Four detailed mats targeting the skills of accuracy, vocabulary choice, sentence structures and literature analysis. Handy for both KS3 and KS4 and suitable for targeting English work or whole-school dissemination.
An essay structure for the question: How does Steinbeck present loneliness in the novel?
Make reference to context in your answer. The essay is broken down into characters, alongside a linkable theme, by paragraph. Each has a series of ALN support questions.
A mat to support students in analysing poetry, using the FLIRT mnemonic. It reminds students of the aspects of a poem e.g. Form, Structure, Language, as well as provides questions to support their reading of the text…
Resources inspired by whole class feedback sheets. It can be used in lieu of book marking or as your own personal log of the assessment and recent teaching impact.
Even Better If
Teacher Follow Up
Next Year / Grand Scheme
Common SPaG Errors
Missing / Incomplete Work
This feedback slip is created alongside the AQA AOs, presenting the features students’ need to have in their work in order to hit the success criteria. This can be placed on or after pupil work to provide them with actions in order to improve (or to complete as a DIRT task).
The simple layout means it can also be used for peer and self assessment and has a Literacy element too.
Suggestion: using pink (WWW) and green (EBI) highlighters, underline a feature for each AO. Upon returning work to the pupil, ask them to write out their WWW/EBIs and select one as a DIT in order to rewrite a paragraph.
This is a double-sided colourful fiction writing mat that supports pupils as they write fiction - descriptive or narrative. It suits all students and is particularly useful as a handout for those with greater literacy needs and additional learning needs (ALN) .
synonyms to describe settings, characters, feelings
vocabulary to replace ‘said’
adverbial phrases to start sentences
conjunctions to connect sentences
Cribsheets for ‘Of Mice and Men’ key characters to support borderline sets and ALN pupils. The selections of key quotes for each character is particularly useful for home revision and essay writing, while each sheet also contains a brief bio and a list of linkable topics/themes.
An essay structure for the question: 'Discuss the relationship between George and Lennie in ‘Of Mice and Men’. The essay is broken down into features of their friendship by paragraph, with a series of ALN support questions.
As further support, there is a success criteria and ‘technical terminology’ and ‘characterisation’ word banks.
Cribsheets for ‘Of Mice and Men’ key themes to support borderline sets and ALN pupils. The selections of key quotes for themes is particularly useful for home revision and essay writing, while each sheet also contains related comprehension questions and a list of linkable topics.
Word banks of 'An Inspector Calls' key words to support borderline sets and ALN pupils. The selections of words for character and atmosphere is particularly useful for extract questions. Context can be for revision.
+ Mood and Atmosphere
A placemat that allows pupils to select their own plenary that extends and summarises their learning. This mat allows an element of choice and suits the needs of various learning styles. It would work for multiple subjects.
Suggestion: laminate and have as a mat that can be handed out to each pupil with just a moment’s notice as a simple end to your lesson.
The game Taboo with a literary twist! This looks at a number of famous children books and YA authors, as well as films (and includes words they cannot use in the description). A fun challenge for all at KS3, and some KS4.
It can also be played as a version of ‘You Say, We Pay’.
A collection of useful activities to supprt pupils’ reading, either as follow-up homework or as worksheets in a library lesson. There is also a reading bookmark for students to use (and can track their reading level growth).
A differentiated scheme of learning that looks at the portrayal of women in the media, as well as well-known women in the spotlight. An up-to-date scheme that includes discussions on #TimesUp, Everyday Sexism, International Women’s Day, Islamophobia, and the portrayal of women of colour. This is aimed at Year 9 English (KS3) with an introduction into Media terminology.
PPT Unit of Work
Resource Booklet (guidelines, articles, homework)
Assessment and Marking Criteria
‘The Author… Thesaurus’ helps pupils to vary their vocabulary when analysing a text, particularly poetry. This can be displayed in the classroom or given to individual students to support essay writing.
The areas of focus are:
The Poet / Author
Draws Out From The Reader
Draws Our Attention To