Planning and writing an essay for section A of the new AQA AS English Language paper 2

Planning and writing an essay for section A of the new AQA AS English Language paper 2

A step by step guide which takes students through the process of planning and writing the perfect essay for section A of the new AQA AS English Language paper 2. Each step ensures that students achieve all the AOs for the question. A model response is included so that students can deconstruct the essay with the step by step process in mind. This has been designed for the new AQA English Language AS exam paper.
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Analysing the structure of 'Hard Times' extract

Analysing the structure of 'Hard Times' extract

'How has the writer structured the text in order to interest the reader?' A set of 5 differentiated work sheets that helps students focus on one particular structural aspect in order to answer this language question. This is designed as a 'home and away activity' so extra space is left on the work sheets for students to share and feedback their ideas. This has been designed for top set year 9 language students, or year 10 students completing the new AQA GCSE Language course.
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Great expectations: Miss Havisham close analysis

Great expectations: Miss Havisham close analysis

This is an extract from chapter 8 of the novel 'Great Expectations' in which Pip first encounters Miss Havisham. The extract includes comprehensive annotations along with additional spaces so that students can include their own interpretation to aid deeper analysis. A list of key evaluative and analytical vocabulary has also been added to support this. You could use this resource to work on close analysis language skills or close analysis perspective skill. It is aimed at top set students in KS4, though could be used to push the more able to achieve a grade 9 response through the use of the analytical and evaluative vocabulary on the resource.
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Writing skills feedback grid

Writing skills feedback grid

A writing skills feedback grid that helps students respond to feedback after having completed a writing response. Students cross reference the number to the grid against their name- the teacher no longer needs to write the same feedback over and over again in the student exercise book.
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Great expectations: Magwitch close analysis

Great expectations: Magwitch close analysis

This is an extract from chapter 3 of the novel 'Great Expectations' in which Pip has his second encounter with the convict Magwitch. The extract includes comprehensive annotations along with additional spaces so that students can include their own interpretation to aid deeper analysis. A list of key evaluative and analytical vocabulary has also been added to support this. You could use this resource to work on close analysis language skills or close analysis perspective skill. It is aimed at top set students in KS4, though could be used to push the more able to achieve a grade 9 response through the use of the analytical and evaluative vocabulary on the resource.
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The Pearl: close analysis

The Pearl: close analysis

This is an extract from the novel 'The Pearl' by John Steinbeck which focuses on the character Kino and how he is becoming more paranoid and obsessive. The extract includes comprehensive annotations along with additional spaces so that students can include their own interpretation to aid deeper analysis. A list of key evaluative and analytical vocabulary has also been added to support this. You could use this resource to work on close analysis language skills or close analysis perspective skill. It is aimed at top set students in KS4, though could be used to push the more able to achieve a grade 9 response through the use of the analytical and evaluative vocabulary on the resource.
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Reading skills self assessment activity

Reading skills self assessment activity

After completing an analytical response, students use the self assessment activity sheet to select a task which will most appropriately help them respond to feedback. This resource is aimed at mixed ability KS3 students, though could be used with low ability KS4 students who need extra help with writing their analytical responses.
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Stone Cold: reading skills self assessment activity sheet

Stone Cold: reading skills self assessment activity sheet

Using the novel Stone Cold as a prompt, students complete the self assessment quiz to help them determine which task they should complete next in order to improve their analytical responses. This resource is aimed at mixed ability Year 9 students, though could be used with low ability KS4 students to help them improve their reading and analysis skills.
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Characterisation of Miss Havisham

Characterisation of Miss Havisham

A series of 2 lessons that help students to analyse the characterisation of Miss Havisham through the writer's language choices. These lessons are designed for new AQA GCSE Language students working towards narrative writing for paper 1. The lessons are primarily focused on reading skills for section A. However, once students can see how a writer creates characterisation, they can then implement the techniques into their own creative writing for section B of the exam. Both lessons and relevant work sheets are included.
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Writing skills self assessment activity

Writing skills self assessment activity

After completing a transactional or fiction writing task, students use the self assessment activity sheet to select a task which will most appropriately help them respond to feedback. This resource is aimed at mixed ability KS3 students, though could be used with low ability KS4 students who need extra help with their writing accuracy.
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Gender bias in written texts

Gender bias in written texts

A list of key terms and their definitions linked to gender bias in written texts. Each definition has a short application task attached in order to check student understanding.
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Write the text for a leaflet graphic organiser

Write the text for a leaflet graphic organiser

A graphic organiser that helps students to plan and write the text for a leaflet for the following writing task 'write the text for a leaflet in which you persuade parents of the benefits of their son/daughter eating healthy school meals'. This has been designed for lower ability GCSE Language students. However, it could be adapted for KS3 students or for a different leaflet writing task of your choice.
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'Reading an image' graphic organiser (new AQA GCSE English Language)

'Reading an image' graphic organiser (new AQA GCSE English Language)

A graphic organiser with a series of prompt questions that helps students to 'read an image' in order to generate ideas for a creative writing task. This has been designed for the new AQA GCSE English Language paper 1 section B exam in which students are asked to write an element of a narrative or description often based upon the initial reading of an image.
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Basic language levels key terms

Basic language levels key terms

A set of key terms for A Level English Language students who need to be reminded of terminology linked to basic language levels/frameworks. This has been saved in three different formats: Format 1: for laminating Format 2: for students to write definitions in their key terminology bank Format 3: original for teachers to adapt
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Puctuation treasure hunt challenge

Puctuation treasure hunt challenge

Students search around the classroom to find a set of punctuation definitions. They need to write down the definition and guess which piece of punctuation the definition refers to. Each piece of punctuation is located in an area of the classroom that will help students to work out the definition. An application/check understanding task is then used as a follow up. Teacher answers have also been included.
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Key themes and links within 'Macbeth'

Key themes and links within 'Macbeth'

A set of two work sheets that enables students to consider key themes and links within the play 'Macbeth'. Sheet 1: students find another quotation that links to the theme Sheet 2: students guess the key theme and link it to a key event within Macbeth by using the images to help them.
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