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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Poetry Through Time

Poetry Through Time

The first part of a scheme of work on poetry from Beowulf, through Chaucer to the Romantic era. It gives students an understanding of how language has changed and the importance of the oral tradition. Lessons on the Romantic era help students engage with the sonnet and ode forms, provide context and teach them about Romantic ideals such as the sublime. The lessons on Keats are also available as a separate, smaller bundle.
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Keats for Key Stage 3

Keats for Key Stage 3

A three-lesson scheme of work on John Keats, designed to teach students about the sonnet and ode forms, context and Romantic ideals including the Sublime. The poems covered are: On The Sea, To Autumn and Bright Star.
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Of Mice and Men: Chapters 1-3

Of Mice and Men: Chapters 1-3

A KS3 scheme of work which covers the first three chapters of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. There are a range of activities which cover both reading and writing aspects of the novel. Note that we use ipads at my school so, where they are infrequently mentioned, you could set the task as a homework or else book a computer room. Keep your eyes peeled for lessons on chapters 4 and 5 in the coming weeks.
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Frankenstein: The early chapters

Frankenstein: The early chapters

A KS5 scheme of work (or a KS4 scheme for the more able). It covers the introductions, the Romantic genre, Walton's narrative, the first part of Victor's narrative, Byron and the Oedipus complex. The scheme is resourced with links to external websites such as the British Library and comes supplied with articles for which I claim no intellectual credit. Students can access the QR codes and hyperlinks which are given from time to time with an ipad or mobile phone.
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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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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
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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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: 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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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: 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: 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: 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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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 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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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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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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