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.
Film pitch - turn a book into a successful film.
A series of lessons in which pupils use persuasive writing. Pupils are to persuade a group of Hollywood producers to turn the class novel into a blockbuster film. A useful end of topic activity.
Whole School Literacy Book
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
The Monkey's Paw
A week’s worth of lessons on ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ with AQA English Langauge type questions.
Eduqas/WJEC English assessment feedback sheets
Make marking easier by using these tick sheets. You do not need to write down what they have done well, just tick. Pupils can even write their own E.B.Is once their work has been returned.
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.
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.
Eduqas/WJEC English Language and English Literature pupil friendly guides to the course
A pupil friendly guide to the course, with example question types, model answers, pupil friendly mark schemes, and tips on how to answer each question.
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.
Much Ado About Nothing Complete Scheme of Work
Includes opportunities for speaking and listening, drama, creative writing, with all of the skills broken down and modelled.
Of Mice and Men for AQA English Language
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.
Punctuation for effect cards
Cards that can be cut out and used to practice the full range of punctuation for Level 5-7.
Unseen Poetry SoW, sample questions, model answers, and other resources
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.
The Deserted House!
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.
143 Dingbats (fun word games)
143 word games with answers. Useful to put a couple up at the start of a lesson to get pupils settling down and engaged, or as fun little 'fillers'.
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!
How to analyse a non-fiction text
A handy 2 page worksheet taking pupils through the steps of analysing any non-fiction text.
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.
An Introduction to Shakespeare
Includes: visual information on his life and times, the workings of Tudor/Jacobean theatre, and how to get to grips with Shakespeare's language.