Short SOW for Romeo and Juliet at KS3 - designed for a short half term (10ish lessons).
Powerpoint and resources included. Teaching notes in PPT comments but flexible for you to adapt to your class.
Students will learn whole plot but close study focuses on:
- Conflict (Act 1 Scene 1, Act 3 Scene 1)
- Mercutio (Act 1 Scene 4, Act 2 Scene 4, Act 3 Scene 1)
- Stagecraft at the Party (Act 1 Scene 5)
- Learn the Prologue by heart (getting them familiar with speaking Shakespeare aloud - plus it’s something awesome to know for life!)
- Casting Call: Mercutio. Who? Why?
Some YouTube content is linked but feel free to use your own R and J videos for key scenes if you prefer, of course…
Single lesson with complete lesson plan and resources ready to use.
Using two extracts from Stave I of A Christmas Carol to explore in depth how Dickens creates a sense of atmosphere and setting through language and structural choices.
Featuring grammatical metalanguage; in depth questioning; easy to differentiate to your group depending on prior learning.
Enjoy, and all feedback welcome.
Image from PJ Lynch.
Extracts from across the text formatted to fit on one page each.
- The Knocker
- The Arrival of Marley's Ghost
- Phantoms Outside the Window
- The Arrival of the Ghost of Christmas Past
- The First Memory
- Christmas with Fezziwig
- Christmas with the Cratchits
- Happy Christmases
- Ignorance and Want
- The Rag and Bone Shop
- The Dead Man
- The Churchyard
- Waking Up on Christmas Morning
- Excitement on Christmas Day
A4 sheet that can be used to give feedback or track progress of GCSE English Literature students against the Paper 1 and Paper 2 mark schemes.
** UPDATE 24/1/16 19:29 PM ** Error spotted in AO1 Level 3 - now amended.
A single lesson to introduce the concept of irony to KS4 readers -- includes Situational, Verbal and Dramatic irony. Includes Powerpoint and worksheet. Teacher will need red/amber/green cards for plenary.
Diamond Cards are a tool to facilitate better, healthier, more even whole-class discussion. Particularly effective with an able GCSE group, these cards are life-savers for the kind of class which is struggling with discussions - either because a few loud voices tend to dominate, or because active group discussion fizzles into silence when you ask for feedback.
Just print the PDF off onto coloured card or paper, divide into 4, laminate and you're all set. The idea is that each group gets one Diamond Card. Students in the group take it in turns to hold it.
At the end of the group discussion, the Diamond Card holder must amalgamate all the 'glowing embers' of ideas into a 'glittering diamond' and feed back to the rest of the class. You don't need to take 'hands up' feedback, and nobody feels on the spot, as they are aware in advance of the responsibility. I hope it works as well for you as it has for me!
Display resource (and photograph of how I have deployed) to promote Growth Mindset in the classroom.
Growth Mindset (see: Carol Dweck) is a popular educational theory that focuses on how students develop skills of reflection and raise their aspirations for their own progress. We all have students that spring to mind as using those "It's too hard", "I can't do it", "It's good enough" phrases about their work - having a display in the classroom that provides the language to help them move past that 'Fixed Mindset' barrier can support them in shifting their approach from "I can't do it" to "I can't do it yet... but I'm working on it."