AQA poem. Beginning with a discussion on Yorkshire life and rural versus urban careers, this resource explores how meaning is created and includes a full annotation of the poem. Everything you need to teach this poem is here!
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Mother, Any Distance by Simon Armitage

Mother, Any Distance by Simon Armitage

A comprehensive resource to prepare your students for this AQA poem. "Mother, Any Distance" shows the conflict between a son leaving home and a mother desperate to keep hold of her child as he leaves for university. This resource begins with discussion questions based around the background to the poem before moving on to explore Armitage's use of imagery and metaphor. A full annotation of the poem is included. Everything you need to teach this poem in one resource!
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Poetic terminology

Poetic terminology

An introductory resource to use at the start of a poetry unit of work. Pupils will research the definitions of poetic techniques before showing their understanding with quick quiz questions. An ideal way to introduce the key vocabulary that pupils will need to use to discuss poetry.
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The Prelude: Stealing the Boat by William Wordsworth

The Prelude: Stealing the Boat by William Wordsworth

A comprehensive resource to prepare your pupils for this AQA poem. Wordsworth's epic poem about the power of nature is broken down into four small sections with guided questioning for each to lead your students to a secure understanding of this poem. Everything you need to teach this poem is included in this one resource.
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Pop music lyrics analsyed as poetry

Pop music lyrics analsyed as poetry

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
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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!
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Power and Conflict AQA Poetry Cluster 2

Power and Conflict AQA Poetry Cluster 2

A full unit of work for the new spec AQA syllabus. 16 powerpoints (one detailed analysis for each poem plus an introduction lesson) that guide your students through the poems, poets and themes. Each poem has background details, glossary of key words and annotations focusing on language and structure. Analysis uses the SMILE and PEE formats. (structure, meaning, imagery, language and effect) (point evidence explain) Everything you need to prepare your students for their exam is included!
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My Last Duchess by Robert Browning

My Last Duchess by Robert Browning

An in-depth guided exploration of Robert Browning's My Last Duchess that breaks the poem down into small sections for close analysis. Beginning with examples of Renaissance paintings to discuss, this resource follows the story of Duke Alfonso who murdered his young bride for smiling at other men before moving on to another trophy wife. This may be a Victorian poem but its ideas are still relevant to today's teenagers. This resource has all you need to prepare your students for their AQA poetry exam.
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Tissue by Imtiaz Dharker

Tissue by Imtiaz Dharker

Probably the most challenging poem in AQA's Power and Conflict anthology, Imtiaz Dharker draws parallels between paper and human skin in her poem about human freedom. This resource explores the ideas within the poem and offers ideas of how this poem could be compared with others in the exam. A detailed annotation is included to help prepare your students for their GCSE exam.
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Remains by Simon Armitage

Remains by Simon Armitage

Remains is a contemporary poem telling the story of a British soldier who is haunted by his actions in Iraq. Simon Armitage's poem shows how the actions of a soldier can cause them psychological distress for many years after battle. This resource begins with stimuli for class discussion on how soldiers can return to civilian life, moves on to explore the main ideas of the poem and includes a full annotation. Everything you need to prepare your students for this AQA new spec poem is here!
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Macbeth key quote analysis

Macbeth key quote analysis

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.
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