This 5 page worksheet is a break- down of the STILTS acronym which is a useful and easy tool to arm students with when analyzing a poem for the first time. This worksheet gives an overview of how STILTS works and then asks students to apply it to Maya Angelou’s “Africa”. It rounds off the exercise with a sample unseen Cambridge style essay question (Syllabus 0486 Paper 42) where the student is asked to plan the essay using the analysis techniques described and practised in the worksheet.
Updated to include a teacher’s copy with basic answers to guide the lesson!
INCLUDES TEACHER’S COPY
This workbook consists of 20 pages of work for students to do when and after watching the Baz Luhrmann version of *Romeo and Juliet. *
The film study is designed to be used as an activity following a first reading of the original play and to get students thinking about Shakespeare’s techniques and asserting an informed opinion on techniques used by both Shakespeare and Luhrmann in his 1996 adaptation.
It includes characterisation and focus questions on some of the main scenes. It also lists some of Luhrmann’s “Easter eggs” hidden in the film for students to hunt for whilst watching.
A fun activity to introduce students to the concept of prophecy and to later question whether Macbeth was driven by greed and manipulated into creating his own destiny, or whether the witches’ prophecies really did come true!
Cut out the 30 “prophecies” provided and have students pick one from a hat. Give students a week to see if any of their prophecies come true (they are all pretty vague, some of them are bound to!)
There is a summative handout for students to complete after and from here a general class discussion and sharing of stories will give students something to think about and later link to the question of Macbeth’s fate.
A series of Cambridge- style essay questions on all 15 poems from "Songs of Ourselves" Vol 1 Part 5 , (Because I Could Not Stop for Death, etc) made up by my two IGCSE classes. Great for revision and essay skills.
A collection of IGCSE essay- style questions made up by my class (and edited by me) for revision purposes on poems 1-6 from Volume 1 Part 5 of “Songs of Ourselves” (Dickinson’s “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” through to Nichols’ “Praise Song”- examinable 2017). Not a particularly pretty handout, but I hope you’ll find it useful!
This 8 page resource introduces the main devices found in the poem including the main features of an Italian and Shakespearean sonnet, iambic pentameter, imagery, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia and a Cambridge- style essay question at the end in which the understanding gathered from the various activities can be applied to write the essay.
This would be a great resource for a first reading and teaching of Owen's poem with the focus on revising the literary devices found in the poem and building up an informed response to the writing which can then be used for the cumulative task of writing a Cambridge style essay.
An eye- catching brainstorm style poster on how to create a mind map. Print, laminate and display in classrooms or use as part of a revision/study skills unit.
Suitable for Secondary School
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This work book consists of 25 pages which introduce students to the “PERSUADER” acronym by explaining each persuasive technique individually with reference to famous speeches from history.
The workbook is scaffolded with tasks first introducing the technique and then asking students to identify it before requiring them to practise the technique themselves. Finally they annotate an extract from Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech using what has been learnt.
The work book ends with the summative GCSE/ IGCSE style exercise of writing a speech of your own whilst utilizing the “PERSUADER” techniques.
“PERSUADER” is a useful acronym for students’ tool belts as it can be used for any kind of directed writing including letters, articles and discursive or argumentative essays, as well as speeches.
*UPDATED TO INCLUDE AN EXTRA SET IN PRINTER- FRIENDLY BLACK & WHITE! (PRINT ON COLOURED CARD FOR THE SAME EFFECT)
This vivid set of 26 posters offers tips to help your students to have a successful and less stressful exam period. Suitable for Secondary/ High School age groups.
They can be printed and laminated and used year after year in your class, displayed altogether to create a striking, alluring and informative wall or brought out individually and used as interchangeable classroom decor.
There is no set order they need to be displayed in.
Also INCLUDES a mind map poster and additional exam day tips.
(The full set of 52 posters are available for download in a Zip file; additional copies are included so that you can view a sample before purchase)
This 19 slide PowerPoint presentation is an excellent introduction to Owen’s “Anthem for Doomed Youth”. It provides a basic biography, a line-by- line analysis of the poem including points of interest and discussion, and ends with an IGCSE/GCSE style essay question. It could also be used for revision and recap purposes.
This 10 slide PowerPoint is great to accompany a first reading of Nichols’ “Praise Song for My Mother”. It offers biographical information and then contains a stanza by stanza break down with points of interest which can be discussed either altogether in class or as a small group activity. It ends with a GCSE/ IGCSE style essay question and a series of bullet point questions to serve as scaffolding and guidance in writing the essay.
An introductory worksheet to using PEEL (Point, Evidence, Explanation, Link) to write a detailed Literature Essay. Great for high school students just learning how to write a critical essay, or for older students as a formula to help sharpen their essay skills.
The worksheet can be started in a single lesson and completed as homework or included in a module of work on critical analysis.
This worksheet uses Dickinson’s poem “Because I Could Not Stop For Death” (from the IGCSE 0486 Syllabus) which students annotate and then complete a series of topic statements to create PEEL paragraphs in a scaffolded poetry analysis essay.
The poem can be used as a stand alone choice or as part of the IGCSE 0486 syllabus.
BONUS! This resource also includes a choice of bright PEEL posters which teachers can print for classroom display to remind students throughout the school year.
This 30 slide PowerPoint presentation is fully editable so that you can customize it to suit your needs. It includes a memory experiment, a self assessment activity so that your students can find out what kind of learning style suits them best and tips on how to study according to their learning type.
Suitable for high school students.
UPDATED TO INCLUDE 3 NEW DESIGNS!
These are a hit with all age groups and a memento students treasure for years!
A series of templates in 6 different designs (1 templates),** including black and white for economical printing, **designed for teachers to create “warm and fuzzy” kind words bookmarks for end of year gifts for students.
Involves an activity done in advance where teacher orchestrates a lesson in which students write about their classmate’s best attributes.
Step by step instructions included.
Bonus use- templates can also be used a fun and creative book labels and spines!
This reflective learning handout is designed as a self- assessment tool for students prior to handing in an assignment for marking.
The 1-10 scale is a simple way for students to express how they feel they performed on a piece of work, and the follow- on questions allow them to jot down notes for their own future use. It allows students to pin- point their perceived strengths and weaknesses while the topic is still fresh in their minds and before the teacher provides external feedback.
The completed handout can be attached to assignments and used by students to refer back to before exams; it also allows teachers to gauge whether students are on track and if they have clear and realistic expectations of their own learning.
There are two slightly different versions of the assessment form here: one asks students to draw an emoji which corresponds with the 1-10 scale of their work; the other asks for students to simply indicate a score from 1 to 10 on the scale.
This ‘Mingle Bingo’ is a great ice- breaker for the start of the year. There are 25 spots on the card, each describing a physical attribute (such as green eyes), a capability (such as being able to lick your elbow!) or something specific about family and home (such as having a dog, or having two sisters). Students embark on a scavenger hunt to find someone in the class who fits that description .
There are two slightly different Bingo cards (although they do have some of the same points on them) which could be used together with everyone randomly handed one or the other, or choose which you prefer according to what you know about characteristics within your class.
The idea is that everyone mingles and asks each other specific questions. When students find someone who “ticks” one of the boxes on their sheet, that person writes their name down in the space provided.
Each person can only be used once, so students have to use a little bit of tactical thinking about whose name to place where!
For smaller classes adjust the game by giving students a certain number of boxes to fill in, or ask them to complete a row or two.
The activity would also be great for use in a module on Geneticsas many of the Bingo boxes ask about characteristics which are dominant and recessive genes.
The cards could also be used in an English as Second Language class in an activity about describing people.
A series of 45 conversation cards, ranging from the pure ridiculous through to real mind- bogglers!
Print, cut and laminate and keep as a deck of cards to use year after year to break the ice with a new class, to fill awkward spaces of time or as discursive and argumentative writing or debate topics.
Encourage students to elaborate on their answers and talk about themselves.
These are suitable for a wide range of ages from Elementary/ Primary all the way to Secondary/ High School students.
There is also a Black & White set included for more economical printing, and a blank template so you can add in more of your own, or reverse the activity and ask students to make up some for themselves!
These print-and-go worksheets make up a 150 page workbook which is designed to be used to supplement the text. It can be used as a revision unit after finishing the play or can be used to test understanding after reading each scene.
It consists mainly of cloze text summaries of each scene which create scaffolded critical analyses for students to complete but also includes exercises on annotation of key speeches,** introduces the main literary devices, AQA/ CIE style essay questions and also includes character and theme logs.
The download also includes teacher’s copy which provides all of the answers and includes “Key scene” Timeline cards to use as a revision game.
(Please note- This download includes two 150 page workbooks: the Teacher’s Copy and the Student’s Copy. The other files have been included in here to act as previews and to enable you to see some of the content of the workbooks)
This 9 page workbook introduces your students to the life and times of Shakespeare. It is designed to be interactive and requires students to research much of the information themselves. It includes a template to create Shakespeare’s biography in the form of a resume, fun facts on life in Elizabethan England, some background on the Globe, Shakespearean insults to be hurled at one another, well- known phrases we use today which were coined by Shakespeare and a research project on life at that time.
The resource includes a teacher’s copy which provides more background information and suggested answers to questions.
It is suitable for secondary students who are about to study their first Shakespeare.
This 7 page workbook introduces students to 3 unconventional love poems. A series of cloze texts, comprehension and analysis questions guide students through a first reading and in- depth examination of each poem, allowing them to create scaffolded notes which will assist them in the final essay task.
Perfect for a fresh approach to Valentine’s Day, or use at any point in the year. These exercises are excellent revision in unseen poetry tasks and can be examined individually or side by side to develop skills in comparing and contrasting different texts.
Includes a teacher’s copy
Suitable for GCSE/ IGCSE revision for both building Unseen Poetry skills and Literature essay writing.
** Please note that due to copyright restrictions two of the three poems are not physically presented in the handout. Space has been left on the relevant worksheets along with clear instructions on how to (very easily) source the poems yourself**