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English Language & Literature resources for KS3 and KS4.
Sonnet 18
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Sonnet 18

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This is a lesson which explores Sonnet 18. It explores the poem in detail and briefly explains iambic pentameter. Differentiated questions to help with analysis of the poem and understanding the feelings conveyed through the language. It was created for a Year 7-set 1 group. Includes the poem (with modern English translation), pictures and contextual information. The bell work activity is a literacy task.
Spellbound by Emily Bronte
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Spellbound by Emily Bronte

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This lesson focuses on the meaning behind the poem and analysing language to explore the narrator’s feelings. The poem as well as analysis questions are included. The bell work is a literacy based task and the starter is a sound task (link is hyperlinked and in the notes section). Created for a middle-ability Y9 group.
AQA Power and Conflict Poetry
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AQA Power and Conflict Poetry

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Revision booklet which covers power and conflict poetry and aimed at KS4 Y10/11. First few pages are to remind students of what to look for when analysing a poem. It then goes on to contain individual poems and a set of tasks related to each poem. The traffic light stages of each poem is included to help students develop their analysis. There are 10 questions to help students practise their analysis skills; these include questions on individual poems as well as comparison questions.
Island Man by Grace Nichols
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Island Man by Grace Nichols

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This is lesson created to explore the idea of culture and belonging. The resource includes the poem, discussion questions and analysis questions. The resource was created for a middle ability year 8 group.
Half Caste by John Agard
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Half Caste by John Agard

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This lesson links to the idea of identity and enables pupils to explore language and the importance of dialect and perspective. There are tasks which engage students in discussion about correct terminology and the poet’s true feelings about the term ‘half-caste’. Lesson includes the poem too. Created for a middle ability year 8 group.
Unseen poetry booklet
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Unseen poetry booklet

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Unseen poetry booklet to help students, particulary EAL understand how to analyse a poem and explore key terminology. The booklet includes quote explosions, range of poems to explore and a poetry help sheet at the end. Designed to stretch and challenge EAL but can be used for lower attaining groups or adapted to meet the needs of your own students.
Family and Childhood- Identity
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Family and Childhood- Identity

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This is a complete lesson which explores the theme family and childhood and looks specifically at identity. The activities allow students to think about their own identities and the factors which make up who they are. The students get to explore different types of families and have a go at writing a letter for a time capsule. Created for a middle-ability Y8 group. A model example of a letter is included to help any students who may struggle.
Narrative Writing Lesson
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Narrative Writing Lesson

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AQA English Language Paper 1 Question 5 lesson that focuses on narrative writing. Guided lesson to help students write a narrative. Activities should support students and stimulate ideas for their stories. Video clip is hyperlinked, the sentence starters have been added to notes on the ppt and other notes to help with the lesson.
Writing to advise
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Writing to advise

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This lesson explores how to write to advise. Students are given scenarios and the opportunity to consider the type of language they should use when offering advice. The theme of this lesson is around the struggles and demands of secondary school. The final task is to write a newspaper article- I have included some sentence starters and a success criteria. Suitable for KS4 and KS3, you would need to adapt for the needs of your students.
Storm on the Island by Seamus Heaney
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Storm on the Island by Seamus Heaney

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This lesson explores the main ideas of the poem as well as context, form and themes. Literacy based bell task and sound starter. Poem is not included, any clips/sounds are hyperlinked and pasted in the notes section. Lesson was created for a higher ability Y10 group.
Literature Help Sheet
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Literature Help Sheet

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This stuck board is a resource to help students when answering both a poetry and key text question. It offers sentence starters to show critical engagement, connectives and areas of structure/form to look out for. Double sided- one side is to help with structuring a poetry response and the other side helps students answer a key text question.