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AQA English Language Paper 2 Deconstruction: The Other Side of the Dale vs The Ragged School
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AQA English Language Paper 2 Deconstruction: The Other Side of the Dale vs The Ragged School

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I’ve done quite a few of these now, and I always try to improve on the last one. I think this is about as far as I can go with this format. Here’s what you get: An individual breakdown of each of the exam questions. Each section contains the following: A breakdown of the AQA related material A walk-through for Q2, Q3 and Q4 Suggested targets and strategies 5 Case studies using real student responses (Except for Q1. You’ve got 10 for Q5 though) Real students planning processes laid out for discussion It’s a big one - you’ve got 60+ slides to work through. In terms of teaching, this works best after you’ve sat the relevant exam. However, it wouldn’t take much tweaking for a mock-style scenario. Also, this is designed to be given to the students so that they can engage with it at home.
AQA English Language Paper 1 Deconstruction: The Silent Land
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AQA English Language Paper 1 Deconstruction: The Silent Land

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Similar to a number of other resources I’ve already posted. Designed to be used after the students have sat the associated AQA English Language Paper 1 GCSE Paper, though with a little tinkering, you could run this as a mock exam itself and then have the students peer/self-assess afterwards. The powerpoint goes through each of the five questions, placing a firm expectation on the students having a pre-established strategy for completing each task. The students are then encouraged to refine this strategy. Each of the sections contains a break down of the associated source, exploration of the stepped Model Responses provided by AQA, and then provides the students with up to FIVE Case Study responses written by students (containing mistakes and all). I’ve had a lot of success with these types of powerpoints and they are especially useful for students working in isolation, or as a revision tool. Hopefully this will be of use to you.
AQA English Language P2: Glastonbury vs Greenwich
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AQA English Language P2: Glastonbury vs Greenwich

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A simple power-point designed to be used either AFTER a class has sat the AQA English Language Paper 2 Specimen Paper 2, or as part of a walking-mock style lesson where the students mark their work immediately afterwards. It’s cheap because I’ve essentially deposited the contents of the mark criteria on to the power point in such a way that the students can use it it to peer or self-assess. The resource JUST contains the power point.
KS3: Woman In Black: Creative Writing focus
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KS3: Woman In Black: Creative Writing focus

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Taught as part of a two teacher approach to a top set year 9 class. I focused on developing creative writing skills, with a particular emphasis on the structural components, whilst my partner teacher focused on the more traditional literature style approach. The Woman In Black was used as the stimulus for all elements of this unit and the climax is a GCSE English Language Paper 1 style task (not included in this pack as it is part of my school’s assessment pack). Overall, I found this unit to be really useful in challenging students to think about their creative writing in more than just a reactionary way. The nature of the structure focused questions align with my belief that it is always better to teach the Language Paper 1 Q3 question in the form of a structure-focused creative writing commentary at KS3 level. Hopefully this will provide you with a useful starting point for your own creative writing journey.
KS3: Fantasy Creative Writing SoW: The Escape from Kraznir 2 - The Return to Kraznir
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KS3: Fantasy Creative Writing SoW: The Escape from Kraznir 2 - The Return to Kraznir

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I had such a lot of sun creating this unit! In an effort to get students to reflect back on previous work, this unit is set in the same universe as a previous unit called “Escape from Kraznir”, but a point 30 years or so later. Over the course of the unit, the students will write various parts of a story from a variety of perspectives, in a number of tenses and using a range of different forms (all with the AQA English Language P1 Q5 and P2 Q5 in mind). They’ll create characters and be encouraged to focus on exploring the relationships between these characters. Additionally, part of the scheme encourages the students to creatively explore issues surrounding discrimination. This is a big story, with an emphasis on developing creative stamina. There is a real focus on students justifying their structural choices. This is, in part, a way to prepare the students for AQA English Language P1 Q3 - before the students can comfortably identify and comment on structural choices in the work of other writers, they can develop their ability to do so with their OWN creative writing here. I’ve incorporated a huge amount of different supporting extracts - not all of which need necessarily be used to progress - and I’ve had a lot of fun creating my own example of how to do it (it’s entirely derivative, but as I encourage students to take inspiration from a variety of sources, it bothers me not). I include all of the extracts here and was able to find each and every one online for free. Additionally, there is a homework booklet too. Finally, I embed a number of sound effects from a website called Zapsplat. Here’s a link to their site should you wish to use any of the samples: https://www.zapsplat.com/ It would be great to get some feedback for this - so let me know what you think! PS - if you’re interested in the original unit of work, here’s the link: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/ks3-escape-from-kraznir-creative-writing-pack-my-version-11741179
AQA English Language Paper 2: Death Zone vs London Snow
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AQA English Language Paper 2: Death Zone vs London Snow

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A powerpoint lesson designed to be taught either AFTER a class has sat AQA English Language Specimen Paper 4, or to be used WHILST a class is sitting the same paper in the form of a mock exam where feedback is given immediately. In this powerpoint, I refer directly to the model material provided by AQA and provide some feedback that can be given to the students. The idea with the feedback is that the person marking (teacher or student) writes down the letter/number and, when the marked work is returned, the owner of the response can either write the target down in full or highlight it in a printed version.
AQA English Language Paper 1: Brighton Rock
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AQA English Language Paper 1: Brighton Rock

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A deconstruction of the English Language Paper 1 examination that uses Brighton Rock as a source. I’ve lifted the model material from the mark schemes and there’s FAR related targets included. Essentially, this is a lesson that can be taught either AFTER the students have sat the exam and you want them to peer/self assess, or you could change it so that that they answer a question and then mark their efforts. The Section B element is a bit of an experiment - peer marking creative writing is always a challenge. So I’ve given the students a series of yes/not/some related questions. The idea is that they “tick” the level next to the answer on a copy of the AO5 and AO6 mark schemes. Using that, they should be better able to work out where the creative writing fits. My peer marked creative writing has got much more accurate as a result of this.
AQA English Language Paper 2 Deconstruction: The Crossing vs. Idle Days in Patagonia
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AQA English Language Paper 2 Deconstruction: The Crossing vs. Idle Days in Patagonia

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This resource was designed to be used after a class or cohort have sat the 2019 English Language paper 2. It’s set up to be used after a class has sat the exam and had their papers marked, but it wouldn’t take much modification to be used as part of a scenario where the students get the material, execute a preparatory strategy, answer the question and then peer/self mark. The material from the AQA mark scheme has been integrated into the PowerPoint, so students can get a sense of what level their response is before fine marking. I’ve done a few in this style and the students value them as revision tools too.
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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Numerous 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 as a starting point for a reading assignment with very little modification. May your daemon guide you well. ADDITION: I have adapted the material to be more focused on GCSE Language creative skills, and incorporated material drawn from the BBC series His Dark Materials. The “newer” lessons are aimed for higher ability students and deal with some more specific creative writing issues like dialogue.
KS3: Survival Reading Assessment
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KS3: Survival Reading Assessment

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A series of lessons and resources designed for a top set year 8 class. The extracts are a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. The focus was to take a group of year 8 students who are used to using the PEE structure and get them to write a concept focused response. I’ve included the model responses we built as a class, as well as the model response the students were provided.
AQA English Language Paper 1: The Tiredness of Rosabel exam deconstruction
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AQA English Language Paper 1: The Tiredness of Rosabel exam deconstruction

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A lesson designed to be taught AFTER the class has sat a mock exam. However, with very little modifcation this can become a walking-talking mock exam, or a peer/self assessment based lesson. The powerpoint contains model material and an indicator as to the quality of the model material. My class found this lesson to be very useful. Additionally, the insert is available for free should you wish to download it for yourself. I include the link below: https://linwood.bournemouth.sch.uk/summerwood/files/2017/12/8700_1-INS-EnglishLanguage-G-6Jun17-AM.pdf
AQA English Language Introduction (Paper 1 Section A focus) with supporting Workbook.
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AQA English Language Introduction (Paper 1 Section A focus) with supporting Workbook.

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A series of lessons and resources designed to introduce year 9 students to the wonders of the AQA English Language Exam. In these lessons, I deconstruct the Assessment Objectives in relation to each question on English Language Paper 1 Section A. I use the old Sunlight on the Grass story “Anil” as the source text (strictly speaking, this falls outside of what the exam could focus on, but I figure in using these stories as I have all this knowledge about them that isn’t being used!). 06/06/19: I’ve updated this to include a workbook that mirrors the activities in the powerpoint. Just fed up of dishing out lined paper and/or exercise books that’ll only get used for a few weeks.
AQA English Literature: Introduction to Unseen Poetry lessons
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AQA English Literature: Introduction to Unseen Poetry lessons

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Lessons designed to engage and interest my year 10s as they step into GCSE-land for the first time. They enjoyed the analysis of the song lyrics a lot. I found that my previous classes found it very hard to engage with the poetry element. These lessons (combined with a couple of others that don't belong to me) worked well.
AQA Power and Conflict  Poetry Scheme of Work
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AQA Power and Conflict 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. NOTE: I have upgraded these lessons now. I’ve moved away from endorsing the PEEL style responses - the exam reports indicate clearly this is the thing to do. Additionally, I have included much more of a focus on the POWER themes. Lastly, I have used these poems as a springboard to discuss gender issues - part of this is my attempt to narrow the gender gap at the top end of GCSE English achievement by trying to get the lads to be more engaged with the material. These lessons are designed to work in tandem with my own version of the poetry anthology. At the moment, I have yet to upload the edited version but I shall do so soon. That being said, the power points wouldn’t take much editing to use them with the traditional AQA version. All of the original lessons are included just in case you are still using the PEEL method of building a response.
AQA English Language Paper 1: The Mill
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AQA English Language Paper 1: The Mill

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A PowerPoint designed to be used after students have sat the Section A of the AQA English Language Paper 1 for June 2019. It wouldn’t take much altering to be used as a mock exam itself. The slides are set up to show the model answers from the mark scheme so that students can peer/self assess and give actions and feedback.
D6 Dungeons and Dragons: Creative Writing tool kit - let your students' imagination run wild!
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D6 Dungeons and Dragons: Creative Writing tool kit - let your students' imagination run wild!

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I am vexed (greatly vexed) at the generally poor quality of creative writing with students these days - they do tend to have a lot of their thinking done for them. Sadly, it seems to be something that is leeched out of them by a combination of an aggressive curriculum and teenage priorities. So, this is my answer - DUNGEONS and DRAGONS (Or D6 Dungeons and Dragons as I am now calling it). Simply put, it's a very simplified version of the original Dungeon's and Dragons - you need only a D6 (One dice), pens, paper and this power point to play. Try it out - I had some huge success with year 8, 9 and 11 classes instead of playing DVDs in the build up to the Christmas Break - it would work just as well for Easter, Summer and stand alone lessons where you have an awkward space to fill. Use this lesson when you are trying to answer this question - how can I teach kids to be more creative? There is some initial effort required on your part though - you will have to be the Dungeon Master in the example - but once you've got past this part, I am willing to bet you could leave the room and the kids won't have noticed. Additionally, I will be creating a series of themed "mission packs" for Christmas, Easter and Summer - you'll have to buy these (they take a while to make), but the start point is yours for free!!! LINK to Christmas Mission Pack - THE CASTLE OF TERROR! https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/d6-dungeons-and-dragons-christmas-mission-pack-the-castle-of-terror-11462671
Title, Blurb and brief description
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Title, Blurb and brief description

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A starter activity to get students involved in different types of fiction. You will need to cut out each of the constituent parts, but this is a great starter activity with the kids working together to match them up.