Work to suit secondary pupils in S3/4 (age 14+)
A set of questions to support pupil analysis of the text, and then a detailed essay plan to help pupils write an essay about the range of feelings communicated in the poem.
A booklet to support the final set text question - clear links between each of the poems: Visiting Hour, Aunt Julia, Memorial, Basking Shark, Assisi, and Sounds of the Day
A very helpful resource for exam revision.
Resources I've been using successfully with Scottish Higher pupils (age 16/17) in order to support their writing of critical essays. The pack includes templates for initial internet research, 2 model essays, detailed notes on the whole poem, questions on each part of the poem, a step by step essay plan and more...
(If Miss Reid, who uploaded my accidentally incomplete first unit is able to contact me, I will email her this full version)
I have developed a range of resources for pupils to write critical essays based on a film text. This PowerPoint focuses on the biopic genre and looks at the genre conventions within 'Lion' My pupils loved studying this 2017 film. See my other resources for essay plans etc.
A unit of work to support a workshop-style approach to teaching creative writing. I've been working on this for a couple of years and pupils really enjoy it. We look at excerpts from a range of inspiring texts (e.g. 'Sophie's Choice' by William Styron, The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini, 'Room' by Emma Donoghue, 'The Snapper' by Roddy Doyle, 'About Grace' by Anthony Doerr and 'Talking Heads' by Alan Bennett) and go on to consider how these authors have utilised key techniques such as creating tension, narrator's voice, vivid setting description, engaging openings etc... Pupils then attempt a short writing task based on each text. Texts not reproduced for copyright reasons, but page numbers and publishers listed. I have found that many pupils go on to purchase and read these texts after looking at them here.
This is a great resource for revising the Norman MacCaig set text poems. My class loved it and it lasted for a double period. 5 rounds of questions for up to 6 teams: general; complete the quotation; multiple choice; name the technique; anagram.
Answer sheet supplied.
A set of questions about all 10 chapters of this lovely short novel.
'Stars Shall Be Bright ' is a terrific story inspired by the true story of the Quintinshill rail disaster where more than 200 first world war soldiers were killed in the UK's worst ever rail collision.
This Barrington Stoke book is specifically developed to support dyslexic readers, but can be used with all pupils.
I get pupils to complete the template while watching the scene, then later I provide them with a collated version of the class responses. This is a copy of a completed class response - but you may wish to create your own.
Critical essay plan based on studying a key scene of this brilliant 2017 film. My Scottish Higher class is doing this for their critical essay paper. See my accompanying resources - a template to help pupils prepare for this essay, and a power point and essay plan to help tackle a genre essay.
I know this is just a single page sheet, but it's been really useful in supporting pupils with the development of effective opening paragraphs for critical essays on a film.
To be used with my other resources on 'Lion'
A powerpoint to introduce Anthony Burgess's 'A Clockwork Orange'. Key information about characterisation, plot, theme, and explanations of dystopia, totalitarianism etc. Youtube links to other supporting materials.
An excellent resource for getting pupils to analyse the effectiveness of a writer's word choice. A homework sheet with a step-by-step guide to how to tackle each sentence. My pupils' close reading (comprehension/interpretation) marks improved significantly after doing this.
My senior classes absolutely love this team game at the end of studying the text. Five rounds of fun questions, with a bonus anagram round at the end. Answer key provided. A totally riotous lesson (even without beer!)
An A3 poster with important quotations and techniques from all 6 of the Norman MacCaig set text poems. My class loved this and are using it at home to revise for their exam. It covers: Assisi, Basking Shark, Aunt Julia, Visiting Hour, Memorial and Sounds of the Day.