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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 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

Harry Potter Comprehension

Harry Potter Comprehension

An activity to revise and test students understanding of a story. Using Harry Potter allows the students to connect to a well known text. ***The extract used is copyright of the author J.K Rowling.

By Sazo123

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

My Last Duchess

My Last Duchess

GCSE English Revision Tool or Overview of the poem from the AQA Poetry AnthologyContains: Contextual background for students, quick quotation work using the title as a starting point, annotation activities focusing on both the content and key events as well as the tone of the narration.Key terminology - dramatic monologue explained.Plenary writing task to encourage students to discuss the message of the poem, with differentiated ideas for students to use in building their own opinion of the poem.

By jigglemama

The relationship between George and Slim

The relationship between George and Slim

Focuses on the character of Slim and how he is first presented by Steinbeck - including text from the novel and analysis - plus a slight diversion into the symbolism of 'hands' in the novel, including Slim's.Ends by looking at the relationship between George and Slim.

By Taylor24601

Dr Martin Luther King Jnr. reading task

Dr Martin Luther King Jnr. reading task

Developed as a Functional Skills English resource and suitable for use in many curriculum areas.Uses a text from 'Martin Luther King' by Godfrey Hodson that focuses on the 'I had a dream speech'Comprises text, questions to examine comprehension and suggested answers/mark scheme.Fully editable and compatible with any e-learning platform.

By Sumstuff

Suspense Writing: Full Writing Scheme of Work

Suspense Writing: Full Writing Scheme of Work

This scheme takes the group step by step through the stages of how to write a story. It is adapted from the government initiative 'Improving Childrens Writing' getting children from level 3 to level 4. I have changed it a little, so that it is also suitable for level 2 and 3 as well. Some resources you will have to get from the government published folder 'improving childrens writing'.

By asadler79

Mother's Day Coloring Bookmarks – 12 Printable Bookmarks to color and make for Mom / Mum

Mother's Day Coloring Bookmarks – 12 Printable Bookmarks to color and make for Mom / Mum

Print and color these 12 Mother's Day bookmarks!They are super easy to make, and there are 12 different black and white designs to choose from over 3 pages. Both "mom" and "mum" spellings are included for each design.Please visit my store for other Mother's Day and holiday coloring pages and printables, including DIY Mother's Day gift boxes, bookmarks, coloring pages, letterheads, coupons and Mother's Day cards!---------- PRODUCT DETAILS: ----------• Number of Pages: 12 different bookmarks, 4 pages total• Difficulty Level: Beginner to Intermediate• File Format: 4 xPDF files - Instant digital download• Page Dimensions: 8.5 x 11″ (Letter)• License: Personal use and classroom use only---------- PLEASE NOTE: ----------• The photos above are an example of how this product can be colored. The actual product is black and white so you can color it yourself.

By Sarahrenaeclark

An Inspector Calls Sample Paragraphs

An Inspector Calls Sample Paragraphs

Sample colour-coded paragraphs on Gerald as sometimes selfish and sometimes thoughtful. I generally tend to give them to my students and ask them to finish the essay. Hopefully they are helpful.

By ndavidson91

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Writing to describe Dracula's Castle - KS3 Playscript

Writing to describe Dracula's Castle - KS3 Playscript

A lesson guiding students through descriptive writing using the new AQA GCSE spec as influence for activities and mark scheme. Easily accessible by lower ability KS3 groups but can be differentiated to access higher ability students.

By MissNevell

Macbeth: Macbeth Revision Pack

Macbeth: Macbeth Revision Pack

A revision guide for KS4 students to prepare for Section A of the new specification AQA Literature Paper 1 Section A, which includes differentiated activities and resources to support students as they revise for William Shakespeare's Macbeth.Includes:Plot summaryKey quotesContextual informationTheme analysisRevision activities

By Lead_Practitioner

A Level English Literature Prose: Beloved and The Picture of Dorian Gray

A Level English Literature Prose: Beloved and The Picture of Dorian Gray

This A Level SOW is designed for Edexcel A Level English Literature (9ET0) but could be adapted for other specifications or curriculums. The SOW should be used after students have read both novels (Beloved by Toni Morrison and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde). The scheme begins with an exploration of the supernatural, genre and historical context, then proceeds to analyse aspects of narrative in and between both texts. Throughout the scheme, students are prompted to draw connections between their texts as well as consider the influence of contextual factors. The scheme relies heavily on embedded extracts and contains numerous links to online resources. The scheme is accompanied by a comprehension PowerPoint and additional reading materials. More than twenty assessment questions are also provided.

By chaybrown

Shelagh Delaney's 'A Taste of Honey' Act 2, Scene 2

Shelagh Delaney's 'A Taste of Honey' Act 2, Scene 2

3 PowerPoints, each of which will take at least 2 hours to cover in class, focusing on the events of Act 2, Scene 2 of 'A Taste of Honey'. A variety of activities, including close textual analysis, identification of themes and key ideas and responding to a sample exam question. Designed for a higher/mixed ability Yr 10 group.

By emmaclee

Gothic conventions/genre in Woman in Black

Gothic conventions/genre in Woman in Black

A planned lesson for Ofsted. This lesson was used in a Scheme of Work for Dracula but focuses on the gothic conventions. It outlines the gothic conventions and requires students to read an extract from the Woman in Black and identify the gothic conventions. Students then write an analytical paragraph and peer/self assess using the student friendly checklist. It is well-differentiated with sentence starters and challenges and modelling throughout.

By amyslinger

Joseph Dreamcoat Comprehension

Joseph Dreamcoat Comprehension

Two pieces taken from the Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat education pack, also available on TES, and a set of comprehension questions. Aimed at upks2

By slayer2k5

Greek myth conventions in Pandora's Box

Greek myth conventions in Pandora's Box

Planned for year 7 for an Ofsted inspection. This lesson explores the conventions of a Greek myth and focuses on the myth 'Pandora's Box'. It includes an 'odd one out' starter task, definitions for all of the keywords, a table for students to fill in the convention and example (from the text) and a writing task. There is also a plenary student friendly peer assessment checklist and a gap fill exercise focused on the Greek myth conventions. It is well differentiated with challenge tasks and sentence starters.

By amyslinger