Literacy Lessons Quality Pack

Literacy Lessons Quality Pack

Fully resourced literacy lessons with bell work (pre starter), differentiated learning objectives and highly-visual, scaffolded tasks for building literacy in less able learners. Many of the presentations contain links to relevant literacy games, which can be played on interactive whiteboards (or simply using a projector and computer). I have used these lessons to equal effect with years 7 - 9, but they could be enjoyed by other year groups, primary or secondary.
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Gothic fiction: The Woman in Black

Gothic fiction: The Woman in Black

A fully-fleshed resource, which has activities designed for group, paired and individual analysis of an extract from The Woman in Black. There is an activity which looks at Susan Hill's background and provides a good source of discussion on how her experiences shaped her writing. Included is an extended writing question and writing frame. I used this resource with a very able year 8 group.
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The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

A bundle containing a range of visual presentations on The Handmaid's Tale. It includes work on Serena Joy, Nick, Atwood's thematic motif of doubling and more.
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The Handmaid's Tale: Reliability of the narrator

The Handmaid's Tale: Reliability of the narrator

The lesson begins with some definitions of reliable and unreliable narrators, requiring students to justify which they feel Offred is. Next, students discuss the benefits of each type of narrator to an author before looking at some specific sections where Offred can be seen as unreliable. They must analyse the possible reasons and effects of this lack of reliability.
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The Handmaid's Tale: The Commander

The Handmaid's Tale: The Commander

The lesson begins by building character profiles of Commander Fred Waterford and Fred Judd, and asks students to consider the significance of each character. Next is a close focus on the presentation of his character with discussion questions and, finally, a motion that forms the basis of a debate over his character.
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Eduqas Poetry: Comparison

Eduqas Poetry: Comparison

A mini bundle with activities for comparing the following poems from the new Eduqas GCSE specification: Mametz Wood, Dulce et decorum est, Afternoons, Too Autumn and Ozymandias.
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The Handmaid's Tale: Moira

The Handmaid's Tale: Moira

The presentation looks at Moira across the text. It begins with a quotation hunt , contains a task where students evaluate who would be the better protagonist (Moira or Offred) , considers the issue of race and provides a starting point for an essay question.
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The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

A bundle containing a range of visual presentations on The Handmaid's Tale. It includes work on Serena Joy, Nick, Atwood's thematic motif of doubling and more.
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The Handmaid's Tale: Doppelgangers

The Handmaid's Tale: Doppelgangers

The presentation introduces the idea of the double or 'doppelganger' through various famous examples in literature, film and comics. This transitions into discussion on Ofglen as a double for Offred, before looking at how other characters can also be considered doubles. The final task directs students towards Janine's appearances in the novel and there are discussion questions to help them begin analysing her character.
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The Handmaid's Tale: Chapter 4

The Handmaid's Tale: Chapter 4

The presentation begins by focusing on the character of Nick as first presented in Chapter 4 of the novel. There is a group task with key quotations for this purpose. Next, to promote discussion, there is inter-textual information on Newspeak from Orwell's 1984, which has strong similarities with the language used in Chapter 4. Finally, there are some questions about the end of the chapter and sexual repression in Gilead, along with a link to an online article on the same topic; QR code provided for students with ipad or similar.
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The Handmaid's Tale: Chapters 2 and 3

The Handmaid's Tale: Chapters 2 and 3

Separate PowerPoints for chapters 2 and 3 of The Handmaid's Tale. The chapter two presentation deals with the introduction of the Marthas, the shift in style from the first chapter and some of the key images from the second chapter. The chapter three presentation focuses on the character of Serena Joy. It includes context on the three women Serena Joy's character was based on. I have included some links to clips of the women, which stimulate debate as their views are fairly controversial. Then there is a simple outline for group work and an essay question.
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The Handmaid's Tale: Chapter 1

The Handmaid's Tale: Chapter 1

The resource is aimed at AS / A level students just beginning the novel. The presentation unpacks the first page and half of Atwood's novel in a fair bit of detail. The epigraphs, satire, context, significance of names and mode of narration are all covered. More like this to come.
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Literacy Lessons Quality Pack

Literacy Lessons Quality Pack

Fully resourced literacy lessons with bell work (pre starter), differentiated learning objectives and highly-visual, scaffolded tasks for building literacy in less able learners. Many of the presentations contain links to relevant literacy games, which can be played on interactive whiteboards (or simply using a projector and computer). I have used these lessons to equal effect with years 7 - 9, but they could be enjoyed by other year groups, primary or secondary.
jdgardner
Gothic fiction: The Woman in Black

Gothic fiction: The Woman in Black

A fully-fleshed resource, which has activities designed for group, paired and individual analysis of an extract from The Woman in Black. There is an activity which looks at Susan Hill's background and provides a good source of discussion on how her experiences shaped her writing. Included is an extended writing question and writing frame. I used this resource with a very able year 8 group.
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Romeo & Juliet: The prologue

Romeo & Juliet: The prologue

The presentation contains a number of activities which will appeal to a range of abilities. For the lower ability there is a storyboard of the prologue and, for stronger students, there are activities on the sonnet form, iambic pentameter and an article on the role of fate in Shakespeare's plays. There are challenge and extension activities. Enough work for 1 - 2 one-hour lessons.
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Hawk Roosting

Hawk Roosting

A bright and visual presentation with a mix of teacher led and student led activities, designed to promote engagement and independent thought. Structure, form, language and context are all covered. There is an annotation activity for students' anthologies (not just copying off the board). The resource would suit middle ability and more able students studying the Eduqas exam board for GCSE and provides work for at least 2 lessons.
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Gothic Character Analysis

Gothic Character Analysis

A pair of lessons which focus on extract analysis of characters from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Frankenstein. The Frankenstein lesson contains printable resources for close language analysis in groups and the Jekyll and Hyde lesson contains an engaging activity where students can draw and label Mr Hyde. I would recommend the resource be used with low to middle ability KS3 students.
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The Prelude (Eduqas)

The Prelude (Eduqas)

A bright and visual presentation on Wordsworth's Excerpt From The Prelude. It contains printable slides to annotate in groups with focused questions. Also included are tasks which require students to make predictions before reading the poem and there is information on the context. Middle to high ability students would suit this presentation. Please note, the Eduqas excerpt is different from the AQA excerpt. This resource is designed for the Eduqas GCSE specification.
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Introduction to the Gothic

Introduction to the Gothic

An introduction to the conventions of Gothic literature for KS3. This is an engaging resource with a video clip, a game of taboo, some descriptive writing and peer assessment. It is very accessible and would suit the low to middle ability.
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To Autumn

To Autumn

A presentation which considers some advanced aspects of the context, form and structure of John Keats's To Autumn. It then provides discussion / comprehension questions for the language in each stanza. The resource is suited for more able GCSE learners (i.e. those following the Eduqas specification) and A level Literature students who have selected Keats as their pre-1900s poet.
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Introduction to Romanticism

Introduction to Romanticism

An introduction to Romanticism aimed squarely at KS3. The focus is on the art and ideals of the Romantic era and begins with some annotation of Fuseli's The Nightmare. There is a link to an engaging video on the topic, though it runs rather fast, so it would be worth pausing for discussion or using the video with higher ability only. The presentation contains printable grids with key questions, drawing students attention to important things in the artwork. The resource does not deal with any literature, but provides an opening from which you can segue into the works of the Romantics.
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Comparing Poetry (Eduqas)

Comparing Poetry (Eduqas)

A presentation which takes students through the very basics of understanding what it means to 'compare' one thing to another, to analysing a model answer and then planning their own response. The model answer compares Death of a Naturalist and Excerpt from the Prelude from the Eduqas exam board. Parts of the resource would suit low ability learners but, for the most part, the presentation suits middle ability learners.
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