A lesson based around analysing the poem 'Blessing' by Imtiaz Dharker. Comprehension questions and annotations are included of the poem. Prior knowledge of poetic devices is assumed and this is suitable for the iGCSE in English Literature. Originally pitched at a higher level year 10 class, this would supplement an existing scheme or as a standalone lesson.
A lesson based around analysing the poem 'Piano' by D.H. Lawrence. Comprehension questions and annotations are included of the poem. Prior knowledge of poetic devices is assumed and this is suitable for the iGCSE in English Literature. Originally pitched at a higher level year 10 class, this would supplement an existing scheme or as a standalone lesson.
A full IGCSE English Language mock exam paper 1 that includes sources and mark scheme. The sources are themed around school discipline and formatted for the 2020 syllabus.
A lesson focused on group work and consolidation of key themes in Macbeth for GCSE. Themes include revenge, ambition, kingship and notes on setting and King James 1st. Suitable as revision or to supplement an existing Macbeth SoW.
5 lessons of activities based around Act 3 of An Inspector Calls. Suitable for a GCSE class first encountering the text and to work alongside or to work through selectively as revision. Themes and setting are addressed throughout, as are generational aspects of the play.
A challenging lesson and resources that explores imagery in the poem 'A Martian Sends a Postcard Home' by Craig Raine. Suitable for high ability year 7 or mixed ability year 8. Prior knowledge of simile, metaphor and personification is required.
Three mock exam papers (two of Paper 1 and one of Paper 2) based on the 0500 2020 onwards specification for CIE English Language. Inserts, question papers and mark schemes are included for all papers.
A lesson based around extract analysis (Act 1 Scene 3) of The Merchant of Venice. Included is a differentiated grid and step by step instructions on the PowerPoint to develop analytical and writing skills. Suitable for a year 9 KS3 group. Prior knowledge of the play is required, the lesson would also be suitable as a revision activity.
5 lessons of activities to supplement study of An Inspector Calls. Students will need copies of the text. This would suit those just encountering the text or as additional revision activities for a GCSE class.
A lesson based on the poem ‘Harlem’ by Langston Hughes. Prior knowledge of poetic devices is required as it was originally taught to a higher ability year 8 class. Can be used as a standalone lesson for consolidation/practice or to supplement a scheme of work based around ideas of social justice.
A 14 lesson scheme of work based on extract analysis from A Midsummer Night's Dream. This builds towards a reading assessment focusing on Titania and themes of conflict and the power of nature. There are also opportunities for group writing tasks and performance throughout.
A lesson on creative writing using an image of Victorian London as a stimulus. A success criteria is included, as are opportunities for planning and reflection. Originally intended as a two lesson activity (one for planning, one for a final write up) to supplement an English Language scheme, this would suit a high ability year 7 class or a mixed ability year 8 group. Prior knowledge of basic language devices and sensory language would be useful.
Three lessons that focus on extract analysis on Oliver Twist and The Artful Dodger followed by a reading exam style lesson. There is a feedback/forward task after the exam lesson that allows students to consolidate skills. Examples of modelled writing are included. This would supplement an existing scheme on Oliver Twist and be suitable for a high ability year 7 group or mixed ability year 8 class that have already studied the text. It would also be useful as extract comparison practice.
A lesson focused on revision of Gerald's character from An Inspector Calls. Students will need prior knowledge of the text and copies of the text to support the lesson. Suitable for supplementing an existing SoW and as a revision activity for a GCSE group.
A lesson that develops summarising skills in preparation for GCSE English Language Paper 2, question 2. Suitable for a high ability year 7 group or a mixed ability year 8 class.
A 17 lesson scheme of work focusing on Chinese Cinderella, by Adeline Yen Mah. This scheme builds towards a reading assessment, with opportunities for discussion, presentation and creative writing activities throughout. Originally planned as an online scheme, this can be easily adapted to suit a classroom or to supplement an existing SoW. Suitable for a mixed ability Year 7 class.
A pair of lessons with a range of activities to consolidate knowledge of simile and metaphor. Students are given tasks in which they must create their own and use them in writing. The first lesson includes identifying similes in the song 'You're a Mean One, Mr Grinch'. The second focuses on using images as a stimulus. Activities are suitable for a high ability KS2 group or a mixed ability year 7 group.
A lesson focused on the use of portmanteau used in Lewis Carroll's 'Jabberwocky'. Prior knowledge of basic poetic form and structure is useful but not essential. An extract from Alice Through the Looking Glass is included to ground the learning. Lesson would suit high ability year 7 or mixed ability year 8 group.
5 lessons of activities to supplement a study of An Inspector Calls. Would suit students first encountering the text or as a quick run through for GCSE revision. Theme, context, setting and politicisation are addressed, with modelled writing.
Two lessons of practice activities to get students used to the skills needed for GCSE English Language Paper 1, Question 2. Suitable for KS3 year 7 or a year 8 group that have not had much practice with questions of this type.