Christmas Cryptograms

Christmas Cryptograms

These activities have been created for groups of KS3 (and LA KS4) to give the students a challenge at the end of term. I like that they take time to do, when doing them properly. These activities are not like the usual Christmas activities, so the students really engage with them also!
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Christmas Criss-Cross

Christmas Criss-Cross

A simple crossword puzzle for students to enjoy in the run up to the festive season. Most students will be able to access the words and phrases included in this, though some may struggle with the spellings - but it's all good practice!
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The Christmas Story - Cloze Passage

The Christmas Story - Cloze Passage

A cloze passage activity telling the story of Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus. Ideal for English students of all ages and abilities. Can be easily adapted to suit your group.
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Harry Potter Comprehension

Harry Potter Comprehension

An activity to revise and test students understanding of a story. Using Harry Potter allows the students to connect to a well known text. ***The extract used is copyright of the author J.K Rowling.
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Reading Skills - Visualising Descriptions

Reading Skills - Visualising Descriptions

An activity designed to explore how we all read descriptive passages but see them differently. It requires students to read the extracts from the novels and then draw their interpretation of the description. Both extracts are copyright of their authors.
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Reading Skills - Making Predictions

Reading Skills - Making Predictions

A PowerPoint on the skill of predicting what might happen in a book, leaflet, etc. Students are asked to predict the contents of writing using various sources, and are able to identify primary and secondary elements in texts. The Activity 'What does the Cover say?' asks students to say what they think a book may be about from the cover&'s primary and secondary elements. * Image links are included and can be easily found on the internet.
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Features of Adverts

Features of Adverts

A PowerPoint and Activity to help students understand and identify the features of adverts. The features are named and explained, and then students are required to identify them in printed ads and label and explain their reasoning.
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Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Scheme Resources

Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Scheme Resources

BSP Powerpoints and Resources. Accompanies the Scheme of Work created by TESEnglish for the text. Brilliant Scheme that has enabled me to adapt and use the activities/tasks with mixed ability groups, and differentiate by outcome. ***The extracts are all copyright of the author, John Boyne.
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Top tips for Engaging Struggling Students

Top tips for Engaging Struggling Students

A sheet crammed with tips for engaging students who struggle, either due to SpLD or purely find listening and following difficult. This can be used as a checklist for your teaching, regardless of the subject.
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Punctuation/Paragraph Practice

Punctuation/Paragraph Practice

This resource can be used with either Higher Level KS3 students, or students in KS4. All the capital letters, full stops and paragraphs have been removed from a review of Homeland Season 1. The students just have to figure out where they should be put! Could be made easier for Lower Ability students. Article is the intellectual property of the writer (name and newspaper on the sheet)
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Unseen Poetry Revision (Autumn - Alan Bold)

Unseen Poetry Revision (Autumn - Alan Bold)

A revision exercise for students studying GCSE English Literature, allowing them to practice their understanding of a unseen poem, and also writing an answer to the question in their exam. ***The poem is the copyright of the author***
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50-Word Story Telling

50-Word Story Telling

An activity template to help students retell a story in just fifty words. Helps them to practice summarising and identifying the most important points of a story.
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Basic Punctuation - The Rules

Basic Punctuation - The Rules

A quick guide to the basic punctuation marks and what they mean/are used for. Could be diasplayed on Classroom Walls or used as a prompt for students who are struglling individually.
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The Unseen Poetry Question - How to Start

The Unseen Poetry Question - How to Start

A powerpoint explaining an appropriate method for approaching an unseen poetry question in an exam. This shows students a step-by-step simple approach that can be accessed by most students. ***You will need t select a poem for the students to use - possibly one from a previous paper***
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Identifying Meaning (Context)

Identifying Meaning (Context)

An activity designed to help students understand difficult words. The students are asked to try and work out what the word means just by seeing it in a sentence/in context. Can be easily adapted, or students who are struggling can use a dictionary for additional support.
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Unseen Poetry Revision (Island Man - Nichols)

Unseen Poetry Revision (Island Man - Nichols)

A practice exam question for any students undertaking an unseen poem. This particular activity focusses on the poem Island Man by Grace Nichols, and asks the students to complete a planning grid, helping them to focus and note down their ideas. ***The poem is the property of Grace Nichols***
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An Inspector Calls - Theme Table Task

An Inspector Calls - Theme Table Task

An activity used by students to help aid their understanding of the themes of the play 'An Inspector Calls' and how the themes affect each character. Can be simplified or made more challenging easily, so suitable for all students.
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An Inspector Calls - What's Happening?

An Inspector Calls - What's Happening?

An activity designed to get students thinking and recapping on their understanding of the plot of 'An Inspector Calls.' The activity gives students quotes from the text and asks them to explain where they fit into the plot.
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Homophones - What Are They?

Homophones - What Are They?

A PowerPoint designed to explain Homophones to students. It requires them to be able to identify them and work out whether the words they've chosen are actually homophones or not - through discussions with peers. Can be easily adapted for different groups and abilities.
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Wallace Hartley Comprehension Activity

Wallace Hartley Comprehension Activity

A comprehension practice activity using Wallace Hartley, the bandmaster of the RMS Titanic, as the topic. The information links to the questions and requires the students not only to read carefully, but to read between the lines and pick out alternative information. * The source of the information is indicated on the information sheet*
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Analysing Magazine & Newspaper Adverts

Analysing Magazine & Newspaper Adverts

A sheet of questions designed to prompt students to examine articles in more detail. This activity could be easily adapted for lower ability groups, purely by adding examples and more structure. ***Articles/Adverts not included***
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