These two sheets help pupils plan and write creative writing which fits the A-level exam specs. The planning creative writing sheet takes a total of 50 minutes and gets them to think about their commentary, so this could be a full lesson with the commentary set.
The Writing Fiction Lesson doc is designed to be printed on A3. It is designed to be a whole lesson which works collaboratively with a class - split them into pairs. Firstly, get the original pair to write their name on the top of their worksheet. 1) Pass the sheet around as many sets of pairs as it takes to fill the planning chart, giving them a certain amount of time to fill in one row per pair (can be differentiated). 2) The original pair fill out 'story one' as an excerpt from a short story - they choose the guidelines from the grid and tick it off. 3) Pass it on and repeat step two with a new pair. 4) Pass back to original pair to evaluate the writing (using two different colours) using the evaluation grid. Peer marking! Can then set easily set an improvement task, if you want to.
This is a resource designed to recap persuasive and letter features for pupils and give them a chance to improve a poorly written argument.
You can easily differentiate by asking higher ability pupils to focus on register, style, vocabulary and adding in techniques, while asking lower ability pupils to find the problems and suggest simple improvements.
The “voice” in the letter to improve is a teenage pyromaniac who goes off topic.
Resource includes a technique recap and reminders of the key ingredients for persuasive letter writing and arguments.
Could be set as a main activity, or a starter or plenary to recap prior or previous learning.
Could also be set as a homework task or project.
Perfect for revising or teaching the new GCSE AQA Paper 2 Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives Section B writing task. Discusses the need to be convincing and consider tone, style, register, form, audience and purpose.
Poem in the AQA GCSE Anthology on Love and Relationships. Powerpoint includes starter, main activities, annotation guiding questions to discuss, and plenary based on PEE paragraph writing.
Poetry, essay-writing skills, GCSE, close-reading, interpretation
A ‘pre-flight checklist’ style resource for A Level students learning how to write an language analysis response looking at how authors create meaning and representation.
Halloween theme, sort of - skeleton metaphor throughout.
TWO FULL INTERACTIVE/ FUN LESSONS INCLUDING HOMEWORK
This is a resource designed to get reluctant pupils interested in analysing poetry. It was used as part of a module on analysing unseen poetry. Skills: unseen poetry GCSE, close reading, poem analysis
The lesson includes a starter discussion question, and 1 main activity that can be done as a class to get pupils used to picking out interesting words and phrases before they complete a worksheet. Worksheet is differentiated with the green bulletpoints being the most difficult ones - encourage your higher ability/ able and most able pupils to focus on these. You can also ask pupils to start at different points on the worksheet corresponding to their ability, since the questions get progressively harder.
There is a keyword hangman slide for a plenary activity at the end of the lesson, and the slides include homework to bring in their own song - the lesson 2 files use this homework for the main worksheet/activity, and there is an extension activity built in to lesson two. The song lyric word documents that are not 'Firework' are for those pupils who forget to bring in lyrics, or for those who finish early and need another song to do some deeper analysis of.
To use the song as an audio learning aid, you can find the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGJuMBdaqIw and Google is saying you can generate an mp3 of the file using this tool http://www.youtubeinmp3.com/ should you know you won't have internet access in your classroom.
A teaching powerpoint, an original mock paper (with source booklet) I have created and original exemplar answers at different grades (differentiated) I have created using the text Mrs Dalloway, which fits the GCSE English Lang Paper 1 spec for the new AQA paper.
Also included - an original mock paper, source booklet, and differentiated exemplar answers at different grades for Lord of the Flies, which also fits the spec.
The teaching powerpoint includes advice on the skills needed (close-reading, analysis, inference, etc.), how to approach the paper etc., this powerpoint uses student-friendly language and could be easily adapted for a different text/ mock/ exemplar set.
The papers and source booklets have been painstakingly created in order to follow the format of - and print like - actual exam papers.
This resource includes the following files:
Teaching powerpoint for approaching paper 1 (Mrs Dalloway)
Original mock exam paper 1 (Mrs Dalloway)
Original mock exam paper 2 (Lord of the Flies)
Original source booklet 1 (Mrs Dalloway)
Original source booklet 2 (Lord of the Flies)
Original differentiated exemplars booklet 1 (Mrs Dalloway)
Original differentiated exemplars booklet 1 (Lord of the Flies)
AQA cover sheet for papers if set as a mock
When used with the reading/writing resources from the website TeachIt for the new Paper 1, this resource forms an entire scheme of work.
A detailed worksheet introducing the different types of sentence: simple, compound, complex and compound-complex to pupils with tasks. Includes references to popular culture and Disney villains to assist understanding. Designed to try and make a rather dry topic a bit more fun.
Grammar, sentence structures, different sentence types, exam criteria, national curriculum.
Information sheets with little activities to introduce pupils to subject terminology and to signposting phrases which they can use in their own writing.
GCSE skills - subject terminology, analysis, evaluation, higher-level explanation.
Winter Swans is a poem in the GCSE AQA anthology for Love and Relationships. This lesson is aimed at a mixed ability group, and is differentiated and scaffolded, with a large element of personal choice for the final task. The powerpoint uses visual stimuli to appeal to visual learners.
Powerpoint, lesson plan and copy of poem altered to emit the most interesting language - give pupils this first so that they are forced to think about the interesting choices the poet makes.
close-reading, poetry, KS4, GCSE
This lesson is designed to be a one-off, complete lesson for KS3-4 English. The powerpoint is differentiated with examples and higher ability tasks, and contains many visual stimuli for more visual learners. The presentation uses several gifs, which always go down well! The lesson starts with an activity about the origin of the word 'hello', and goes on to analyse Adele's hit song Hello. Learning objectives are clear and shared. Good for teaching approaches to unseen poetry in a fun manner.
Can be used with KS3-KS4 towards GCSE skills for English. Pupils self-assess how confidence they feel about the skills they will eventually need.
Great AFL/ Assessment For Learning when starting exam skills with a new class for the first time.
Fits with National Curriculum and AQA GCSE Learning Objectives.
Two versions - one for year 9 and one for GCSE years.
Powerpoint, worksheet and poem copies for Before You Were Mine. Made for teaching the AQA Poetry Anthology on Love and Relationships. Questions on the worksheet increase in difficulty - you can differentiate by asking different pupils to start at different points.
Language analysis, close-reading, interpretation
A quick pupil-friendly glossary (with examples) of new key terms for rhetorical devices for A Level English Language pupils.
Handy to use when introducing new terms as you look at rhetoric and speeches or political speaking. We used them as a checklist for looking at interviews between Russell Brand and Ed Miliband, and one between Jonathan Ross and Keira Knightley and then discussed how these techniques can tie in with wider issues on the course: e.g. gender, power, class.
Summarises the success criteria for the English entrance test for Cambridge and Oxford universities.
Students can use it to mark their own ELAT answers and help them understand what makes a high-level answer.
Resource for A Level language students to practise writing a directed writing task (exam task). Includes info on slang and taboo language, a card sort, powerpoints for two lessons, and two examples of opinion writing on the topic. A planning sheet/ info sheet on features of opinion articles and how to plan them can be found in my other resources.
Differentiated lesson materials aimed at a class of students ranging from A-D grades.
2 x lesson plans and 2 x lesson powerpoints, and differentiated support resources including definitions of difficult terms. Quotes to give to any struggling pupils while the table-fill task is underway.
2-3 WHOLE LESSONS
This resource was created at the end of a GCSE module on An Inspector Calls. The powerpoint covers 2 lessons - the cover sheet can be set as the first lesson without the powerpoint but using the two worksheets (ingredients of genres, who is Inspector Goole).
The powerpoint has interactive timers and visual stimuli to appeal to all learners and to keep the lesson at a good pace/ keep pupils engaged, and the starter worksheet should be done as a fast-paced discussion/ competition.
The writing part of the unit of work can be set as homework or completed in lesson time - you can either have pupils peer mark, feedback on and rework just 1 paragraph OR an entire short story.
Powerpoint slides to run alongside a 'create your own bucketlist' activity. This could be done individually with a prize for the best list, or collaboratively as a form group. This worked well with a vertical form group with ages from 14-18.