Designed for a two-hour Year 12 lesson, this resource introduces the characteristics of ecocriticism using Dr Seuss’ ‘The Lorax’ to demonstrate how to analyse a text from an ecocritical perspective. In the second half of the lesson, students will then apply their ecocritical knowledge to an extract from Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road’. This resource includes: a structured and comprehensive Powerpoint presentation a lesson plan a mix and match activity Video clips numerous discussion points ‘The Road’ extract and an exploration grid an example analytical paragraph with success criteria I thoroughly enjoyed planning and teaching this lesson, and the students seemed to enjoy it too! I hope your class benefits from it too. If they do, please leave a review!
Two lessons to engage students in creative writing, and to enable them to create effective similes and metaphors whilst understanding the difference between the two, Lesson 1: students develop their understanding of similes and identify their effects, utilising their knowledge to construct their own simile poem. Lesson 2: designed to follow on from the simile lesson. Students build upon their knowledge of similes and develop these skills into creating effective metaphors using advanced vocabulary. During this lesson they will understand the effects of metaphors, and how they are similar/different from similes. They will use their knowledge to develop effective metaphors in their creative writing, using engaging stimuli. These lessons are aimed at Year 7 but may be suitable for L/A Year 8.
A lesson to engage students in creative writing, and to enable them to create effective similes using sophisticated adjectives. Students develop their understanding of similes and identify their effects, utilising their knowledge to construct their own simile poem.
A descriptive writing lesson which focuses on using a variety of sentence types for clarity, purpose and effect. This resource uses the Horror/Gothic genre as stimulus to encourage students to think about the intentional effects of different sentences, including sentence fragments. Lesson was designed for Year 7, but perhaps suitable for L/A Year 8.
A student-led exploration and analysis of significant moments in Chapter 6 of LOTF. This lesson uses jigsaw work, enabling students to work in groups to share and discuss their explorations. The lesson can be adapted for online learning through the use of collaborative breakout rooms in Teams.
Designed to follow on from the simile lesson, also available on my shop. Students build upon their knowledge of similes and develop these skills into creating effective metaphors using advanced vocabulary. During this lesson they will understand the effects of metaphors, and how they are similar/different from similes. They will use their knowledge to develop effective metaphors in their creative writing, using engaging stimulus.
A sheet listing opening sentences/paragraphs from a range of novels, which can be used/adapted for all secondary year groups. I’d suggest laminating it, so that it can be reused. Could be used to explore inference skills and the writer’s intent, sentence structure, word choice, and to identify literary techniques. You could also use these as sentence scaffolds for exploring both structure and content with students, as suggested by Jane Considine in her first The Write Stuff session on demonstration writing.
A lesson to enable students to explore and understand pathetic fallacy. This lesson is designed for online teaching platforms, utilising polls, student votes and the chat function to encourage and monitor engagement, and allow for formative assessment. Teacher notes are included in the presentation for guidance. Film clips are used to aid understanding of pathetic fallacy, and the main task involves a creative piece of writing to demonstrate their knowledge. Ideal for KS3 and can be adapted to suit class ability.
A lesson delivered to a Year 10 class that explores how John Agard presents ideas about power and conflict in ‘Checking Out Me History’. This was delivered before going on to analyse and annotate the poem. Includes: a key word and definition mix and match a video a research task (and grid) where students find out who the key black historical figures are in order to understand the context of the poem an extension task where students identify lines in the poem that correspond to the images
A Freudian reading of LOTF, suitable for remote learning as well as in the classroom. This lesson explores Freud’s psychoanalytic theory of the Id, Ego and Superego, applying it to Lord of the Flies to develop students’ contextual knowledge and understanding of characterisation. This is a great stretch and challenge lesson, planned for a top set Y11 class, although can easily be differentiated according to ability. Includes a range of tasks and stimuli to engage and facilitate learning such as videos, a Guess Who game, character profiles activity and a quiz (link included to quiz in lesson plan).