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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

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

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 2

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 2

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance.These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision.The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. I have uploaded each of the chapters individually - but you can also grab them as part of my Spies Revision Prompts bundle.

By Robert_Frost

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 10

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 10

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance.These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision.The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. I have uploaded each of the chapters individually - but you can also grab them as part of my Spies Revision Prompts bundle.

By Robert_Frost

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 3

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 3

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance.These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision.The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. I have uploaded each of the chapters individually - but you can also grab them as part of my Spies Revision Prompts bundle.

By Robert_Frost

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 4

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 4

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance.These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision.The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. I have uploaded each of the chapters individually - but you can also grab them as part of my Spies Revision Prompts bundle.

By Robert_Frost

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 5

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 5

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance.These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision.The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. I have uploaded each of the chapters individually - but you can also grab them as part of my Spies Revision Prompts bundle.

By Robert_Frost

Spies - Frayn - Revision Prompts Bundle

Spies - Frayn - Revision Prompts Bundle

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance. These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision. The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. This bundle contains each of the individual prompts - Chapters 1-11

By Robert_Frost

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

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

Contrasting made easier...both visual and literary!

Contrasting made easier...both visual and literary!

Whole lesson idea for improving student's contrasting skills. Starting with a number of visual stimulants and moving onto a suitable literary activity. Using two established WW1 poems ("Fall-in" and "Dulce...") for your students to contrast and analyse. Just take them through the presentation as quickly or as slowly as necessary. Includes oral work, photographic slides, stem sentences and model paragraph.) Suitable for Ks3 and weaker Ks4.Author owns copyright to all images.

By burfo

AQA Paper 2 Question 5 Planning and Revision Resource

AQA Paper 2 Question 5 Planning and Revision Resource

A resource to be used in lessons and as a homework revision piece. Students choose a question and use the carefully structured plan to write a high level answer. The resource also has peer/self assessment for support in evaluating student success. Suitable for low to medium ability Key Stage 4 or high ability Key Stage 3.

By ttxer13

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

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 1

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 1

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance.These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision.The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. I have uploaded each of the chapters individually - but you can also grab them as part of my Spies Revision Prompts bundle.

By Robert_Frost

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 11

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 11

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance.These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision.The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. I have uploaded each of the chapters individually - but you can also grab them as part of my Spies Revision Prompts bundle.

By Robert_Frost

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 6

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 6

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance.These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision.The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. I have uploaded each of the chapters individually - but you can also grab them as part of my Spies Revision Prompts bundle.

By Robert_Frost

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 9

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 9

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance.These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision.The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. I have uploaded each of the chapters individually - but you can also grab them as part of my Spies Revision Prompts bundle.

By Robert_Frost

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 7

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 7

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance.These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision.The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. I have uploaded each of the chapters individually - but you can also grab them as part of my Spies Revision Prompts bundle.

By Robert_Frost

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 8

Spies - Revision Prompts - Chapter 8

One of the ways in which I try to get my classes to focus on developing the quality of their analyses is to make them zoom in on key quotations and explain their importance.These Revision Prompts, therefore, are a series of key quotations from each Chapter that can be used to encourage pupils to explain the authorial method. They can either be projected on the Whiteboard, given as handouts to groups or, perhaps, emailed to students for independent revision.The way I use these is to ask students to explain the context of the quotation and then develop a paragraph which explains what Frayn is trying to achieve with these words. I have uploaded each of the chapters individually - but you can also grab them as part of my Spies Revision Prompts bundle.

By Robert_Frost

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

AQA English Language work book paper 1 and paper 2 - 83 pages long!!!

AQA English Language work book paper 1 and paper 2 - 83 pages long!!!

ContentsLesson 1: To revise and practice Paper 1 Q2 and Paper 2 Q3 3The ‘How’ Question… 3Lesson 2: To independently practice Paper 1 Q2 and Paper 2 Q3 9Lesson 3: To use language when writing creatively for paper 1 15Lesson 4: To use interesting vocabulary when writing creatively for paper 1 21Lesson 5: To use language when writing creatively for paper 1 26Lesson 6: To revise and attempt the structure question 31(paper 1 q3) 31Lesson 7: To complete a mini paper 1 mock 38Lesson 8: To use sentence structures when writing creatively 42Lesson 9: To use structure when writing creatively 46Lesson 10: To evaluate 52Lesson 11: To complete mini mock with a focus on Q4. 58Lesson 12: Paper 2 Q2 – Summarise 62Lesson 13: Paper 2 Q4 – Compare 65Lesson 14: Paper 2 mini mock – summarise and compare 69Lesson 15: Paper 2 Q5 – Argue/persuade 75Lesson 16: Paper 2 Q5 – Argue/persuade 80Includes peer assessments and space for pupils to complete progress tasks (responses to marking)

By Rinavictoria