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Writing a Review
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Writing a Review

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Lesson teaching students how to write a review. Students will look at features of a review and examples in order to help them write their own successfully.
A Christmas Carol: Mr Fezziwig
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A Christmas Carol: Mr Fezziwig

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Updated (November 2018) Lesson exploring the character Mr. Fezziwig and how he acts as the catalyst of change for Scrooge. Lesson includes: -literacy starter (sentence forms) -Fezziwig and Scrooge comparison table -exam style question -student-friendly AQA mark scheme on how to get a Grade 9, 7 or 5 -AO focused worksheet to help students structure an analytical paragraph with sentence starters AQA paper 1, Q4 homework task
A Christmas Carol: Debate
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A Christmas Carol: Debate

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A debate lesson looking at whether Scrooge should be forgiven or not. Lesson includes: -starter (discourse markers) - reading of Stave 3 with guided questions - step by step on how to conduct a debate
Out of the Blue Poetry Lesson
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Out of the Blue Poetry Lesson

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Lesson exploring Simon Armitage’s poem ‘Out of the Blue’. Lesson focuses on students making meaningful comments about the effect language and structure has on a reader. Lesson includes: word class activity TSLAP questions to help students analyse the poem practice question and example answer AQA Q5 style writing activity
The Handmaid's Tale: Chapter Two and Three
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The Handmaid's Tale: Chapter Two and Three

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Lesson exploring Chapter 2 and 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale. Students will analyse how symbolism is used by Atwood (clothing and flowers) to shape meaning. Questions are given for each chapter and task. Want to try before you buy? You can find a lesson for Chapter 1 of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ for FREE on my TES shop.
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Act 2, Scene 1
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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Act 2, Scene 1

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Lesson focusing on the presentation of fairies (Puck) in the play. Students will explore the fairies at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1. They will analyse the language used to present Puck, with the opportunity to write their own PEED paragraphs (sentence starters included). There is a creative task allowing students to become ‘film directors’ and create their own version of Puck (worksheet also provided for this).
Writing and Performing a News Report
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Writing and Performing a News Report

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Students will look at the main features of a news report. They will then use what they have learnt to create and perform their own. The lesson includes: -literacy tasks: spelling test, sentence structures and discourse markers -5Ws questions -stimulus (article) for their news report -peer assessment worksheet
AQA Paper 2 Question 5 Writing Tasks
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AQA Paper 2 Question 5 Writing Tasks

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FIVE writing activities for AQA English Language Paper 2 Question 5. I’ve used the thought provoking work of artist Al Margen to act as a visual aid and help students write more creatively. I have also included questions for classroom discussions.
AQA Paper 2 Writing Task
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AQA Paper 2 Writing Task

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Writing activity for AQA English Language Paper 2 Question 5. I have used the thought provoking work of artist Kirzart to act as a visual aid and help students write more creatively. I have also included questions for classroom discussions.
A Christmas Carol Stave 1: Scrooge and Fred Comparison
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A Christmas Carol Stave 1: Scrooge and Fred Comparison

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Updated version: (November 2018) A detailed lesson looking at the contrast between the presentation of Scrooge and his nephew in A Christmas Carol. Lesson includes: a literacy task looking at apostrophes ‘explode the quote’ word level analysis activities AQA student friendly mark scheme AO focused worksheet to help students structure their analytical paragraphs -assessment question -letter writing task Can be used for KS3 and KS4.
KS3 Writing Bundle: Theme Park
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KS3 Writing Bundle: Theme Park

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A series of detailed lessons focused on students creating their own theme park. Each lesson requires students to write for a different purpose or form (writing a review, pitch, leaflet). SPaG tasks are also included.
Sentence Structure: Superheroes
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Sentence Structure: Superheroes

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Worksheet looking at sentence structures. Students will first look at the definitions of simple, compound, complex and minor sentence. They will then have to identify what sentence type has been used in a series of sentences, ending with rewriting a piece of writing using a variation of sentence forms.
IGCE: Passage to Africa Lessons
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IGCE: Passage to Africa Lessons

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Series of detailed lessons for Passage to Africa. Persuasive writing and context lessons: Students will act as 'Save the Children' and research into the issues affecting the lives of those in Somalia due to the war (research pack provided). They will then write a persuasive speech to the Prime Minister using the research that they have learnt. This can be taught over a series of lessons. Activities led to really interesting and insightful discussions, and students developed a more insightful understanding of the issues that affect their world :o) Nice idea to extend learning outside the classroom: - letters could be sent to the MP -speaking and listening activities -assembly presentations (A VARIATION OF THIS LESSON FOCUSING ON THE SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS CAN BE FOUND ON MY TES SHOP FOR FREE AND IS A TES RECOMMENDED LESSON) Descriptive Writing Lesson: - Quiz testing students understanding of language techniques - Stimulus (focusing on famine in Somalia) for creative writing with step-by-step success criteria - Example answer to help students write a successful response (THIS LESSON CAN BE FOUND FOR FREE ON MY TES SHOP FOR YOU TO SEE WHAT TYPE OF LESSONS YOU WILL RECEIVE) Analysis Lesson: -Lessons unpicking the language and structure of the text. Students will work together to identify key techniques and the effect of these. -Exam style question provided with step by step instructions on how to approach the question. Student example also given to help student write a more successful answer.
A Christmas Carol End of Stave 3: Ignorance and Want
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A Christmas Carol End of Stave 3: Ignorance and Want

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Detailed lesson looking at the ending of Stave 3. Students will focus on the social and historical context (child poverty and workhouses) and how this influences the themes/ideas explored in the novel. Lesson includes: - literacy starter (using dialogue correctly) -video and key questions -language analysis tasks
An Inspector Calls: Introduction of  Inspector Goole
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An Inspector Calls: Introduction of Inspector Goole

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Lesson looking at how Priestley introduces the Inspector to the play. Students will unpick key quotations and analyse the methods Priestley uses to present Inspector Goole. Questions are given to help students ‘Explode the Quote’ and an exam style question is provided. An AQA Q5 writing task starter has also been included for revision.