AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Revision Bundle

AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Revision Bundle

A range of high quality revision resources on the Power and Conflict poetry for students preparing for Paper 2 of the new AQA English Literature GCSE. Resources include: quizzes, example essay, comparative essay checklist and revision grids. All resources have proved successful in the classroom to consolidate student knowledge, enhance understanding of the poems and help students write high grade essays.
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Great Expectations Revision Resources AQA 9-1 (lesson 1)

Great Expectations Revision Resources AQA 9-1 (lesson 1)

Two resources (10 slide PowerPoint and key quotes chart) for a revision lesson on ‘Great Expectations’ preparing Year 11 students for Paper 1 of the new AQA English Literature GCSE. The lesson covers revision of the novel’s main themes; how themes are revealed through characters, events and settings; relevant context and key quotations from across the novel through a range of active learning tasks. Differentiation by choice and extension tasks are included. The key quotes chart (which I enlarged to A3 and printed single sided to encourage students to display at home) includes pictures for each quotation to aid visual learners. I have included some extra details and teaching options in the notes sections below some slides. The homework task is to complete the rest of the chart at home to consolidate and develop each student’s knowledge and understanding from the lesson and prior learning. The lesson was created for a mixed ability Year 11 class. All the activities were well received and helped students write high mark timed essays following my second revision lesson (available separately on TES Resources).
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Great Expectations Revision Resources AQA 9-1 (lesson 2)

Great Expectations Revision Resources AQA 9-1 (lesson 2)

Four resources (15 slide PowerPoint, modelling examples, AQA style extract essay question - with additional tips to support less able students, and two short extracts for focused close analysis) for one lesson and a homework preparing Year 11 students for their ‘Great Expectations’ essay question in Paper 1 of the new AQA English Literature GCSE exam. A range of activities are included in which students complete tasks (discussions, notes, annotations, PEEL paragraphs, peer and self-assessment, DIRT) in pairs/individually which focus on the need for detailed, close analysis of the exam extract. Two activities also encourage students to include relevant contextual detail in their answers. The lesson builds on my previous revision lesson (available separately on TES Resources) which helps students revise key aspects of the novel as a whole, and builds towards the homework task: timed essay for teacher marking and feedback. Most tasks offer differentiation by choice and students work on their individual targets after peer assessment. Moreover, most slides have additional information or ideas in the notes sections. The lesson was created for a mixed ability Year 11 class. All the activities were well received. My students especially liked the modelling examples and revision of how to analyse structure as well as language. As a teacher, I was extremely pleased with the resulting essays.
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Great Expectations essay writing and revision bundle

Great Expectations essay writing and revision bundle

A wide range of high quality resources and engaging, differentiated activities to support and prepare students for writing successful essays in the new AQA 9-1 Paper 2 GCSE English Literature exam. All activities focus on helping students achieve high marks in AO1, AO2 and AO3 in their ‘Great Expectations’ essays. The resources are for the revision of themes, characters, context, key quotations and essay technique skills for mocks and the Year 11 GCSE exam 8702/1.
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Macbeth Act 1 Resources Bundle

Macbeth Act 1 Resources Bundle

My KS3 ‘Macbeth’ Act 1 resources (PowerPoints, worksheets and selection of tartan trousers images!) for six lessons. A range of engaging starter, main and plenary activities are included as well as ideas for differentiation. Please see links to resources on different scenes for more details on each lesson resource.
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AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Revision

AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Revision

Three resources (example essay, checklist and seven slide PowerPoint) for one revision lesson and homework where students revise the poems through a discussion of the visual starter activity, then use a reverse planning activity and checklist to help them focus on the content and structure of a comparative poetry exam essay for the new AQA English Literature Paper 2 GCSE exam (Section B). Students use this newly gained knowledge and understanding to write their own timed essay at home (or in the following lesson). There is a choice of essay titles for differentiation by choice. The main reverse planning activity ensures students read the example essay (comparing ‘Tissue’ and ‘Ozymandias’) carefully; see how relevant context can be integrated into an essay; understand how students can ensure they include relevant comparisons as well as detailed analysis of a range of methods and precise, integrated quotations. Moreover, the activity helps students focus on the importance of a well-structured essay to help gain higher marks. The checklist helps remind students of the key features necessary to gain marks in AO1, AO2 and AO3. Students then reflect on how the lesson activities have helped them before choosing their essay title. This lesson was created for a mixed ability Year 11 class starting to revise for their GCSE exams. It led to the production of some excellent timed student essays.
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New Edexcel AS English Literature comparing The Handmaid's Tale and Frankenstein

New Edexcel AS English Literature comparing The Handmaid's Tale and Frankenstein

8 resources for 4 lessons helping students prepare for writing comparative exam essays on The Handmaid's Tale and Frankenstein for the new Edexcel AS Lit spec Paper 2 Prose. I have also included differentiation ideas for many of the activities which can be adapted depending on the size of your class. Student responses to all activities and resources were very positive as were the timed essays written afterwards. I have also included the mark sheet I staple to the front of student essays where I highlight where they have met the AOs and issue to students to help them mark example essays. This has really helped students understand the mark scheme (using the Edexcel wording) and what they need to include in their own essays. The PDF Edexcel Lit prose exemplars pack is not included, but I have included the hyperlink (beneath slide 3 of the Writing a comparative essay PowerPoint) so you can download it.
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Child Language Acquisition new AQA English Language A Level - Learning to Read

Child Language Acquisition new AQA English Language A Level - Learning to Read

Four lessons covering the learning to read part of Child Language Acquisition (CLA) for the new AQA English Language A Level (Paper 1 - Section B). Six resources: nine page CLA booklet for students covering learning to read and how to analyse children's books; four PowerPoints and an overview of the new A Level with details of the four lessons included with relevant AOs. Extension tasks are included. One homework (Phonics research) includes differentiation by choice. One student task also includes directed writing practice for Paper 2. These lessons should come after you have taught students about spoken language CLA. Spoken language CLA lessons are not included here as I have adapted the brilliant downloadable resources on TES by Naomi Gilligan for the first nine lessons of my new CLA sow. Lessons on CLA learning to write will be uploaded separately when I have finished creating my new sow.
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AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Revision Quizzes

AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Revision Quizzes

8 revision quizzes for the new AQA Power and Conflict anthology. Poems covered are: Kamikaze, Checking Out Me History, Poppies, Remains, War Photographer, Exposure, The Charge of the Light Brigade and Bayonet Charge. All quizzes have either 15 or 16 questions. They were created for a mixed ability Year 11 class revising for a mock on the new AQA English Literature Paper 2.
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Language and Occupation new AQA AS Level English Language Paper 2  (Language Diversity)

Language and Occupation new AQA AS Level English Language Paper 2 (Language Diversity)

8 resources covering 4 lessons examining language and occupation for the new AQA AS English Language (Paper 2 - Section A). Resources cover sociolect, jargon, medical language, legal language, teacher-talk, buzzwords, restaurant talk and lead to a timed essay response. A number of tasks offer differentiation ideas. I have also uploaded the mark sheet I created from the AQA AS English Language Paper 2 Section A AOs which I staple to student essays and highlight to show where they have met the AOs. Students find this really useful.
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Macbeth - Act 1, Scene 7

Macbeth - Act 1, Scene 7

Four resources for a lesson exploring how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are presented in Act 1, Scene 7. Resources help pupils understand Macbeth's arguments in his opening soliloquy and how Lady Macbeth persuades him to change his mind. Extension tasks included to challenge the more able and a modelling example is completed on the worksheet. To help pupils focus on the meaning of the dialogue, rather than just reading the scene aloud in pairs, I laminated pictures of tartan trousers and pupils held the trousers when their character held the power in the dialogue. The lesson was created for a Year 9 set 2 class, but could easily be adapted for different abilities or even a KS4 class.
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Macbeth - Act 1, Scenes 1-2

Macbeth - Act 1, Scenes 1-2

Three resources covering two lessons on the opening scenes of the play and exploring why Shakespeare opened his play with the witches. Pupils produce a piece of written work at the end of the first lesson which they assess for RAF6. They complete DIRT on this piece at the start of the second lesson before moving onto reading and exploring scene 2 and their first impressions of Macbeth before the audience has even met him. These lessons were created for a set 2 Year 9 class, but could easily be adapted for different abilities or for a KS4 class.
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New AQA Children's Language Development (CLA) Learning to Write

New AQA Children's Language Development (CLA) Learning to Write

Nine resources for six lessons covering the learning to write part of the new AQA English Language A Level Children's Learning Development for Section B of Paper 1 (replacing the old CLA). Resources: five PowerPoints, two children's writing data sets, learning to read booklet for students and sow including details of each lesson as well as a useful overview of the whole A Level. Various activities included for class and independent study in this area of children's language development, a number of which have extension tasks. All tasks linked to AO1 and AO2. One homework is differentiation by choice of tasks which would all be written up as a mini investigation. This unit would be taught after students have already learned about speech acquisition and how young children learn to read. Lessons can be adapted to any size class.
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - punctuation lessons

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - punctuation lessons

4 resources (2 PowerPoints of 18 + 7 slides, worksheet and help sheet) for 2 lessons to help pupils improve their accurate use of capital letters and punctuation. Activities include: pair and class discussions; correcting an extract with missing capital letters and punctuation; a creative writing task with a punctuation focus; homework task (differentiation by choice). Differentiation: modelling examples; extension tasks; number of missing capital letters and punctuation marks on task 1 listed; peer checking and peer assessment; pupils set own targets; help sheet with examples of more advanced punctuation used correctly to support all pupils and encourage more able to include semi-colons and colons. I created these lessons for a mixed ability KS3 class. It has helped focus their attention on the need for an accurate clear punctuation range in their writing. Extracts are taken from The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and an interview with John Boyne.
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Romeo and Juliet (new AQA spec) GCSE essay resources

Romeo and Juliet (new AQA spec) GCSE essay resources

Seven resources covering three lessons: two preparing students for a timed GCSE Lit exam style essay and one where students write the essay. Resources: three PowerPoints (one for each lesson: 15 slides, 6 slides and 1 slide); two example extracts with essay question (based on format from the new AQA GCSE English Literature specimen Paper 1 exam paper); example essay response to one of the example questions; the same example essay response to one of the example questions with key aspects of AOs high-lighted. The lessons go over key success criteria from the AOs including some useful details on what could gain marks for AO3 (context). Also included is a checklist of success criteria, for example: WLA (word level analysis); subject terminology; effect on the audience. Differentiation ideas and extension tasks included. Link to new AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 1 specimen mark scheme also included. Lessons and resources specifically created as a pre-mock activity for my Year 10 class once we had finished studying the play.
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A Level English Literature student handbook

A Level English Literature student handbook

32 page adaptable student handbook for AS / A Level English Literature students. It includes: an outline of the AS and A Level course, details on the assessment objectives, a useful glossary of literary terminology, tips on A Level essay writing (including a list of key phrases to help write well-structured and coherent essays) , critical approaches, context ideas, suggestions on the format of wider reading logs and reading journals, space for students to record essay marks and targets and AS mark sheets. Some of the information is adapted from the AS and A Level specification and online resources to help prepare students for the new specifications. It was produced for the new Edexcel AS and A Level English Literature specification but can easily be adapted for another exam board. It received very positive feedback from my students.
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NEW AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Revision Resource

NEW AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Revision Resource

5 charts (to be enlarged to A3) to help GCSE students revise the 15 poems from the new AQA English Lit poetry anthology: Power and Conflict. Some details are already included to get students started - including some relevant context. You might want to remove some of the information for more able groups. The poems are grouped together so students can begin to see links between each group of three poems. The first two charts (effects of conflict) were prepared to help my mixed ability Year 10 class revise the poems we had covered ready for end of year exams. The remaining three charts (power poems) were recently created for Year 11 revision. Each time I have used these, I have divided the class into groups, allocating poems for students to teach to the rest of the class. Not only do students learn their allocated poems better having to teach them again to others, but after feedback they have explored links between the poems with more confidence because the students know and understand the poems and methods used in more detail. As an extra challenge (if a group complete their allocated poems quickly), they have to discuss and add elements of conflict in the power poems and power in the conflict poems. I also photocopy these single sided so students can display them for revision.
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Great Expectations (new AQA spec) essay resources

Great Expectations (new AQA spec) essay resources

Eight resources covering three lessons: two preparing students for a timed GCSE Lit exam style essay and one where students write the essay. Resources: three PowerPoints (one for each lesson: 16 slides, 7 slides and 1 slide); two example extracts with essay question (based on format from the new AQA GCSE English Literature specimen Paper 1 exam paper); example essay response to one of the example questions; the same example essay response to one of the example questions with key aspects of AOs high-lighted; sheet with the relevant AOs and level descriptors. The lessons go over key success criteria from the AOs including some useful details on what could gain marks for AO3 (context). Also included is a checklist of success criteria, for example: WLA (word level analysis); subject terminology; effect on the reader. I displayed this on the board whilst my pupils wrote their timed essay. Extension tasks included in purple for differentiation. Link to new AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 1 specimen mark scheme also included. Lessons and resources specifically created as a pre-mock activity for my Year 10 class once we had finished studying the novel.
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An Inspector Calls Key Quotes Revision

An Inspector Calls Key Quotes Revision

Two sheets to be enlarged to A3 to help students revise key quotes from ‘An Inspector Calls’ for the new AQA English Literature GCSE Paper 2. This revision resource was created specifically with my visual learners in mind. I photocopied the sheets single sided to encourage students to display them at home.
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Macbeth - Act 1, Scenes 3-4

Macbeth - Act 1, Scenes 3-4

Two PowerPoints to help pupils understand Act 1, Scenes 3 and 4. The worksheet for Act 1, Scene 3 is not included due to copyright. It is available to download for free from Teachit (1364) - details on PowerPoint. Extension tasks included to challenge the more able. Homework task included with extension activity. I used a DVD of the Judi Dench/Ian McKellan Macbeth as a recap for pupils after the first three scenes. This worked really well to consolidate their knowledge and understanding before moving onto Scene 4. These lessons were created for a set 2 Year 9 class, but could easily be adapted for different abilities or for a KS4 class.
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