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English resources for KS3, 4 & 5
SURVIVOR MINI UNIT,  KS3 ENGLISH , CASTAWAY, LIFE OF PI, ROBINSON CRUSOE, LORD OF THE FLIES, 4-6 HRS
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SURVIVOR MINI UNIT, KS3 ENGLISH , CASTAWAY, LIFE OF PI, ROBINSON CRUSOE, LORD OF THE FLIES, 4-6 HRS

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A short unit covering Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Could be used as a whole class unit of work, or small literacy group. Mixed ability but could be differentiated up or down. Extracts (all provided) from Robinson Crusoe, Life of Pi, Lord of the Flies. Real life survivor account analysed for descriptive writing techniques. Students invent their own survivor scenario and write diary entries and descriptions based on the example extracts and trailers shown in lessons. Opportunity to create class island map and use as stimulus for writing. Some lessons may take slightly longer than an hour so I estimate this unit is between 4 and 6 hours of lessons, depending on the pace.
ANIMAL CHARITY ADVERTISING  CAMPAIGN - KS3 END OF TERM / YEAR ACTIVITIES PROJECT
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ANIMAL CHARITY ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN - KS3 END OF TERM / YEAR ACTIVITIES PROJECT

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A group work based project which could be useful for the end of term. This is a series of activities requiring students to research an animal charity of their choice and create an advertising campaign to promote awareness and funds for it. There are four main tasks: create a poster, a radio advert, a leaflet and a presentation. Supporting resources are included. Should last a couple of weeks or so.
ROALD DAHL DESCRIPTIVE AND NARRATIVE WRITING BFG KS3 & KS4
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ROALD DAHL DESCRIPTIVE AND NARRATIVE WRITING BFG KS3 & KS4

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USING THE BFG BY ROALD DAHL AS INSPIRATION, STUDENTS WILL CONSIDER WHAT MAKES AN INTERESTING CHARACTER FOR A READER. THEY WILL ANALYSE DAHL'S DESCRIPTION OF FLESHLUMPEATER, WITH STEP BY STEP ANALYSIS, HELP AND SUPPORT & STRETCH AND CHALLENGE. NARRATIVE WRITING THEN FOLLOWS WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE THEIR OWN GIANT AND PEER ASSESS USING GIVEN CRITERIA. A CREATIVE AND SKILLS BASED LESSON SUITABLE FOR BOTH KS3 & 4.
KS3 VICTORIAN SCHOOLING (CONTEXT) - JANE EYRE, NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, BRONTE, DICKENS, ENGLISH
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KS3 VICTORIAN SCHOOLING (CONTEXT) - JANE EYRE, NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, BRONTE, DICKENS, ENGLISH

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This is intended for KS3 English lessons looking at Victorian context in preparation for English Literature at GCSE. This resource is a minimum of 2 lessons. Includes extracts from Lowood school (Jane Eyre) followed by a kahoot quiz, an extract from Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby with a cloze exercise to describe the dilapidated school room, followed by an inference exercise on the boys of Dotheboys Hall. Drama task to finish capturing Mr Brocklehurts’s reaction to a curly haired, red-headed pupil at his school.
KS3 ENRICHMENT END OF TERM DESIGN YOUR OWN THEME PARK PERSUASIVE WRITING SKILLS PART 1
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KS3 ENRICHMENT END OF TERM DESIGN YOUR OWN THEME PARK PERSUASIVE WRITING SKILLS PART 1

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This is the first four lessons aimed at Y7 or 8 for working in pairs or groups to create their own theme park. Lessons 1 and 2 include some engaging activities to consider the idea of themes and look at examples of existing theme parks. They watch clips, name rides and create 3 rides for a blank dinosaur theme park. Lessons 3 and 4 are geared towards them creating their own theme park map after looking at Chessington World of Adventures’ example and answering some questions to illustrate the importance of a clear and informative park map.
CHARLIE AND ME BY MARK LOWRY - 3 -4 HOURS OF ACTIVITIES TO GO ALONGSIDE CLASS READING
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CHARLIE AND ME BY MARK LOWRY - 3 -4 HOURS OF ACTIVITIES TO GO ALONGSIDE CLASS READING

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These are a selection of activities to compliment the reading of this wonderful book by Mark Lowry. I did this with my LA Y8s and they really loved it. I would say that Y7 and 8 would be most suited to this book and these activities. Mark Lowry cleverly works in poetry to this story so it is ideal to dip into poetry alongside enjoying this story of two brothers. Included are activities on Haiku and Limericks, plus some non-fiction relating to dolphins and persuasive writing.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE Q 2 AND 3 STEP BY STEP LESSONS REBECCA DAPHNE DU MAURIER
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ENGLISH LANGUAGE Q 2 AND 3 STEP BY STEP LESSONS REBECCA DAPHNE DU MAURIER

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Two lessons: Q2: ‘How does the writer use language here to descibe Nature?’ Focus on Du Maurier’s choices of personification, adjectives and simile for this question. Plus a focus on subordinate clauses followed by students identifying these in the extract with a view to including an idea in their practise response. Q3: ‘How does the writer structure the text to interest the reader?’ Reminder of structural features, useable examiner tips on what to include / not to include in a Q3 response. Slides provide points of note-taking and discussion, leading up to students having a go responding to the question themselves.
KS3 VICTORIAN CONTEXT: CRIME, PUNISHMENT & THE POLICE. DICKENS' OLIVER TWIST & GREAT EXPECTATIONS.
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KS3 VICTORIAN CONTEXT: CRIME, PUNISHMENT & THE POLICE. DICKENS' OLIVER TWIST & GREAT EXPECTATIONS.

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This is a minimum of 2 whole lessons (of one hour), beginning with Sir Robert Peel. Students are given two slides of information about the first police force then quizzed. This is followed by a look at the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, with some deduction tasks and a literacy correction exercise. Then on to hulk ships and writing a diary entry of someone on board serving a prison sentence for stealing onions. Links to clips re-enacting children sentenced to transportation for pickpocketing. Then, complete the outline using description of Magwitch’s character (escaped convict in Great Expectations), and some language analysis using an extract from this story. The final task uses information given in an extract from Oliver Twist to create a wanted poster for Artful Doder.
CONTEXT LESSON ON VICTORIAN ENGLAND FOR INTRODUCING A CHRISTMAS CAROL
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CONTEXT LESSON ON VICTORIAN ENGLAND FOR INTRODUCING A CHRISTMAS CAROL

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Aimed at middle to low ability KS3, this lesson looks at the context of Victorian England, giving a range of information about life in the workhouse and looking at the difference between the lives of the rich and poor. There is also an extract from Berlie Doherty's 'The Street Child' to analyse. Perfect for introducing any Victorian novel, but with A Christmas Carol in mind.
KS3 POETRY NIGHT MAIL BY W H AUDEN
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KS3 POETRY NIGHT MAIL BY W H AUDEN

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This complete lesson shows students how to identify the rhythm of a poem and to think about its effects. The lesson also asks students to analyse the poem using CLAPS as an approach. Copy of the poem included.
AQA ENGLISH LITERATURE PAPER 1 BLOOD BROTHERS
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AQA ENGLISH LITERATURE PAPER 1 BLOOD BROTHERS

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A LESSON LOOKING AT POSSIBLE EXAM QUESTIONS. ACTIVITIES INCLUDE A FOCUS ON MRS JOHNSTONE AND MRS LYONS (CUT AND STICK, TEAM COMPETITION) AS CHARACTERS WHO HIGHLIGHT THE DIFFERENT SOCIAL CLASSES SHOWN IN THE PLAY. GOOD PREPARATION FOR THE LITERATURE EXAM.