AQA English Language Paper 1 and 2 practice

AQA English Language Paper 1 and 2 practice

Six mock exam papers that can be used in class or for homework to help prepare for Language Papers 1 and 2. Each lesson is designed for feedback as answers are written during class time, to help identify revision areas promptly. A generic mark scheme has been included for teachers reference. Alternatively, the PowerPoint could be converted to a Word document and presented as an actual mock exam. Paper 1 resources (Explorations in creative reading and writing): The extracts are from 'War of the Worlds', 'Touching the Void' and 'Animal Farm'. All are used as the basis for Section B, writing. The resource can also be easily adapted to a Homework task for students to prepare for the exam independently. The opening slides detail an overview of the exam and what skills are being assessed in this paper. A detailed mark scheme has been included for Section A, Reading, with suggested answers for 'War of the Worlds'. This is a starting point and can be used as a guide. It includes the level descriptors for each question, taken from the AQA mark scheme. Teacher judgement can be used for marking 'Touching the Void' and 'Animal Farm' (to avoid resource duplication). A generic mark scheme has been included for Section B, Writing, taken from one of AQA's Paper 1 example papers. Paper 2 resources (Writers' viewpoints and perspectives): The sources for one paper explore arranged marriages and the writing section for this mock is about parental control. The sources for the second paper explore two experiences of Iraq during the war and the writing section for this mock is about compulsory military conscription. The sources for the third paper are extracts from Peter Kay and Obama's autobiographies, with the writing section creating a speech to describe a vivid memory.
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'The Secret River' resource bundle

'The Secret River' resource bundle

Ten resources on 'The Secret River' to help students prepare for their IGCSE English Literature exam (some resources are double lessons). I appreciate all constructive criticism, so I hope you are able to take time to review this scheme. **Like what you see? Please check out my other resources at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/sae5 and join my followers.** Character analysis: Using the medium of Twitter, this lesson allows students to chart Thornhill's development over 'The Secret River'. This can be done over the course of reading the novel or at the end, and can be used as a helpful revision activity. Differentiation for this task includes the extent to which quotes are used for tweets, assigning characters other than Thornhill, and scaffolding key events to signpost students towards. In addition, homework tasks can be set for students to create a Twitter page for less major characters. Files in this resource: Character analysis - PowerPoint of lesson Twitter Template - Word document of Twitter template - this activity can then be completed by hand or electronically. Social hierarchy: A two-part lesson that explores the theme social hierarchy in 'The Green River' by Kate Grenville, specifically focusing students on an extended extract to analyse. To help prepare students for IGCSE English Literature Paper 1, the lesson begins reviewing the exam outline, assessment objectives and qualities of an A-grade student. The main body of the lesson is analysing a section of the novel, leading up to the 'green slippers' incident, with students working individually, in pairs, and finally in a group to prepare a mini-presentation. The final part of the lesson moves towards creating a plan for the exam question. Whilst the extract for this question is considerably longer than what students will face in the exam, it will provide useful practice on how to closely analyse an extract for this type of question, whilst also providing detail revision notes and familiarising students with the context of this scene. In addition, the question asks students to make links with other parts of the novel, again helping to develop their overall knowledge of the text and therefore helping them prepare for the essay-based question. Files in this resource: Social hierarchy - PowerPoint Social hierarchy extract - Word document Thornhill and Sal: This lesson allows students to explore the importance of Thornhill and Sal's relationship in Kate Grenville's, 'The Secret River'. With opportunity to work individually or in groups, the lesson encourages students to find pivotal moments in the novel that reflect the importance of their relationship. The lesson allows students to build on their knowledge across the entire novel, leading to a practise exam question to answer at the end. It is anticipated that this lesson will cover more than one hour to allow for the essay writing, subsequently providing a useful assessment piece for the unit. References to AOs and the mark scheme are taken from the current IGCSE specification. Collarbone's death: Focusing on Collarbone's execution, this lesson allows students to work in groups to annotate an extract, similar in length to what would be expected in the IGCSE English Literature paper. With key questions, students prepare a mini-presentation that the rest of the class use to take notes for, in preparation for a mock exam question. Further pair work is involved with planning a response and peer assessment for the plenary. This lesson could then be continued in a second session with students completing their essay response, or this could be written for homework. The lesson also reminds students of AOs and skills to demonstrate for a top level answer. Files in this resource: Collarbone's death - PowerPoint of lesson Collarbone's death extract - Word document of extract Hope: This two-part lesson allows students to explore the theme of hope in the novel, 'The Secret River'. Building up to answering a practice exam question (lesson 2), the lesson begins evaluating the importance of hope. Students then analyse a selected quote in detail which will not only act as a useful revision aid, but also become an essay plan. In the second lesson, students feedback their mind-map ideas which could be used for a classroom display. There are reminders on AOs and how to achieve high marks, to help direct students with their response. Mr Middleton: Exploring the character of Mr Middleton and his relationship with Thornhill, this lesson looks at three short passages, encouraging students to consider how Grenville presents this relationship and the influence it has on Thornhill. The lesson moves to an analysis of how Grenville presents Mr Middleton's death and what changes this signifies for Thornhill. The essay-style question for this lesson focuses on foreshadowing and Mr Middleton's death. Setting: Exploring setting in 'The Secret River', this resource allows students to consider language techniques and how setting is important to the development of the story. Likely to cover two lessons, students work in groups to annotate six different extracts from the novel. It is recommended that the teacher creates a booklet of these settings to allow students to have a comprehensive set of notes and annotations which will be useful for revision purposes. Each extract has line numbers to help with discussions and there is a range to allow access for different abilities. Files in this resource: Setting - PowerPoint of the lesson Starter task - Word document 6x extracts for the main focus of the lesson - Word documents The Prologue: This lesson encourages students to explore the significance of the Prologue. Beginning with an analysis of the extract, students consider how the Prologue foreshadows later events in the novel. The lesson works towards pair planning an essay question which is then developed with further pair work. The question could then be completed as an assessment or Homework task. Files in this resources: Strangers - PowerPoint of lesson Strangers - Word document of Prologue Essay Round Robin: A lesson that allows group work and collaboration, with hopefully little teacher input! Ideal for classes revising 'The Secret River', this lesson allows students to tackle four different exam questions independently before having whole-class feedback. The lesson could be rolled over into a second session to allow for a detailed review of each question and could also be developed to use as an assessment piece. Files in this resource: Essay round robin - PowerPoint of the lesson Essay questions - Word document of the four essay questions to print for each essay "station" Racial differences: Completing hierarchy pyramids to start, students consider how racial differences influence society in 'The Secret River'. Two hierarchy pyramids are completed: the first has no parameters and therefore encourages students to consider what they base their pyramids on; the second is wholly based on race, therefore leading towards the planning of an essay question. Characters are provided for both tasks. The lesson develops towards paired planning of an essay question, using the AOs as a rough checklist to ensure students are demonstrating the key skills required. This is also used to shape the plenary. This lesson could be continued to a second session with the option of paired writing or a formal assessment. Files in this resource: Racial differences: PowerPoint of the lesson Hierarchy pyramid 1: Word document for Starter task Hierarchy pyramid 2: Word document for development task
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Creative writing

Creative writing

A stand-alone lesson or one that could be used as an introduction to creative writing, this lesson encourages students to create a sense of place in their own writing, using an image as stimulus. Starting by listening to an audio clip (Youtube link included in the PowerPoint), the students progress to identifying descriptive techniques in an example, before creating their own word bank. After writing their own descriptive piece, the students peer-assess and revisit the starter task to see if they can develop their initial writing. I appreciate all constructive criticism, so I hope you are able to take time to review this resource. **Like what you see? Please check out my other resources at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/sae5 and join my followers.**
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Characterisation

Characterisation

Using an extract from 'Millions', this introduces students to the concept of characterisation. Starting with understanding what techniques can be used to build character, students apply this understanding to their extract, culminating in a PEE paragraph. This task is developed further to show understanding, finishing with a 'thumbs up thumbs down' plenary. A homework task has also been included which is an imaginative piece whereby students create their own character. This lesson can be used as an isolated session or part of a study of 'Millions'. I appreciate all constructive criticism, so I hope you are able to take time to review this resource. Files in this resource: Characterisation - PowerPoint of lesson Characterisation sheet - Word document of extract **Like what you see? Please check out my other resources at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/sae5 and join my followers.**
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Edexcel English Language Paper 2 practice

Edexcel English Language Paper 2 practice

This lesson is a mock paper to help prepare students for Edexcel GCSE English Language Paper 2 (Non-fiction and Transactional writing). The sources for this paper are contrasting autobiographies (Peter Kay and Barack Obama) and the writing section has a choice of two questions. Lesson is designed for feedback as answers are written during class time, to help identify revision areas promptly. A suggested mark scheme has been included for Section A; a generic mark scheme has been included for teachers reference for Section B. Alternatively, this PowerPoint could be converted to a Word document and presented as an actual mock exam. Files in this resource: English Language Paper 2 - PowerPoint of exam questions Text 1 Peter Kay extract - Word document of Text 1 Text 2 Obama extract - Word document of Text 2 English Language Paper 2 generic mark scheme - PDF of mark scheme for writing section Section A Reading suggested mark scheme - Word document
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'Kid' - Simon Armitage

'Kid' - Simon Armitage

A two-part lesson that makes an ideal "one-off" when teachers have completed schemes of work. Possibly ideal for the festive season where students and teachers can have a bit of fun, study something different and not be overloaded by Christmas-themed work! Aimed at KS3, this resource looks at 'Kid' by Simon Armitage. Through the use of Youtube clips (links included), the lesson opens by asking students to explore what they already know about Batman and Robin. The lesson develops to explore the poem through pair work, with the title not being revealed towards the end of the first lesson. The final task allows students to show what they know with a reading analysis question. The second lesson allows for creative writing and independent work. With a selection of tasks available, students choose three they wish to complete, finishing in the lesson and for homework. Files in this resource: 'Kid' - Simon Armitage - PowerPoint of lesson 'Kid' - Simon Armitage - Word document of poem
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AQA English Language Paper 1 practice - War of the Worlds

AQA English Language Paper 1 practice - War of the Worlds

A mock exam following AQA's GCSE English Language Paper 1 question style, this resource allows teachers to work through each question with their class, evaluating the skills required and how to score highly. The extract is from 'War of the Worlds' and this is also used for Section B, writing. This resource can also be easily adapted to a Homework task for students to prepare for the exam independently. The opening slides detail an overview of the exam and what skills are being assessed in this paper. A detailed mark scheme has been included for Section A, Reading, with suggested answers. This is a starting point and can be used as a guide. It includes the level descriptors for each question, taken from the AQA mark scheme. A generic mark scheme has been included for Section B, Writing, taken from one of AQA's Paper 1 example papers. Files in this resource: English Language Paper 1 practice - PowerPoint of exam questions War of the Worlds extract - Word document of extract Section A Reading suggested mark scheme - Word document of suggested answers for Section A English Language Paper 1 generic mark scheme - PDF of generic mark scheme for Section B
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'Little Women' scheme of work

'Little Women' scheme of work

26 fully planned lessons, this scheme of work should hopefully have you dusting off an old classic that is often left behind in the department cupboards! With a range of activities that intend to bring the text alive, each lesson in this scheme has a covering slide detailing the lesson outline, skills focused on, and whether any resources are required or homework set. All accompanying resources and internet links are included within this resource. Lesson focuses include hot-seating key characters, a dramatic interpretation of Channel 4's 'First Dates', personal writing on hopes and ambitions, and persuasive writing. There are plenty of opportunities to grade students on their reading and writing skills, with emphasis on the skills required for tasks. This scheme would suit any Key Stage 3 class as every lesson is planned to allow total teacher flexibility. With hidden chapter summary slides, the teacher is able to choose how much reading is completed each lesson and even how many of the 26 lessons are taught for this scheme. As such, if lessons or chapters are missed out, there is always a chapter summary to fill in the gaps. I appreciate all constructive criticism, so I hope you are able to take time to review this scheme. Files included in this resource: 'Little Women' scheme of work - PowerPoint of fully planned lessons Lesson 2 Extract analysis - Word document Lesson 6 Extract analysis - Word document Lesson 9 Extract analysis - Word document Lesson 11 character hot-seating cards - Word document Lesson 16 Extract analysis - Word document Lesson 22 Twitter template - Word document Lesson 23 Reading assessment extract - Word document **Like what you see? Please check out my other resources at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/sae5 and join my followers.**
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AQA English Language Paper 1 practice

AQA English Language Paper 1 practice

A mock exam following AQA's GCSE English Language Paper 1 question style, this resource allows teachers to work through each question with their class, evaluating the skills required and how to score highly. The extract is from 'The Secret River' by Kate Grenville, and this is also used for Section B, writing. The extract is arguably longer than what students can anticipate in the exam but the text could be used for further analysis before tackling the actual exam questions.This resource can also be easily adapted to a Homework task for students to prepare for the exam independently. The opening slides detail an overview of the exam and what skills are being assessed in this paper. A generic mark scheme has been included for Section B, Writing, taken from one of AQA's Paper 1 example papers. Teacher judgement should be used for marking Section A. Files in this resource: English Language Paper 1 practice - PowerPoint of exam questions The Secret River extract - Word document of extract English Language Paper 1 generic mark scheme - PDF of generic mark scheme for Section B
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AQA English Language Paper 2 practice

AQA English Language Paper 2 practice

This lesson is a mock paper to help prepare students for AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2 (Writers' viewpoints and perspectives). The sources for this paper explore Peter Kay and Obama's autobiographies; the writing section for this mock is about to write a speech describing a vivid memory. Lesson is designed for feedback as answers are written during class time, to help identify revision areas promptly. A generic mark scheme has been included for teachers reference. Alternatively, this PowerPoint could be converted to a Word document and presented as an actual mock exam. Files in this resource: English Language Paper 2 - PowerPoint of exam questions Source A - Word document of Source A Source B - Word document of Source B English Language Paper 2 generic mark scheme - PDF of mark scheme
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AQA English Literature Paper 2 Unseen poetry practice

AQA English Literature Paper 2 Unseen poetry practice

Unseen poetry practice for AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 2. PowerPoint outlines what to expect in Paper 2 and assessment areas. Using Philip Larkin's 'An Arundel Tomb' and 'Tears, Idle Tears' by Tennyson, the lesson encourages group work, with students working independently to annotate the unseen material, before feeding back to the rest of the class. Lesson works towards preparing for both the extended and comparative exam questions, which can be used in the following lesson or homework tasks. Included are annotated copies of the poem for teacher's reference or for students who need that extra support. I appreciate all constructive criticism, so I hope you are able to take time to review this resource. Files in this resource: Unseen Poetry An Arundel Tomb and Tears Idle Tears - PowerPoint of lesson An Arundel Tomb - Word document of poem Tears, Idle Tears - Word document of poem An Arundel Tomb annotated - Word document of poem with notes Tears, Idle Tears annotated - Word document of poem with notes **Like what you see? Please check out my other resources at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/sae5 and join my followers.**
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AQA English Literature Paper 2 Unseen poetry practice

AQA English Literature Paper 2 Unseen poetry practice

Unseen poetry practice for AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 2. PowerPoint outlines what to expect in Paper 2 and assessment areas. Using Boey Kim Cheng's 'Reservist' and 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen, the lesson encourages group work, with students working independently to annotate the unseen material, before feeding back to the rest of the class. Lesson works towards preparing for both the extended and comparative exam questions, which can be used in the following lesson or homework tasks. Files in this resource: Unseen Poetry Reservist and Anthem for Doomed Youth - PowerPoint of lesson Reservist poem - Word document of poem Anthem for Doomed Youth - Word document of poem
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AQA English Literature Paper 2 Unseen poetry practice

AQA English Literature Paper 2 Unseen poetry practice

Unseen poetry practice for AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 2. PowerPoint outlines what to expect in Paper 2 and assessment areas. Using Chinua Achebe's 'A Mother in a Refugee Camp' and 'Praise Song for my Mother' by Grace Nichols, the lesson encourages group work, with students working independently to annotate the unseen material, before feeding back to the rest of the class. Lesson works towards preparing for both the extended and comparative exam questions, which can be used in the following lesson or homework tasks. Annotated versions of both poems are included in this resource, either to be used as useful time-saver aid for the teacher, or at the closing of the lesson, to highlight other areas the students could have discussed. I appreciate all constructive criticism, so I hope you are able to take time to review this resource. Files in this resource: Unseen Poetry A Mother in a Refugee Camp and Praise Song - PowerPoint of lesson A Mother in a Refugee Camp - Word document of poem Praise Song for my Mother - Word document of poem A Mother in a Refugee Camp annotated - Word document of poem Praise Song for my Mother annotated - Word document of poem **Like what you see? Please check out my other resources at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/sae5 and join my followers.**
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Edexcel English Language Paper 1 practice

Edexcel English Language Paper 1 practice

Three mock exam papers that can be used in class or for homework to help prepare for Language Paper 1. Each lesson is designed for feedback as answers are written during class time, to help identify revision areas promptly. A generic mark scheme has been included for teachers reference. Alternatively, the PowerPoint could be converted to a Word document and presented as an actual mock exam. Paper 1 resources (Fiction and Imaginative Writing): The extracts are from 'War of the Worlds', 'Touching the Void' and 'Animal Farm'. Each resource can be easily adapted to a Homework task for students to prepare for the exam independently. The opening slides detail an overview of the exam and what skills are being assessed in this paper. This could be turned into a quiz to test your class's memory! Teacher judgement can be used for marking Section A. A generic mark scheme has been included for Section B, Writing, taken from one of Edexcel's Paper 1 example papers.
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Edexcel English Language Paper 2 practice

Edexcel English Language Paper 2 practice

This lesson is a mock paper to help prepare students for Edexcel GCSE English Language Paper 2 (Non-fiction and Transactional writing). The sources for this paper explore two experiences of Iraq during the war and the writing section has a choice of two questions. Lesson is designed for feedback as answers are written during class time, to help identify revision areas promptly. A generic mark scheme has been included for teachers reference. Alternatively, this PowerPoint could be converted to a Word document and presented as an actual mock exam. Files in this resource: English Language Paper 2 - PowerPoint of exam questions Text 1 - Word document of Text 1 Text 2 - Word document of Text 2 English Language Paper 2 generic mark scheme - PDF of mark scheme for writing section
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'For Heidi With Blue Hair' poem unseen exam question

'For Heidi With Blue Hair' poem unseen exam question

Preparing students for the unseen poetry question, this lesson uses 'For Heidi With Blue Hair' by Fleur Adcock. Beginning with finding three poetic techniques used in the poem, the lesson encourages more independent analysis before developing ideas in paired work. The lesson develops with class analysis of the poem, concluding with independent planning for a practice exam question which leads to beginning to write their own response. This task can then be extended to the following lesson or become a homework task. Files in this resource: For Heidi With Blue Hair unseen poem exam question - PowerPoint of lesson For Heidi With Blue Hair - Word document of poem
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'For Heidi With Blue Hair' - Fleur Adcock

'For Heidi With Blue Hair' - Fleur Adcock

A fully planned one-hour lesson, this is linked to the 2017 IGCSE English Literature specification, but could be adapted for other exam boards. Allowing students to initially independently analyse the poem before teacher input, this is an ideal lesson to help build confidence when approaching the unseen paper. The lesson closes with preparing for an exam-style question, which could be completed as a homework task or in a following lesson. Files in this resource: For Heidi with Blue Hair - PowerPoint of lesson For Heidi with Blue Hair - Word document of poem
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AQA English Language Paper 2 practice

AQA English Language Paper 2 practice

This lesson is a mock paper to help prepare students for AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2 (Writers' viewpoints and perspectives). The sources for this paper are about Neil Armstrong and Mo Farah; Section B asks students to debate the topic of heroes. Lesson is designed for feedback as answers are written during class time, to help identify revision areas promptly. A generic mark scheme has been included for teachers reference. Alternatively, this PowerPoint could be converted to a Word document and presented as an actual mock exam. Files in this resource: English Language Paper 2 - PowerPoint of exam questions Source A Neil Armstrong - Word document of Source A Source B Mo Farah - Word document of Source B English Language Paper 2 generic mark scheme - PDF of mark scheme
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Edexcel English Language Paper 2 practice

Edexcel English Language Paper 2 practice

Three mock exam papers that can be used in class or for homework to help prepare for Language Paper 2. Each lesson is designed for feedback as answers are written during class time, to help identify revision areas promptly. A generic mark scheme has been included for teachers reference. Alternatively, the PowerPoint could be converted to a Word document and presented as an actual mock exam. Paper 2 resources (Non-fiction and Transactional writing): The extracts cover arranged marriages, two experiences of Iraq during the war and two contrasting autobiographies (Peter Kay and Barak Obama). Each resource can be easily adapted to a Homework task for students to prepare for the exam independently. The opening slides detail an overview of the exam and what skills are being assessed in this paper. This could be turned into a quiz to test your class's memory! Teacher judgement can be used for marking Section A. A generic mark scheme has been included for Section B, Writing, taken from one of Edexcel's Paper 2 example papers.
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'One Art' - Elizabeth Bishop

'One Art' - Elizabeth Bishop

Two lesson PowerPoint exploring the poem 'One Art' by Elizabeth Bishop. Lesson activities allow for class and individual analysis. The two-part lesson finishes with the opportunity for students to write an extended response on the poem, testing their understanding. This could be completed as a homework task or in a following lesson. Files in this resource: One Art - PowerPoint of lesson One Art - Word document of poem
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