Gothic/Ghost Story Vocabulary

Gothic/Ghost Story Vocabulary

Lots of words to help students write their own Gothic/ghost story. Includes ambitious vocabulary such as 'lugubrious' to push higher attaining students and encourage students to think carefully about their vocabulary choices.
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London by William Blake

London by William Blake

A whole lesson in which pupils think independently about the connotations of vocabulary in William Blakes's London. Included: model response, self assessment, contextual information.
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A Christmas Carol Complete Sow for 2015 onward exams

A Christmas Carol Complete Sow for 2015 onward exams

Designed for the new Eduqas/WJEC exams from 2015, but could be adapted easily for AQA, this scheme includes lesson by lesson resources, lots of example assessments, model answers, homework tasks, creative writing tasks, links to non-fiction and poetry and wider reading.
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Write your own chocolate poem!

Write your own chocolate poem!

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.
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Myths and Legends

Myths and Legends

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.
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Balloon debate

Balloon debate

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.
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Poetry slam!

Poetry slam!

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.
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The Way Through the Woods - Kipling

The Way Through the Woods - Kipling

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.
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Bell work ideas

Bell work ideas

Lots of ideas for 'bell work', that 2-5 minutes of dead time while you wait for other students to arrive. Great for embedding literacy skills, engaging the class, calming and settling challenging classes, and providing reasons to get to lessons on time!
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