Macbeth Act 3 Scene 1 - ‘Spirals of Violence’ - Made for more able/ G+T top set - will need scaffolding down appropriate to group; final analysis task would need a checklist of skills/PEAL/PETAR writing frame
2 lessons on this scene - general annotation and understanding, then focus on the dagger soliloquy by digging deeper into allusions and alternative interpretations. Made for an engaged middle set - many ways to adapt!
Lesson on Act 2 Scene 3 - could be split into 2 lessons. Aimed at a middle set; lots of contextual upskilling in this lesson.
A lesson that recaps the basics of adverts and persuasive devices followed by a series of worksheets that challenge students to come up with specific devices to promote strange products (Unicorn meat! Cupcake toothpaste!). Could be fashioned as a team task or individual work. Part of a SOW looking at print adverts, analysis, and persuasive script writing.
2 lesson - initial lesson on read, basic annotations and understanding (one simple slide, the rest I guided through reading as a group). Followed by a deep analysis lesson and modeling of ‘exploding’ key quotes; full written analysis task could be done in lesson or set as homework. Made for an enthusiastic set 3.
Combination of knowledge recall, quote memorisation, extended reading, extract annotation, and finally, written analysis, all in one handy-dandy worksheet! Powerpoints be damned!
Drop in lesson on gender in Macbeth - suited for low-middle ability students. Could be slotted in at any point in a Macbeth SOW. Article with comprehension questions included.
Handy worksheet to solidify knowledge of the 4 apparitions in 4.1- has support and challenge so suits all abilities!
A ‘masterclass’ revision lesson on the importance of understanding Darwin and his influences/impact on Victorian society in relation to descriptions of Hyde. Made for a high ability top set in mind. Students must have solid foundational knowledge of the text in order for this to be useful. Students should come away with a detailed revision poster based on the questions/discussions/information given. There is also a model ‘Grade 9’ response at the end that could be picked apart. I have provided links in the notes of the powerpoints for source materials - I highly recommend reading them first if your own knowledge on the topic isn’t vast!
Lesson on varying sentence and paragraph structures and lengths for creative writing section of exam. Could be used for OCR, AQA, etc. Final activity reveals a piece of a picture a bit at a time for them to write a description of - produces great results!
A booklet I made to prep low ability Year 10/11 for their Speaking and Listening - the topic is a persuasive speech on ‘One Thing I Would Change About the World’; the booklet would need to be altered to suit ability/need. Contains the standard S+L mark scheme across all exam boards.
Using Winslow Homer’s The Gulf Stream as a stimulus, students build on both descriptive skills and narrative creation. I have used with both high ability and a mixed set, worked a treat for each. I suggest printing off a colour copy of the painting on A4, one between two, so they can really get up close and look at detail. Could be edited to include exam board specific mark scheme.
Macbeth Act 3 Scene 2 - begins with a hunt for insect/creature metaphors; builds to students creating a mimed version of the scene to explore the tension and relationship between the Macbeths. Designed for a top set, G+T class.
Building an analysis of the characterisation of Phil; discussion of evidence choice, key word ‘zooming in’ and analytical paragraph model.
A homework task and follow up peer assessment lesson. It’s an AQA Paper 2 Section B style task (letter to council on knife crime) written at home, and then peer assessed in lesson, then redrafted as even more homework! Peer assessment is based on a checklist chart that could be adapted to suit the needs of your group/suit the common language used in your department. Use of the peer assessment chart must be modeled for this to work effectively! Made for a high ability Year 9 group for an AQA style unit on ‘Crime and Punishment’ (the theme, not Dostoevsky).
Lesson on Imtiaz Dharker’s The Right Word - aimed at Year 7, part of a larger poetry unit looking at marginalised voices. Could easily be adapted up for Year 8 or 9.
Simple lesson on persuasive speeches that comes AFTER lessons that teach them rhetorical devices in order to consolidate knowledge. Uses Chaplin’s famous final ‘The Great Dictator Speech’.