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Write your own chocolate poem!
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Write your own chocolate poem!

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A fun and challenging lesson in which pupils use sensory detail and imaginative vocabulary to create their own chocolate poem. Pupils will need a small chocolate bar for this lesson. Drag out the torture - they have to smell the chocolate, then describe it, a small bite, then describe it, and so forth. I have done this many times before, and it has always gone down well. This is very good as a memorable Year 6 induction lesson, or a lesson on creative writing.
Balloon debate
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Balloon debate

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A classic speaking and listening lesson in which pupils have to persuade the rest of the group that they deserve a place on a falling hot-air balloon. The activity includes 30 role play cards, such as 'nurse', 'teacher' etc, and a set of famous people which could be used as an alternative.
Myths and Legends
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Myths and Legends

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A unit of work on myths and legends to last around 3-4 weeks. Includes: background to Greek mythology, British and European myths, modern myths and legends, research task, and a creative writing task over several lessons in which pupils create their own myth or legend. Writing skills are built into this., including characterisation, sentence structure, and settings. Darken the classroom, open up the fireside reading animation, and allow pupils to regale the class with their own myths and legends.
The Way Through the Woods - Kipling
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The Way Through the Woods - Kipling

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A lesson which teaches pupil how to analyse a poem for themselves - the teacher should be doing very little in this lesson. Pupils work in groups: each member of the group is assigned a role. A carousel activity follows, ending with a whole class feedback.
Whole School Literacy Book
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Whole School Literacy Book

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A book I've written to be given to all staff and students. Topics include: What is literacy? How to improve your work: responding to feedback Making your writing more interesting: Sentence Variety Three tips for improving your writing style Making your writing accurate: Punctuation Commas Speech Marks Colons and Semi-colons Apostrophes Making your writing flow: Paragraphs Making your work flow: connectives How to develop your answers Making your writing accurate: Spellings Spelling strategies Nine spelling rules to learn Homophones Homonyms 25 commonly misspelt words How to improve your work: Redrafting How to improve your word power Worn out words 70 words to sharpen your expression Common literacy errors
Of Mice and Men  for AQA English Language
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Of Mice and Men for AQA English Language

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I have written this scheme of work with AQA English Language Paper 1 in mind. Each lesson will focus on an aspect of Language, such as the use of structural devices in Chapter Four, evaluation questions based on the end of the novel, and language questions based on characters and settings throughout. There are practice and final assessments included, which are AQA English Language Paper 1 style.
Gothic creative writing
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Gothic creative writing

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This scheme of work is written for KS3 with the view that it will introduce students to all of the skills they need for AQA Language Paper 1: creative writing. There are weekly reading homework tasks with a clear focus for each week. Each week looks at a specific aspect of creative writing, such as creating characters, settings, and creating tension.
Born Yesterday
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Born Yesterday

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A lesson on the Phillip Larkin 'Born Yesterday' including word associations and analysis of key imagery and a discussion on the ideas in the poem.
Poetry slam!
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Poetry slam!

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A poetry slam is competitive performance based poetry. Pupils work individually on their own poems, then work collaboratively to create a group performance. This works very well at the end of a term, or at the end of a unit of work on poetry. Works with any year group. Highly engaging for pupils. Allows pupils to be independent. A lesson is needed to plan and write the poems, then a lesson to practice and work in groups, and a lesson in which to perform. I award points out of 10 for the performance. A mark out of 5 for the quality of the poems, and a mark out of 5 for the quality of the performance.
The Red Room
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The Red Room

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A week’s worth of lessons on ‘The Red Room’ with AQA English Language Paper 1 style reading questions.
The Deserted House!
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The Deserted House!

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A creative writing lesson based on the poem The Deserted House. Resource includes presentation including starter, activities etc, copy of the poem and a lesson plan (this was a an observed lesson which was judged outstanding). Focus for the lesson is on sensory detail and ambitious vocabulary.