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KS3 and KS4: Exploring Dystopian Fiction Creative Writing Unit
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KS3 and KS4: Exploring Dystopian Fiction Creative Writing Unit

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I am very pleased with this. We have a problem with retention of English students at A-Level at our place - the English GCSE is just VERY boring. So, part of the plan to address this is to make the sorts of lessons that kids will remember in Key Stage 3; make them fall in love with the subject so to speak. This is my best efforts at doing just that. The first lesson covers the basics of Dystopian Fiction - you will need some Dystopian Fiction extracts for this. I picked from the following texts: The Hunger Games Maze Runner Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep The Handmaid’s Tale Ready Player One 1984 Battle Royale I cannot sell the resource if I put the extracts up on here, but finding your own examples shouldn’t be too tough. But, I did find a free version of the Hunger Games Chapter 1 at the following link: http://www.scholastic.com/thehungergames/media/hungergames-chapter1.pdf The second lesson (lessons really) focuses purely on the first chapter of The Hunger Games. Here, we analyse and explore the text before giving the students the chance to write creatively. The last lessons in the largest power point are a lot of fun. Essentially, the lessons require the students to write a series of mission logs as they flee from a devastated earth, only to be forced to return. There are two versions: one with no music and one with LOADS of atmospheric music attached. Both powerpoints have a load of set-up animations which run automatically. I advise you go through the powerpoint several times before putting it in front of the kids. And when you do, make sure you have the volume up. This is one of those lessons they won’t forget in a hurry, I promise. ADDITION: So I tried this with my Year 10s. They loved it too… ANOTHER ADDITION: I’ve chucked a debate boxing lesson on the end - it assumes a lot of knowledge of The Hunger Games (shouldn’t be a problem with the films).
KS4: Creative Writing inspired by Saving Private Ryan
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KS4: Creative Writing inspired by Saving Private Ryan

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Material I generated for the old AQA style creative writing controlled assessments - it still resonates with the new AQA Paper 1 Section B style questions (inspired by images). You'll need a copy of the film and you'll need to alter the Learning Outcomes (they are all set against the old AQA English Language Coursework criteria).
KS3 Northern Lights Complete Unit of Work (Focus on creative writing)
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KS3 Northern Lights Complete Unit of Work (Focus on creative writing)

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14 or so lessons (though as you'll see they can be expanded/contracted as meets your need) surrounding the teaching of Phillip Pullman's Northern Lights (a quite awesome book) to a Key Stage 3 class. I taught this unit to a top and bottom set and got a lot out of it in terms of enjoyment and successful creative writing. I will be using it this year as a starting point for a reading assignment with very little modification. May your daemon guide you well.
Spell Quest - making spelling fun
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Spell Quest - making spelling fun

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A summer spent playing word games with my kids lead me to this idea. The idea is that the students are supplied with a grid of letters. They use these letters to build words which cause damage to a cartoon monster. The bigger the word, the more damage done to the monster. I’ve made it more and more difficult as the monsters develop - you have to use certain letter types for example. I plan to give each child one grid per week to complete and have their peers mark it. So you are completely aware, I have left all of the grids blank apart from on a few. You will need to fill these in yourself. Also, I have left the challenge component blank too. This will allow you to create challenges that reflect the specific types of spellings you are looking at - double damage awarded for homophones for example. There’s massive scope for differentiation in here too. I’ve included a whole class version of the spelling levels, as well as a photocopy friendly version too. I have long believed that making school a little more like computer games can be helpful - this is my first attempt at exploring Gamer Theory as I have dubbed it. Watch this space for more. Have to figure out how to do something similar with the other components of SPAG and Reading now… ADDITION: I’ve included some completed versions of the pack to give you an idea of what they could look like. Pay attention to the NOTES section of the power points too. These grids have been designed to be used in tandem with the Escape From Kraznir scheme of work.
KS3 Unit of Work and lessons for The Crowfield Curse
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KS3 Unit of Work and lessons for The Crowfield Curse

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A text I taught to year 7 (second set) which we all absolutely loved! There are so few lessons here in comparison to my other resource bundles because we often spent large amounts of time just reading the book. The video is pretty awesome - I take no credit for creating it, I downloaded it from youtube and converted it to a format I could use. May the crows find you willing and able.
A Level English Language and Literature: Paris Anthology
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A Level English Language and Literature: Paris Anthology

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These resources assume prior knowledge on the part of the students - they will have covered the greater majority of the texts before hand. The lessons go back and fill in the gaps. I try a few different things here in terms of approach. The "Mike and Sophia" extract guide is a guided annotation lesson; I'd be interested to see how classes respond to this.
AQA English Language Data Collation Spreadsheet aka "The Machine"
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AQA English Language Data Collation Spreadsheet aka "The Machine"

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Attached is a spreadsheet that does an awful lot of work for you. To summarise, it does the following: Allows for easy collation of GCSE Language marks on a paper by paper basis AND as a whole examination Allows for easy identification of various student demagraphics - EAL, PP and so on Allows you to measure progress against students best, average and last marks across both papers Works out "how many marks" until you hit target grades for individual students Colour codes grades and marks to allow for at a glance progress checks Once you buy this spreadsheet, you will not need to get another LANGUAGE spreadsheet. The document contains instructions on the ARRAY tab as to how to update . Oh, and if you do get this, I suggest you LOCK the individual spreadsheets ASAP: the document is set up to allow you to do this and still enter the data, you just won't be able to accidentally delete any of the coding, thus removing any brain overloads that might ensue. I am using this at my current school and there are several other schools who are using this system with good reports. Happy spread-sheeting! PS - Yes, there is a page that reads exactly the same but for a version that caters for the AQA Literature course. The spreadsheets are different. Here's the link/address to the LITERATURE version: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/aqa-english-literature-data-collation-spreadsheet-aka-the-machine-11405407
AQA A-Level English Language and Literature - Introduction to Poetry (Heaney)
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AQA A-Level English Language and Literature - Introduction to Poetry (Heaney)

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My introduction unit for A-Level Language and Literature. It assumes that the academic voices of the students needs sharpening somewhat. I source a lot of stuff from various corners of the net and use it in the power points - pay particular attention to the notes element of the power points by the way. I also include a “model essay” the purpose of which is to get the students to move away from their formulaic essay structures that they have used in their GCSEs. Think of this as a starting point that may need a little shaping to suit the needs of your class.
KS3: Introduction to 19th Century Literature
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KS3: Introduction to 19th Century Literature

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A bank of lessons and extracts that introduce Key Stage 3 to a variety of different 19th Century Literature texts. Designed with a top set year 8 class in mind. Draws heavily from the AQA material - look at this as either a time-saver or a starting point.
Holocaust worksheets
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Holocaust worksheets

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Designed for EBD children. Dyslexic friendly. These resources work well with showing extracts from “The Pianist”. A selection of worksheets that establishes and develops knowledge of the Jews, Hitler and the Holocaust.
The Truman Show
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The Truman Show

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The power points and worksheets build upon the attached pdf SoW (not my work - but i include it for you). The power points work through the trailers and the film with targeted comprehension questions. These were built with a mixed ability Year 9 group in mind.
ASDAN Worksheets
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ASDAN Worksheets

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These are worksheets i used in an EBD's ASDAN lessons. The worksheets are geared around the 2008/09 ASDAN worksheet but can easily be changed to meet current ASDAN and COPE standards.
AQA English Literature Data Collation Spreadsheet aka "The Machine"
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AQA English Literature Data Collation Spreadsheet aka "The Machine"

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Attached is a spreadsheet that does an awful lot of work for you. To summarise, it does the following: Allows for easy collation of GCSE Literature marks on a paper by paper basis AND as a whole examination Allows for easy identification of various student demagraphics - EAL, PP and so on Allows you to measure progress against students best, average and last marks across both papers Works out "how many marks" until you hit target grades for individual students Colour codes grades and marks to allow for at a glance progress checks Once you buy this spreadsheet, you will not need to get another LITERATURE spreadsheet. The document contains instructions as to how to update the spreadsheet. Oh, and if you do get this, I suggest you LOCK the individual spreadsheets ASAP: the document is set up to allow you to do this and still enter the data, you just won't be able to accidentally delete any of the coding, thus removing any brain overloads that might ensue. Happy spread-sheeting!
AQA English Language Paper 1 Section A Mock Exam - The Darkness Out There
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AQA English Language Paper 1 Section A Mock Exam - The Darkness Out There

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I've found another use for all that knowledge we have about the old AQA English Lit anthology (The Sunlight on The Grass anthology). I have started to turn them into English Language Paper 1 Section A Mock Exams! This is one of them. There is no mark scheme, but if you use the Paper 1 mark scheme from the AQA website you should be fine. This one uses the start of The Darkness Out There. The focus here is very much on the use of setting.
Debate Boxing
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Debate Boxing

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This is quite possibly, the coolest thing I've ever tried out. The premise is as follows: a debate between two students (or teams) where four referees observe. The referees score what they see and a winner is announced at the end. Now add in entrance music a la pro-wrestlers (think the Rocky Theme, We Will Rock You etc.) and run it on an open evening and I promise you this - you will have EVERY parent in at some point to see what is going on. I've run this at SIX parents evenings now and the same thing happens every time - all of the kids rock up to watch. I set it last time round where the Deputy Head took on the winner of the students (a year 9 girl). They packed the place out to see who won . The debate topic "Batman vs Superman" (serious stuff this). Needless to say, she wiped the floor with him (in a totally professional way). You'll need to be the promoter/commentator/ring side referee - this can be exhilarating and exhausting! Try it.
KS3: Escape from Kraznir creative writing pack (my version)
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KS3: Escape from Kraznir creative writing pack (my version)

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First things first, let me just say that the mind that created the Escape from Kraznir SoW was not mine - wish it was though... You are not buying the SoW (though I do include it as part of the pack so you have a frame of reference), that is available freely elsewhere. What you are buying is the 7 lessons that I created from this SoW and taught to my students. Let me say this - I have never had such a reaction creatively. My gast was well and truly flabbered as to their engagement and the effort they put in. I've created a single power point that contains all of the other lessons too - just for those who like continuity. NOTE: I used some of the sound effects from Warcraft 2, but I couldn't put this up here (Blizzard may have something to say about that). However, you can use your own sound effects and music as and where you see fit (I liked using the Death of Optimus Prime Music from the Transformers Movie (not the Bay versions, the original cartoon version with Unicron) over the top of the farewell aspect in Lesson 2). This is a lot of fun. I promise. Seriously...
AQA Conflict and Power Poetry Scheme of Work
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AQA Conflict and Power Poetry Scheme of Work

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One power point per poem and some associated skills. I teach the poems in the order in which they appear in the anthology (except Tissue; I put that one at the end). I follow a pattern with the lessons and source the contextual information from the BBC Bitesize website (and a couple of other places when I get bored of them) - it makes sense as any student that misses out on something can go and find what they need relatively quickly. The material is readily available elsewhere, hence the relatively low price for so many lessons.