This is for EDUQAS, but mark schemes etc can easily be adapted for other exam boards. There are lots of practise questions, a few model answers, a resource showing the steps to answering a response, assessment materials, and a few handy hints.
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.
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.
A whole lesson the poem Quickdraw by Carol Ann Duffy. A discussion and analysis of key imagery and writer's ideas. Includes an activity where pupils have to get out of their seats to discuss some of the issues in the poem.
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.
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!
Two lessons in which pupils firstly write out a presentation on what they would like to do/achieve before they turn 30, and then present their ideas to the class. Ideas to get them started are included, planning resources, ideas on how to structure their talk, and a self-assessment form.
A creative writing lesson based on the poem The Deserted House. Resource includes a 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.
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.
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.