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RCA Price

Currently teaching English at secondary level. Producer of both KS3 and KS4 English Language and Literature resources.

Currently teaching English at secondary level. Producer of both KS3 and KS4 English Language and Literature resources.
A Christmas Carol Stave 5

A Christmas Carol Stave 5

Lesson to support the teaching of the whole of Stave 5 of the novel. Learning Objectives: To read and understand Stave 5 of the novel. AO1 To consider the characterisation of Scrooge. AO2 To show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written. AO3 Lesson includes relevant contextual information to support pupils’ knowledge and understanding of a range of cultural references within this stave. Starter activity focuses on Scrooge’s redemption and how language has been used to display this. Lesson also includes revision task, where students can complete their own ‘Top Trumps’ cards for a number of characters within the novel, in order to revise key characters and their involvement in the story.
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A Christmas Carol Stave 4

A Christmas Carol Stave 4

Lesson for the first half of stave 4. Differentiated tasks and challenges provided throughout lesson to target all learners. Learning Objectives: To read and understand Stave 4 of the novel. AO1 To consider the characterisation of the ghost of Christmas yet to come. AO2 Lesson helps pupils to re-cap key themes encountered so far. Pupils will analyse how the ghost of Christmas yet to come has been described, will consider how ‘self-interest’ is presented through stave 4 and will begin to consider the purpose of the third spirit’s visit.
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Pandora's Box Myth

Pandora's Box Myth

Lesson exploring Pandora’s Box, ideal for KS3. Range of activities to engage students in story and to introduce Greek mythology. Learning Objectives: To develop awareness of a series of myths and legends. To identify the main characteristics of Greek myths. To analyse the key elements within a Greek myth. Differentiated comprehension questions can be used to assess students understanding of the text.
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Treasure Island Lessons

Treasure Island Lessons

Lesson’s covering chapter 10-15 of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Ideal for KS3 and developing enjoyment of reading. Includes peer assessment sheet that can be adapted. Learning Objectives: To read and understand Treasure Island. To think imaginatively about setting. To comment on the language and structure used to present character.
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Whose Life is it Anyway? Whole Unit

Whose Life is it Anyway? Whole Unit

Whole unit of work to support teaching of American play ‘Whose Life is it Anyway?’ by Brian Clark. Used for high ability year 9 class but can be used for KS4. Learning objectives focusing on analysis and evaluative skills, plus teaching of key themes and characters. Peer assessment, self-assessment and learning objective review worksheets included to use as formative assessment. Tasks support whole class reading and small-group work. Challenging terminology included to challenge MA students.
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English Language Paper 2 Transactional Writing Revision

English Language Paper 2 Transactional Writing Revision

GCSE English Language Paper 2 – Section B Transactional Writing revision lesson. Learning Objectives: To have an awareness of exam requirements To practice transactional writing skills Tasks designed to consider what makes a good piece of transactional writing, revision of key subject terminology and revision of key conventions of different forms of transactional writing.
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English Language Paper 1 Section B Revision

English Language Paper 1 Section B Revision

GCSE English Language Paper 1 – Section B Imaginative Writing revision lesson. Learning Objectives: To have an awareness of exam requirements To practice imaginative writing skills Revision of key imaginative writing techniques and mini-writing activities.
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Language of War - The Blitz

Language of War - The Blitz

PowerPoint presentation, extract and worksheet exploring language used to describe the London Blitz in the Second World War. Focus on Language skills (AO1, AO2 and AO4). Questions require students to explore how language and structure are used to show the author’s feelings towards the event and exploring how successfully the event is described. Transactional writing task included to encourage students to respond to what they have read. (AO5 and AO6 skills)
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Poetry: I wanna be yours by John Cooper Clarke

Poetry: I wanna be yours by John Cooper Clarke

GCSE poetry lesson to support Edexcel Relationships Poetry Anthology. Learning Objectives: AO2: Analyse how language, form and structure are used to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate (15 marks) AO3: Show understanding of relationships between texts and the contexts in which they are written (5 marks) Focus on diction and comparison to ‘She Walks in Beauty’ by Lord Byron.
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A Christmas Carol Stave 3

A Christmas Carol Stave 3

Second half of stave 3. Learning Objectives: To read and understand Stave 3 of the novel. AO1 To analyse key language features and techniques within the text. AO2 To understand the relationship between the novel and the context in which it is written. AO3 Lesson includes comprehension questions to check students understanding of the novel, differentiated questions to explore the importance of visiting Fred’s house and a worksheet to support the exploration of the characters Ignorance and Want.
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A Christmas Carol Stave 3

A Christmas Carol Stave 3

Lesson on first half of stave 3. Used with a middle ability set - opportunities for higher level challenge. Learning Objectives: To read and understand Stave 3 of the novel. AO1 To analyse key language features and techniques within the text. AO2 Lesson introduces key terms and encourages students to consider how Scrooge is changing. Provides relevant context related to the writings of Thomas Malthus and Dickens’ attitude towards the poor. Differentiated questions included to help students explore the characterisation of the Ghost of Christmas Present. Further analysis of the Cratchit’s and how they embody Christmas Spirit - worksheet to support exploration of characters.
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1st Date She 1st Date He by Wendy Cope

1st Date She 1st Date He by Wendy Cope

English Literature resource produced to support teaching of the Edexcel Relationships Poetry Anthology (KS4). Learning Objectives: To consider how structure allows the reader to gain different perspectives on a relationship (AO2) To consider the language used to convey thoughts and emotions (AO2) Lesson involves: Pupils exploring the idea of ‘first dates’ and considering the gender differences between males and females. Considering the terms dramatic irony, situational irony, interior monologue and pathos in relation to the poem and its’ central ideas. Analysing the layout and structure of the poem. Considering the language used by the poet. Discussion of context: How has online dating and social media changed the dating game? Resource lends itself to being largely discussion based - pupils can be given time to discuss and analyse aspects of the poem and PowerPoint resource can be used to stimulate and structure feedback.
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Coraline Unit of Work

Coraline Unit of Work

Resource includes 10 lessons on the novel Coraline by Neil Gaiman, as well as accompanying worksheets and starter tasks. Unit of work ideal for a KS3 class. Aim: to encourage pupils love of reading and to develop pupils confidence when discussing ideas within a text. (Created as part of a ‘wider reading’ module for year 7).
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Gothic Fiction Castle of Otranto

Gothic Fiction Castle of Otranto

Introduction lesson to Gothic Fiction, featuring an extract from Horace Walpole’s ‘The Castle of Otranto’. Lesson Objectives: To be able to identify the main features of the gothic genre. To learn about the origin and purpose of gothic fiction. To interpret information from a text and use quotations to explain your ideas. (English Language style questions within lesson to assess pupils comprehension of the text).
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Gothic Fiction The Hound of Baskervilles

Gothic Fiction The Hound of Baskervilles

Lesson developed as part of an ‘Introduction to Gothic Fiction’ module delivered to year 8. Aim of module: to familiarise pupils with the conventions of Gothic Fiction and develop analysis skills (Language AO1). Lesson based on an extract from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, in which the hound is described in detail. Content focuses on how the writer sets the scene and uses language to describe the hound. Lesson Objectives: To demonstrate an understanding of the gothic genre To demonstrate descriptive writing skills To identify language features and comment on their effect
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Gothic Fiction Wuthering Heights (Character)

Gothic Fiction Wuthering Heights (Character)

Lesson developed as part of a year 8 introductory module to Gothic Fiction. Lesson starts with a ‘gothic scrabble’ activity to encourage pupils to develop their vocabulary and expand their writing choices (thesauruses are useful to support this task). Pupils will learn some background about the author Emily Bronte and consider the social/historical context of the novel by exploring why she wrote under a pseudonym. When reading an extract from the novel, pupils will focus on how the writer presents the character of Heathcliff, using evidence to back up their ideas. WAGOLL’s used to show pupils how to explore language in depth. Differentiated task to assess pupils understanding of the text. Learning objectives: To use interesting vocabulary choices. To explore language choices used by a writer. To demonstrate an understanding of a character.
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Romeo and Juliet Social and Historical Context Round Robin Task

Romeo and Juliet Social and Historical Context Round Robin Task

Ideal for KS4 teaching and revision sessions. PowerPoint presentation and Word Document resource for Round Robin activity - more suited for pupils who have read the majority of the play, although can easily be adapted. Learning objective: To show an understanding of the relationships between texts and the context in which they were written (AO3). Aim of lesson: To discuss pupils prior knowledge of the Elizabethan era and any contexts relevant to the play, teacher-led coverage of basic social/historical context related to Elizabethan performance and then student-led activity where pupils will select explicit information and relate to their knowledge and understanding of events within Romeo and Juliet.
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Syntax - Functions of Sentences

Syntax - Functions of Sentences

Ideal for KS3, PowerPoint resource covers declarative, exclamative, interrogative and imperative sentences. Learning Objectives: To understand the main functions of sentences To identify these functions in writing Includes quiz as plenary activity and imperative worksheet to develop pupils understanding further.
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Gothic Fiction Dorian Grey (Setting)

Gothic Fiction Dorian Grey (Setting)

Lesson developed as part of an ‘Introduction to Gothic Fiction’ module delivered to year 8. Aim of module: to familiarise pupils with the conventions of Gothic Fiction and develop analysis skills (Language AO1). Lesson Objectives: To continue to develop our understanding of the conventions of a gothic setting. To comment on the language used in a gothic extract.
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Creative Writing Setting (Show not Tell)

Creative Writing Setting (Show not Tell)

Introduction to creative writing. Created for a year 8 class, but also used for year 7. Tasks throughout lesson easily adaptable to revise key writing techniques for KS4 English Language. Learning Objectives: To explore the importance of setting. To gain an understanding of ‘show, not tell’. To describe a setting to a reader. Pupils will explore a variety of settings throughout the lesson and consider how those settings may be depicted by a writer. They will learn the fundamentals for ‘showing’ and not telling the reader what is happening within a story. Pupils will use their knowledge to peer and self-assess imaginative writing pieces they have created during the lesson.
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A Midsummer Night's Dream Starters and Plenaries

A Midsummer Night's Dream Starters and Plenaries

Range of starters and plenaries to support pupils understanding of character, theme and plot within Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Perfect for KS3 but easily adaptable for KS2/4 study. Can be linked to a variety of reading and writing learning/assessment objectives.
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