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 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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Christmas Sale: Romeo & Juliet SOW

Christmas Sale: Romeo & Juliet SOW

Everything you need for teaching this GCSE scheme of work- now bundled and on sale. Save yourself some planning this Christmas/Hannukah!
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Year 10/11: Power & Conflict Comparison

Year 10/11: Power & Conflict Comparison

A lesson teaching comparison skills, designed for the "Power & Conflict" poetry cluster for the GCSE. (AQA specification). Can be taught as a one off after the rest of the unit has been taught
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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 10-12: A Study in Scarlet

Year 10-12: A Study in Scarlet

This is a single lesson that I designed for my year 13 class. Looking at an extract from "A Study in Scarlet" by Arthur Conan Doyle, students consider the dimensions of Sherlock's character and why he is enduring. A puzzle activity merges analytical skills with group work. Can be taught with able groups of younger years, and as a general one- off for students already studying crime fiction/detective fiction.
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Year 9-11: Teaching analysis skills

Year 9-11: Teaching analysis skills

After marking my year 11 exams, I was disappointed by how many students continue to panic and write huge generalisations instead of proper analysis. E.g. "the imagery really helps the reader picture the scene in their mind" or "this technique creates tension and makes the reader want to read on." This resource can be used with high-ability year 9/10 or low-middle ability year 11s. A couple of different activities walk students through ways of approaching analysis.
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Year 10/11: Language Paper 2 (Perspectives & Viewpoints) Q3

Year 10/11: Language Paper 2 (Perspectives & Viewpoints) Q3

For the GCSE Language Paper 2 (non-fiction), this lesson facilitates students' development of critical writing for non-fiction texts. Tailored for question 3 of the exam. In this lesson, students revise persuasive language devices and analyse "Hiroshima" by John Hersey.
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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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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: 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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Years 10/11: Tone, Colour & Senses in Creative Writing

Years 10/11: Tone, Colour & Senses in Creative Writing

2/3 lesson bundle that builds student understanding of how authorial tone works in texts, and how colour and senses can be devised as a narrative tool for generating different tones. Several creative writing activities get the ball rolling, with analytical writing for the 2nd/3rd lesson. An extract from "The Great Gatsby" (Scott Fitzgerald) is the example extract here: how does the author play with colour and senses to suggest the beautiful but tragic and empty love of Gatsby and Daisy? A clip from the film accompanies this (right click the picture to open hyperlink). 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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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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