5 - 6 week fantasy creative writing unit, suitable for KS3.
Fully resourced with clearly labelled and ordered powerpoints, extracts and worksheets*
Full scheme of work included; SoW has lesson by lesson breakdown of activities, links to KS3 learning objectives from the National Curriculum, indication of where British Values are met in the lessons, indication of ICT/Media opportunities in the lessons, homework suggestions and indication of assessment opportunities.
Lessons are engaging, well-structured and last 50 minutes each
Includes linked assessment task
Lesson PowerPoints have clearly marked sections: Starter, LOs (Previous learning, what, how, why), Guided Practice, Independent Work, Plenary
These lessons were used during Inspection 2023
I have used this with mixed ability Year 7 but the scheme is suitable for all KS3 and can be easily adapted for higher/lower ability as needed.
Please be aware that hyperlinks to resources on the SoW will need to be relinked, as these will not go to the correct place on your own computer/shared area when initially downloaded.
If there are any problems downloading the resources, please let me know and I will sort it out for you ASAP!
The resource contains the poem Nothing’s Changed by Tatamkhulu Afrika.
At the bottom of the poem are five comprehension questions that encourage pupils to use evidence and explain their ideas in their responses. There is also a descriptive writing task based on the poem.
Perfect as a homework, cover lesson or introduction to the poem.
A two-lesson activity taking your class through a mock court trial. Pupils will determine whether Macbeth is guilty of murder, manslaughter or whether he is innocent.
Resources include powerpoint, script for court, character cards, instructions for the defense/prosecution and practice questions for pupils playing characters.
Suitable for KS3/KS4 - I have also done a version of this with a Year 6 class (an extra prep lesson/practice lesson was required but the same resources were used).
Resource contains the poem Still I Rise by Maya Angelou and nine comprehension questions that encourage pupils to pick apart the language of the poem.
Suitable for KS3/KS4
Perfect as a cover lesson, homework or introduction to the poem.
Three poems that link well with Poetry from Other Cultures unit.
Still I Rise
All poems have comprehension questions. Perfect for introductory lessons, cover lessons or homework tasks.
Resource contains the poem Island Man, to be given as an unseen poem.
There are 14 questions that encourage pupils to pick apart the language and structure of the poem. There is a 15th question that requires a longer written response (journal entry based on the poem).
Perfect as a homework, cover lesson or for unseen poetry practise.
A short scheme of work for KS2/KS3 to accompany A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
This scheme will work alongside the full novel or an abridged version. Includes printable resources within the PPT. Additional links to useful documentaries, videos and soundbites also included.
This PowerPoint covers:
Writing a non-chronological report on Charles Dickens
Interpreting Dickens’ description of Scrooge
Beginning to write analytical paragraphs
Symbolism in the story
Writing using a symbol
Developing evidence-finding skills
Using ambitious vocabulary to write a festive narrative
A Christmas Carol: The Big Quiz (with answers)
I used this PowerPoint with a middle-ability Year 6 class, but it could be easily adapted to suit KS3. It is recommended that pupils watch Disney’s 2009 version of A Christmas Carol before completing the quiz, as images reference that particular movie (but could be easily changed to reference an alternative version without having to change the questions).
A scheme of work originally created for KS3 covering WW1 poetry. Includes printable resources within the PPT and differentiated word banks. Additional links to useful documentaries, videos and soundbites included.
WW1 propaganda and persuasive devices
Writing an informal, persuasive letter
Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen
Use of imagery in poetry
Writing an emotive diary entry
Everyone Sang by Siegfried Sassoon
Recognising and creating lexical fields
Producing the front page of a WW1 newspaper
In Flanders Fields by John McCrae
Writing PEEL paragraphs
When you see millions of the mouthless dead by Charles Sorley
How to write a comparative essay
The Christmas Day Truce
Writing an effective narrative
I used this with two higher ability Year 8 classes but the scheme is easily adaptable for lower ability groups or alternative year groups.
A PowerPoint that teaches pupils how to use subordinate clauses successfully.
Extended writing task with image prompt
Link back to lesson objectives to consolidate learning
A short, useful feedback tool for Assessment for Learning.
Pupils feedback on what they are unsure of and how they think their teacher could help. Useful as evidence of meta-cognitive teaching strategies being used to influence lesson planning.
A menu of homework to be used when studying Macbeth.
Tasks are split into three categories (hard, harder, hardest) and each category has a points value. Pupils can choose which task to complete when throughout the topic.
Menu is easily adaptable and suitable for KS3/KS4.