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My resources focus on vocabulary acquisition and quality pair- and class-discussion

My resources focus on vocabulary acquisition and quality pair- and class-discussion
AIC - Morality Play (video analysis)
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AIC - Morality Play (video analysis)

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Year Group: Year 9-11 Ability level: Grade 7-9 Video length: 13 mins In what ways is An Inspector Calls a morality play? The narration defines ‘morality play’ and introduces the key concepts. The main section of the video analyses four main points in An Inspector Calls, building a detailed essay plan. Finally, the video offers four tasks for further revision. We use this video for home learning, revision, pre-reading and cover work.
Creative Writing - High Level Planning
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Creative Writing - High Level Planning

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GCSE Creative Writing. This sheet outlines, and offers examples of, how to plan narrative and descriptive responses. This is aimed at the higher ability students looking to use structural and linguistic features for effect. You will be able to buy the full scheme soon but this worksheet offers you the cheaper ‘backdoor’ route to more successful creative writing responses. Our students outperform the national average on the creative writing section by 10% (we’re not a private school or a grammar school!).
The Spirits Analysis Worksheet
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The Spirits Analysis Worksheet

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A worksheet (plus a completed model!) that focuses on the four spirits in A Christmas Carol: Marley, Past, Present and Yet to Come. There are a series of questions that, combined, provoke detailed analysis of each spirit: the symbolism in the design; lessons they teach; how they ‘leave’ the novel; and more. Low ability: I suggest using this as a plenary/starter after reading each chapter. Mid-ability: This can take a full lesson with discussion. High ability: It can take an hour with discussion and vocabulary work; use it as a detailed essay plan for them to write up in full.
Love & Relationships Starter Activities
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Love & Relationships Starter Activities

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This PowerPoint contains one vocabulary starter activity per poem in the AQA Love and Relationships poetry cluster. For each poem, there are four ‘higher level’ words, defined and dual-coded. Of course, these can be adapted if you want. I use them as a register challenge, where students play with the words and try to get them in a sentence about the poem. We then return to the words at the end of the lessons where pupils can earn rewards by using the words accurately.
'Little Things' Discussion and Analysis
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'Little Things' Discussion and Analysis

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‘Little Things’ by Raymond Carver. The story of two arguing parents, demanding that they have the right to take the baby. It can be read in 10 minutes, even with lower ability groups. The lesson asks the students to discuss the idea of blame, with a link to AQA Language Paper 1 Question 4 (Evaluative analysis). In addition, there is a creative writing extension task/homework that asks the students to rewrite the story with a focus on verb choice.
GCSE Speech Topics
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GCSE Speech Topics

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37% off individual prices! x4 lessons. I created this lesson as part of a mini-scheme that pushes students to create better-informed opinions on typical topics for their GCSE Spoken Language speeches. I basically got sick of hearing “mental health is bad”, “body image causes depression”, “social media is bad for mental health” and “abortion should be allowed”. The lessons can be used as stand alone lessons or as prompts for POV writing. They encourage class discussion and offer interesting information and perspectives on topics that seem straight forward to students. There is a multimedia approach in this
AQA Literature P1 Ongoing Revision Booklet
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AQA Literature P1 Ongoing Revision Booklet

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Designed for GCSE students studying the Literature Paper 2 exam. The booklet is not exam board specific. Instead, it focuses on the underlying skills of essay planning and writing. Roughly a term of homework/revision tasks. There are questions for each of the sections and space to plan their responses (in prearranged, helpful layouts). In addition, there are teacher-written example responses - some are complete and some are incomplete, ready for the student to continue the answer. There are extension tasks below these responses, posing similar questions that allow the student to mimic the teacher response. I have used these as ongoing homeworks: each week, the student must hand in an essay plan and a half-written response. I do not deep mark these unless we are closing in on a mock exam but I check for quality and offer one target.
"Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" Scheme
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"Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" Scheme

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Specification: None Ability level: Yr7, lower ability Yr8/9 (can be adapted for higher levels) Length: 18 lessons This scheme does not build up to an assessment; it is a ‘read for pleasure’ scheme. Instead of written assessment tasks, the scheme focuses on structured pair discussion and encourages the use of Tier 2 Vocabulary in explaining ideas. It is designed based on the ‘Talk for Learning’ research from the Education Endowment Foundation. For higher levels, you can adapt the PowerPoint to include different vocabulary and encourage more detailed explanations through questioning during discussion tasks. We use this as our Summer Term 2 scheme.
Analysis of Settings in 'A Christmas Carol'
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Analysis of Settings in 'A Christmas Carol'

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Specification: AQA GCSE Literature Paper 1 Suitable Level: Grade 3-9 The video is a narrated PowerPoint that discusses, chronologically, the different settings that Dickens uses throughout the novel (recap of narrative). Then students can listen to and watch a close analysis of four main settings, which builds into a detailed essay plan (essay writing skills). We are using this video for home learning, pre-reading, cover lessons and in our own lessons when appropriate.
GCSE Speeches - Abortion
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GCSE Speeches - Abortion

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One lesson with resources. I created this lesson as part of a mini-scheme (see my bundles to get all 4 at a discounted rate!) that pushes students to create more informed opinions on typical topics for their GCSE Spoken Language speeches. However, this can be used as a stand alone lesson or as a POV writing The lessons encourage class discussion and offer interesting information and perspectives on topics that seem straight forward to students: When should abortion be legal? When is abortion ethical? When should abortion be free to women? Should men have a say in abortion ?
Analysis of "Porphyria's Lover"
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Analysis of "Porphyria's Lover"

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Specification: GCSE AQA Literature Paper 2 Ability level: Grade 6-9 Length: 40mins Models a reading of the poem for students to follow Breaks the poem into five key moments. Analyses five key quotations. Explores multiple interpretations of the final lines. Analyses the intricacies of the structure. Discusses contextual factors such as dramatic monologue, the Gothic, Romanticism etc. We have been using these videos for pre-reading, home learning, revision, cover work and sometimes as in-class lessons.
GCSE Speeches - Body Image Lesson
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GCSE Speeches - Body Image Lesson

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One lesson with resources. I created this lesson as part of a mini-scheme (see my bundles to get all 4 at a discounted rate!) that pushes students to create more informed opinions on typical topics for their GCSE Spoken Language speeches. However, this can be used as a stand alone lesson or as a POV writing The lessons encourage class discussion and offer interesting information and perspectives on topics that seem straight forward to students: What is society’s idea of the perfect body? How much does the ‘perfect body’ cost for women? How has the ‘perfect body’ changed over the decades? Are pro-body messages healthy or just as damaging as perfect-body messages?
GCSE Speeches - Mental Health
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GCSE Speeches - Mental Health

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One lesson with resources. I created this lesson as part of a mini-scheme (see my bundles to get all at a discounted rate!) that pushes students to create more informed opinions on typical topics for their GCSE Spoken Language speeches. However, this can be used as a stand alone lesson or as a POV writing The lessons encourage class discussion and offer interesting information and perspectives on topics that seem straight forward to students: What is ‘mental health’? What can affect mental health? What is an alternative view on teenage mental health and how to deal with it? A variety of perspectives on different illnes
Socialism vs Capitalism in "AiC"
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Socialism vs Capitalism in "AiC"

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Specification: GCSE AQA Literature Paper 2 Suitable levels: Grade 5-9 This audio presentation discusses what the key terms mean, how Priestley presents them in An Inspector Calls and relays important contextual factors that may have influenced the writer. The audio and presentation analyses three key quotations in depth and summarises the key points as an ‘essay plan’ at the end of the PowerPoint. We are currently using this type of video for home learning, cover lessons and sometimes in our own lessons.
Crafting Pace in Creative Writing
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Crafting Pace in Creative Writing

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Specification: GCSE AQA Language Paper 1 (however, these are transferable skills) Ability level: Grade 7-9 Length: 23mins The video live models features of the highest levels of the creative writing mark scheme: crafting structure. Initially, the video walks students through high level planning. It then narrows the focus onto one paragraph of that plan and how to control the pace of writing. It live-models a ‘fast pace’ example and a ‘slow pace’ example. It includes two tasks for students to attempt. At this ability, students should be able to use the examples to self-assess or annotate their own work. We have been using this video for in-class learning, home-learning and cover work.
GCSE Speeches - Social Media
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GCSE Speeches - Social Media

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One lesson with resources. I created this lesson as part of a mini-scheme (see my bundles to get all at a discounted rate!) that pushes students to create more informed opinions on typical topics for their GCSE Spoken Language speeches. However, this can be used as a stand alone lesson or as a POV writing. The lessons encourage class discussion and offer interesting information and perspectives on topics that seem straight forward to students: How is social media designed to keep us addicted? What is the purpose of social media? What are the effects of social media? How can social media be improved?
Culture Capital - Eminem's View of Gun Laws
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Culture Capital - Eminem's View of Gun Laws

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Advisory: swear words in the music video; references to an arena mass shooting. One lesson with resources. The objective of this lesson is to introduce students to the debate around gun control as well as Eminem’s clever use of language. The lesson pauses numerous times for discussion before adding more contextual information to provoke critical thinking on the topic of gun control. There is a language analysis task looking at the use of double entendre and descriptive detail.