Follow Your Passion - non-fiction project

Follow Your Passion - non-fiction project

This is a resource aimed at GCSE English Language pupils following the new AQA specification. It is designed to introduce them to the format of Paper 2 in a fun, independent manner and give them time to research and read about a topic they care about. There is an opportunity for peer marking here if you ask them to answer each others' papers, and you can also ask them to create model answers and can differentiate this task as appropriate. Will increase their familiarity with all the learning objectives and with the markscheme. Requires additional documents which can be found at the following links but which I do not own the copyright of: AQA assessment resources: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700/assessment-resources AQA reading support booklets: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700/teaching-resources Teachit practice paper: https://www.teachit.co.uk/resources/ks4/comparing-texts/reading/practice-questions-on-animal-baiting/27041
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Peer and teacher feedback - creative writing

Peer and teacher feedback - creative writing

Peer and teacher feedback template for creative writing and the critical commentary for the new WJEC English Language A Level Specification. This saves loads of time for your own marking and feedback / assessment, and is a handy tool for a peer feedback or improvement and reflection time starter. Intuitive and straightforward, I use these to highlight to quickly give feedback for exam style answers and show students the key skills they need to hone. It has a 'what went well' and 'even better if' box at the bottom of each sheet for formative feedback.
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Rhetorical devices for A Level Language

Rhetorical devices for A Level Language

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.
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"The Great Gatsby" Exam style practice question

"The Great Gatsby" Exam style practice question

Exam style practice question for new AQA spec Paper 1 English Language using an abbreviated excerpt from The Great Gatsby. In the format of an exam paper it gives pupils practice with the layout and with the assessment objectives. The topic is designed to be engaging - it focuses on a party scene in Gatsby. It then includes a practice writing question around parties and music. Practice reading comprehension questions and creative writing for the exam. Boost your pupil's confidence and provide them with an understanding of the layout of the assessment. Can also be used as a mock paper (one class or whole school) as it is correctly formatted.
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Confidence rating for poetry exams

Confidence rating for poetry exams

Can be used for AFL/ self-assessment at the beginning or end of a module on poetry where the exam asks pupils to compare. Intuitive, student-friendly confidence levels assessment to inform your planning and teaching.
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Descriptive language task with modelling

Descriptive language task with modelling

Descriptive language task with a picture prompt and teacher modelling of descriptive techniques and language devices. Suitable for GCSE and A Level pupils. Differentiated - task more able pupils with inventing their own examples for each technique, and use the modelling to scaffold the less able pupils. Exam style question echoes the structure of the new GCSE AQA spec for English Language Paper 1 Section B - Creative Writing
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Revision worksheet - Christmas Carol

Revision worksheet - Christmas Carol

A revision worksheet for A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens aimed at students studying AQA English Literature. Discusses exam style questions, gives example / exemplar answers / includes modelling and tips for revision.
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Resources for Creative Writing in English Language A Level

Resources for Creative Writing in English Language A Level

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.
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Planning chart for literature essays

Planning chart for literature essays

GCSE and A Level compatible. Planning chart for English Literature essays aimed at encouraging pupils to make effective plans and use them well. Can be used for revision or for classwork. Adaptable for your spec.
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KS3 Curriculum pupil skills map

KS3 Curriculum pupil skills map

A colourful, hand-drawn resource which explains in an accessible manner which skills pupils need to have by the end of KS3 English. Broken-down into categories which are indicated by symbols, this is written in a way designed to be pupil-friendly. It can be made into a fully differentiated resource easily: By, for example, a teacher laminating class copies and marking (with an erasable whiteboard pen) for each new topic or task the areas they want a certain pupil to focus on.
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Non-fiction writing task (exam practice)

Non-fiction writing task (exam practice)

Aimed at GCSE English Language students preparing for their non-fiction exam. Practice opinion article task with prompts and reminder of persuasive techniques. Cliparts to make it a bit brighter and more exciting! Differentiated - encourage higher ability pupils to ignore the scaffolding prompts and go straight to choosing their techniques and writing their answer.
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Example meal review - non-fiction writing task

Example meal review - non-fiction writing task

Designed for pupils studying for their English Language non-fiction exam. An example review with a task where they have to spot persuasive techniques. Can easily be used as a whole lesson if used with a starter recapping techniques, and an additional task of writing their own review of a meal they had recently.
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Before You Were Mine: powerpoint, worksheet, poem

Before You Were Mine: powerpoint, worksheet, poem

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
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Reading and writing skills - EDM (more fun task)

Reading and writing skills - EDM (more fun task)

This resource is an article about Electronic Dance Music (which many of my lower ability pupils like), with questions matched up to the new AQA Paper 2 English Language GCSE - a true/false task and a language analysis task at the end to brainstorm. There is a separate worksheet which requires you to cut up the sentences so pupils can do a card sort, focusing on PEEL paragraphs and being able to identify which sentence performs which function. It is aimed at a lower-middling ability class, but you can differentiate and ask higher ability pupils to focus on planning the language analysis task without the paragraph/PEEL sheet (which they could present to the class). Skills: analysis, synthesis, interpretation, close reading, paragraph writing, P E E, reading skills, language analysis, true or false
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Love's Philosophy

Love's Philosophy

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
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Different types of sentence crash course

Different types of sentence crash course

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.
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