Descriptive Writing Planning Sheet

Descriptive Writing Planning Sheet

A descriptive writing planning sheet which encourages students to consider how they might use sensory language, adjectives and imagery in their work. Best used in the initial stages of planning, as a more developed alternative to a VCOP grid or mind-map.
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A Wife in London - Analysis

A Wife in London - Analysis

An analytical lesson on Thomas Hardy's 'A Wife in London' for 14-16 year olds. Suitable for any GCSE syllabus, this lesson offers contextual and linguistic lenses through which to read the poem. Students work in pairs to explode key quotations from the poem, then pass their work to another pair who will develop it with new contextual information on 'the London fog' and Hardy's relationship with feminism. Students will then answer an analytical question on the poem, with the support of a model answer which can be printed off, annotated or deconstructed as a group.
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 12) - Comparing Island Man and Blessing

Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 12) - Comparing Island Man and Blessing

A KS3 lesson to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. This lesson is designed for students who already have a secure understanding and analysis of Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker and Island Man by Grace Nichols. The lesson asks students to write a mini essay comparing the two poems, using the PETAL Paragraph technique. A word document copy of each of the poems is included in this download. This lesson is designed to help students develop the tasks needed for the comparative essay task in the English Literature GCSE. The lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.
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Narrative Planning Sheet (Narrative Mountain)

Narrative Planning Sheet (Narrative Mountain)

A narrative planning sheet encouraging students to plot their narratives in terms of opening, complication, climax, resolution and end. A visual aid to help students structure their creative writing. Especially useful to help Key Stage 3 students make the transition from 'beginning, middle, end' stories. Includes writing prompts to guide students.
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (12 Lessons)

Poetry & Cultural Identity (12 Lessons)

FANTASTIC VALUE: 12 LESSONS FOR THE PRICE OF 2.5 -£20 SAVING! A KS3 mini scheme of work to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. The lessons cover a wide variety of poems and cultures, including two from the AQA GCSE anthology (Island Man by Grace Nichols and Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker). Even if your students will not go on to study these poems at KS4, this scheme of work will give them a secure understanding of how to analyse poetry of that standard. This mini scheme of work is ideal for engaging students with poetry and includes analysis of pop songs (We'll Live and Die in These Towns by The Enemy) and rap, hip hop and grim lyrics. The lessons will give students a clear understanding of how to annotate, analyse and answer essay questions on poetry, as well as provoking a variety of personal and creative responses. Each lesson includes at least a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.
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An Inspector Calls Acts 1 and 2

An Inspector Calls Acts 1 and 2

A summary lesson to help students reflect on and consolidate their knowledge of Acts 1 and 2 of An Inspector Calls. Activities include a Cloze Reading task, comprehension questions, a review of a key theme (capitalism and socialism) and a creative writing task. The lesson culminates in a Peer Assessment task which encourages students to review their partner's work and offer them suggestions for improvement. This is a special Stretch & Challenge lesson which encourages students to achieve merits or VIVO points through stretching themselves continually.
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Romeo and Juliet Act 1

Romeo and Juliet Act 1

A lesson to help students consolidate and develop their understanding of Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet. This lesson requires the class to have read the entirety of Act 1, but does not require any further understanding. The lesson includes activities such as a differentiated starter with video clip, a Cloze Reading task asking students to explain the plot of Act 1 and a number of quote explosion tasks encouraging students to closely analyse language from the Act 2 prologue. I used this lesson with my low ability Year 9 class and a mixed ability group, but it would be suitable for any students being introduced to the text for the first time.
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 2) - Understanding Cultural Identity

Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 2) - Understanding Cultural Identity

A KS3 lesson to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. This lesson encourages students to consider the cultural identity of one local area (in this case, Liverpool). The lesson examines a poem about the Hillsborough Disaster. It also introduces the WJEC Assessment Objectives and the PETAL Paragraph technique of analysing poetry. A word document copy of the poem to analyse is included. The lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 1 ) - Writing Poems

Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 1 ) - Writing Poems

A KS3 lesson to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. This lesson encourages students to consider their own cultural identity and to write a poem about a place which was important to them growing up. The lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, class debate, differentiated starter, resource on the changes to the English curriculum, main task and plenary.
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 5) - Understanding Poetic Devices

Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 5) - Understanding Poetic Devices

A KS3 lesson to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. This is a thorough PowerPoint which covers every key poetic device, with straightforward definitions for students to learn. Students can then be provided with an unseen poem so that they can begin identifying poetic devices. The lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 8) - Analysing Island Man

Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 8) - Analysing Island Man

A KS3 lesson to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. This lesson introduces the poem Island Man by Grace Nichols, which is included in a number of GCSE poetry anthologies. The lesson talks the students through annotating the poem line by line, while also introducing them to the context of access to clean water in developing countries. A word document copy of the poem is included in this download. The lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 10) - Analysing Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker

Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 10) - Analysing Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker

A KS3 lesson to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. This lesson introduces the poem Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker, which is included in a number of GCSE poetry anthologies. The lesson talks the students through annotating the poem line by line, while also introducing them to the context of access to clean water in developing countries. A word document copy of the poem is included in this download. The lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 4) - Working Class Poetry/Pop Music

Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 4) - Working Class Poetry/Pop Music

A KS3 lesson to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. This lesson encourages students to consider the role social class plays in forging our cultural identities. The lyrics to The Enemy's song We'll Live and Die in These Towns are analysed, and the lesson includes a video clip of the music video, as well as a word document of the song's lyrics. The lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 6) - Poetry from Standing Rock Native American Reservation

Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 6) - Poetry from Standing Rock Native American Reservation

A KS3 lesson to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. This lesson introduces students to the protests taking place at the Standing Rock Native American Reservation. The students are given an insight into the context of the reservation and then given a poem written about the struggle, with they must analyse using the PETAL Paragraph method. This download includes a word document copy of the poem Oceti Sakowin. The lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 3) - Slang & Dialect

Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 3) - Slang & Dialect

A KS3 lesson to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. This lesson encourages students to consider the influence slang and dialect has on the way we express our cultural identity. It culminates in a task that asks students to write their own poem about their cultural identity, using slang from their local and cultural group. The lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 7) - Poetry in Motion (Grime & Rap)

Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 7) - Poetry in Motion (Grime & Rap)

A KS3 lesson to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. This lesson explores the concept of rap, hip hop and grime music as poetry. It features points of view from a number of well known rappers and MCs, and culminates in students analysing lyrics by 'Rap Shakespeare' and founder of the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company, Akala. The lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 9) - Island Man Mini Essay

Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 9) - Island Man Mini Essay

A KS3 lesson to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. This lesson is designed for students who already have a secure understanding and analysis of Island Man by Grace Nichols. The lesson asks students to write a mini essay analysing the poem, using the PETAL Paragraph technique. A word document copy of the poem is included in this download. The lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 11) - Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker Mini Essay

Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 11) - Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker Mini Essay

A KS3 lesson to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. This lesson is designed for students who already have a secure understanding and analysis of Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker. The lesson asks students to write a mini essay analysing the poem, using the PETAL Paragraph technique. A word document copy of the poem is included in this download. The lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.
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Introducing Lord of the Flies

Introducing Lord of the Flies

An introductory lesson to Lord of the Flies to begin familiarising a KS3 or KS4 group with the novel's author, themes and characters. Includes a 'do now', differentiated starter, first task, main task, peer assessment opportunity and exit ticket.
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A Wife in London

A Wife in London

An introductory lesson on Thomas Hardy's 'A Wife in London' for 14-16 year olds. Suitable for any GCSE syllabus, this lesson introduces the themes and mood of the poem, as well as some key linguistic features. The starter covers the concept of pathetic fallacy, and specifically the use of fog in the poem. The main tasks are a stanza-by-stanza annotation, as well as four analytical questions to provoke deeper thought. There is also a slide on the historical context of the Boer War.
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