High School Creative writing lesson plans and activities

Resources and ideas for Creative writing, written by teachers to support teaching and learning

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1

A complete 12 week scheme of work that is fully resourced and differentiated. Contains powerpoint lessons, medium term plan, text extracts and sample practice papers. Everything you need to teach the new GCSE English Language Paper 1. Also contains revision activities for GCSE Literature Paper 1 (easily adapted to suit your texts.)

By stebbingk05

An Introduction to Dystopian Literature

An Introduction to Dystopian Literature

Resources to introduce dystopian/post-apocalyptic literature conventions to AS students, but also suitable for GCSE or KS3 students. Designed to lead to a comparative essay on 'The Road' and 'The Handmaid's Tale' but easily adaptable for your choice of novels or to stand alone as a study of the four short stories included.

By archev

AQA New 2017 Specification: English Language, Paper 2 Section A: Nonfiction Reading

AQA New 2017 Specification: English Language, Paper 2 Section A: Nonfiction Reading

10 fully resourced lessons to prepare students for the AQA English Language Paper 2, Section A exam: 'Writer's Viewpoints and Perspectives'.This resource bundle includes:Two powerpoint presentations totalling 142 slides.A full lesson by lesson scheme of work including clear learning objectives and outlining assessment opportunities.Eight different extracts to use with students from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Each lesson is clearly structured with learning objectives, learning start activities, learning review activities and opportunities for students to demonstrate and assess their learning in a number of ways. The lessons aim to develop a common approach for tackling each question to build students' confidence. There are a number of opportunities for students to tackle the different question types and the presentations provide clear steps and guidance to support students during the assessment process. Model answers and assessment sheets also included.Extracts included:'American Sniper', Chris Kyle'The Charge of the Light Brigade', William Howard Russell'Letter to My Mother', Wilfred Owen'A Beautiful Job', Gunner William Towers (WW1)'The Death of Lord Nelson', William Beatty'We Shall Fight Them on the Beaches', Winston Churchill'Surrender Speech', Chief Joseph (taken from the AQA Reading Support Booklet)'The Gettysburg Address', Abraham LincolnIn addition to this, the presentations also include some optional Paper 2, Section B questions that link to the extracts and aim to develop students' nonfiction writing skills.The lessons and extracts are focused around the theme of war so they can be linked with the 'Power and Conflict' AQA poetry anthology to develop students' contextual understanding for the English Literature exam.Any feedback on the resource would be greatly appreciated!

By RojoResources

Library Challenge Cards

Library Challenge Cards

These ‘Library Challenge’ cards were made for my class library, but they could be used in a school library as well. The idea was just to get the children excited about reading and properly engaged with the books, and they’ve really enjoyed working through the activities – an added bonus being that I use this work to decorate the walls of our library. There’s a selection of 10 Library Challenge Cards, plus a ‘Library Challenge of the Week’ which just allows for changing things up a little without having to print and laminate more cards.

By sh2810

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Poems that create images - Similes / Metaphors - March '17 UPDATE

Poems that create images - Similes / Metaphors - March '17 UPDATE

A bumper set of resources initially used in the year 4 topic of: Creating Images with Poetry, Similes and Metaphors. Due to the popularity of this resource I have included a Powerpoint I used for a very successful observation lesson by Ofsted involving describing a beach setting with similes and metaphors. I recently adapted this in this for a year 6 class I took. There is also quite a few poems I have written using Similes and Metaphors in them to create images and a few more resources too including a soothing soundtrack and background to play on your IW on loop.I have continually updated this resource due to its popularity and quality.Please check my other resources out here...https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/dave_orritt

By dave_orritt

An Introduction to Gothic Literature

An Introduction to Gothic Literature

An introduction to gothic literature, originally aimed at A2 students preparing for OCR's 'Texts in Time' coursework but suitable for GCSE and KS3, if AOs changed.Includes conventions and extracts of key texts as well as suggestions for assessment titles.

By archev

Persuasive Articles

Persuasive Articles

Targeted at mixed ability KS3 pupils, this adaptable PowerPoint provides a detailed and well-modeled insight into the ways in which pupils can create persuasive articles particularly in food reviews. By comparing tabloids and broadsheets, pupils begin to explore how they can themselves create an effective article about their critic of a food experience.

By deepavali_sehgal1

Greeting Cards

Greeting Cards

An 8 page handout for students with activities/ Assessment and Marking Criteria.The resource focuses on Greeting cards - types / messages / predicting type / matching activity and student card production.Students are led through a series of activities that prepares them for designing their own cards and messages.Was used with a year 4/5 class , would be suitable for Upper Primary and could be used for a remedial Junior High school class. This could also be suitable for ESL students. Students had a lot of fun.

By teen91113

Beast of Bodmin Moor Exam Question Lesson

Beast of Bodmin Moor Exam Question Lesson

Beast of Bodmin Moor Exam Question LessonHere is a very simple and straight-forward lesson based on the legend of the Beast of Bodmin Moor. Simply download and teach. No fancy stuff.Lesson Power Point contains:• Starter• Video clip• Newspaper article on the ‘Beast of Bodmin Moor’• Questions and answers• Student opinion piece on what they thing about the mythFor a full investigation lesson on the ‘Beast of Bodmin Moor’ see here:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/the-beast-of-bodmin-moor-exciting-team-investigation-lesson-11382956Or look out for any bundle pack of these lessons.Visit my page for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: see resource material)

By EngageinEnglish

The Island – Survival Diary Lesson

The Island – Survival Diary Lesson

The Island – Survival Diary LessonAction-packed desert island survival lesson.Full lesson Power Point is recommended for two lessons and includes:* Attractive title pages throughout* Word list starter activity* Scenario page* Lesson Objectives* Discussion prompts* Writing prompts* Map drawing activityExcellent value, engaging lesson that students of all ages will enjoy!For more great resources and full lessons visit my shop page here:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: copyright free images used.)

By EngageinEnglish

The Haunting Horror Story Creative Writing

The Haunting Horror Story Creative Writing

The Haunting Horror Story Creative WritingA group of friends find themselves trapped in an old hotel, only to suffer strange lucid dreams and terrifying nightly visitations. Will they escape or go insane? And what is the significance of the black rose?Visually attractive, creative horror story lesson complete with all resources needed for a fun engaging lesson or series of lessons. (At least two lessons will be required to complete the story.)Power point includes:* Attractive title page.* Story scenario – dramatic scenario (as above).* Complete lesson objectives and outcomes* Character cards page (with example, included) where students complete their own characters on special cards (resources included at the back of the Power Point.)* Planning sheet giving students a structured method in which to write an effective story (included at the back of the Power Point.)* A review prompt to discuss writing so far.* A review peer-assessment prompt which should set students up to continue the story next lesson.A simple but fun and engaging lesson!Visit my shop for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: Donney Nunley, Circus Tricks, Flickr.com. Emo Attitude, Haunted Boy, Deviant art.)

By EngageinEnglish

IGCSE Edexcel Poetry Anthology and CIE Writing to Describe SOW

IGCSE Edexcel Poetry Anthology and CIE Writing to Describe SOW

This ten week scheme of work combines IGCSE Edexcel English Literature (4ET0 or 4ET1) and IGCSE CIE 0500 English First Language. The schemes first directs students through the Edexcel Poetry Anthology (If– , Prayer Before Birth, Half-past Two, Piano, Hide and Seek, Sonnet 116, La Belle Dame sans Merci, Poem at Thirty-Nine, War Photographer, The Tyger, My Last Duchess, Do not go gentle into that good night, Remember; then A Mother in a Refugee Camp, Telephone Conversation, Once Upon a Time for 4ET0 or add in Blessing, Search For My Tongue, Half Caste for 4ET1). Students are prompted to analyse the subject, style and structure of each poem through engaging activities, including creative writing and image matching, then using this as a basis to make connections between the poems. Students also develop strategies for tackling unseen poems by practising these strategies on anthology poems. After an assessment on their poetry, students then use their studies as the basis for coursework 2: writing to describe to fulfill the requirements of component 4 of CIE 0500 First Language English. Students select a poem they have studied and then write from a different characters point-of-view to describe their most memorable moments. Lesson-by-lesson PowerPoints are included in this pack of resources, as well as a number of printable resources, student examples and revision materials.

By chaybrown

Frankenstein - Character Map

Frankenstein - Character Map

Frankenstein - Character MapThis resource is a great way to get students to gather the key information of the characters from the story. I have made this map to be printed up to any size and can be used time and time again as a helpful resource. Works well in A3 and has been used by other English teachers. For more creative ideas see my shop: @captionteseducationAlternatively contact me via my weblink if you have anything you would like me to make.All images are original vector images drawn by myself. ©2017 WTB

By captionteseducation

AQA Language Paper 1

AQA Language Paper 1

AQA Language Paper 176 page revision/ work bookletCovers section A and BBreaks down each questionPractice tasks and exam style questions

By Elocin123

Treasure Island - Chapter 12-13 reaching the island

Treasure Island - Chapter 12-13 reaching the island

Students read chapters 12- 13 where Jim and the crew see the island for the first time and step onto the islands Two activities based on these chapters.First activity -students draw the island from descriptionSecond activity -students describe senses when they step on the island for the first time

By Amymay

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Creative Writing: David Didau's Slow Writing Technique

Creative Writing: David Didau's Slow Writing Technique

An outstanding observation lesson based on David Didau's Slow Writing Technique. These resources include an exam style starter activity, exemplar writing and activity, strategies for improving writing, progress checker, peer assessment and a lesson plan. I have used this lesson several times and every time get excellent evidence of progress across a full range of age groups....

By joannammarsh

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PROVE IT! GRAMMAR REASONING CARDS

PROVE IT! GRAMMAR REASONING CARDS

PROVE IT! GRAMMAR REASONING CARDSPROVE IT pack!Incudes:20 punctuation prove it cards and 50 grammar prove it cards (KS1 and 2)Use for interventions, morning tasks, starters, extensions, debates, talk pair share, homework and more!

By erylands

10 English Vocabulary Building Starter Games

10 English Vocabulary Building Starter Games

A range of games and activities to make students work on their vocabulary. These work fantastically with any group from EAL KS3 to KS5. They can all be done independently, in pairs or in teams and most have a competitive element. I use these as starters in English lessons, but my school used to have a Literacy Form Time every Monday when we would play one of these. Most don't require any printing but can be adapted into a more physical resource if this suits your group.These always make fun and engaging links into creative writing lessons or literacy lessons. My students love them! I even caught some of my year 7s playing the Alphabet Game at lunch! I hope your students enjoy them just as much.

By Best_Newcomer_2009

GCSE AQA Language Paper 1 - complete set of BRAND NEW Mock Revision papers and support materials

GCSE AQA Language Paper 1 - complete set of BRAND NEW Mock Revision papers and support materials

I have created a professional exam paper, with inserts, and a range of support materials to offer students an EXTRA REVISION MOCK paper for GCSE Language Paper 1. This resource includes: an exam paper, inserts, and 10 student exemplars which are either annotated by me or blank for students to assess themselves/each other. These are all colour PDF's. I also enclose a student peer assessment mark sheet, and a teacher annotated approach to the question 3 on Structure. All of these resources are dealt with in a 44 slide powerpoint presentation which guides through the whole process, offering guidance, tips, mark scheme translating and other help. You could set this as an extra MOCK EXAM and then use all the resources as part of your feedback, which is what I have just done. Kids loved it. Honest!I hope that you find these resources useful – please leave feedback if that is the case.Check out my other resources, my TES shop, and my web site:happycatrevision.weebly.com which offers a wide range of free downloads

By nigster7

WJEC GCSE English Language Reading exam SOW, Lessons and Lecturer podcasts (Unit 1)

WJEC GCSE English Language Reading exam SOW, Lessons and Lecturer podcasts (Unit 1)

A huge number of PowerPoints (over 30) on the WJEC GCSE Reading exam (Unit 1). All PowerPoints have a lecturer podcast with it. There are lessons and videos on the following questions:Information retrievalThe 'HOW' questionThe 'THOUGHTS and FEELINGS' questionThe 'IMPRESSIONS' questionThe 'COMPARE AND CONTRAST' question Advice on an unexpected question.This is not for the 9-1 exam.

By SteveNoyce1

AQA Paper 2 Practice

AQA Paper 2 Practice

A fully resourced lesson for KS3/KS4 students to practise a Section B question and mark their own work using a student-friendly version of AO5 and AO6 mark scheme for AQA English Language Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives.

By Lead_Practitioner

OPTICAL ILLUSIONS - Things Are Not Always What They Seem        (useful for "To Kill A Mockingbird")

OPTICAL ILLUSIONS - Things Are Not Always What They Seem (useful for "To Kill A Mockingbird")

For English and historyteachers and values educators, this power point resource is a pre-timed examination of how we perceive the world, containing stills, animation and challenges for the class to respond to. It is approximately four minutes in length, featuring some of history's best examples of visual illusions, and examines how we see the world in ways that can be inaccurate and distorted. The final slides cover stereotyping and false judgements. The presentation will be useful as a stimulus / starter, getting students to consider how perception and reality are not always the same.Useful for literature studies on racial attitudes, discrimination based on perceived difference and flawed thinking leading to injustice. For example - "To Kill A Mockingbird," "1984," "Brave New World," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"Useful for values classes in social studies, philosophy and ethics classes.

By jaynorth

AUSTRALIAN HUMOUR  - A Powerpoint on Comedy in Australia

AUSTRALIAN HUMOUR - A Powerpoint on Comedy in Australia

Powerpoint covering1. What distinctive elements make up the distinctive Australian sense of humour - irreverence / class difference / city and country perspectives2. Case Study - Classic Australian cartoon ("Stop Laughing this is serious!")3. Case Study - The Bush Comic (George Wallace)4. Political correctness and Australian humourThe material can be used in whole or part as the basis of a single lesson.There are lots of opportunities for direct note taking practice, class discussion and debate over whether there really is an Australian style of humour, and whether political correctness has eroded its distinctiveness

By jaynorth

Jason and the Argonauts

Jason and the Argonauts

Four items to use with the film JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS1. Assessment task with exemplar film review2.Comprehension handout3. Crossword handout4. Word search handout

By jaynorth