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.
’After reading an extract from Act 1 Scene 2, can I analyse the character of Caliban and consider whether he is a victim or a villain?' Delivered to a mixed ability Y8 class, focusing on the analysis of Caliban as a victim or villain, where students prepare to write an exam style response to the question - How does Shakespeare present Caliban as a victim?
’Using creative writing skills, can I write a recipe for a magic spell to summon a storm?' This lesson was created for a mixed ability Y8 class who were studying The Tempest. I used this for the last lesson of term, so it was a nice and creative lesson to end on and the students had lots of fun creating their own spells. The lesson includes an activity where students identify poetic devices in the spell chanted by the witches in Macbeth, and then goes on to support them writing their own spell to conjure a storm (like the Tempest).
A lesson to enable students to create emotion and atmosphere through language using the skill pathetic fallacy. The lesson uses visual stimuli (clips from Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings) to facilitate students’ understanding of pathetic fallacy and how the weather/landscape reflects characters’ emotions and affects the audience. This resource contains video links and resources to print for students. It also includes a written example of pathetic fallacy, a writing task for students to demonstrate their understanding of pathetic fallacy, and sentence stems and words banks for differentiation.
A lesson exploring ideas about appearance, reality and the presentation of women in Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 130’. Prompts discussion about ‘reality’ and ‘appearence’, weaving in ideas about social media. Students work individually to interpret different given lines in the poem (worksheet including challenge questions), and then class collaboratively discuss, explore and feedback their interpretations. Lesson also includes a creative writing task.
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).
‘Am I able to continue exploring Chapter 8 and comment on the most significant moments?’ This lesson was created for Y11 top set, but can easily be differentiated. Lesson includes memory recall starter and discussion points that can be addressed as the class read the chapter. There is also a quotation explosion task where they choose a quotation from the chapter to analyse and explore (could be used as a homework task). Lesson plan included, and a link to quizziz (quiz questions also included in the lesson plan document).
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 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!
TBQ: Can I research and revise relevant context to support my analysis of the poor in A Christmas Carol? Students were given laptops in this lesson to support their revision. Alternatively, this could be set as a homework revision task. Kahoot quiz link included.
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 (2 hour) lesson guiding Y10 students (top set) through an approach to exploring, analysing and responding to an unseen poem - The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. The lesson addresses the question: ‘Can I analyse language and structure in an unseen poem, learning a strategy to respond to an unseen poetry exam question?’ Students are working towards the question: In ‘The Road Not Taken’, how does the poet present the speaker’s feelings about choice? Groups of students are given a particular stanza to focus on independently and then feedback their ideas as the teacher makes notes on the board (I have left some of the answers my students delivered on the slides FYI). The next task focuses on an exemplar response, where students will construct their own paragraph responding to the question and utilising their annotated poem to support them. Resource includes Powerpoint, lesson plan, exemplar paragraph word doc and a word doc displaying the poem and question.
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
Designed for top set Y10 and was taught over a period of two lessons. Students explore the question: Can I compare the similarities and differences in the poets’ presentation of choice in two unseen poems? The poems used to compare are ‘The Road Not Taken’ and ‘Invictus’ (this lesson builds on my previous resource which solely explores The Road Not Taken). The lesson includes various discussions relating to Invictus surrounding free will and fate, an activity exploring comparative terminology, a worksheet grid where students map ideas for comparison of the two poems, an exemplar paragraph, and peer assessment activity.
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.
TBQ: Can I reflect on the events in AMSND and create a storyboard to develop and secure my understanding of the plot? Delivered to a top set Y9 class over the course of 2 lessons. Students loved this engaging lesson as it encompasses a wide range of activities to secure their knowledge of the plot. Lesson includes: Plot summary (number the events in order) Storyboard task (with challenge) Plot quiz Closer analysis of Hermia and Helena fight Hermia’s twitter activity Image plenary task
TBQ: As I watch the film version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, am I able to capture ideas about the characters in relation to the plot? Students are given a capture sheet to record notes about the characters and their relationships as they watch the BBC’s version of the play.
TBQ: Can I compare how the poets present ideas about war and conflict in ‘Bayonet Charge’ and ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’? Designed for weaker ability Y10 and delivered over 2 lessons. Includes: Step by step approach to comparing poems and responding to an exam style question Revision venn diagram to compare the poems Quote explosions Comparative phrases task Exemplar paragraph Paragraph task Peer assessment
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.