A knowledge organiser which focuses on context of production and reception, especially appropriate for IB language and literature paper 2.
Section 1: Plot summary by act
Section 2: Context of Production
Section 3: Context of Reception
Section 4: Themes
Section 5: Space for students to make note of key quotations with analysis
This knowledge organiser serves as a revision resource for the play Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker.
Section 1: provide information relating to the context of production and context of reception.
Section 2: Themes organised in groups for easy relation to the exam question.
Section 3: Key quotes, especially relevant in a closed book exam such as IB Language and Literature.
(This section provides quotes with analysis, followed by some quotes with space for students to add their own analysis, followed by space for students to select their own quotations.)
The quotes are colour coded by theme.
With a focus on context, this resource works especially well for IB Language and Literature courses.
Are students aware of their implicit gender bias? This lesson asks students to consider the bias they hold and directs them to complete the implicit bias test to see if their perceptions match reality. Great discussion stimulus on the topics of pay gap, sexism, stereotypes and gender inequality.
"A crash course" in Paper 2 comparative literature study for SL students. Includes breakdown of each of the criterion and some activities to encourage students to engage with the mark scheme.
IBDP English A: Language and Literature (Standard Level)
This lesson introduces rhythm and metre using poems from Dr Seuss, once students become confident in determining metre they have the opportunity to consider how metre can be used to different effect.
I use this as an introduction to Shakespeare but it could be used for any poetry study.
Includes the lesson powerpoint and accompanying poems.
iGCSE Cambridge English Language Empathic Response Coursework pack based on the short story "The People Before" by Maurice Shadbolt taken from the Cambridge Short Story Anthology 'Stories of Ourselves'.
1. Context, Character, Theme and Language Notes for the text.
2. Lesson by lesson activities to engage with the text further.
3. Success criteria breakdown for the empathy task.
4. Some Paper 2 and Paper 3 exam style questions with the Maori theme as a stimulus.
Maori culture is a great topic to study as part of this unit especially with the recent release of 'Moana', student interest is high!
Structure strips to support extract response essays for CIE iGCSE World Literature Paper 3 Q1 (Extract Question), but adaptable for any literature response/essay.
How to use: Students should staple/glue the strip to the top left of their blank page and complete their essay following the structure outlined in the guidance. Students respond very well to this support, as with all scaffolding, use to gain confidence then gradually remove!
Act One Companion: Lesson by lesson resource which provides activities to introduce and engage with the text further.
Asks students to consider the conventions of Naturalistic theater as well as think about motive and true intentions of each of the characters.
Introduces ideas about verbal and dramatic irony.
IB Language and Literature support pack for SL, could be adapted easily for HL too (number of texts for HL is 3 not 2).
Includes a support PowerPoint which introduces how to answer the question in terms of structure. Ideally the teacher will model a live answer as they go through, though could also be used to support students through an answer.
Structure strips also included, these should be stapled or stuck down the margin of the paper the student is working on and works as a quick reference for structure.
As with all supports and scaffolding, introduce to build confidence then gradually remove.
This revision clock is perfect for last minute exam preparation for Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”. Comes in PDF and publisher format meaning it can be adapted for any text or topic.
How to use
In a 60 minute lesson, students follow the minute hand of the clock to spend 5 minutes on each activity. The ensures they remain engaged for a full hour and allows them to focus on a variety of areas.
Alternatively, you could give them the challenge of completing 5/10 minutes of revision a day for a week/two weeks, or use as 5 minute lesson starters.
This lesson requires students to evaluate their definition of poetry and move towards a more holistic idea of different forms of poetry. This lesson has been really successful in getting students to engage with Shakespeare.
Includes 'Hip Hop lyric or Shakespeare line' quiz which always raises some surprises!
Based on the TED Talk by Akala.
"A crash course" in Paper 2 comparative literature study for HL students. Includes breakdown of each of the criterion and some activities to encourage students to engage with the mark scheme.
IBDP English A: Language and Literature (Higher Level)
An easy to follow group project which asks students to create a Kahoot Quiz to test their peers. This is a versatile resource which can be used in nearly any subject, I have used this in English and Spanish.
Group roles and Instructions
Printable Kahoot question planner
Included in a pack of lesson starters which ask students to follow the visible thinking routine "See, think, wonder" to discover more about Hispanic culture. A great way of sparking curiosity and inquiry in the first moments of the lesson and developing critical thinking skills.
Perfect for PYP/MYP inquiry based learning classrooms.
Ask students only the following questions:
1. What do you see?
2. What do you think?
3. What do you wonder?
An introduction to Spanish Christmas traditions starting with the Christmas Lottery. Students watch a 3 minute advert for the Spanish lottery and learn about this tradition. The advert focuses on Justino, a Spanish factory worker who works nights and whose colleagues show great kindness when they win the lottery at Christmas. Students respond really well to this clip as it is similar to the famous Christmas adverts they are used to (John Lewis, M&S, Coca Cola).
This leads them on to do some research into other traditions in a mini inquiry project and home learning activity. Includes printable pdf worksheet to support research and inquiry, as well as Spanish lottery tickets to use as a bingo game and AFL tool.
Suitable for KS3.
My students love this lesson, I hope yours do too!
This resource includes 5 revision tasks focused on the text “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen.
Students self identify their area of need (analysing quotes, finding evidence, structuring their essay etc) and choose the task which focuses on that individual discrete skill. Students can then work through the other activities from most needed to least needed.
I usually arrange them on a table and refer to it as “The Revision Buffet”. Students can help themselves to the tasks at their leisure creating inherent differentiation and personalised learning.
All resources are ready to print and fully adaptable to other texts.
Lighthouse Pedagogy’s Circular Teacher Day Planner is an intuitive daily agenda for secondary school teachers which aids in day-to-day lesson planning and scheduling. This printable resource facilitates daily planning whilst catering to the needs of secondary school teachers in both British and International schools.
Contemporary agendas and planners represent time in a linear fashion using rigid systems of grids to arrange tasks and commitments. The Circular Day Planner looks to the cyclical representations of time found in Mayan calendars to facilitate routine and daily rhythm.
The day of a Secondary School teacher is naturally segmented into blocks of lessons - the circular shape of the Day Planner echoes the face of a clock with lessons and free periods being identified intuitively.
How can Circular Planning help?
Placing events in a circular shape is a more natural approach which helps to reveal patterns and the spatial relationships between lessons and free periods/preparation time. The school day is presented as a cyclical routine mirroring the annual, weekly and daily cycles we experience in schools. These principles are utilised in Waldorf education where the passing of the days, months and seasons is noticed and rhythm is emphasised in order to provide grounding and context. This grounding can reduce stress and improve wellbeing.
Explanatory notes and ‘how to’ guide
5 lesson individual day printable planner
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