English Language Baseline Assessment KS3 KS4 graded for new GCSE 9-1

English Language Baseline Assessment KS3 KS4 graded for new GCSE 9-1

This is an English assessment resource which has been based on GCSE paper 1. It has been designed to ensure flexibility across KS3 and KS4. I use this baseline assessment to decide which qualification pathway to place our learners on: GCSE English Language, Step Up to English Gold and Step Up to English Silver. It is graded for the new GCSE 9-1 course. Comes complete with an assessment grid. Enjoy! Files included: English Language Baseline Assessment for KS3 and KS4. English Baseline Answers. Marking Grid.
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L/O Be able to identify key features of a persuasive speech for spoken language presentation

L/O Be able to identify key features of a persuasive speech for spoken language presentation

A fun and informative activity which teaches students how to create a persuasive speech using the argument of whether or not cats are better than dogs! This lesson can be used flexibly across both KS3 and KS4. It also works as good preparation for the GCSE English Language spoken language assessment. The resource includes: The art of persuasion – PowerPoint. Card match activity (persuasive devices). Cats are better than dogs worksheet. Cats are better than dogs answer sheet.
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Using 'CIMOR' to analyse poetry.

Using 'CIMOR' to analyse poetry.

A lesson which aims to help students analyse any poem using a 'CIMOR' template. Students will understand what ‘CIMOR’ represents and use a ‘CIMOR’ template to analyse poetry. Resources included: PowerPoint lesson to support 'CIMOR' analysis. 'CIMOR' mind map. Blank 'CIMOR' worksheet for completion by students.
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NEW Step Up to English Component 2 GOLD practice assessment FIGHT FOR FREEDOM

NEW Step Up to English Component 2 GOLD practice assessment FIGHT FOR FREEDOM

AQA Step Up to English GOLD Theme: ‘Fight for Freedom’ This resource assesses the assessment objectives: AO1, AO2, AO3, AO5, AO6. This is one of my highly popular resources using the theme ‘Fight for Freedom’. It is based around engaging extracts taken from the nineteenth-century text ‘Wuthering Heights’ and the twentieth-century text 'Coming to England'. Both deal with the theme of outsider status, the sense of not belonging and the reactions of others. Because Step Up to English is co-teachable with the new English GCSE this will fit in particularly well with themed work on the gothic and/or the nineteenth-century novel, if like me, you have different qualification pathways running concurrently. Included is a full assessment and mark scheme in pdf format. After having noticed that there is a real dearth of resources available to support the AQA Step Up To English qualifications I decided to develop my own. I lead English across a pupil referral unit that accommodates students with both behaviour and medical needs. It is therefore important that I model and develop resources that are interesting and focus on topics that can engage this particular profile of learner. This is one of my tried and tested resources that I have created and now use frequently in order to prepare my learners for the new AQA Step Up to English qualification at GOLD level. Resources included: Step Up to English Component 2 GOLD practice assessment. Mark Scheme.
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Remembrance Day Blackout poetry using Dulce et Decorum Est

Remembrance Day Blackout poetry using Dulce et Decorum Est

An engaging lesson which uses Wilfred Owen's powerful poem Dulce et Decorum Est as a stimulus. It teaches students how how to manipulate the text in order to generate new and extended meaning. Modelled examples which contrast a soldier's suffering with a soldier's hope are incorporated. Ideal for Remembrance Day or to complement a war-themed scheme of work. It can also work well as an inter-tutor group poetry competition. After delivery I turn the student responses into a classroom wall display which always looks emotive. Resource includes: PowerPoint lesson which takes students through the process. An overview sheet on how to create blackout poetry. Modelled example which extracts the theme of hope from Dulce et Decorum Est. Modelled example which extracts the theme of suffering from Dulce et Decorum Est.
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Using storyboards to understand poetic devices used in WWI poetry

Using storyboards to understand poetic devices used in WWI poetry

L/O ‘Using storyboards to understand and compare poetic devices’ Particularly suitable for lower ability students who need their learning supporting by being able to represent poetic devices visually. Designed to complement to work on: Jessie Pope’s ‘Who’s for The Game?’ and Wilfred Owen’s ‘Dulce de Decorum Est’. The resource includes activities on the following: -Storyboard to understand poetic devices – Jessie Pope, ‘Who’s for The Game?’ -Storyboard to understand poetic devices – Wilfred Owen, ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’. -Summary task to compare war poetry.
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How Wilfred Owen’s 'Dulce et Decorum Est’ challenged the propaganda of WWI

How Wilfred Owen’s 'Dulce et Decorum Est’ challenged the propaganda of WWI

L/O 'How poetry was used to challenge WWI propaganda'. Examining Wilfred Owen’s poem ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ in order to establish how this poet challenged WWI propaganda. Works and contrasts well with L/O 'How poetry was used to support WWI propaganda'. The resource includes activities on the following: -bag of words (differentiation for low ability students). -Use of a dictionary and thesaurus to complete a pre-poem word check. -Identification and effect of similes. -Commenting on punctuation and its effect. -Translation of Dulce et Decorum Est -Analysing literary devices Also included is the extension task: -Identifying key themes in the poem: presentation and worksheet. A presentation, worksheets and worked examples are included. Works flexibly across KS3 and KS4.
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How Jessie Pope's 'Who's for The Game' supported the propaganda of WWI

How Jessie Pope's 'Who's for The Game' supported the propaganda of WWI

L/O 'How poetry was used to support WWI propaganda'. Examining Jessie Pope's poem 'Who's for The Game' in order to establish how this poet supported WWI propaganda. Works and contrasts well with L/O 'How poetry was used to challenge WWI propaganda'. The resource includes activities on the following: -word connotations. -literary/persuasive devices. A presentation, worksheets and worked examples are included. Works flexibly across KS3 and KS4.
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AQA Step Up to English Component 2 GOLD practice assessment SECRET SPIES

AQA Step Up to English Component 2 GOLD practice assessment SECRET SPIES

AQA Step Up to English GOLD Theme: 'Secret Spies' This resource assesses the assessment objectives: AO1, AO2, AO3, AO5, AO6. This is one of my highly popular resources using the theme ‘Secret Spies’. It is based around engaging extracts taken from the texts: 'The Night Manager' and 'Scorpia'. Included is a full assessment and mark scheme in pdf format. Also included is a set of accompanying slides in PowerPoint format to support the assessment. After having noticed that there is a real dearth of resources available to support the AQA Step Up To English qualifications I decided to develop my own. I lead English across a pupil referral unit that accommodates students with both behaviour and medical needs. It is therefore important that I model and develop resources that are interesting and focus on topics that can engage this particular profile of learner. This is one of my tried and tested resources that I have created and now use frequently in order to prepare my learners for the new AQA Step Up to English qualification at GOLD level. Resources included: Accompanying PowerPoint presentation. Step Up to English Component 2 GOLD practice assessment. Mark Scheme.
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English Language NEW GCSE 9-1 and AQA Step Up to English GOLD and SILVER assessment tracking grids

English Language NEW GCSE 9-1 and AQA Step Up to English GOLD and SILVER assessment tracking grids

Assessment Objectives Tracking Grids A set of tracking grids for the NEW English Language 9-1 qualification which convert the legacy A-G grades into the new 9-1 grades. Included are tracking grids for both staff and student use. Ideal for converting the legacy grades into the new 9-1 numbering system and for sticking into student exercise books in order to track their progress. I use them all the time at my school to track progress between assessments: AO Tracking ladder STAFF tracker: GCSE, Gold Step Up and Silver Step Up combined. AO Tracking ladder STAFF tracker: GCSE AO Tracking ladder STAFF tracker: Gold Step Up AO Tracking ladder STAFF tracker: Silver Step Up AO Tracking ladder STUDENT tracker: GCSE, Gold Step Up and Silver Step Up combined. AO Tracking ladder STUDENT tracker: GCSE AO Tracking ladder STUDENT tracker: Gold Step Up AO Tracking ladder STUDENT tracker: Silver Step Up
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Common Literary Devices for close textual analysis

Common Literary Devices for close textual analysis

This is one of my highly popular resources which I use as an introductory lesson to prepare students at KS3 and KS4 for close textual analysis. This resource includes a PowerPoint presentation and a student workbook for students to use for their own notes. I lead English across a pupil referral unit that accommodates students with both behaviour and medical needs. It is therefore important that I model and develop resources that are interesting and focus on topics that can engage this particular profile of learner. This is one of my tried and tested resources that I have created and now use frequently in order to prepare my learners for the new reformed English Language qualifications.
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Strategies for Teaching Students with Low Literacy and Increasing Classroom Engagement FREE

Strategies for Teaching Students with Low Literacy and Increasing Classroom Engagement FREE

Strategies for Teaching Students with Low Literacy and Increasing Classroom Engagement - FREE I believe passionately in shaping a creative and inclusive English curriculum which nurtures young people emotionally so that they all can experience success. As part of this, I enjoy creating and promoting blended, differentiated and creative curricula. I have put together a few of my ideas for teaching literacy to low ability and disaffected students for sharing as a free download. I do hope that you will find some of my ideas useful; I will continue to add and update them.
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Valentine Tutor Group Poetry Competition

Valentine Tutor Group Poetry Competition

This is one of my highly popular seasonal resources; this one is on the topic of ‘Valentines’. It encourages tutor groups to compete against each other in a fun competition which rewards the winning tutor group with a box of chocolates, or any other prize of your choice. I lead English across a pupil referral unit that accommodates students with both behaviour and medical needs. It is therefore important that I model and develop resources that are interesting and focus on topics that are of interest to this particular profile of learner. This is one of my tried and tested resources that has proven popular and achieves great results when deployed.
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