Macbeth Hot Seating (Act 5, Scene 3)

Macbeth Hot Seating (Act 5, Scene 3)

This fun 1 hour 30 minute lesson includes 2 worksheets and can be spread over one or two lessons depending on the level of detail you want in the interview. Great for revision session, or for pupils who are approaching the end of the play and need a recap. The lesson focuses on AO2 in the drama question: Comment on their actions in the play, words they might say, values and attitudes using the text to help you gather ideas. My experience is that pupils get very involved and even those who are more reticent about acting can take part. Some of the questions they ask can be quite advanced and it really gets them thinking about the character’s different points of view. Weaker pupils benefit from the opportunity to review events in the play up until this point.
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Philadelphia, Here I Come for AS Level

Philadelphia, Here I Come for AS Level

A resource designed to teach the entirety of the AS Level for the Cambridge AS level exam (paper 4) drama text, Philadelphia, Here I Come! Includes context, themes, structure and characterisation as well as a bridge into different interpretations in preparation for AO5 A Level analysis. It could also assist with study for this text at GCSE as it covers all the main elements for approaching and analysing the play. Please do leave a review so that I can continue to improve my products.
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Poetry Cambridge AS - Songs of Ourselves Vol 2

Poetry Cambridge AS - Songs of Ourselves Vol 2

A resource designed to teach the entirety of the AS Level for the Cambridge AS level exam (paper 3) Songs of Ourselves Volume 2 Anthology. Could be adapted to suit other poetry modules at this level. It could also assist with poetry at GCSE as it covers all the main elements for approaching and analysing poetry. It includes example response essays that can be used as a demonstration for teaching. Please do leave a review so that I can continue to improve my products.
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Macbeth essay example activity

Macbeth essay example activity

This 1 hour lesson consists of a worksheet designed to encourage pupils to engage and sequence the components of a well-structured essay. They are required to identify how to organise and develop points in a way that is logical, using the PEE structure. It is also a good opportunity to discuss appropriate register and academic style of writing. Pupils are asked to guess the essay title at the end in order to help them recognise how the essay title should be apparent from the response.
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PEE Paragraphs - Last Sonnet by John Keats

PEE Paragraphs - Last Sonnet by John Keats

1.5 hour lesson is aimed at KS3, GCSE and possibly A Level pupils who need a bit of an extra helping hand constructing PEE paragraphs based on poetry. It was inspired by the fact that I had read one too many poems where pupils simply ‘translate’ the surface meaning of poem into simple English without really analysing the poem in any way. It could be adapted to another poem relatively easily.
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Cambridge IGCSE Summary writing (Papers 1 and 2)

Cambridge IGCSE Summary writing (Papers 1 and 2)

A 3 hours, differentiated lesson. Contains an interactive information exchange activity, the purpose of which helps to highlight to pupils the importance of efficient and clear summary points. Tried and tested with great success - I can confirm that pupils were really motivated by this and I have never seem them so eager to write a summary before! I recommend preparing a prize for the winning team as this helps spur them on even more. This lesson plan could also be used as a basis for a PSHE class on healthy lifestyle as it deals with the need to get a good night’s sleep, the impact of not sleeping and how best to ensure the sleep we get is restful.
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Using quotes for GCSE (Macbeth)

Using quotes for GCSE (Macbeth)

This 1 hour Powerpoint talks through the technicalities of using quotes in Literature essays for GCSE. It talks about why we use quotes, appropriate punctuation and how to embed. There are exercises to reinforce learning in class.
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What is a comment (how to analyse a quote) - Macbeth

What is a comment (how to analyse a quote) - Macbeth

This resource is designed for teachers who want to ensure that the pupils are making analytical comments in PEE paragraphs, rather than falling into the trap of simply summarising the narrative or explaning the action occuring on stage or in the story. It is based on Macbeth but could easily be adapted to another text.
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PEE paragraphs Wonder

PEE paragraphs Wonder

This is a resource for teachers of KS3 who need a bit of extra help getting pupils to write PEE paragraphs at this level. It deals with the elements of a good PEE paragraph, breaking down what a point is, looking at how to select appropriate evidence and finally how to explore and analyse the quote in detail. It is based on the novel Wonder by RJ Palacio, but could be adapted to suit another text as necessary. I have used this format with my KS3 classes and the results have been fantastic!
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Punctuating dialogue

Punctuating dialogue

This resource is to help teach pupils correct punctuation rules for punctuating dialogue correctly. It includes a short activity at the end which is based on the book Wonder by RJ Palacio. It can be adapted to any class reader.
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Twelfth Night for AS and A Level

Twelfth Night for AS and A Level

Powerpoint x 20 hours. Explores Twelfth Night looking at various aspects which coincide with the AS Level Scheme of Work: Context and interpretations; Language and conventions; Characterisation; Essay writing skills (which includes a recap on PEE paragraphs): and Form and Structure. It provides support for the entire work and covers about 20 or so hours of lessons, depending on how long you dedicate to discussions.
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A View from the Bridge - answering passage based questions

A View from the Bridge - answering passage based questions

This resource is designed as a group activity for students to practise close reading of a passage in preparation for the GCSE passage based questions. After a brief run through of what is required in the exam, pupils work in groups to analyse a passage from the play, which advice on what to look for. This then feeds into an essay planning process (again in groups) and finishes with peer assessment. I've had some really positive results and the essay plans students produced as a result were A* standard! They can be asked to write up the essay as homework, or explore another passage, depending on how confident they felt at the end. This resource also works well if used in conjunction with my other resource on PEE paragraphs on A View from the Bridge.
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Facebook Addicts

Facebook Addicts

This lesson is based on an article that discusses addictions to social media. It is designed to mimic the Cambridge extended Language paper for Reading (papers 1 & 2: Core and Extended) and the Writing (paper 3). It uses one source text (as opposed to two for the reading and 1 for the writing paper). Initial activities are meant to help pupils access and understand the meaning of the text, whilst enhancing their vocabulary, whereas the later activities are replicas of the questions they would be asked in the Reading and then Writing exam. It could equally be used as the basis for a PSHE discussion regarding sensible use of social media.
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PEE paragraphs - A View from the Bridge

PEE paragraphs - A View from the Bridge

This resource is designed to help students create insightful and analytical PEE (or APE) paragraphs in preparation for writing either a passage based or essay style question at GCSE. It can easily be adapted to suit another text besides A View from the Bridge
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Response writing for iGCSE

Response writing for iGCSE

This lesson, based on an article by Peter Bradshaw which reviews the film 127 is designed as a way to engage pupils with the Response Writing task for the Extended paper at IGCSE, but could also be used for directed writing. The lesson deliverable is a Newspaper report based on the contents of the article.
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Philadelphia, Here I Come! AS Level essay planning

Philadelphia, Here I Come! AS Level essay planning

A worksheet designed to explore the role of the character of Aunt Lizzy and prepare pupils for an essay style question at AS Level. If you like this resource, please visit my shop for a full unit of work on the play, together with other resources on other texts at KS3-5.
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Essay planning for assessed writing - Macbeth

Essay planning for assessed writing - Macbeth

This lesson plan uses a mix of scaffolding and SOLO taxonomy methods to support an essay on Macbeth. It starts with the wider question then works back to help pupils identify how best to approach the question, ensuring points are tightly linked to the question and avoiding repetitive structures. I have used with both my year 10 and 11 classes with great success! Please do feedback - your comments are much appreciated!
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Whatsapparitions - Macbeth empathy activity

Whatsapparitions - Macbeth empathy activity

This fun activity is designed to help pupils imagine Macbeth’s response to the witches prophetic apparitions when he returns to see them in Act 4, scene 1. The worksheet asks them to summarize what Macbeth sees then write Macbeth’s Whatsapp message to Lady Macbeth, telling her what he’s seen.
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Corrections for writing about literature

Corrections for writing about literature

This resource is for pupils whose first language is not English who are preparing for the GCSE English Literature exam. It includes typical slip-ups (e.g. confusing “this” and “these”) and asks pupils to reflect on accuracy at the end of the exam, by practising proof-reading skills. If you download, please leave comments so I can keep improving my materials! Thank you! Jenny
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