High School Creative writing lesson plans and activities

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

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

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 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

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

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

AQA English Language and Literature Revision

AQA English Language and Literature Revision

Five fully differentiated and resourced revision packs for both the English Literature and English Language new spec GCSE examinations. These packs offer ideal preparation for KS4 students as they enter into the busy exam season. I will be continuously updating this bundle with new resources, so regularly check your downloads for updates.

By Lead_Practitioner

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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

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 9-1 Scheme of work

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 9-1 Scheme of work

A series of lessons that focus on each chapter of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Each PPT can be taught alongside reading of each chapter. Aimed at GCSE but can be taught to a year 9 class.

By MissErl

Greek Myths Descriptive writing SOW

Greek Myths Descriptive writing SOW

A scheme of work created for mixed ability year 7 classes as an introduction to descriptive writing. Used primarily as a transition unit from primary as many students cover Greek myths in primary school. This unit is focused on students ability to create descriptive pieces of writing along the theme of Greek myths.

By MissErl

Improving your writing to persuade

Improving your writing to persuade

A lesson to help students improve their writing, tops tips on how to start and what to do to make their writing more engaging and sophisticated. I have used with year 8 and year 11 without any changes, so lesson is perfect for any classes that need some support on freshening up their writing.

By vikki209

Practice Language Paper 1 AQA

Practice Language Paper 1 AQA

Based on the opening of White Fang by Jack London, this resource is a mock exam paper that can be used as revision or assessment. Complete paper, reading and writing questions included.

By vikki209

Burger Paragraphing Sheet

Burger Paragraphing Sheet

A perfect sheet for sectioning parts of a paragraph.Topic sentence.Juicy details.Conclusion.Word format so you can edit it to how you want it.

By MRICH502

New class creative writing unit

New class creative writing unit

Fun lesson- ideal for a break the ice lesson or introduction into creative poetry writing. Perfect for younger years, but could be adapted for older (last task is a little young so would need to be changed).

By vikki209

Dracular Extract - Complete Lesson

Dracular Extract - Complete Lesson

Dracular Extract - Complete LessonDracula extract analysis/close reading lesson ideal as a one-off lesson or a link to gothic literature.Lesson includes:* Title page* Starter* Lesson objectives* Link to video clip* Extract prompt (extract included)* Find the key word prompt (sheet included)* Spelling activity (worksheet included)* Mini writing task* Plenary post-it-note activityAll resources included at the back of the Power Point.This lesson is available in a double pack with The Hound of the Baskervilles for £4.50 here:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/extract-double-pack-dracula-and-the-hound-of-the-baskervilles-11302068For more great resources and full lessons visit my shop page here:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits, images copyright free and scenes from Youtube.)

By EngageinEnglish

Summer holiday travel writing

Summer holiday travel writing

Summer holiday travel writingFantastic complete lesson on traveling writing, all resources included.Attractive Power Point includes:* Lesson starter* Lesson prompts* Lesson objectives and outcomes* Written account from Mark Moxon (travel writer) on why his friend’s bathroom made him want to travel the world.* Extra talking points* Three WAGOLLs (what a good one looks like) from three different pieces of travel writing* Lesson prompts to main task* Name the flag fun activity plenaryLesson could be used in or outside of a computer room. (A computer room could be booked to allow research over a series of lessons or alternatively the lesson works well as a standalone lesson in the classroom.)See my home page for more great lessons, bundles and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: copyright free from Linked.com, Thestudenttravelguide.com, Triptease.com, http://www.travelwriterstales.com/, http://www.moxon.net/)

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