This 40-paged, detailed and high quality workbook covers the entire play in a simplified and condensed way. This format is really suitable for low ability groups at KS4 or students studying the play in Years 7-9.
The questions are mostly true/false statements, short answers or circling the correct statements, so that students of SEN/lower ability are not cognitively overloaded!
The workbook covers contextual background, the summary of the plot, the characters and quizzes the students as mini-plenaries throughout the whole play.
There are opportunities for writing exercises, like a letter from Benedick explaining his change.
At the end of the unit, students analyse Shakespeare quotes and explain their meanings, now that they are equipped with the appropriate knowledge and retention of the plot and characters.
A quiz designed for revision of Sign of Four with answers. 6 rounds include:
Recognising images that are blurred and what they mean
Unscrambling anagrams for characters
General knowledge rounds of the text
Which Chapter am I in?
Scheme of learning for KS3/4 study of Blood Brothers by Russell.
Assessment based on Paper 2 of English Literature AQA. AO’s learning objectives focus.
Lesson 1: Introduction to Mrs Johnstone AO1+AO3
Lesson 2: Learning More about Mrs Johnstone AO1+AO3
Lesson 3: The Agreement Between Mrs Lyons and Mrs Johnstone AO1+AO2
Lesson 4: The Twins are Separated AO1+AO2
Lesson 5: Mrs Lyons Sacks Mrs Johnstone AO1+AO2
Lesson 6: The Twins are Reunited AO1+AO2
Lesson 7: Mickey Visits Edward’s House AO1+AO2
Lesson 8: Caught by the Police AO1+AO2
Lesson 9: Moving Away AO1+AO2+AO3
Lesson 10: A New Start AO1+AO2
Lesson 11: Suspensions and Secrets AO1+AO2
Lesson 12: Mickey and Edward Reunited AO1+AO2
Lesson 13:Teenage Years AO1+AO2
Lesson 14: Adult Life AO1+AO2
Lesson 15: Crime and Punishment AO1+AO2+AO3
Lesson 16: The End AO1+AO2
Lesson 17: Exam preparation lesson 1 AO1+AO2+AO3+AO4
Lesson 18: Exam preparation lesson 2 AO1+AO2+AO3+AO4
Final Assessment Question, 45 minute timed essay
AQA Paper 2 mark scheme
Assessment objective tasks
Character family tree
Contextual knowledge sheet
Final assessment task
Glossary of literary terms
Parallels and contrasts
Student-friendly adapted mark scheme
Teacher questions for learning
Timeline of tension and events
Identifying features of leaflet writing in premade examples and comparing them to the GCSE AQA P2 markscheme. Students improve an answer as a class using mark scheme and features checklist. Extracts included.
The premise of this SOW is to have frequent quizzes and comprehension questions to check understanding. Every lesson has a plenary quiz at the end to check comprehension and knowledge of the characters and the storyline. There are also recaps of particular terms like pathetic fallacy, narrative, gothic and narrator.
Suitable for grades 4-5 attainment targets.
The first two weeks are dedicated to a simplified version of contextual knowledge. I chose to omit Freud and the Id, Superego and Ego because it is designed for low ability. But you can add and alter the SOW and alter the fortnightly quizzes to add questions and reteach sheets on this if you wish.
The activities are designed to be for low ability in the sense that they are given sentence starters whenever they do discussion pair work and they also do bingo cards for chapter reading. Audiobooks are attached to the reading parts.
There is an assessment right at the end of the unit on whether or not Mr Hyde is a frightening character.
Bonus: there are fortnightly quizzes with answers and reteach sheets, with time allocated in the SOW to have reflection and review of learning time.
I created a scheme of work that you could use to teach low ability or attainment target students of Grade 4-5.
There are 30 lessons in total:
1 lesson on the context of Shakespeare and the Globe theatre
25 lessons on the plot, characters and extracts of the play
3 lessons on the recurring themes of love, conflict and fate
1 lesson on debate as to who is to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet
An assessment task (which I have purposefully left open to your own interpretation but you can follow my guide)
This also includes:
Storyboard of each Act with scenes template
Themes quote bank board for students to fill
Character profiles for students’ revision to fill
There are also bonus revising of quotes games of Articulate and Connect Four.
You do not need to read the play. Only the extracts provided and mentioned in the lessons! This will hugely break down the students’ understanding of the play and help them focus on characters, themes, quotes, plot and language.
A detailed knowledge organiser of the life of Shakespeare suitable for all years.
Contextual knowledge fact sheets.
A wider reading list with links to masses of articles/videos to support learning.
22 lessons on the plot, characters and themes
A lesson on assessment preparation
A final assessment
Embeds skills of non-fiction and creative writing into the scheme of work, too!
Suitable for GCSE AQA students who are 4+ grade attainment target.