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Assistant Faculty Progress Leader and experienced in examining GCSE and A-Level for AQA.
Jacob Marley A Christmas Carol High Ability
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Jacob Marley A Christmas Carol High Ability

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A lesson exploring the presentation of Jacob Marley. Can be spread over two lessons with ease if you wish to have whole class discussions included. Includes a starter, group analysis, chain creation exercise, WHY paragraph sheet with high ability vocabulary, and a WAGOLL with gaps to improve fine-grained analysis AO2 band 6. You will need strips of card cut out, glue, scissors and dictionaries. Make sure you check whether there are any notes at the bottom of the slides.
An Inspector Calls Opening Stage Directions and Predictions
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An Inspector Calls Opening Stage Directions and Predictions

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An engaging powerpoint analysing the opening stage directions and Birling’s predictions in Act One. Annotate extracts aimed at mid-high ability pupils- has yielded very impressive results from a top set year 9 class predicted 7s and above. Includes all AOs and can span over 4 lessons if you include discussions of annotations.
Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 2 Conflict
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Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 2 Conflict

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A middle-high ability lesson analysing Juliet’s conversation with the Nurse after she finds out about Romeo’s banishment. Contains a bell-time activity, a number of tasks, a scaffolded extended writing task, and a broken down DIRT checklist based on the AOs (with ideas on how to improve after peer-assessment). A fantastic extract full of rich imagery and whole-play links to refer to in the first slide.
AQA English Language Paper 1 Question 4
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AQA English Language Paper 1 Question 4

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Two resources guiding pupils through how to answer Q4. I glued the extract onto large sugar paper and had them write their reasons for/against on either side of it. Use the Gatsby one first, then the Dracula extract as a form of assessment.
Othello Act 2 Scene 1 Tragedy
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Othello Act 2 Scene 1 Tragedy

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Two lessons covering the analysis of Act 2, Scene 1; the latter encouraging pupils to use integrated terminology. Model answer included along with a breakdown of Aristotle's tragic hero conventions. AQA A-Level Lit B All the work needed is the photocopying of the text for annotation.
A Christmas Carol Cratchits High Ability
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A Christmas Carol Cratchits High Ability

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This is aimed towards teaching pupils how to write band 5/6 responses. The lesson revolves around a book about the sentimentalisation of the poor/children and families in Victorian fiction and gives pupils a valuable insight into how their presentation pertains to the typical presentation of families and children at the time and the meanings behind their characterisation. I taught this to top set year 11 and no one achieved below a 7 in their assessment on the extract. Based on the extract where the Cratchit family are introduced. Plan for roughly 20-25 minutes worth of teacher-led discussion to ensure this ideas are fully understood. This is not the extract from the Summer '17 exam which means they will be able to make perceptive links but not be overly scaffolded prior to mock examinations. PLEASE REVIEW
Creative Writing: Using Symbolism
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Creative Writing: Using Symbolism

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A low-mid ability lesson teaching pupils how to use symbolism in their writing. Guides them through step-by-step and provides a writing frame for weaker pupils to use. Success criteria/ self-assessment uses Alan Peat sentences but can be adapted to suit appropriate sentence structures. Used to secure understanding of the emotions in When We Two Parted from the AQA anthology- but they can easily access this without a thorough understanding of the poem.
English Language Paper 1 Handmaid's Tale Revision
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English Language Paper 1 Handmaid's Tale Revision

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An “outstanding” Walking Talking covering English Language Paper 1 Section A based on the opening scene from ‘A Handmaid’s Tale’. The resources include WAGOLLs, mark schemes and scaffolded activities to help pupils to achieve the band needed for their target. Easily adapted dependent upon ability. Suitable for all ages and abilities.
English Language Paper 2 Question 4
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English Language Paper 2 Question 4

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Exploring bias across two Sun articles about Calais Asylum seekers and the Rohingya Muslim crisis. Pupils break down the two articles exploring how the writers present asylum seekers/refugees then complete a Q4 style response. Could span over two lessons with discussion about the articles.
Romeo and Juliet High Ability Concepts Revision
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Romeo and Juliet High Ability Concepts Revision

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A 3 hour+ activity breaking down concepts from critical sources about control and rebellion in Romeo and Juliet. Pupils then apply the concepts to an extract focusing on Prince Escalus. They then complete a planning page which is designed to produce top band conceptualised responses. This produced a number of grade 8 and 9 essay responses from a group of high ability year 11s in a revision session. Would work well as a lesson or as guided intervention. Also involves two 21+ responses which could be broken down and improved.
Death of a Salesman Motifs *Tragedy*
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Death of a Salesman Motifs *Tragedy*

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Engaging started challenging pupils to closely analyse a quotation linking it to AO1, AO2, AO4 and AO5. The rest of the lesson involves a carousel activity where you will need to write the motifs mentioned in the table onto big paper and place on tables around the room. Pupils then find quotations from the play and analyse them in their groups. AQA A-Level Lit B Aspects of Tragedy
Romeo and Juliet Revision Quiz
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Romeo and Juliet Revision Quiz

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A great quiz which requires no editing or additional work. I spent a lot of time on this and my year 11s loved it as a recap activity. There are three activities included. May need buzzers for the ‘buzzer round’- or just improvise!
Great Gatsby Chapter 6 *Tragedy*
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Great Gatsby Chapter 6 *Tragedy*

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Lesson focusing on Gatsby having a 'Platonic conception of himself' (AO4) and analysing methods (AO2) in two extracts (before and after he met Daisy). Brilliant extracts which allow for a lot of discussion- could be stretched over two lessons.