High School Non-fiction lesson plans and activities

Resources and ideas for Non-fiction, 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

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

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

Non Fiction Extracts: Complete Mock for Edexcel Eng. Lang. GCSE, Paper 2, Section A (Inc Comparison)

Non Fiction Extracts: Complete Mock for Edexcel Eng. Lang. GCSE, Paper 2, Section A (Inc Comparison)

Complete mock practice paper in the style of Edexcel English Language GCSE, Paper 2, Section A.This is not simply 2 extracts - this has questions (1 to 7) and a mark scheme including indicative content.Can be used in lessons or as an assessment.Includes:2 non fiction extracts - both about veterans' mental health conditions arising from combat overseas.Question and Answer Paper set out in the style of the examination board's Question and Answer Paper with space to write answers.Full mark scheme, including indicative content for all the extended answer questions (questions 3, 6, 7a and 7b).

By laurieashwell

KS3 and 4 English Language Activities

KS3 and 4 English Language Activities

A series of resources aimed at developing writing skills across key stages 3 and 4. The language paper lessons focus on skills required for question 5 of both AQA language papers 1 and 2 while 'The Road' creative writing lesson focuses on using a film title as stimulus.

By omedoto7

KS3 Language Writing Bundle

KS3 Language Writing Bundle

A series of resources that aims to develop writing skills for English Language papers 1 and 2 as well as creative writing practice for tension. Suitable for high ability year 7 or mixed ability year 8. The additional Question 5 activities offer additional challenge.

By omedoto7

AQA LANGUAGE PAPER 1 LESSON BUNDLE - 'PLANET EARTH'

AQA LANGUAGE PAPER 1 LESSON BUNDLE - 'PLANET EARTH'

Included in this resource:- 1 x AQA style Language Paper 1 (Questions 1-4) - 1 x PPT Research Page (introducing students to SoW)- 3 x PPT (Questions 1-4)- 1 x Transcript to accompany Questions 1-3- 1 x Purple Pen Reflection Worksheet - 1 x Model Response/WAGOLL (David Attenborough Language Analysis - can be used as part of Purple Pen reflection lesson).These lessons were created to engage students using the well-loved BBC documentary 'Planet Earth'. The lessons work through all of the AQA Language Paper 1 questions (1-5 - 5 being the writing task). As well as completing the AQA style exam booklet, students should also write a descriptive piece - a commentary in the style of 'Planet Earth'. To inspire students with this task, it is advised that they find a relevant video clip/stimulus. The Purple Pen Reflection worksheet is to be used once students' commentaries have been graded. It has been used with both KS3 and KS4. As with all resources, this can be easily adapted.

By wilsonite

English Literature Key Stage 3 into Key Stage 4

English Literature Key Stage 3 into Key Stage 4

A bundle consisting of several KS3 English Literature schemes of work: Oliver Twist, A Midsummer Night's Dream, a challenging poetry scheme and Frankenstein (the play adaptation) with additional WW1 poetry lessons. Moving into KS4, there is a 30 lesson scheme that covers An Inspector Calls. The KS3 schemes are aimed at challenging years 7 and 8 while An Inspector Calls can be used for a high ability year 9 group or mixed ability year 10 with revision activities for year 11 at the end of the scheme.

By omedoto7

KS3 Poetry Bundle

KS3 Poetry Bundle

A bundle consisting of an 8 lesson challenge scheme featuring 'Jabberwocky', 'A Martian Sends a Postcard Home', the Witches' Speech from Macbeth, 'Brothers' and 'Mother Diving' by Andrew Forster. Additionally there are separate lessons on war poetry that include 'Dulce et Decorum Est', 'Anthem for Doomed Youth', and 'The Soldier'. Suitable for a high ability year 7 group or a mixed ability year 8 class.

By omedoto7

Article for GCSE Language Exam

Article for GCSE Language Exam

An engaging article to hook your students and to get them to think about tone, humour and the development of ideas for this transactional writing task. It is differentiated using bronze, silver, gold so students have clear level of challenge when they are evaluating the article.

By EnglishGrade5

GCSE Language Writing Tasks

GCSE Language Writing Tasks

Numerous writing task titles to get students to develop their writing skills ready for their Language exams. These titles fit all examination boards and are realistic to form useful revision tasks.

By EnglishGrade5

Narrative Writing Exemplar

Narrative Writing Exemplar

An exemplar for the narrative question that is on all specifications. This also includes with a differentiated evaluation task so students can assess the example and see what is good about it and also how it could be improved. A useful revision tool for students.

By EnglishGrade5

Letter Writing Worksheet

Letter Writing Worksheet

An example of an informal letter for students to evaluate using the differentiated tasks. A great resource to get students to reflect on what is needed for informal letter and how to create the appropriate opening, tone and how to link ideas to improve marks for organisation (assessment objective AO5).

By EnglishGrade5

Animal Farm (5) Chapter 4: The Humans Try To Take Back Animal Farm

Animal Farm (5) Chapter 4: The Humans Try To Take Back Animal Farm

This detailed presentation is beautifully illustrated and very engaging for the students. It contains key terms, previous learning notes, starter activity, summary and analysis questions, an extension task and a plenary. All of my resources have been tried and tested in the classroom, and refined every academic year.

By MFLYNN-Teacher

Animal Farm (4) Chapter 3: The Foreshadowing of the Pigs

Animal Farm (4) Chapter 3: The Foreshadowing of the Pigs

This detailed presentation is beautifully illustrated and very engaging for the students. It contains key terms, previous learning notes, starter activity, summary and analysis questions, an extension task and a plenary. All of my resources have been tried and tested in the classroom, and refined every academic year.

By MFLYNN-Teacher

Animal Farm (3) Chapter 2: The Revolution Unfolds

Animal Farm (3) Chapter 2: The Revolution Unfolds

This detailed presentation is beautifully illustrated and very engaging for the students. It contains key terms, previous learning notes, starter activity, summary and analysis questions, an extension task and a plenary. All of my resources have been tried and tested in the classroom, and refined every academic year.

By MFLYNN-Teacher

Animal Farm (1) An Introduction to Animal Farm

Animal Farm (1) An Introduction to Animal Farm

A comprehensive presentation, beautifully illustrated and engaging for the students. This presentation explores how Animal Farm works as a allegory for the Russian Revolution and explains in detail who the animals represent. This detailed presentation has structured tasks for the students and a simple set of tasks to explain left and right wing politics. A great starting place.

By MFLYNN-Teacher

Animal Farm (2) Chapter 1: The Discontented Working Class

Animal Farm (2) Chapter 1: The Discontented Working Class

This detailed presentation is beautifully illustrated and very engaging for the students. It contains key terms, previous learning notes, starter activity, summary and analysis questions, an extension task and a plenary. All of my resources have been tried and tested in the classroom, and refined every academic year.

By MFLYNN-Teacher

Animal Farm (6) Chapter 5: Snowball is Banished

Animal Farm (6) Chapter 5: Snowball is Banished

This detailed presentation is beautifully illustrated and very engaging for the students. It contains key terms, previous learning notes, starter activity, summary and analysis questions, an extension task and a plenary. All of my resources have been tried and tested in the classroom, and refined every academic year.

By MFLYNN-Teacher

Animal Farm (8) Chapter 7: The Powerful Pigs

Animal Farm (8) Chapter 7: The Powerful Pigs

This detailed presentation is beautifully illustrated and very engaging for the students. It contains key terms, previous learning notes, starter activity, summary and analysis questions, an extension task and a plenary. All of my resources have been tried and tested in the classroom, and refined every academic year.

By MFLYNN-Teacher

Animal Farm (10) Chapter 9: Profit Before People

Animal Farm (10) Chapter 9: Profit Before People

This detailed presentation is beautifully illustrated and very engaging for the students. It contains key terms, previous learning notes, starter activity, summary and analysis questions, an extension task and a plenary. All of my resources have been tried and tested in the classroom, and refined every academic year.

By MFLYNN-Teacher

Animal Farm (7) Chapter 6: The Curse of the Windmill

Animal Farm (7) Chapter 6: The Curse of the Windmill

This detailed presentation is beautifully illustrated and very engaging for the students. It contains key terms, previous learning notes, starter activity, summary and analysis questions, an extension task and a plenary. All of my resources have been tried and tested in the classroom, and refined every academic year.

By MFLYNN-Teacher

Animal Farm (11) Chapter 10: Greed Triumphs Over Equality

Animal Farm (11) Chapter 10: Greed Triumphs Over Equality

This detailed presentation is beautifully illustrated and very engaging for the students. It contains key terms, previous learning notes, starter activity, summary and analysis questions, an extension task and a plenary. All of my resources have been tried and tested in the classroom, and refined every academic year.

By MFLYNN-Teacher

The Complete Animal Farm

The Complete Animal Farm

These detailed presentations are beautifully illustrated and very engaging for the students. They contain key terms, previous learning notes, starter activities, summary and analysis questions, extension tasks and plenaries. All of my resources have been tried and tested in the classroom, and refined every academic year.

By MFLYNN-Teacher

English Language Paper 2 Revision

English Language Paper 2 Revision

A fully differentiated revision guide for KS4 students to prepare for Language Paper 2 - Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives - of the new specification AQA English Language specification, which includes differentiated activities and resources to support students.Revision activities are based around two texts available to download on AQA's Paper 2 Reading Resource: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/english/AQA-87002-RSB.PDF

By Lead_Practitioner

NEW SPEC. AQA GCSE English Paper TWO Revision Resource 'WRITERS' VIEWPOINTS AND PERSPECTIVES'.

NEW SPEC. AQA GCSE English Paper TWO Revision Resource 'WRITERS' VIEWPOINTS AND PERSPECTIVES'.

AQA style Paper TWO (READING QUESTIONS 1-4) with appropriate source texts about London. This gives students an opportunity to practise the skills needed in answering the new Paper Two 'Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives'. Model paragraphs for Q4 for students to mark against simplified criteria provided. Planning grid for Q4 also provided to support them with their answer.Have used with Middle/bottom Yr 10 group. Could be adapted for H/W or used as a basis for a series of lessons (one/two lessons per question.)

By red_hot_chili_frog