Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

This power-point covers all content for teaching "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding for the AQA GCSE specification. 25-30 lessons (all power-points and activities are included) explore A01-3 in depth; themes, language and context. A few lessons are dedicated to the examination of critical theory (Plato's Republic and Social Contract Theory), and additionally essay writing projects, creative writing, formative assessments and a summative quiz are included. Enjoy!
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Year 9/10: Ready Player One (lesson designed like a video game!)

Year 9/10: Ready Player One (lesson designed like a video game!)

An awesome lesson for boys in year 9 or 10, language analysis skills are made fun through a lesson designed like a video game. Each activity is a "mission", and students have to complete all three in either single, two player or combat mode (individually, in pairs, or in competition). Included: - All activities - Video resources (right click the image on slide 4 for hyperlink to video) - Extract from Ernest Cline's "Ready Player One". - Formative progress check (using playstation symbols- how cool is that?) - Creative writing activity Very proud and excited for this lesson, so please enjoy!
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Year 10/11: Language Paper 1 Revision Booklet

Year 10/11: Language Paper 1 Revision Booklet

Using an extract from “The God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy, this booklet allows students to work in pairs or individually to complete a mini-project that covers all the skills for the Language Paper 1, AQA GSCE specimen. This took my class about 2-3 lessons to complete. Self-directed learning is great for this time of year!
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Year 11: Unseen Poetry Projects

Year 11: Unseen Poetry Projects

Using two unseen poems (one by Louise Gluck) this booklet allows students to work in pairs or individually to complete a mini-project that covers all the skills for the unseen poetry section of Language Paper 1, AQA GSCE specimen. This took my class about 2-3 lessons to complete. Self-directed learning is great for this time of year!
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GCSE QUIZ

GCSE QUIZ

Revision quiz questions for all four papers for topics: Macbeth Inspector Calls Jekyll and Hyde Language paper 1 and 2 Will take you several lessons- language analysis, quotes, themes and context are all covered- enjoy!
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Year 7: Villain's Speeches

Year 7: Villain's Speeches

My year 7s are studying non-fiction at the moment, which I personally find very boring! To spice things up, we’ve been looking at non-fiction textual forms through the theme of comic books (see my other lessons for examples). This lesson/2 lessons examines the features of speeches, with examples being the grand speeches comic villains perform. Included: Two clips of Ego and Bane- why are their speeches convincing? Analysis activities for the Joker’s speech from The Dark Knight Model critical paragraph Creative: students write their own villain speech Extension: Students create a comic page featuring their villain and given speech. My class loved it. Enjoy!
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Year 7 Non Fiction: Black Panther Film Review

Year 7 Non Fiction: Black Panther Film Review

My year 7s are continuing their non-fiction unit this term and after seeing (and loving!) Black Panther these holidays, I saw an opportunity for some enlightenment. 1-2 lessons examine a film review of Black Panther, with a series of questions and activities analysing its language features and meaning. Can be taught as a one off. A particularly important lesson for young students who, like mine, come from primary white backgrounds.
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Year 7: Writing a book review

Year 7: Writing a book review

I set this for my low-ability year 7 class just before the half-term break (holiday homework!), but you can use this lesson at any point throughout the term. A lesson that introduces book reviews and provides students with a checklist for writing their own. The worksheet helps students understand how to structure their review. Enjoy!
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Year 9: Non-Fiction (Film Reviews)

Year 9: Non-Fiction (Film Reviews)

3/4 lessons for if you're starting to teach the GCSE Language Paper 2: Viewpoints and Perspectives, or as a general introduction to non-fiction. Find included: - Introduction to non-fiction and persuasive language devices - Structure of a film review (I've chosen "All Quiet on the Western Front" as it coincides with my class's adjacent war unit, but you can supplement this for any film) - Analysis of a film review - Comprehension, analysis and summary exam skills. Enjoy
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Year 10/11: Checking Out Me History

Year 10/11: Checking Out Me History

Part of the Power & Conflict cluster for GCSE poetry, these 2-3 lessons firstly cover contextual factors (Agard's subjective experience and the broader issues/aftermath of colonialism), in depth annotations of the poem, themes and ideas. An guided annotation sheet can be done in class or as homework.
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Year 10/11: Comparing Conflict Poetry

Year 10/11: Comparing Conflict Poetry

A lesson that's ideal at completion of the GCSE "Power and Conflict" poetry cluster. Activities for retaining quotes, comparing themes and critical writing (through a differentiation focused "draw of the hat" exercise) are included.
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Year 7: Non-Fiction

Year 7: Non-Fiction

This is the first lesson I've taught for our new non-fiction unit with year 7. This lesson recaps language techniques, introduces non-fiction types, and then looks at a short review of "Alice in Wonderland." The final activity requires students to write their own review of "The Jabberwocky". Enjoy
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Year 7: Introduction to Poetry

Year 7: Introduction to Poetry

My year 7s are about to undertake a poetry unit, and so I thought I'd share my first two lessons. Lesson one covers form, structure and language with related activities. Lesson two looks at meaning in the poem "The Word Party" which is a great introduction poem for little newbies. Happy new year everyone!
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The Awakening , Kate Chopin - AQA A Level

The Awakening , Kate Chopin - AQA A Level

This unit of work is designed for AQA's A Level "Love through the Ages", looking at Kate Chopin's "The Awakening." All content is what I taught over the course of two terms. Find enclosed - Whole lessons covering plot, context of creole culture etc - Worksheets - Critical theory (particularly philosophy of Descartes, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre and de Beauvoir) Enjoy!
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GCSE Jekyll & Hyde Unit of Work

GCSE Jekyll & Hyde Unit of Work

Find enclosed all resources required for teaching an entire scheme of work for "The Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde" (AQA GCSE). - All lessons and activities covering themes, plot, characters, language, context and critical theory - Formative "Hot Task" assessment - Worksheets - Termly homework grid - How to write an essay- two part lessons for surmising the unit. 25-30 lessons of content in total. I am teaching this currently- enjoy!
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Year 10/11: "Tissue" Imtiaz Dharker

Year 10/11: "Tissue" Imtiaz Dharker

The introduction lessons (or two) to the GCSE poem "Tissue" by Imtiaz Dharker. An guided annotation dissects language features and ideas in this challenging poem. Follow up lesson to come!
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Year 10/11: Storm on the Island, Seamus Heaney

Year 10/11: Storm on the Island, Seamus Heaney

Suitable for teaching as a one off, or as part of the GCSE "Power and Conflict" poetry cluster. Skills covered: themes and ideas (with a look at literary criticism examining tribal conflict and the psychological landscape in Heaney's poetry); language forms, structure and features; and context.
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Year 10/11: Language Paper 2 (Perspectives & Viewpoints) Q4

Year 10/11: Language Paper 2 (Perspectives & Viewpoints) Q4

For GCSE Language Paper 2 (non-fiction), this lesson facilitates students' development of comparison and critical writing skills, for question 4 of the exam. Clips introduce comparison skills, which are consolidated in examining non-fiction extracts surrounding the Titanic (original news report and survivor's journal).
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Year 10/11: Language Paper 2 (Perspectives & Viewpoints) Q2

Year 10/11: Language Paper 2 (Perspectives & Viewpoints) Q2

For the GCSE paper Language Paper 2 (Non-fiction), this lesson facilitates students' development of summary writing skills (Q2 of the exam). Ideal for a weaker class- visual clips of Wonderwoman and Guardians of the Galaxy make the material more accessible, with other written non-fiction texts the focus for the latter part of the lesson.
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