AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 Fiction Walkthrough "Midwich Cuckoos" extract

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 Fiction Walkthrough "Midwich Cuckoos" extract

Planned for my year tens as an introduction to the requirements of paper 1, this powerpoint takes them through questions 1, 2 and 3. The requirements of each question are explained and there are references to the mark scheme throughout. Question 4 is set for homework and the last slide is a self-assessment grid for the students to use for self/peer marking and target setting to improve their question 4 response.
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KS4, GCSE Unseen Poetry

KS4, GCSE Unseen Poetry

Various resources including complete lessons, homework tasks and worksheets, all useful in preparing your students for the GCSE, unseen poetry task.
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GCSE, Eng Lit, Modern Texts, "An Inspector Calls", dramatic irony, foreshadowing, Titanic, structure

GCSE, Eng Lit, Modern Texts, "An Inspector Calls", dramatic irony, foreshadowing, Titanic, structure

A lesson that I created for my mixed ability year ten class, ensuring that they embed the knowledge of what's meant by dramatic irony and then guiding them to look at how Priestley uses that dramatic irony for foreshadowing with a focus on the use of Birling's assertions about Titanic. There is a brief reference to 'Of Mice and Men' with the explanation of foreshadowing (asking the students why George is often seen to play Solitaire); this could be removed if your students haven't previously read Steinbeck's novel - and replaced with a reference to any novel or film that uses foreshadowing. At the end of the lesson, the students are asked to spend ten minutes writing to explain what the Titanic is used to foreshadow in the play.
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KS3, Charles Dickens, "Bleak House", reading, analysis, multi-choice quiz, h/w, cover, lang features

KS3, Charles Dickens, "Bleak House", reading, analysis, multi-choice quiz, h/w, cover, lang features

Created for my year 8 class as a homework activity to tie in with a SOW on Charles Dickens (extract based) this takes the opening of "Bleak House" and asks 15 multiple-choice questions focusing on vocabulary and the effect of language features (there's one question on the structural feature of repetition). Could be used as a pre-reading homework prior to a lesson in which Dickens' style is explored in greater depth or as a homework intended to get the pupils to read a greater range of Dickens' writing.
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KS2, KS3, Halloween, crr, comprehension, analysis, inference, fiction, "Lockwood & Co.", hw, cover

KS2, KS3, Halloween, crr, comprehension, analysis, inference, fiction, "Lockwood & Co.", hw, cover

Created for a year 7 class as part of a unit on scary fiction and gothic horror, this uses an extract from one of the Lockwood and Co mysteries by Jonathan Stroud after which there are ten questions focusing on the effect of specific language features and on close reading and inference. This would work as a guided reading activity in class, using the questions as prompts for discussion. It was originally created as a homework task but could also be set for cover.
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KS4, GCSE Eng Lit, AQA, Power & Conflict, "Poppies", lesson plan, ppt, analysis, reading, poetry

KS4, GCSE Eng Lit, AQA, Power & Conflict, "Poppies", lesson plan, ppt, analysis, reading, poetry

Created for my year 11 class for the first teaching of Jane Weir's "Poppies" this focuses on the language and structure of the poem and the intended outcome of the lesson is that the students will have useful annotations in their anthology and will also be prepared to write a practice answer in the subsequent lesson (the expectation being that they will have covered a second poem that explores the impact of conflict on an individual - "War Photographer" and "Remains" being the two that spring to mind). Listed separately is a multiple-choice quiz on the poem which could be used as homework to embed the learning or, for more able classes, as a pre-reading activity so that they come to the lesson ready to explore the poem in greater depth.
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GCSE, Eng Lit, Lang, KS3, non-fiction, interview, "War Photographer", poetry, cover, hw, pre-reading

GCSE, Eng Lit, Lang, KS3, non-fiction, interview, "War Photographer", poetry, cover, hw, pre-reading

This resource is a non-fiction text, an interview with Don McCullin, the photographer explored in Carol Ann Duffy's "War Photographer". The resource has the interview itself and then 15 multiple-choice questions which encourage close reading of the text. I made this as a homework task for my year 11 class after having studied the poem. It would also work as pre-reading for more able students so that they are well aware of the poem's context prior to study. It might also come in handy as a cover activity.
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KS3, KS4, Sensory Writing, Quiz, Nigel Slater, Winter, Food, multiple-choice, pre-reading, homework

KS3, KS4, Sensory Writing, Quiz, Nigel Slater, Winter, Food, multiple-choice, pre-reading, homework

Created for my KS4 class (who don't read enough non-fiction independently) the multiple-choice quiz at the end is intended to ensure that they've read the text! It could also be used for a cover activity or as a pre-reading homework to embed knowledge of language features. The text itself is a superb example of sensory writing so once the quiz has been completed it could be used as a model for the students to complete their own writing about a favourite season and its associated food. The text is also accessible for pupils at KS3.
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KS3, KS4, poetry, Tennyson, "The Charge of the Light Brigade" pre-reading, hw, multiple-choice quiz

KS3, KS4, poetry, Tennyson, "The Charge of the Light Brigade" pre-reading, hw, multiple-choice quiz

Created for my year 11 class as part of their revision of GCSE poetry, this was intended for a pre-reading homework to ensure that they had read the poem and were coming to the lesson with a basic knowledge of some of the language and structural features used by Tennyson in this poem. It could also be used after a lesson on the poem, to ensure that some key points are embedded - and would work as a revision activity.
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KS3, KS4, Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet", Act 1 scene 4, Queen Mab speech, quiz, pre-reading, hw

KS3, KS4, Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet", Act 1 scene 4, Queen Mab speech, quiz, pre-reading, hw

This is a multiple-choice quiz with 16 questions all focused on the content, language and structure of the Queen Mab speech in Act 1, scene 4 of "Romeo and Juliet". With more able groups, this could be used as a pre-reading homework so that the subsequent lesson could focus on any misconceptions or misunderstandings. With other groups, it could be used for homework to consolidate and embed the lesson's teaching once the speech has been studied.
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KS3 KS4 Spies, Fleming, "From Russia With Love", comprehension, crr, analysis, character, hw, cover

KS3 KS4 Spies, Fleming, "From Russia With Love", comprehension, crr, analysis, character, hw, cover

Planned for a more able year 8 class, this would also work in year nine and even for polishing skills of inference and analysis in year ten. The task uses an extract from early in "From Russia With Love" which introduces and describes a Russian villain. There are 11 questions focusing on Fleming's use of language and structural features and the effect of these on the reader. This would work as a homework, as a close/guided reading task in class or as a cover activity.
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KS4, GCSE Eng Lang, Susan Hill, "The Small Hand", AQA, Paper 1, Fiction, walkthrough, analysis, PEE

KS4, GCSE Eng Lang, Susan Hill, "The Small Hand", AQA, Paper 1, Fiction, walkthrough, analysis, PEE

Created for my year 11 class as part of a revision scheme, this lesson uses the opening of "The Small Hand" by Susan Hill (2 sides of A4) and the accompanying powerpoint takes the students through questions 1, 2 and 3. There is a focus on the requirements of each question and then some time for the students to work through and write their own answer. The lesson is anticipated to last for an hour so that the mark scheme and requirements for question 4 are introduced at the end of the lesson and then the writing of a response to question 4 is set for homework. There is a multiple-choice quiz for pre-reading which is available as a separate resource - this would be good for weaker students as it gives them an opportunity to read the text prior to the lesson and the questions are focused on Hill's use of language features and their effects.
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KS2, KS3, "Treasure Island", John Masefield Poetry

KS2, KS3, "Treasure Island", John Masefield Poetry

This bundle has lessons drawn from an abridged version of "Treasure Island", taken from the start of the novel. Alongside the lessons on prose fiction are lessons on John Masefield's "Sea Fever" and "The Ballad of John Silver" which are intended to enrich and broaden the study of excerpts from the abridged novel.
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KS2, KS3, "Treasure Island", Stevenson, Similes, Black Dog, Reading, Writing, Effect, Analysis

KS2, KS3, "Treasure Island", Stevenson, Similes, Black Dog, Reading, Writing, Effect, Analysis

Planned for my year 7 class as part of a unit of work on "Treasure Island", this lesson uses an abridged version of the text. It looks at the use of similes (one of which is in Stevenson's original text; the second of which is a paraphrase) when Black Dog arrives at the Inn in search of Billy Bones. The lesson asks the children to articulate the effect of Stevenson's similes on the reader and concludes with the children being asked to write their own similes to describe a pirate from an image (on the powerpoint it refers to an image that they'd previously used; this lesson is also available on TES but if you don't want to use that image then it's a very simple matter to pick any image of a pirate battle and use that to inspire the writing of similes).
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KS2, KS3, "Treasure Island", Stevenson, the adventure begins, foreshadowing, reading, writing

KS2, KS3, "Treasure Island", Stevenson, the adventure begins, foreshadowing, reading, writing

This lesson uses an abridged version of Squire Trelawney's letter, sent from Bristol, describing the Hispaniola and his attempts to find a crew. The lesson asks the children to find hints in the letter that all may not go well (Silver's removing two of the crew; Blandly's undertaking to send a crew to find them if they don't return...). The lesson then focuses on foreshadowing and asks the children to use foreshadowing to write their own letter, suggesting that all will not end well.
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