Questions, imperatives and inverted sentences

Questions, imperatives and inverted sentences

This worksheet challenges students to identify the subject in sentences with unconventional word order (questions, imperatives and inverted sentences). This helps students to better understand sentence structure and to maintain subject-verb agreement when writing.
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Prepositions and prepositional phrases (a grammar for writing lesson)

Prepositions and prepositional phrases (a grammar for writing lesson)

This fully resourced lesson teaches students what prepositions and prepositional phrases are and then uses sentence combining exercises to give students practice with placing prepositional phrases at different points in the sentence. The powerpoint includes a starter, an explanation of prepositions and prepositional phrases (with examples), instructions for the worksheet (with an example), a list of possible answers and a plenary. It also provides examples of misplaced phrases/modifiers to help students to recognise when they have not placed prepositional phrases in a sentence correctly.
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Adverbs and adverbials (a grammar for writing lesson)

Adverbs and adverbials (a grammar for writing lesson)

This fully resourced lesson teaches students what adverbs and adverbials are and then uses sentence combining exercises to give them practice with placing adverbials in sentences. The powerpoint includes a starter, an explanation of adverbs and adverbials (with examples), instructions for the worksheet (with an example), a list of possible answers and a plenary.
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Nouns in apposition (a grammar for writing lesson)

Nouns in apposition (a grammar for writing lesson)

This fully resourced lesson teaches students how to place nouns in apposition to add detail and variety to sentences. Sentence combining exercises are provided to give students practice in using this strategy. A powerpoint is included to guide the lesson; it includes: a starter activity, explanation and examples of nouns in apposition, instructions for completing the exercises on the worksheet (with examples for group practice), possible answers and a plenary.
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Participles and participle clauses (a grammar for writing lesson)

Participles and participle clauses (a grammar for writing lesson)

This fully resourced lesson teaches students what participles are and how they can be used to add description and to enhance sentence variety. A worksheet with sentence combining exercises is included to give students practice in using the structure. The powerpoint includes a starter activity, an explanation of participles and participle clauses with examples, instructions on how to complete the worksheet with examples, possible answers and a plenary.
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LNF-based peer editing sheets for descriptive and narrative texts

LNF-based peer editing sheets for descriptive and narrative texts

This is a series of peer editing sheets for use after students have finished drafting descriptive or narrative texts. Sheets are organised into Bronze, Silver and Gold levels with increasingly challenging criteria included in each. Students read through their partner's writing, looking for the features identified on the editing sheet and circling the appropriate comments based on what they find. Criteria are based on the Literacy and Numeracy Framework for Wales, with Bronze corresponding to Year 7, Silver to Year 8 and Gold to Year 9 expectations.
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Creating compound sentences with coordinating conjunctions (and when to use a joining comma)

Creating compound sentences with coordinating conjunctions (and when to use a joining comma)

This is a fully resourced lesson that teaches students how to use coordinating conjunctions to combine simple sentences and form compound sentences. *NOTE: Instead of using the American acronym FANBOYS in this lesson, I have substituted the more practical TANBOYS (most American dictionaries do not recognise 'then' as a coordinating conjunction; they insist that one should say 'and then' when linking two events in order. The British council and most UK dictionaries, however, do identify 'then' as a coordinating conjunction. Also, although 'for' is recognised as a coordinating conjunction on both sides of the Atlantic, it is almost never used in contemporary writing. As this is a grammar-for-writing rather than a grammar-for-reading lesson, I have chosen to include 'then' in place of the rather archaic 'for' in the American-based acronym, thus 'TANBOYS'). With this in mind, if you prefer to use FANBOYS you may wish to hide, delete or replace the slide in the powerpoint in which I have listed the coordinating conjunctions most commonly used in the UK.
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Complete sentences and full stops

Complete sentences and full stops

This fully-resourced lesson teaches students the fundamental parts of a complete sentence (subject and predicate) and how to recognise when a full stop is needed. For the final task, students read an informative article about the Titanic which contains no full stops or sentence-signalling capital letters. They must use their new knowledge and understanding of sentences to replace the missing full stops and capital letters correctly.
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LNF-based peer editing sheets for writing across the curriculum (non-literary texts)

LNF-based peer editing sheets for writing across the curriculum (non-literary texts)

A series of peer editing sheets for use across the curriculum, designed to develop writing proficiency without sacrificing attention to subject-specific content. Worksheets are differentiated into bronze, silver and gold levels, with increasingly challenging targets for each level in organisation, grammar, punctuation and use of language. Students simply follow the instructions on the sheet, looking for specific features in their partner's work and circling the corresponding recommendations accordingly. No specialist knowledge is required on the part of the classroom teacher. For teachers in Wales, the targets are in line with those of the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework, with bronze targets aligning with the objectives for year 7, silver matching those of year 8 and gold matching those of year 9.
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Of Mice and Men - Key Event Sort (Revision Activity)

Of Mice and Men - Key Event Sort (Revision Activity)

This activity challenges students to place events and their settings in chronological order. This helps them to place extracts in context when responding to the extract question and to organise essays chronologically when writing about a character or theme. Students work in pairs. Each pair is given an A3 placemat containing 6 columns (one for each chapter of the novel) along with an envelope containing event and setting cards. Without referring to the text, students place the setting and event cards in order in the proper columns. I have included a Powerpoint slide show that explains the activity and that provides the correct answers for assessment after students have completed it. If you find this resource useful, please leave a review to help spread the word!
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Direct speech - starter activity

Direct speech - starter activity

A quick revision of the guidelines for punctuating direct speech, used to remind students of how to incorporate quotes/ dialogue before beginning a writing task. It’s in Powerpoint format; simply copy and paste into your own existing Powerpoint for a ready-to-use starter activity. If you find this useful, please leave a review to spread the word!
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Of Mice and Men - design a TV mini-series

Of Mice and Men - design a TV mini-series

Revision activity in which students plan a five episode TV mini-series of the novel. The planning sheets lead them to look back to the novel to revise the settings and characters involved in each chapter and scene. Students must also consider physical and personality aspects of the characters to select suitable actors to play each part (as this is a hypothetical exercise, I usually give them the option of choosing any actor -- living or dead -- at any age to gain a better idea of how they visualise the characters).
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Literature extract focused on a character - general planning grid

Literature extract focused on a character - general planning grid

This is a grid for planning a response to an extract question focused on a character, originally used with 'Of Mice and Men.' I used the general label 'THE CHARACTER' throughout when designing this; whenever I use it with a text I go back and do a 'Find and Replace' search, inserting the actual name of the character in place of the general label 'THE CHARACTER'. I've found this scaffold very useful in helping students who have struggled with the extract question to plan and structure their response.
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Unseen Poetry - Response Planning Sheet

Unseen Poetry - Response Planning Sheet

Straightforward planning guide for a response to two unseen poems. Students read the poems and answer the questions in the boxes provided. This should give them everything they need for a satisfactory response.
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Literature extract- response planning guides (audience response, impression of a relationship, mood)

Literature extract- response planning guides (audience response, impression of a relationship, mood)

This is a series of straightforward planning guides for a response to extract questions focused on: - audience response to the extract - the impression we get of a relationship from the extract - mood (the feeling created by charaters and events) or atmosphere (the feeling created by objects and surroundings) in an extract. I have found these to be very useful with students who struggle to structure a response to the extract question. Before using any of these resources, I first ask students to draw lines dividing the extract into three sections (there are usually 2 or 3 shifts in an extract: from one event to another, one character to another, etc. Getting students to identify and focus on different sections of the extract helps them to structure their answer and to ensure that they're writing about the extract in its entirety).
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'An Inspector Calls' revision starter activity - the order of interrogation

'An Inspector Calls' revision starter activity - the order of interrogation

A simple but useful starter for a lesson after students have finished reading 'An Inspector Calls.' In pairs, students must correctly list the characters in the order in which they are questioned by the inspector. In addition, they must give the name by which each character knew the girl. The starter is simply a series of powerpoint slides that insert the answers one at a time into a table; just copy and paste the slides into your own powerpoint to integrate it in your lesson.
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