Examining the theme of strength and weakness in Thomas Hardy's short story, and how this reflects the time in which it was set, looking at the supernatural, social class and people, the environment, vanity, and criminal punishment, as well as possible links with Shakespeare's Macbeth as a comparative text.
A selection of active lessons, book quizzes, essay practice resources, and study maps on characters and themes, for the study of Homer's Odyssey. All tried-and-tested - mainly for AQA Classical Civilisation, but also used and adapted for OCR GCSE.
When asked to teach a quick unit on just short stories, this is what I pulled together: contains lots of videos and excerpts to analyse and apply theories of structure, character description, setting, atmosphere, drafting, and conclusions, to pupils' own work.
To introduce the play, this presentation prompts pupils to think about the difference between the feelings characters display on the outside and what they feel on the inside, highlighting the key theme of what's real and what's fake. The presentation contains videos, so is split into three separate files.
Due to the size of the videos, the presentation has been split into two parts. This is a task to practise Personal Writing, giving pupils the opportunity to practise generating ideas, planning, and structuring their planning prior to writing an assessment piece for Personal Writing. Task is based upon 'your worst holiday experience'.
A small unit studying poetry on the theme of Justice & Revolution (used to complement 'Animal Farm' in a larger scheme); four pieces are explored through a series of activities, resources, and active learning, to investigate the theme. Includes William Blake's 'The Chimney Sweeper', Maya Angelou's 'Still I rise', William Ernest Henley's 'Invictus', and the lyrics of Bob Marley's 'Redemption Song'.
A lesson on the poem 'After the Titanic' by the Northern Irish poet Derek Mahon, in which pupils engage in active, collaborative close reading and language analysis through 'Home Group/Expert Group' activities. Presentation is split into 2 PowerPoints, since the first includes a video and is larger. I have also removed the video and made the presentation into a pdf, if that is an easier format to work with. The handout is for printing, cutting, and distributing to the groups.
A presentation in two formats including 'On the Beach at Fontana' by James Joyce, 'Nettles' by Vernon Scannell, 'Rough' by Stephen Spender, and 'The Evacuee' by R. S. Thomas. Poems are accompanied by written activities (or, alternatively, can be completed in discussion or group work), leading up to a final Reading assessment.
A lesson exploring William Blake's 'The Tyger' poem, as part of a larger scheme studying Yann Martel's novel, 'Life of Pi'. I have included two formats of the original presentation, if it's of interest to retain some of the information from the novel, but if you wish to study the poem exclusively, I have also included a stripped-back version of the lesson.
A lesson in two formats, guiding KS3 pupils through language analysis with study of the language techniques in Ted Hughes' poem 'The Jaguar', including expanding vocabulary, enjambment, imagery, similes and metaphors. Lesson culminates in a 25-mark poetry Reading assessment (extension task included: 'Second Glance at a Jaguar' by Ted Hughes).
A collection of essay-writing resources including guidelines on how to approach answers, structure essays, and numerous exemplars by past pupils (with teacher annotations as well as mark schemes) covering a variety of exam questions.