An essay deconstruction sheet with two student-style essays on the following questions for The Duchess of Malfi and Paradise Lost ‘Books 9 and 10’.
‘Sin must bring punishment. Sinners expect it; readers and audiences demand it.’
In the light of this view, discuss ways in which writers portray sin and punishment.
‘Self-determination and independence always lead to tragedy’
In the light of this view, discuss ways in which writers portray self-determination and independence.
How to use:
As a lesson or homework activity, get students to write an essay with the choice of the two questions above.
In the next lesson, students use the deconstruction sheet to self-assess, analyse, and dissect their own work in relation to two student-style timed essays through 4 tasks.
This essay was incredibly valuable for my students, and proved a real break through with some of them. Provoked real engagement with the mark scheme and questions, and some good discussion over what made a Level 5 / 6 response. Several students also commented that this was more useful than me marking and assessing their essays- winner!
Would also be an excellent activity for new A Level teachers or teachers just starting to teach these texts.
Questions for each Chapter of The Hobbit (37 page booklet).
Divided into three sections (Bronze, Silver, Gold) for easy differentiation.
Can be used in class to assess comprehension and understanding after chapter, or as a homework book.
Examples of activities include:
Chapter Comprehension Questions
True / False
Great cover work, homework, or activities for students to work through in a lesson.
Contains sections on:
Events and Characters (contains ‘find and fix’ activity, 3 for each chapter; quotation quilt for key quotations, A-Z quiz)
Contexts and Concepts (contains mind map to complete with links to videos; activity to justify to what extent J+H is a gothic novel, and question with a model answer, success criteria activity, and space for students to have a go)
Themes Symbols and Motifs (contains spider diagram for students to fill in with link to video, hexagon activity to find links between texts)
Practice (question and mark scheme).
This took my students a good 8 lessons to complete this. Sets of all abilities have used it and have found it invaluable.
Contains PDF for formatting, and word document for easy editing.
A lesson on reported speech and direct quotations in newspapers. The starter asks pupils to consider the difference between a sentence with reported speech, and a sentence with direct quotation. After a few simple translations from direct speech to reported (and vice versa), pupils can watch a youtube video of a news story. Their speech has been transcribed, and pupils can then use this to create their own newspaper article on the incident, using a direct quotation and a piece of reported speech for each of the three witnesses.
LESSON 1 - Pupils watch monologues on youtube and decide what makes a good monologue.
LESSON 2 - Using this knowledge they then create a monologue based on a nursery rhyme. Using the Guardian three pigs advertisement, they then consider alternative viewpoints to create an original voice. They should then peer assess based on the success criteria. Some can be performed whilst the rest of the class guess who it is.
4 ‘Quotation Drills’ with activities to encourage close analysis (AO2) and wider understanding of the text (AO1).
I use these as a revision lesson (1 hour), or starter activites (4 lessons worth of 15 minute each) or homework activities.
Students find incredibly useful.
A SOW on PowerPoint that goes through 15 lessons on the first half of The Hobbit. Particular focus includes clauses and sentence types, and analysing the language and structure of an extract.
I have taken lots of ideas from different SOW already on the internet, including CPtucker and MissIredale on TES.
I will also upload the second terms lessons (16-30) when I have completed them.
Hamlet activity workbook designed for OCR A Level.
Perfect for supplementing teaching in the form of:
Homework Workbook (I ask students to complete at least one activity on each scene)
Cover Lesson Booklet
Ideas and activities for each scene to support teaching.
There are 3 activities for each scene (with the exception of Act 4 Scene 2+3 which are joined together), as well as overview activities exploring each act in 3 progressively harder tasks. Generally, task 1 is comprehension / understanding, and Tasks 2 and 3 develop A-Level skills of exploring theme and character, different interpretations, critical perspectives, and different readings.
Comparison of film
QR codes with links to videos and readings
Multiple Choice Activities
Venn Diagram Comparisons
And many, many more!
Workbook provided in both Word and PDF copies for ease of both editing and printing.
Revision quizzes of between 25-35 questions on:
Act 1 of *The Duchess of Malfi
Act 2 of *The Duchess of Malfi
Act 3 of *The Duchess of Malfi
Act 4 of *The Duchess of Malfi
Act 5 of *The Duchess of Malfi
Context of The Duchess of Malfi
Questions for the acts focus on comprehension, character, and quotation, particularly relevant for OCR A Level Literature.
I use them at several points over the two year course:
When we’ve finished studying each Act (in Year 1 of the course)
A revision tool in Year 2 of the course after students are asked to reread an Act a week for homework
Set contains student copies (a double side of A4 for each quiz) and teacher copies (correct answer in red AND crossed)
Revision or Recap quiz for The Duchess of Malfi, including character, events, quotation and context.
Answers go from letters A-Z.
Question and Answer Sheets included.
Designed for OCR English Literature A Level, but will work for anyone studying *The Duchess of Malfi. *
Quotation drills aimed for the OCR Comparative question, specifically The Duchess of Malfi and Paradise Lost. Resource contains 8 quotations (4 from each text), with between 4-10 questions and prompts about each text, including:
Contextual questions (AO3)
Example questions and planning prompts (AO1)
Explanations and explorations of quotations using specific high tier vocabulary (AO1)
Links and connections between texts (AO4)
Quotation recall prompts (AO1)
Exploring different interpretations of critics, statements, and audiences (AO5)
Activity will last students a good 90 minutes: I tend to use this before making students create their own, which means that they start to consider what quotations are effective and how they can be used to hit a variety of AOs.
Resource contains PDF and word versions, so you can print straight away with no formatting issues, or edit and adapt for your own students’ needs or as a template.
Can be used if you teach one of the texts (either PL or TDOM) but will need editing.
This follows on from my previous SOW for The Hobbit, looking at chapters 9-19. It focuses on reading and writing skills such as comma splices, speech punctuation, foreshadowing, pathetic fallacy, and language analysis.
6 lessons (broken up into 3 sections) of non-fiction and language work to supplement teaching of The Hobbit. Just print and go! Ideal for cover lessons, shared teachers, introductory, homework, or post-assessment work. Sections include:
Section 1- Biography: The Life of J.R.R. Tolkien
After looking at a biography of J R R Tolkien, thinking about the context of The Hobbit, students are given a fact file to complete improving their comprehension, skimming and scanning skills. Then, students will complete research on an author of their choice and create their own biography.
Section 2: Travel Brochure Writing
Firstly, students will look at the features of a travel brochure for real life Hobbiton in New Zealand. They will look more closely at persuasive devices, before imagining a literary themed tourist attraction of their own, and create a leaflet advertising it.
Section 3: Banned Books Article / Letter
Students will complete some investigation into reasons why books (including The Hobbit) have been banned historically by watching a video and reading an article. After comprehension questions, there are speaking and listening and debate tasks, before students write a formal letter in response to an imagined scenario.
Note- Resource contains PDF and word versions, so that formatting is preserved but you can edit as well if needed!
Bundle of quizzes, activities, and essays on The Duchess of Malfi and Paradise Lost ‘Books 9 and 10’ for OCR H472.01 Part B.
2 1/2 model essays, with at least 4 full accompanying lessons of activities
8 quotation drills for the texts, assessing all AOs.
8 quizzes with over 200 questions to use as revision, recap, or homework
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Dracula, Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, Varney the Vampyre, Interview with a Vampire, I am Legend.
Contains a starter where pupils must try to order the paragraphs chronologically.
Each table then gets a longer extract to analyse, and then they share notes (can do this through home/expert groups to complete the whole table in their books).
How have vampires changed throughout fiction? What, if anything, has remained constant?
Essential skills for ordering and analysing
STARTER: Contains statements with supporting pictures which pupils must discuss in their groups whether they are more influenced by nature or nurture. I used this with an A/B card per table, and they have a minute discussion to come to a majority decision on whether it is nAture (A) / nurture (B).
Then contains a choice of revision activities (designed for WJEC, but can be used for any) that pupils can pick from.
For the plenary of this lesson, I asked pupils to write a post-it summing up Willy Russel's attitude to social class.
Print off pages one and three on card. Page 3 needs to be cut where marked. These can be joined in the middle with a split pin to create a connective wheel that pupils can use in English, or for whole school literacy.
Page 2 is optional- you can print this on paper and stick it on the back of the wheel to remind pupils of the connective categories.
A-Z quiz on the contextual elements of Paradise Lost. Ideal for revision, interleaved learning, and recap.
Question and Answer Sheet included.
Created for Books 9 and 10 OCR A Level, but relevant for all books.
A game, based on Monopoly, where pupils move around the board answering questions on non fiction texts. Nice for end of topic / long plenary / emergency lesson. You will need to find some non-fiction texts so that each group can answer it about a different text, and if you want to differentiate, use different levels of texts. I have printed out one per table, just provide the texts, dice, and counters!
A deconstruction sheet encouraging students to engage with the mark scheme and AOs for H472.01 Section B, texts The Duchess of Malfi and Paradise Lost ‘Books 9 and 10’.
Essay includes introduction, Body Paragraph 1 and topic sentence for Body paragraph 2. Activities include students to engage with argument, context, quotations, AOs, success criteria, and continuing the rest of the essay.
Takes at least a lesson to complete, or a lesson and a homework if you request students complete the essay.
File included in Word and PDF formats for ease of both printing and editing.