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A range of resources for teaching English Language and Literature to Key Stages 3 and 4. Whole lessons, resources and worksheets cover a full range of ages and abilities, including High Attaining & Talented, nurture groups, reluctant readers and English as an Additional Language students.

A range of resources for teaching English Language and Literature to Key Stages 3 and 4. Whole lessons, resources and worksheets cover a full range of ages and abilities, including High Attaining & Talented, nurture groups, reluctant readers and English as an Additional Language students.
An Inspector Calls (6 Lessons)

An Inspector Calls (6 Lessons)

Six lessons introducing students to the plot, characters, themes and text of ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J. B. Priestley. This was taught to Year 7 as part of a wider scheme of work on ‘Twentieth Century Theatre’ but would be suitable for introducing the play to any Key Stage 3 group. The plot is introduced to students as an interactive murder mystery task, engaging them with the complexities of the narrative. Each lesson focuses on one or two members of the Birling family, encouraging students to consider to what exten each member is to blame. The lessons are diverse and link the text to wider ideas such as social class and gender. Tasks include empathetic writing, quotation explosions, PEE/PETAL paragraphs and creating design briefs for a theatre production. Many tasks are differentiated, use Bloom’s Taxonomy command words and include extension tasks to encourage Stretch & Challenge. All lessons are printing-free and require no resources or worksheets. These lessons could be used alongside reading the full script, or independently to give students the basic gist of the plot and characters.
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My Fair Lady (4 Lessons)

My Fair Lady (4 Lessons)

Four lessons introducing students to the plot, characters, themes and text of ‘My Fair Lady’ by Lerner and Loewe. This was taught to Year 7 as part of a wider scheme of work on ‘Twentieth Century Theatre’ but would be suitable for introducing the play to any Key Stage 3 group. The lessons are diverse and link the text to wider ideas such as social class and gender. Tasks include empathetic writing, quotation explosions, PEE/PETAL paragraphs and creating design briefs for a theatre production. Many tasks are differentiated, use Bloom’s Taxonomy command words and include extension tasks to encourage Stretch & Challenge. All lessons are printing-free and require no resources or worksheets.
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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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Writing from the Heart

Writing from the Heart

A lesson which focusing on honing and utilising persuasive, rhetorical and emotive writing skills. Taking inspiration from Stormzy’s ‘Grenfell Tower’ speech/rap at the BRITS 2018, the lesson analyses his use of language through a video clip, annotated extract, differentiated starter and independent writing task. This is a simple and engaging way to get students interested in persuasive writing, and to encourage them to understand the power of linguistic and structural features. The lesson also asks students to pick an issue they are personally passionate about and write a speech on it. This gives Key Stage 3 students the perfect opportunity to practice skills which will be necessary in their Speaking and Listening examination in Key Stage 4.
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Scrooge (Stave 1 - Stave 5)

Scrooge (Stave 1 - Stave 5)

A worksheet to help students track the changes in Scrooge from Stave 1 to Stave 5 of A Christmas Carol. Students can plot the key events along a timeline and are asked to come up with five adjectives to describe Scrooge at the beginning of the novella and five to describe him at the end. This is an ideal resource for introducing students to the essay question on 'A Christmas Carol' for GCSE English Literature, in which they may be asked to track and explain the changes in a character throughout the novella. Suitable as an introductory resource for Key Stage 3 or Key Stage 4, or as a revision worksheet to help students consolidate their understanding at the end of a Scheme of Work.
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A Christmas Carol Quiz

A Christmas Carol Quiz

A fun, interactive quiz to test students' knowledge of the plot, characters and key quotations of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Would be suitable for any group which has studied the text - from an introduction with Key Stage 3 to a relaxed revision resource for Year 11. The quiz includes over 40 questions across 4 rounds: Who Am I? Who Said It? Quotation Completion and Say What You See. The cover image shows an example question from the Say What You See round: 'Chain-Eye-Forged-In-Life'. The fun mix of question types and learning styles will help students better familiarise themselves with the text.
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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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 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 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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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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