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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

Literary Devices Display

Literary Devices Display

Intended to be printed and laminated for a wall display on literary devices. Uses examples from a lot of modern films (lots of Harry Potter!) to make explanations clear and relevant to pupils. I hope it comes in handy.

By ameliapeelia

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

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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

Thinking Skills Think Outside of the Box Series ~ Quick Starts

Thinking Skills Think Outside of the Box Series ~ Quick Starts

Product DescriptionToday’s students are the problem-solvers of the future. If they are taught factual knowledge only, they tend to respond with conventionally correct answers rather than exploring creative solutions. All students can learn to think critically and creatively.Students need to be able to judge, analyse and think critically in order to participate fully in a democratic and technological society. This can be achieved if the teacher recognises the value of thinking skills and provides opportunities for the thinking processes to be modelled and developed.This ‘Think Outside of the Box’ series provides teachers with straightforward ideas and activities to help students develop these skills.In this pack you will find 80 quick start task cards – 4 cards per page. I have provided 3 options for printing.These ‘quick starts’ are ideal warm-up activities for the beginning of a lesson. They should be used flexibly and can be used in any order at any time. As these task cards are intended for repeated use, I would suggest laminating them for durability.When to use: (10-15 minutes group/class)• at the beginning of a lesson• during circle timeCONTENT• Cover; Teacher Notes• Brainstorm Task Cards x 8• How Could You? Task Cards x 8• It Won't Happen Task Cards x 8• How Do You Do It? Task Cards x 8• What If? Task Cards x 8• What's The Same? Task Cards x 8• How Many Ways? Task Cards x 8• Recycle Task Cards x 8• What's The Connection? Task Cards x 8• Crazy Combinations Task Cards x 4• Predict The Future Task Cards x 4• TOU/CreditsPAGE COUNT: 101

By teacherstoolkitUK

Pirates Ahoy! Writing and Literacy Tasks

Pirates Ahoy! Writing and Literacy Tasks

A variety of Literacy TasksWord mat provides useful words and phrases to support writing tasks.Pirate Character Description Sheet with Writing Prompts and Graphics Island Setting for a pirate adventure with further writing promptsSimple Drawing TasksLabel a PirateSentence StripsMapping TaskA great additional resource for a pirates topic. I would be delighted to receive feedback.

By Alice K

Spring  and Easter Poetry Lesson : Acrostic and Free Verse

Spring and Easter Poetry Lesson : Acrostic and Free Verse

Spring /Easter Poetry Learning Intention : to compose Spring Poems/ Easter PoemsPowerPoint presentation which provides a stimulus for a variety of poetry forms- including acrostic style and free verse.Some Spring poems to read, enjoy and perform. Vocabulary and word wall is provided to stimulate composition . In addition, some clip art and a few pro formas for 2nd draft display or publication.I have included several slide files in the preview so teachers can peruse the resource more comprehensively.Hope your learners enjoy composing Spring and Easter poems.Many thanks for free use clip art provided by http://www.clipartlord.com

By Alice K

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Teacher Excel Markbook

Teacher Excel Markbook

This excel spreadsheet can be used to record student's grades. Using a 1-10 system you can record their marks and it will automatically average the grade. If you enter J, K or L in capitals (which is converted into a smiley face) in the effort column it will also average their effort grade. This provides formative feedback and allows progress to be monitored. This is a concept and could easily be adapted for specific use, i.e. Assessment without levels, BTEC etc.

By InformingEducation

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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

La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats

La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats

A thorough exploration of this poem including analysis of form, language and structure, differentiated notes and tasks plus an exam style question including advice on how to respond to the question. This is everything you need to teach this poem at GCSE level.

By joannammarsh

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Travel Writing: 8 lessons focusing on non-fiction text analysis and improving persuasive and descriptive writing skills.

Travel Writing: 8 lessons focusing on non-fiction text analysis and improving persuasive and descriptive writing skills.

A series of 8 lessons. 5 Lessons focusing on improving pupils descriptive writing.Lesson 1 focuses on increasing pupils use of adjectives.Lesson 2-3 focus on increasing pupils use of sensory imagery.Lesson 4 focuses on figurative language.Lesson 5 focuses on using effective punctuation and sentence structures.3 lessons focusing on the format of Non-Fiction texts. 1 / 2- Letters and reviews3 -Adverts.All lessons vary tasks and activities to create fun, engaging and well-paced lessons.All lessons use the 1-9 criteria and focus on A05 and A06.

By PhilippaBrooks

Book Review Bundle

Book Review Bundle

4 Different Book Reviews2 Page Book Review for an in-depth review.Standard Book Review - use it every time.Book Review for Non FictionBook Review with snazzy pencils to rate that book!

By BubbleResources

Analyzing Arguments with Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Analyzing Arguments with Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Teach students how to analyze an author’s arguments with Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail! Analyzing an author’s arguments can be challenging for students; however, this step-by-step method will make this skill clear and easy while creating an in-depth analysis! Everything to teach rhetoric, and logical fallacies is included. Show your students how to analyze the rhetoric/fallacies/message/language of any author’s arguments through this iconic passage from Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Includes:- PowerPoint and Google Presentation on rhetoric and logical fallacies- PowerPoint Presentation & Google Presentation to introduce this step-by-step method- Close reading passage of Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail- Analyzing rhetoric graphic organizer - Reader response questions to further the depth of analysis- Separate logical fallacies PowerPoint and Google Presentation- Lesson plans- Lesson plans on teaching close reading strategies with this passage- Google Apps Links to Google Presentations & Graphic Organizer Google Documents- Extended response questions allow students to craft their own argument in response to this text. Do your students need more than a quick review with Ethos, Pathos, Logos & Logical Fallacies? Check out my Complete Guide to Analyzing King's Argument BUNDLE!

By taylor1teacher

Logical Fallacies made Easy!

Logical Fallacies made Easy!

Logical Fallacies are a critical component of your argument Common Core standards! Teach your students this critical life skill through engaging, real-life examples, videos, commercials, print advertisements, and literature examples. Included with Purchase:-Real life examples in media to analyze! -Lesson- 32 slides explain, with great depth, the 12 most common fallacies with definitions, examples, videos, commercial/media applications, debate examples, written examples, and Bell Ringer practice applications.- Notes document allows students to record definitions and examples for future use within your argument unit, the assessment, and the Bell Ringer practice. -Real life examples in media and politics to analyze! -Application activity that gets students moving and collaborating.-Bell Ringer practice to reinforce skills each day and engage students in learning! Beautifully designed for Google documents with one bell ringer per page. Word/PDF documents put 3 to a page for easy printing! -Google Docs, Microsoft Office, and PDF documents provided. -No Prep Plans- Just print or link and go!-Lesson plans/suggestions for teaching included!

By taylor1teacher

Rhetoric- Ethos/Pathos/Logos Bell Ringer Activities!

Rhetoric- Ethos/Pathos/Logos Bell Ringer Activities!

These quick 5 minute bell ringer activities give students an opportunity to identify real life examples of rhetoric. Engaging advertisements, PowerPoint and Google slides to present material, handouts for student application (or Google Document provided) and answer slides to facilitate quick discussion and understanding. Includes:1. PowerPoint bell ringer slides (47 slides) for 23 bell ringer activities!2. PowerPoint answer slide for each bell ringer means NO teacher prep!3. PDF Printable bell ringer handouts (23 pages)4. Google Presentation bell ringer slides for digital classrooms5. Google Document handouts for digital classrooms with student directions for use.

By taylor1teacher

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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Literary Analysis Made Easy (Digital and Printable!)

Literary Analysis Made Easy (Digital and Printable!)

Literary Analysis Made Easy! Teach your students this easy step-by-step process for developing a rich, insightful, and well supported literary analysis. Breaking down this challenging process for students allows for further depth in each key area of a quality response! Included: -Google Slides Presentation & PowerPoint on the steps for writing a literary analysis-Graphic organizer (Google Doc, Word Doc, and PDF) that breaks down each step-Topics and elements to analyze classroom poster and lesson (3 different sizes)-Rubric for assessment-Assess the Examples Activity provides examples and discussion prompts for better response techniques. -Lesson plan, with slide notes for easy, no prep plans!

By taylor1teacher

Allusions in Literature Unit Bundle- Allusion Lessons

Allusions in Literature Unit Bundle- Allusion Lessons

These allusion lessons are perfect for personalized, differentiated, flipped, and/or 1:1 technology classrooms!ANDThis pack also works great in teacher led and planned traditional classrooms! PDF printable options are included on EVERY activity! I have included lesson plans & unit plan for both types of instruction! These can be applied to one anchor novel or story, yet is open to work with any novel, story, or poem! I have included application activities to the novels To Kill a Mockingbird and The Outsiders as I have frequently taught allusion in conjunction with these texts. I have recently opened my teaching style to include a personalized learning platform of teaching and learning. I have relied less on prescribed texts for all students, and started offering more voice and choice in learning options, as well as assessment options. I have included both a standard set of lesson plans, as well as a personalized learning plan and week outline of teaching, coaching, and assessing options. Contents:-1 Google Presentation Lesson- 36 Slides, 9 Videos, 3 Quick Check Slides-1 Note taking sheet for the lesson-both PDF and Google Doc-1 Practice with allusions-both PDF and Google Doc-3 Summative (Final) Assessment Options-both PDF and Google Doc-1 Mini-Lesson on Allusions for student support as Google Presentation-1 PDF version of Kate Chopin’s ���Story of an Hour” to use with the mini-lesson - Lesson plans for the unit- Personalized learning unit plan-No prep plans! - Allusion assessments for both To Kill a Mockingbird & The Outsiders-both PDF and Google Doc- Personalized learning information and support

By taylor1teacher

KS3 Language Paper 1 Creative Writing Practice

KS3 Language Paper 1 Creative Writing Practice

A 3 lesson mini unit (2 lessons focusing on skills and 1 assessment) that gets students used to planning and preparing for question 5 of the GCSE English Language Paper 1. Pitched toward higher ability year 7 or lower ability year 8.

By omedoto7

Essay Writing Ideas

Essay Writing Ideas

Students are given the choice of selecting one of the topics, and developing into a 3-5 paragraph writing piece.

By Simmons245

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KS3 Developing Writing Skills

KS3 Developing Writing Skills

A series of resources that aims to develop students' writing in preparation for GCSE English Language. Focuses include writing for tension, narrative writing and presenting a viewpoint.

By omedoto7

OCR Love and Relationships

OCR Love and Relationships

8 lessons on poems with 1 lesson on writing poetry analysis1) A Song2) An Arundel Tomb (2 lessons)3) Bright Star4) Fin de Fete5) In Paris with You6) Love and Friendship7) Warming Her Pearls8) Writing poetry analysis

By michaelamess

EDEXCEL English Language Questions 1,2,4 and 5

EDEXCEL English Language Questions 1,2,4 and 5

This worksheet takes students through the process of reading the extracts effectively and then answering the short 1 mark questions. The aim is to encourage students to investigate how to best use the opening time in the examination - so they are prepared to answer the questions well.

By RachealSmith41

A level English - Hamlet Complete Set of Notes

A level English - Hamlet Complete Set of Notes

This is a complete set of notes for the A level play of Hamlet by Shakespeare. The set includes six notes:-A complete study guide on Hamlet encompassing many themes and character analysis-A collection of critical quotations for each theme and character to reach AO5 -An essay on Hamlet's delay at an A/A* standard -Collection of analsyis notes from critical essays and readings AO1 and AO2-A collection of all the key quotes in Hamlet throughout the whole play AO2-A collection of critical interpretations of plays and mise-en-scenes in many production for additional AO5

By gaspardduchaff