A complete scheme to work through Louis Sachar's Holes (6-8 weeks). Includes numerous tasks focusing on themes, character and setting. Used for Year 8 mid ability. Reading Assessment and relevant text included.
Introduction to The Duchess of Malfi includes a summary of the whole play, detailed character information (images relate to the actors from the screen to stage production) contextual details and information on tragedy and revenge tragedy.
Lesson objectives: to know and understand the context of Animal Farm and the use of satire in Animal Farm. Introducing the text as an allegory for the Russian Revolution. Activities include analysing the front covers - images included (best printed in colour).
Produced for the end of Year 7 (2017) but could be adapted for any year. Will be used to encourage audience participation in sharing goals and successes. Introduces the idea of SMART targets and how we can all be successful.
Lesson focusing on the presentation of characters and setting. The stage directions at the beginning of Scene Three reference “The Night Café,” Vincent Van Gogh’s painting of a billiard-parlor at night, pupils complete a chart comparing the painting to the description of the poker night in the scene. The PPT also includes the 'Poker Night' painting commissioned in 1947 by Thomas Hart Benton for class discussion on the interpretation of the characters.
A group activity introducing the themes of The Boy In Striped Pyjamas. Groups have a selection of images in an envelope and have 2 minutes to decide on one word to describe them before rotating. Evokes class discussion before watching the film trailer and making predictions.
Pupils read the opening chapter and then discuss the character of Old Major before answering comprehension questions and creating a character profile.
Chapter 2 involves a class/group discussion about the 7 commandments presented in the text -groups create their own version before explaining choices to the class.
Free by David Grant tells the story of a class of Year 8 left without a teacher. A short play ideal for performance and study - my pupils love it. The SoW work covers characterisation, setting and language and is completed with a group task to produce a production programme. I have set this task up over several lessons and had pupils competing to win prizes for the best programme.
Chapter 4&5 Animal Farm. Objectives: To understand the key themes and events of Animal Farm.
Pupils activities include writing the front page of the incident in chapter 4 considering editorial bias and working in groups to analyse chapter 5 extracts to feedback to the class.
Year 8 group project designing a theme park. Includes details on things to include but also gives pupils scope to be creative. I run this task over several lessons, booking computer facilities for at least one lesson and allowing time in between for pupils to collect any necessary materials. A fun end of term project/competition.
Lesson Objectives: pupils to read aloud a variety of nonsense poems including ‘On the Ning Nang Nong’ and ‘in the land of the Bumbley boo’ by Spike Milligan. To discuss the poems and look at the structure of the poems – rhyme scheme, themes, rhythm etc. Tasks include pupils reading poems, class discussion and writing poems. Selected poems also look at the use of cockney rhyming slang and encourage pupils to have a go at translating and then using the language.
A selection of essays, printed exactly as submitted for use as exemplars and student marking. Some good examples, some not so good! Texts featured Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Plath's The Bell Jar, Heaney and Sheers Poetry and Mamet's Oleanna.
This lesson focuses on Stanley’s ethnicity and critical interpretations. It also explores Williams choice of music and symbols. Pupil tasks include discussion, writing introductions and exploring possible questions.
The lesson identifies features of an Aristotelian Tragedy.
Pupils are asked to consider how the theme of threat is established.
Pupils respond to the question: What do we learn about Blanche from her encounter with the newspaper seller? Other dramatic terms explored.
A presentation on symbols in scene two and an introduction to speech theory and language analysis. Full Year 12 lesson including various activities including applying knowledge of conversational theories to analysing the text.
John Keats Hyperion Fragment and Fall created for Year 13 study. PPT includes contextual information, analysis and pupil tasks. Fragment sections focus on the soundscape of the poem and tasks encourage pupils to analyse Keats’s ‘principle of melody in Verse . . . particularly in the management of open & close vowels’. The Fall guides pupils through the narrative of the poem. A sequencing task, pupil worksheets and comprehensive handout is also included.
A Yr13 Lesson introducing Isabella or the pot of Basil. The lesson begin with pupils analysing different paintings before inferring the narrative of the poem. The powerpoint presentation leads pupils through a series of thought provoking questions before listening to a reading of the poem (You Tube). The accompanying worksheet takes pupils through a stanza by stanza analysis reading for class discussion. This was delivered over two 100 minute lessons.