NEW GCSE Language Paper 1, Section B: Theme of Worlds Unlike Our Own

NEW GCSE Language Paper 1, Section B: Theme of Worlds Unlike Our Own

Based on the new AQA English Language specifications, this unit is designed to take you and your students through preparatory classes and skills that will allow them to be successful on Section B (description/narrative prompt) of the English Language exam, Paper 1. This resource will be best-used with a middle or top-set class, but can be easily adapted. Using the theme of "Worlds Unlike Our Own," the classes engage with the fantasy genre and practice skills that include the following: - developing and using genre-specific vocabulary - creating and evaluating catchy openings - exploring and successfully using a variety of sentences - being able to use all aspects of a picture prompt to creatively write (while invoking the 5 senses) - understanding how to use a variety of punctuation for effect - practicing use of literary devices in creative tasks - peer and self-evaluation - evaluating creative writing, especially while using the specimen mark scheme All of these skills lead to the finale - writing an assessment in the fashion of English Language, Paper 1: Section B. A complete, comprehensive PowerPoint of 115 slides is included and refers to the following handouts/resources, which are also within this package (PDF and Word doc versions): - a student-friendly mark scheme (condensed, simplified) - sentence variety worksheet (student and teacher copy) - stations activity cut-outs - first sentences activity cut-outs - extract for evaluation - genre-specific spelling list An introductory guide on how to use this resource is also included. Note: students should have a basis of literary devices prior to beginning this unit. While this will be worked on, they should have a basic understanding of what similes, metaphors, etc. are, and how to identify them. As well, this unit is created with a paper-saving initiative in mind, so the majority of the activities and tasks are slide-based so we can all save a few trees!
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Dystopias: A Creative Writing Unit

Dystopias: A Creative Writing Unit

While this unit was made with a GCSE focus, it is highly adaptable since it includes a range of creative writing activities and exercises to help develop written communication - with a flare! From first sentences to understanding how to pick out the fine details that allow for encompassing descriptions, the unit begins by looking at the overall assessment and then works towards it using the aforementioned methods and more. Resources mentioned in the PPT are included, but mostly all content comes straight from the continuous PPT. There are definitely some exciting and involved activities, but this is why I found this unit so successful again and again - and well worth the effort of setting up! You'll work your students' technical skills in punctuation and vocabulary just as much as their imaginations will be invoked.
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Yoga English - Universal Poster Activities for the Mind and Body

Yoga English - Universal Poster Activities for the Mind and Body

Yoga English is pretty well exactly what it sounds like: yoga + English activities = a new literature experience! Included are 9 posters for you to put around your classroom, each with a different yoga pose and set of questions and thinking/discussion prompts (as well as a brief intro on using this resource). Meant to be used while studying literature (novels, plays, short stories, etc.), the questions are universal and character-centric... which means you can use them again and again. Hello, last-minute planning! Except, these resources will help you bring creativity, thoughtfulness, discussion, and rejuvenation to your class, so it's the best kind of last-minute planning. The types of prompts included will be especially useful and relevant if the characters in the literature you're studying are any of the following: - in complicated relationships - unstable - in want or need of something - changing OR resistant to change - poised and strong - power-hungry - sturdy and well-formed - flimsy and weak - in need of some introspection (who isn't!?)
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Dystopias: A Creative Writing Unit

Dystopias: A Creative Writing Unit

While this unit was made with a GCSE focus, it is highly adaptable since it includes a range of creative writing activities and exercises to help develop written communication - with a flare! From first sentences to understanding how to pick out the fine details that allow for encompassing descriptions, the unit begins by looking at the overall assessment and then works towards it using the aforementioned methods and more. Resources mentioned in the PPT are included, but mostly all content comes straight from the continuous PPT. There are definitely some exciting and involved activities, but this is why I found this unit so successful again and again - and well worth the effort of setting up! You'll work your students' technical skills in punctuation and vocabulary just as much as their imaginations will be invoked.
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Yoga English - Universal Poster Activities for the Mind and Body

Yoga English - Universal Poster Activities for the Mind and Body

Yoga English is pretty well exactly what it sounds like: yoga + English activities = a new literature experience! Included are 9 posters for you to put around your classroom, each with a different yoga pose and set of questions and thinking/discussion prompts (as well as a brief intro on using this resource). Meant to be used while studying literature (novels, plays, short stories, etc.), the questions are universal and character-centric... which means you can use them again and again. Hello, last-minute planning! Except, these resources will help you bring creativity, thoughtfulness, discussion, and rejuvenation to your class, so it's the best kind of last-minute planning. The types of prompts included will be especially useful and relevant if the characters in the literature you're studying are any of the following: - in complicated relationships - unstable - in want or need of something - changing OR resistant to change - poised and strong - power-hungry - sturdy and well-formed - flimsy and weak - in need of some introspection (who isn't!?)
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Creating Mood & Atmosphere in Writing (work towards: Language Paper 1, Section B).

Creating Mood & Atmosphere in Writing (work towards: Language Paper 1, Section B).

With the potential to be used in preparation for Language Paper 1, Section B, the versatility of this resource package is endless for those teaching to write creatively! While this mini unit has a specific focus (creating mood and atmosphere), the lessons themselves can be used as contained lessons to build on prior or new skills, or can be looked at as a collective whole that leads students to an end goal: writing Section B of Language Paper 1. Specific skills covered include: - identifying, using, and analyzing pathetic fallacy - sentence variety - mood and atmosphere specific vocabulary - using literary devices for effect - peer and self-evaluation - using the mark scheme to evaluate other creative writing *Students should have prior knowledge of literary devices. A How-To-Use-This-Resource document has also been included.
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GCSE Power and Conflict Poetry Unit

GCSE Power and Conflict Poetry Unit

Using the GCSE theme of Power and Conflict, this entire Unit contains continuous PowerPoints for 9 NEW GCSE poems, including: Kamikaze, Tissue Paper, War Photographer, Storm on the Island, and Exposure. All handouts, lyrics, and sample essays for high, middle, and low attainment mentioned in the PPT are included for reference and use. The unit uses backwards design to show - from the beginning - the intended outcome, and then proceeds to take you through lessons for each poem. An outline giving instructions on how to use each slide of the PowerPoint is now included. Remember to always check the notes box of the slides, as clarification on activities, links to clips, etc. is often found there. However, should you experience confusion using this resource, reference the, "How to Use the GCSE Poetry PowerPoint" guide for assistance.
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New AQA GCSE The Sign of Four Chapters 1-4 + Activities

New AQA GCSE The Sign of Four Chapters 1-4 + Activities

Although the novel, The Sign of Four, is AQA GCSE exam material, it doesn't have to be a boring topic in the classroom! This resource is designed to mesh creativity, academics, exam skills, and engaging activities into an enjoyable and exploratory experience of the 19th Century novel. *NOTE: This covers content and supporting materials for Chapters 1-4. More specifically, here is what this resource package includes (for Chapters 1-4): - a guide on how to use this resource - a PowerPoint of 101 slides for the lessons included - an intro to the literature paper and route of study - three vocabulary lessons - teaching Victorian context - a lesson on, "Lamb to the Slaughter" to explore the mystery genre - the skill of comparing and contrasting - going beyond PEE - identifying and using pathetic fallacy for effect - evaluating the effectiveness of openings and how an author hook's a reader Savvy with teaching the content but can't beat dry vocab? Check out the 4 vocabulary lessons that are available in my shop that will jazz up teaching vocabulary from The Sign of Four!
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The Sign of Four - Four Lessons to Teach Its Vocabulary

The Sign of Four - Four Lessons to Teach Its Vocabulary

Trying to jazz up vocabulary lessons can sometimes leave you scratching your head. However, there is no question that students enjoy learning new words and are interested in doing so - not to mention that it's integral to their understanding of a text. Included in this package is: 1) a comprehensive PowerPoint of 4 vocabulary lessons covering 40 vocabulary words from the novel, presented through interesting activities that include creative writing, group competition, peer evaluation, and other tasks that will make your students truly think about the definition and use of their newfound words! 2) an introduction on how to use this resource 3) a list of the vocabulary for reference 4) a student and teacher copy (of answers) of worksheets Three of these vocabulary lessons are from Part 1 of my SOW on the novel, The Sign of Four. The fourth vocabulary lesson included here is NOT included elsewhere and was specifically designed for this resource. So, if you have the teaching content down pat for the meat of the novel and just need a way to spice up teaching the vocabulary, then this resource is definitely for you! It would also function wonderfully when it comes to reviewing the novel and developing higher vocabulary come GCSEs.
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GCSE 19th Century Literature Year 9

GCSE 19th Century Literature Year 9

Given the new GCSE specifications, this unit is designed to tap into 19th century literature; specifically, by E.A. Poe. Made with a backwards design approach, the continuous PowerPoint begins with the intended outcome, and leads students through various lessons that will prepare them for success on the final assessment. All handouts and activities have been included, and focus on: context and Poe's strange life, the use and importance of foreshadowing as a technique, the effect of punctuation, story-specific vocabulary, and structuring an essay response using multiple PEE paragraphs.
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NEW GCSE Language Paper 1, Section B: Theme of Worlds Unlike Our Own

NEW GCSE Language Paper 1, Section B: Theme of Worlds Unlike Our Own

Based on the new AQA English Language specifications, this unit is designed to take you and your students through preparatory classes and skills that will allow them to be successful on Section B (description/narrative prompt) of the English Language exam, Paper 1. This resource will be best-used with a middle or top-set class, but can be easily adapted. Using the theme of "Worlds Unlike Our Own," the classes engage with the fantasy genre and practice skills that include the following: - developing and using genre-specific vocabulary - creating and evaluating catchy openings - exploring and successfully using a variety of sentences - being able to use all aspects of a picture prompt to creatively write (while invoking the 5 senses) - understanding how to use a variety of punctuation for effect - practicing use of literary devices in creative tasks - peer and self-evaluation - evaluating creative writing, especially while using the specimen mark scheme All of these skills lead to the finale - writing an assessment in the fashion of English Language, Paper 1: Section B. A complete, comprehensive PowerPoint of 115 slides is included and refers to the following handouts/resources, which are also within this package (PDF and Word doc versions): - a student-friendly mark scheme (condensed, simplified) - sentence variety worksheet (student and teacher copy) - stations activity cut-outs - first sentences activity cut-outs - extract for evaluation - genre-specific spelling list An introductory guide on how to use this resource is also included. Note: students should have a basis of literary devices prior to beginning this unit. While this will be worked on, they should have a basic understanding of what similes, metaphors, etc. are, and how to identify them. As well, this unit is created with a paper-saving initiative in mind, so the majority of the activities and tasks are slide-based so we can all save a few trees!
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Implicit and Explicit Messages in Advertising

Implicit and Explicit Messages in Advertising

I've used this resource in English class and Social Science classes alike among high school students. In English, it's a great way to highlight the difference between implicit and explicit messages in order to teach them about inference; in social sciences, though, I use it to scrutinize the effectiveness of ads while unpicking the strategies and subliminal messaging of marketers and companies.
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GCSE Creative Writing - Utopias

GCSE Creative Writing - Utopias

Within this creative writing unit is a continuous PowerPoint that works on developing the skills students will need to be successful creative writers, using utopias as a vehicle to do so. Specific lesson outcomes look at: what utopias are and examples, writing and identifying phenomenal first sentences, letter writing, utopia-specific vocabulary, and activities that train students to notice and express detail in creative writing. An activity sheet used for one of the lessons is also included.
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ESL Business Proposal

ESL Business Proposal

Specifically designed for Level 3 ESL, this mini unit takes English Language Learners through the steps of creating a business proposal. Using Dragon's Den, Shark Tank, and figures like Steve Jobs, we look at what makes a successful product pitch - and presentation, to boot. An additional item you may want to include that isn't in this PPT is creating a catchy advertisement (I like to draw mine on the board as we brainstorm together a class and decide the elements needed as we go... it's useful to look at ads and pick out features, first). There is heavy emphasis on vocabulary, presentation skills, and evaluating for effectiveness. Included is a rubric (based on the Ontario curriculum) that is easily adapted to suit your curriculum outcomes, if desired.
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Writing to Use Persuasive Techniques

Writing to Use Persuasive Techniques

Included are two long lessons that outline commonly used persuasive techniques, activities to practice identifying them, and written activities/assignments to assess student use of them. The first topic features a controversial collection of ads that are meant to raise awareness of animal brutality and extinction; the second centres on the topic of a Space Ark, which is a real event and in the making - but an invention in which not everyone can fit. Students rely on the persuasive skills they learn in order to create two pieces of persuasive writing on topics I have found particularly motivating. Additionally, there is a rubric (based off the Ontario curriculum) that can be easily adapted for your own curriculum, if you so wish to use one. **Updated: A student-friendly rubric created from English Language Paper 1, Section B is now included, as well as a PDF of the PPT, and two versions of the same PPT (one is saved in the 97-2004 format).
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OMAM Candy Preparation for Assessment Year 9

OMAM Candy Preparation for Assessment Year 9

This PowerPoint contains a preparatory assessment on the character of Candy in 'Of Mice and Men.' Students are shown what they will work towards, and then the class is structured to help them get there. Mainly, the focus is on close reading, being able to collect useful and relevant quotes, inference, and writing simple PEE paragraphs. The handout mentioned in the PPT is also included.
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Year 11 GCSE Literature Paper - Romeo and Juliet

Year 11 GCSE Literature Paper - Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet is explored in this unit alongside the poems, "My Last Duchess," "A Women to Her Lover," and "Sonnet 130" for the purpose of writing the literature paper. Even if you are not a GCSE teacher, this unit still comprehensively covers topics and themes surrounding relationships, love, and mistreatment within the two, and offers an opportunity to write comparatively on several pieces of literature. Using backward design, the unit begins by looking at ideal partners, looks at the outcome of the unit, then goes into Shakespearian context before delving into the film and close readings of particular sections afterwards. All of the handouts and activities mentioned in the continuous PPT are included; the only additional item you will need is the film (I opted for the Baz Luhrmann edition).
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Macbeth - A Selection

Macbeth - A Selection

Looking mainly at the theme of power, this PowerPoint explores Macbeth as a character, the importance of stage directions and performance choices, Lady Macbeth's madness, and the concept of allegiance in the play. Since it works thematically more than chronologically, it would be useful to watch a version of Macbeth prior to beginning.
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Year 11 GCSE Exam Prep English Language

Year 11 GCSE Exam Prep English Language

This continuous PowerPoint allows you to use an old paper as an example to teach each question of the English Language GCSE exam. There are real examples included - plus the actual mark given - so you can exam a top-mark response, and less-than-exemplary response to compare the two. It isn't the most exciting material, but I made it for a top-set class of students who requested this kind of help. It was useful to not go through the entire PPT at once, but to do a question a week to break it up. The insert referenced in the PPT is included.
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NEW AQA English Language Paper 1 Practice (Horror and Suspense)

NEW AQA English Language Paper 1 Practice (Horror and Suspense)

Sometimes, the specimen papers are just a little bland... This is a practice English Language Paper 1, both sections A and B. The theme of the questions come from the horror genre, where Section A uses an extract from Stephen King's novel, Salem's Lot; section B uses a thriller picture prompt to creatively write a narrative or description. Available in my shop are creative writing resource units that build the skills necessary to be successful in Section B of this paper, such as the "Worlds Unlike Our Own" unit. If you give any of these resources a try, leave a reply!
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NEW GCSE AQA English Language, Paper 1: Section A Practice

NEW GCSE AQA English Language, Paper 1: Section A Practice

Sometimes, the specimen papers just aren't all that interesting... In light of a recent unit I uploaded on Section B of the English Language Paper 1, I decided to create Section A of the paper. The theme for the Unit is "Worlds Unlike Our Own," so focuses on the fantasy genre. This stand-alone can be printed to help aid in the teaching and practice Section A of Paper 1, and uses an extract from Sanderson's novel, "The Way of Kings" to do so. It's a pretty good introduction as far as interesting novel openings go, and the fantasy genre is often fairly enticing for youths! If you like this sample paper and would like more class materials based on this theme, check out the corresponding unit on teaching English Language, Paper 1: Section B!
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English Language Paper 1, Sections A & B: Mock (theme of suspense)

English Language Paper 1, Sections A & B: Mock (theme of suspense)

Sometimes, the specimen papers are just a little bland... This Language Paper 1 mock uses an extract from Dean Koontz's thriller, Velocity, and very quickly takes the reader from the mundane to a shocking event. With a touch of the bizarre, this mock should give even apathetic students something to pique their interest. Also available in my shop (that particularly compliments this mock) is creative writing package that focuses on creating mood and atmosphere. Check it out! Enjoy :)
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NEW AQA GCSE English Language, Paper 1 Practice (Theme of Worlds Unlike Our Own)

NEW AQA GCSE English Language, Paper 1 Practice (Theme of Worlds Unlike Our Own)

Sometimes, the specimen papers are just a little bland... This is a practice English Language Paper 1, both sections A and B. The theme of the questions come from the fantasy genre, where Section A uses an extract from Brandon Sanderson's novel, The Way of Kings; section B uses a fantasy picture prompt to creatively write a narrative or description. Previously, I posted just Section A, so that's available as a stand-alone if you want it. Additionally, I have a full set of lessons, handouts, and activities to help guide students towards success on Section B of English Language, Paper 1 available in my shop.
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GCSE English Language Paper Practice

GCSE English Language Paper Practice

My Year 11s found the English Language exam articles to be fairly dull, so were having a hard time even practicing for the real deal. I used the same style of questions they would see, but with articles that centred on the theme of zombies and the apocalypse. While the questions remain the same, the content is a little more exciting for them; question 5+6 - which are the creative responses - allow them a little more imagination, too. Answer booklet not included (I just got them to write in their books or on paper).
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