I wrote this in real time - I hope it is useful to use with your students in preparing for next year’s exam. It is from the May 2019 series - the paper is available on e-AQA for download. Thanks
A fully comprehensive guide to feminist theory. My students are using this as supported distance learning whilst our 6th Form is closed so I thought others may benefit from this too. This is a good bridging module from Y1 to Y2 also. It is based on, and develops, ideas from the critical anthology from AQA. It also includes the mark scheme and a student example verified at full marks by the exam board. It also has a reading list of both poetry and prose titles and a mark scheme for the NEA task. I hope you find it useful - you may wish to amend some sections where I discuss prior learning from Y1 as this refers to specific texts e.g. Othello
Outstanding Lesson on Characterisation of Macbeth Act 1 Scene 2 - Jacobean Hero for Edexcel/AQA Spec
Has been used with a mixed Y10/Y11 group during formal observation. Three fully comprehensive levels of differentiation implementing the AOs from the new spec. Fully self-explanatory learning journey for use during or after the reading of the scene. Also extremely useful for revision (extract to whole). Covers ideas about context as well as themes.
Full Walkthrough Guide and Mock Resources Paper 1 Edexcel GCSE English Language New Based on "Wuthering Heights" this is a fully-resourced revision pack with insert, question booklet and accompanying powerpoint to help you go through their exam - either after they have sat it or as a live "walking-talking" mock. I use a visualiser to model answers for students but you can tailor/differentiate however you want to meet the needs of your group. This also comes with a Learning Journey map which you can adapt to any Paper One exam you use. I print mine off in A3 for the students to use as a tablemat. N.B. I have used Sassoon Infant font for my resources and PPT which may not translate to your device. You can download it for free online. Disclaimer - I do not own the rights to the images or original text used. I designed all the resources and teaching ideas to accompany the exam-style paper. "Wuthering Heights" is copyright free due to age.
I made this as a lecture but it also has step by step activities for any comparison of non-fiction.
A new monologue written by a current expert examiner, from Anne’s perspective in Richard III. Suitable for current entries. A full mark model of a recreative piece and commentary which fulfils all criteria of the AQA Spec B. It also has a supporting commentary which can be used as a model for any coursework of this type. If one of your students wishes to write a Shakespeare monologue it can be tricky to support them. This is an excellent example of how to execute this. Many teachers avoid the recreative task through lack of confidence but it is actually a brilliant way to gain marks whilst still having fun. The students can select anything they are interested in as long as it is suitable for A-Level study and not on the examination text lists. A great idea is to find out what Shakespeare texts the student has covered and get them to write a missing scene or speech like this. The commentary flows naturally as they merely narrate the choices they made and link them to aspects of the base text. Enjoy! (Please credit my work if used as this is an original piece)
Two non-fiction resources and a full step by step guide on each question and precise guidance on times and approaches. Features “Angela’s Ashes” extract by Frank McCourt compared with a linked modern article on the impact of poverty. A handy template learning journey that you can adapt for any two texts. I photocopy the learning journey in colour on A3 with the two A4 sources side by side on the reverse. It normally takes 3/4 lessons the first time round and then you can get faster and faster. Could also very easily be adapted for AQA or other exam boards. Has been used really successfully with a range of students. I also have a number of other learning journeys such as this for NF which will be coming soon!
Contains a wealth of resources, exam papers and lessons. Covers a full six/seven week introduction to Non-fiction and is aimed at the GCSE Reading AO's. Has been used to great success in my own classes.
Useful for students studying Atonement, Brighton Rock and Browning, Wilde and Crabbe. Has a further list of potential two-text questions which would be great to set as independent essays. I also include two excellent example answers: one which shows how to write on an unseen crime extract (The Mousetrap) and one which is a two-text question based on the crime poems and Atonement. It is worth noting that a play-script is likely to appear soon for the crime unseen component as it has been generally prose so far - this means it is useful for students to be aware of how to write about drama as an extract. Thanks
HUGE powerpoint guiding students through every aspect of the new exam with example questions and answers. Perfect for your final revision classes. This is aimed at Edexcel but extremely easy to adapt for AQA or others. The texts are linked by a theme: survival at sea. I have used with mixed ability groups and it was really successful. I recommend printing the learning journeys for the exams off as well as certain scaffolded slides as worksheets. I also wrote out a timed answer to the 15 mark question on the visualiser which I have scanned in. If you find this useful I'm happy to make more for Paper 2 for no extra charge. Paper 1: The Swiss Family Robinson Paper 2: Survivor's account of the Titanic disaster and RNLI article NB. These extracts have been abridged to suit the exam. I do not own any copyright.
Builds challenging and highly-differentiated GCSE skills into learning about the event. I have used with HA Y7, Mixed Y9 both with excellent results. Brilliant for Paper 2 Edexcel or AQA adaption. I did this during a formal observation and it worked really well (Outstanding). Use the Word worksheet to introduce or as a first lesson, then follow with the pair/team sheets (print on A3). Uses competitive learning strategies to engage boys. Would make a good stand-alone lesson with war poetry or a war-based novel such as War Horse. Development: Introduce/compare with the Sainsbury's ad (youtube), The Farm 'All Together Now' (song and lyrics) or Paul McCartney "Pipes of Peace" video/song.
A lovely lesson to teach which is student-led and introduces the key concept of representation. It is also useful to develop critical writing skills. I really enjoyed using this with both Y7 and Y8 (I actually adapted it from some lessons I created for my BTEC Level 3 Media group so you could very easily do the same). Ties in well with any literature work on gender/protagonists/International Women's Day/Teaching Comparison. Widely differentiated with opportunities for group learning. I made it to use in an Ofsted observation and it worked really well (although no-one came in!). The eventual outcome was to choose two characters and write an evaluative comparison of them. For most of the students this was their first ever attempt at extended critical writing so by using a 'safe' familiar topic they were able to learn the skills of Lang AO1/2/3 and 4 without even noticing! I would like to add in a further/intro slide about Leia now she is being championed as an official Disney Princess - although it works on textual analysis of song lyrics so maybe you could use this as your stimulus - e.g. what is a stereotypical Disney Princess? or similar. You could also consider looking at remakes such as Maleficent/Beauty and the Beast and how these fit into the debate. Also, the boys in this lesson really liked it - which surprised me! I showed each of the songs on Youtube before letting them work in ability groups on the investigation sheets. (Uses old NC levels - easily adaptable to what your school is using.) Disclaimer: all images owned by Disney. Used only for educational purposes.
Based on 'Alive' and 'Touching the Void'. Used with my mixed ability Y11s. Comes with a full 1 hour powerpoint and a printable/adaptable learning journey.
I made this to use with a KS4 group during a taster lesson. There was naturally a lot of explanation and discussion but there are a few easy little tasks they can also do. Hope it's useful for someone. I printed the slides with pictures on them off as big handouts for note-making purposes.
I used a guillotine to split up the SPEED chain in order to encourage students to think about crafting better paragraphs. They then used treasury tags to connect them. I based my answer on the 2019 Othello extract for Spec B - tragedy although it could be used to model any extract-based answer. I then gave out the essay split into paragraphs. You may wish to alter for the ability of your students as this is highest Band 5 level. Once they had decided on the order of the essay they stuck it onto A3 and colour coded each AO. I hope you find this lesson useful.
A blank (unnanoted) example answer to the question ** “Desdemona suffers a tragic end because she is a woman.” To what extent do you agree with this view? (25) ** I have also included a mark scheme at the bottom, which you can use with students. Would be useful for AQA Spec A and B. You could cut up and encourage students to order or highlight for the AO’s (shown at the bottom). Written at an accessible level by expert examiner.
A nice simple worksheet that I made to use with a low-ability Y7 group. They really enjoyed the discussion generated after we read a short section of the story and watched the trailer for the new film.
Full Paper 1: Section B English Language Edexel Dracula (adaptable for AQA) with exemplar - full mark exemplar scanned in for Q3 and Q4 Walkthrough learning journey of each section of the exam.
Fiction reading resources and example answer on Paper 1: Reading. Based around DH Lawrence's The Rainbow. This is for our Year 9's to be introduced to the section (Edexcel) but very easily adapted for AQA as it is not strictly 19th Century. Any questions please ask.
A lecture that I made to introduce students to DH Lawrence in a whole year-group lecture (Y9). I used Jake Bugg's 'Troubled Town' to start the lecture and showed photos from our local area then/now. Will obviously need adapting if you are not from this area (so I've made it free) but hopefully it will give you some inspiration for a similar unit! NB I do not own copyright for images used. Educational purposes only.