'The Help' by Stockett at A Level

'The Help' by Stockett at A Level

A range of resources for teaching 'The Help' at A Level, designed with the AQA English Literature Specification in mind. Some comparison with 'A Streetcar Named Desire', which could be easily adapted for whatever play you are using for comparison in the exam. Hours of lessons here and a combination of PowerPoint led discussion, independent tasks and group activities. Possible exam questions and a thematic approach included too.
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Writing a Biography

Writing a Biography

This presentation should provide you with at least a couple of lessons-worth of material. In light of the new GCSE specifications, this resource is ideal for a KS3 introduction to non-fiction. It includes a link to an actual read online biography and uses this to guide students to research, plan and write their own biographies.
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Macbeth Act 5 Scene 8

Macbeth Act 5 Scene 8

An in depth exploration of the play's penultimate scene, which explores the downfall of Macbeth and his character as a tragic hero. Includes pair work, group work and individual writing tasks, as well as key terminology.
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Comparing 'Rebecca' with the AQA Poetry Anthology

Comparing 'Rebecca' with the AQA Poetry Anthology

A worksheet style resource, which includes a table with detailed comparative analysis of Du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’ with Blake’s ‘The Garden of Love’ and Keats’s ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’. The table is followed up with a task which prompts students to do the same thing with the remaining poems. (I’ve not included the two Hardy poems as I don’t think they’re great together, but you could differentiate by getting weaker students to just compare with one Hardy poem at a time in a similar fashion. Or, could be a homework/follow up task). The main detail is on Blake, Keats and the novel. References to AOs are specifically tailored to AQA A-level ENGLISH LITERATURE A (7712/1) Paper 1: Love through the Ages
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

My resources on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ - all key stage 3. Includes: Who loves Who? (for use alongside the entire play) 1.2 2.1 2.2 3.2
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Macbeth

Macbeth

A selection of resources for Macbeth. Includes: Pre-reading task 1.3 2.2 3.2 3.4 4.1 4.3 5.8 Key Quote activity Quiz
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The Color Purple

The Color Purple

A mini-bundle for ‘The Color Purple’. Includes: Characterisation Context Key Letters Novel vs Film
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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

A mini-bundle including: Key Quote revision activity Luhrman’s adaptation and the play Worksheets exploring levels of formality within the play
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GCSE English Language Paper 1 AQA Practice Paper

GCSE English Language Paper 1 AQA Practice Paper

GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE (8700) Paper 1 Explorations in creative reading and writing A full practice paper based on ‘The Bear and the Nightingale’. I’ve not included pages and pages of lines for students to write on, as thought lined paper was more user friendly. Includes an extract from the novel, 4 ‘Reading’ questions and a choice of two ‘Writing’ questions. Does not include mark scheme or indicative content, but the generic AQA mark scheme can be used in conjunction with this resource.
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Macbeth: Act 3 Scene 2

Macbeth: Act 3 Scene 2

A short PowerPoint, guiding students through Act 3 Scene 2 of the play. It’s focused on analysis and is question based to encourage independent thought. Only 7 slides long, so not a long one, but might save you a job! Final slide is a writing task based on the scene.
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Macbeth Pre-reading Lesson

Macbeth Pre-reading Lesson

A great pre-reading activity based on Macbeth. Students simulate being in a police investigation and try to uncover the identity of a missing woman based on the things she has said and done. (It’s Lady Macbeth). Students work in groups, in role, which makes for an excellent speaking and listening activity, as well as a great introduction to the play. (It works best when you’ve not done anything with them on the play).
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Thematic Comparisons: A Streetcar Named Desire and The Color Purple

Thematic Comparisons: A Streetcar Named Desire and The Color Purple

Designed specifically for AQA A Level English Literature, Modern times: Literature from 1945 to the present day, this resource offers four short extracts from unseen modern texts followed by tasks based on critical views of Walker’s The Color Purple and Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire . Four practice questions included. Could be used as a discussion PowerPoint or as a group activity, using the slides as worksheets. I’m using it with my Year 13s as a revision activity, leading up to them writing responses to the questions included.
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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Act 3 Scene 2

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Act 3 Scene 2

A PowerPoint taking students through this important scene. It includes a number of activities including drama tasks, language analysis tasks, creative writing, a chat show and a storyboarding activity. Should keep them busy for a while! I use this with mixed ability year 8 classes, but it might work for lower ability ks4 ( though you might miss some of the tasks out/adapt them).
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Exploring the Context of  'Rebecca'

Exploring the Context of 'Rebecca'

A PowerPoint presentation designed for the new AQA English Literature at A Level. Information about the novel’s background is provided, links to wider reading and a group/independent task is included too, to provide a varied couple of lessons. It will take me 3 x 1 hour lessons with mixed ability year 12, including an hour for them to work together to make their own links (with guided questions). There are some references to comparison with the poetry, these could easily be replaced with whatever text you are comparing with. If you like this, see my other resources on ‘Rebecca’ too!
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Macbeth: Act One Scene Three

Macbeth: Act One Scene Three

A PowerPoint presentation, which takes students through Act One Scene Three of Macbeth. Includes a variety of tasks with focus on: reading for meaning, language, context and empathy. About an hour - 2 hours worth of work, depending on whether some tasks are set as homework or whether they are all completed in class time.
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Isolation: The Color Purple and A Streetcar Named Desire

Isolation: The Color Purple and A Streetcar Named Desire

A PowerPoint introducing the comparison question for AQA A Level English Literature (Modern times: Literature from 1945 to the present day). The question focus is Isolation and the resource prompts discussion and independent thought. I have included in the notes section suggestions for directing the discussions. Includes group activity task and should prepare students nicely for answering the sample examination question.
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The Scrutiny - Richard Lovelace

The Scrutiny - Richard Lovelace

A PowerPoint presentation designed to take students through analysing the poem independently/in pairs. Questions are focused on the AOs for AQA’s A Level English Literature paper 7711 7712. I’ve included a couple of comparison questions for ‘Rebecca’, but not many and these could easily be adapted for the text you are using as the comparison piece. The focus is on the poem itself, rather than on the novel.
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A Midsummer Night's Dream - Who loves who?

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Who loves who?

To use just as a PowerPoint, or to print as worksheets to use alongside the PowerPoint, this resource visually presents the changing nature of the relationships during the course of the play. I use as an ongoing resource alongside the teaching of the play. A good plenary for the end of each act. Suitable for Key Stage 3
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Comparing Prose and Poetry AQA A Level English Literature

Comparing Prose and Poetry AQA A Level English Literature

A selection of 8 possible examination questions with a carousel activity focused on students planning responses with the Assessment Objectives in mind. The title page refers to 'Rebecca' and the 'Pre-19th Century Poetry', but these questions would work with any of the Love Through the Ages texts and would be easily tweaked.
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Male dominance in 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'The Color Purple'

Male dominance in 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'The Color Purple'

A detailed presentation taking students through comparison of key areas in both texts, which prepares them to answer a sample question on male dominance. (AQA ENGLISH LITERATURE A (7712/2B) Paper 2B: Texts in Shared Contexts: Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to the Present Day) Includes detailed teacher notes to supplement the information on the slides. Also includes discussion tasks to prevent it being too 'chalk and talk'. You may also like my AQA Drama and Prose Contextual Linking resource, which provides an unseen extract from Carter's 'The Magic Toyshop' and focuses on male dominance. (The sister question to this one on the exam paper).
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Macbeth Quiz

Macbeth Quiz

Four rounds, each including 10 questions on Macbeth. Assumes knowledge of the play. Rounds include: Plot Who said that line? Complete the line Context There's also a PowerPoint included with the answers and a summary task. I'm using as a carousel in small groups, but could just as easily be used as an individual quiz/test.
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The Color Purple: Key Letters

The Color Purple: Key Letters

A carousel activity aimed to take a lesson of 1 hour. Using key letters, students answer a range of questions to annotate some of the key moments from the novel. The questions are focused on the Assessment Objectives for AQA A Level English Literature: Paper 2B: Texts in Shared Contexts: Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to the Present Day (Drama and Prose Contextual Linking) Some comparisons are made with 'A Streetcar Name Desire', but these could be easily edited to the play of your choice. (The letters aren't included, I photocopied the extracts from the novel onto A3 for my classes). You could repeat the activity with different letters.
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