Media: Montage Project- preparation for GCSE Media

Media: Montage Project- preparation for GCSE Media

Here is everything you need for a fun media project - get your students making a montage. This is aimed at yr9s who will be doing a Media GCSE, so gives them a flavour of projects to come and is ideal for the end of the year. Although most will want to film, it is possible to deliver a montage on Power Point, so all skill and interest levels are accommodated. There are 6 lessons with instruction slides, links to lots of clips showing montages as well as tutorials for use at home. The note to the teacher guides you through the scheme and the montage outline gives students their instructions and due dates [you fill those in]. As well as a project review sheet to flag up problems, there is a self- and peer- assessment sheet for when the montages are done.
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19th century writing - new GCSE preparation: 'Subha' , close reading & inference.

19th century writing - new GCSE preparation: 'Subha' , close reading & inference.

Everything you need for exploring the short story 'Subha' by Rabindranath Tagore. [Multiculturalism in the context of Empire has a firm place in 19th century writing ; this is a good place to ensure it's not lost with the new syllabus]. The lesson begins with prediction, requiring students to infer and deduce, then looks at 3 extracts with imagery that suggests things about the character while describing something else. The focus then moves on to how language is used to present the character, while the plenary asks students to consider other ways in which the character is presented. The extracts to be annotated are given on a handout, with key phrases to be noticed in bold. The teacher's note also has links to the text, a reading and information about Rabindranath Tagore, along with the outline of the lesson and possible homework or extension tasks.
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Transferable skills- following an argument

Transferable skills- following an argument

The aim of this series of starting activities is to show students that they do possess the skills required for the course; also, that the skills required to study non-fiction media is the same as for the literature and visa versa. there is also a quick te
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Halloween Horror: write a short horror story using Halloween imagery and divination rituals.

Halloween Horror: write a short horror story using Halloween imagery and divination rituals.

Something for older students: the lesson begins with a halloween word builder, with answers to self-mark; then there is a reading phase, where students are told about three different divination rites associated with traditional Halloween games. Students will choose one of these as a vehicle for their horror story. Next, they read 4 extracts describing horrific moments, to glean words and phrases they can use, as well as to see there is no need to be gratuitously graphic to create horror. Able and eager students can get straight on with writing, while a work sheet puts the lesson into perspective with 5 clear steps to follow as a planning stage for the story. For those who don't know how to begin, a line from either reading extract [divinations or extracts] will set them on course.
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Halloween quiz: peer-mark, 5 rounds of differentiated question types with writing + S&L extention

Halloween quiz: peer-mark, 5 rounds of differentiated question types with writing + S&L extention

This differentiated quiz has 5 direct question as an easy round 1, 'connect 4' as round 2, round3 is 'odd-one-out', round 4 is 'true or false' while word-games will make round 5 slightly longer. the quiz itself will take 20-30 minutes allowing for team discussion, writing of answers and then marking, but it could easily take all lesson depending on the time you allow for the word-games: base that on the interest and ability of the class. Once the quiz has been marked there is the film story writing extension to ensure this fills a lesson, if not more. Further lessons can be spent reading each other's openings and outlines, pitching the best as S&L and then debating which should be made. Who knows, some may even be inspired to make their movies, in time for a Christmas viewing, it does happen when a group of students are keen on movie making in their own time.
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Cover it! Antonyms: self-mark, differentiated & no exercise book or PC needed: ideal cover lesson

Cover it! Antonyms: self-mark, differentiated & no exercise book or PC needed: ideal cover lesson

Because students work on paper and answers can be printed off so that no computer is needed, this differentiated work is ideal to set as last minute cover . The first set of tasks is linking words with their opposites, choosing from words provided, so that no cumbersome dictionaries are needed, though they can be used if desired. For those who finish that, there is a crossword puzzle. This contains clues from across the ability range, encouraging different abilities to work together and extending mid-ability students.
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Cover it! Differentiated, fill in on the page descriptive exercises, culminating in a writing task.

Cover it! Differentiated, fill in on the page descriptive exercises, culminating in a writing task.

Ideal for a last minute cover lesson, this task has a separate SEN version of the lesson, but also tasks get more demanding as they go, enabling non-specialist to use differentiation by work covered. Beginning with couplet descriptive sketches choosing words from a box, writing focuses of visual the auditory descriptions. Examples are given throughout, with quoted extracts to stimulate ideas. As a bonus, two extra photographs can be used to repeat the final written task at a later date as exam practice or to provide variety.
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AQA Love tt Ages: Unseen poetry- a strategic approach. Uses specimen paper as a guide.

AQA Love tt Ages: Unseen poetry- a strategic approach. Uses specimen paper as a guide.

• You will need the specimen paper for Unseen Poetry – p10 & 11, AQA/AQA-77121-SQP.PDF- for each student. • The Power Point will give students a strategy to follow for this paper – annotating the specimen paper, then writing the key ‘steps’ of the strategy is a good way of ensuring students engage with the strategy, but a handout has been made for revision. Some suggested questions can be used by you as a guide for setting essays or given to students for their own revision.
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10 Unseen Poetry starters

10 Unseen Poetry starters

Whether revising unseen poetry or honing reading skills, focusing on a few lines of poetry as a starter enables students to practise picking out key words and commenting on them, as well as noting structural and literary devices. You could also use these as prompts for descriptive writing with a brigh KS3 group, or the new creative writing A-Level.
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'Revolver' by Marcus Sedgwick -

'Revolver' by Marcus Sedgwick -

This novel is great, particularly for boys who hate reading as it is short and gripping, but also for teachers and readers because of its clever construction and beautiful descriptions. These resources were made for a weak, boy-heavy, non-reading class, but with a view to stretching them. From pre-reading to chapter 6, tasks are designed to be 'light touch' so that students can get back to reading before impetus is lost.
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SPaG- Bumper pack of Homophones: example notes & self-mark tasks with answers & tests - 3 sets

SPaG- Bumper pack of Homophones: example notes & self-mark tasks with answers & tests - 3 sets

There are three sets of homophones here. In each case students first get the handout and learn the homophones as homework. Later they do the relevant exercise and use the answers to mark their own or a partner's work, which can be done as a starter. The exercise tests their knowledge of the homophones, but could also be set as another day's homework - useful if you're under pressure to set homework at a busy time and need something worth doing yet easy to mark [just check peer marking if required]. In addition, because students learn best by re-visiting work, there is also a test for each of the sets of homophones, also with answers. This work is best done drip-fed over a term or two. Use the miscellaneous homophone handout as an extension exercise when needed: students can make up their own 'test' sentences using them as a guide, to test one another.
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'Love through the Ages':  Cavalier vrs Metaphysical poets; 'The Scrutiny' by Richard Lovelace

'Love through the Ages': Cavalier vrs Metaphysical poets; 'The Scrutiny' by Richard Lovelace

Using AQA's 'Love through the Ages' poetry anthology, these resources aim to distinguish as far as one can, between Metaphysical poetry and Cavalier poetry, but also to show how blurred the line between them sometimes is: this is the focus of the first Power Point . The quiz quotes lines of poetry and asks students to decide whether the extract represents Cavalier or Metaphysical poetry to enable them to discuss how to recognise each school. Focus turns to 'The Scrutiny' in the work sheet and then there's a revision sheet that focuses on the AOs to ensure that they are met.
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A Level unseen poetry : revision support booklet & list of questions- AQA Love through the Ages

A Level unseen poetry : revision support booklet & list of questions- AQA Love through the Ages

This booklet will save you and your students hours of trawling the Internet. My thanks to Caro Evans, my colleague and friend who asked me to compile this list and selected the poems- we decided that the most logical way to prepare for the unseen element of the exam was to look at other poems by the studied poets, to give students an idea of the context of the time and an ability to write about form and structure. Rather than re-inventing the wheel, I've searched for information online and given you the links - so this works best as an e-book, where links can be easily copied and pasted. So this is something you can use for your own preparation and planning of unseen poetry - along with the sheet of possible comparison questions- or can mail to your students so that they can do their own exploring. There's such a lot of treasure here to discover - Enjoy!
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Media: Montage Project- preparation for GCSE Media

Media: Montage Project- preparation for GCSE Media

Here is everything you need for a fun media project - get your students making a montage. This is aimed at yr9s who will be doing a Media GCSE, so gives them a flavour of projects to come and is ideal for the end of the year. Although most will want to film, it is possible to deliver a montage on Power Point, so all skill and interest levels are accommodated. There are 6 lessons with instruction slides, links to lots of clips showing montages as well as tutorials for use at home. The note to the teacher guides you through the scheme and the montage outline gives students their instructions and due dates [you fill those in]. As well as a project review sheet to flag up problems, there is a self- and peer- assessment sheet for when the montages are done.
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Unseen poetry comparison: the full works- AQA Love through the Ages

Unseen poetry comparison: the full works- AQA Love through the Ages

Here's everything you need for teaching the Unseen Poetry Unit for AQA's 'Love through the Ages' - a sound strategy, poems compared using the strategy, a trial exam paper and a revision support booklet that puts you in touch with the best free support on the Internet for poems from every era covered by the anthology.
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Cover it! World Space Week- differentiated descriptive writing, suits non-specialist

Cover it! World Space Week- differentiated descriptive writing, suits non-specialist

Ideal task for World Space Week! Cover it! Descriptive writing, photo prompt, differentiated w/s, all printed, suits non-specialist. Sometimes you need a class just to get on with it, or you're supplying cover at short notice for a non-specialist - this series covers those times when it needs to be plain and simple on paper, but nonetheless needs to be worthwhile and relevant. In this task students have a picture and have to write a story inspired by it. There are 3 different levels - the simplest provides a frame and even some words to trace for those who can't write legibly and need help coming up with ideas. The next level up has just the prompts and the most able are challenged to go further with some story openings to inspire their creativity. The topic of this exercise is SPACE.
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Improving Vocabulary:' Word of the Week' 15 wrds, wordsearch with answers, spelling test with answer

Improving Vocabulary:' Word of the Week' 15 wrds, wordsearch with answers, spelling test with answer

A word of the week is a great way to start a lesson and kids love using the new word, but don't think you can't use this resource if you haven't been doing the weekly words - simply print out each slide sans the WOW heading and display them in the classroom or put them on a 'help-desk' and turn the task into a Thesaurus lesson. The wordsearch is not one of those mindless exercises that have brought the genre into disrepute: here students need to find the WoW from the definition and list the words that need to be found. The favourite trick of highlighting anything that looks like a word has been thwarted by there being lots of words that aren't on the list - students lose a mark if they have highlighted an irrelevant word. Alternatively [or for another day] there's a spelling test. Answers make both tasks easy self-mark tasks.
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KS3 & KS4 - The Essential Writing Bundle:

KS3 & KS4 - The Essential Writing Bundle:

£10 saving! 12 Premium resources to cover creative, descriptive writing for Ks3 & 4. This bundle would normally cost £ 28, but as a bundle you get a whole host of essential writing resources for just £18! 1/3 off. The bundle covers all aspects of writing, from spelling to proofreading, from vocabulary to imagery, punctuation and opening lines. There's plenty to extend and challenge the more able and also to help and support less able students. SPaG and Creativity are covered in starters, plenaries and a variety of lesson styles.
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21 Slide Salute! Poetry Starters: Analysing Language with possible answers.

21 Slide Salute! Poetry Starters: Analysing Language with possible answers.

Drip-feed language analysis while familiarising students with unseen poetry... once a month, once a week or even one a lesson, this is not something to rush through. While it is a good idea to ask students to copy the text with an open line between line of the poem for annotations, the texts are also supplied as a worksheet to allow you the flexibility of setting the task for homework or differentiating by giving weaker students a printed version. As a quick revision exercise groups could work on separate extracts. Though 'answers' are given on the PP it is important to stress that these are only possible things to notice and any reasonable interpretation is worth considering. Another thing worth pointing out is that merely naming a technique like alliteration is not enough, the effect the poet creates should also be discussed and evaluated.
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19th Century writing: preparation for new G.C.S.E.

19th Century writing: preparation for new G.C.S.E.

The recipe for success describes lessons 1 and 2, introducing students to the contextual differences that make up the 19th Century world. In lesson 2, for which PP and extracts are provided here, the idea is to get students noticing the writers’ choices by changing them and thinking of their own choices. Short extracts from a range of writers are given on the extract sheet for analysis and /or changing. Instructions and a brief extract as model are given on the PP. PS The title 'Fiction and non-fiction' refers to the UNIT or COMPONENT of the syllabus, rather than this particular resource. However, a non-fiction extract has been added to extend the scope of the lesson.
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WoW words! Improving vocabulary... Word-hoard series1: Odd one out

WoW words! Improving vocabulary... Word-hoard series1: Odd one out

With language becoming an even higher priority in the new Specs, vocabulary is a vital – but difficult to teach- component to preparing KS3 students for the years ahead. This series of starters focuses on building up their word-hoard [as the Anglo-Saxons called it]. Little and often is the best way to extend vocabulary and if it’s a game, so much the better. ‘Odd one out’ is a quick self-check starter with a handout version for weaker students. Reasons can be given verbally or in writing and any reasonable response is acceptable. This is probably a good place to begin the series as it is quick, easy, and introduces a range of words that can be used as synonyms.
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Tricky terms: denotation/connotation; explicit/implicit, made easy for weaker students.

Tricky terms: denotation/connotation; explicit/implicit, made easy for weaker students.

As these 4 terms, denotation/connotation; explicit/implicit, come up throughout KS3 & 4, it is worth taking time to ensure that weaker students understand them. Included are the 'notes' students will be making from the power point, with key words written in a 'join the dots' font for the slow and those whose handwriting is illegible. This lesson can be used with any topic where the terms feature in lessons, or as a stand-alone literacy task.
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GCSE [AQA] AO1 overview, guidance, strategy and test

GCSE [AQA] AO1 overview, guidance, strategy and test

The focus on this resource is AO1. First an exam type test which follows the style of the AO1 questions in both papers - the point is to focus attention on the skill of finding explicit and implicit information, as well as to show how tasks become progressively more demanding. This can be set as a previous hwk or a lesson starter. Remind students to be aware of time constraints, but allow time for reading. The answers to these questions are given on the PP. Next the focus is on the summary question, using 'AQA-87002-Q2-FI-TS GCSE P2 teaching synthesis' and making it accessible to students with explanations of quotes from AQA's directive. This gives students confidence in the instructions you give them. The sample answer comes from the same directive, with an explanation of the implications of the choice of approach.
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Cast a spell on exams: AQA GCSE Paper1: criteria mat/poster with questions and answers

Cast a spell on exams: AQA GCSE Paper1: criteria mat/poster with questions and answers

Help your students 'cast a spell' on exams by making sure they know the criteria each question is judged on, the time available to answer questions and have a strategy for approaching each task - all summarised on this mat/poster [A4 or A3 printout]. The PP serves either as a quick class quiz to make sure they've taken note of the information - could be a quick starter for every lesson focusing on one question at a time - or as the answers to the question handout, which in turn could be a quick test, plenary or homework. If you're handing back mock exams, this is a timely reminder of what you were looking for: useful for corrections. Otherwise, revision for the next exam!
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