Middle School Creative writing lesson plans and activities

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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

Ben and Me - (Reed Novel Studies)

Ben and Me - (Reed Novel Studies)

'Ben and Me' is a complete 65 page novel study guide. The guide is presented chapter-by-chapter and includes the following distinct sections: Before You Read, Vocabulary, Comprehension Questions (including many higher-level thinking questions); Activities. The novel study includes everything needed to teach the novel including the following concepts / activities: setting, literary devices, research assignments, cloze activities, creative writing assignments, character studies, parts of speech, analogies, synonyms and antonyms, crossword and word search puzzles, studies in conflict, constructing a storyboard and sequence chart. It also contains a complete Answer Key.Many Links with the Common Core Standards (U.S.)You may wish to check out Island of the Blue Dolphins – a free offering on Teachers Pay Teachers done by the author in the same format as this novel study.The writer of this novel study has had more than 60 curriculum units published. These are available in such outlets as Chapters and Staples and most stores for teachers.

By reednovelstudies

Multimedia Starter Pack

Multimedia Starter Pack

A collection of work units and resources for Industrial Technology - Multimedia Technologies. (NSW BOSTES HSC Course) This bundle contains enough resources to take your students through most of the Preliminary year of this course.

By kellyocs

Edward Scissorhands Creative Writing

Edward Scissorhands Creative Writing

Using Edward Scissorhands as a stimulus for creative writing. Students are to track Peg's progress through the house writing notes as they go. Students then have to improve paragraphs in accordance to the success criteria. GCSE AO5 and AO6 skills are being tested.

By beth0209

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Cross Curricular Creative Project: Science, English and ICT

Cross Curricular Creative Project: Science, English and ICT

This is a set of lessons, resources, homework and schemes of work targeted at cross curricular links between Science, English and ICT for KS3 pupil. The theme is “Your Favourite Movie” and the pupils are to build a portfolio of graded activities to create their project.It was designed to fit the timetable for my school where the year 7 and 8’s had a creative curriculum day once a week with three teachers assigned; one Science, English and ICT. The pupils would then take a lead on how they would manage their time over a term. They would select from a range of activities each week, themed to each subject, and would allocate themselves for the day. All these activities would then build up to their “Creative Diploma” for that term. It worked by building a project from their 6 best activities from a selection of 9. This obviously may not fit your timetable model but could easily be adapted to be run over a much longer period of time as cross curricular after school clubs of summer holiday projects etc.Each activity is built up from many smaller tasks leading to a grade for that piece of work using level ladders. All tasks are written and presentable straight to the pupils with clear guidance, instructions, tasks, questions, homework and level ladders. The level ladders are based around now, next, further and advanced so not grade or level based but easily editable to fit your school model.Activities range from building circuits, podcasts, web design, writing scripts, costume design, cameras and lenses, the behaviour of light and filters and theme songs. Each individual activity linked back to their “Favourite Movie” concept building a solid link between these three subjects.A fun and practical way to cover a huge variety of subjects and topics from within these three specific curriculums.

By rwhawell

Negative Reviews. Investigating a range of  devices and Non-Fiction formats. 1-9 GCSE Language.

Negative Reviews. Investigating a range of devices and Non-Fiction formats. 1-9 GCSE Language.

Two lessons detailing to pupils how to identify the features of a letter and a review (linguistic and format) and recreate these in a writing task, based on the Edexcel English Language exam. Suitable for KS3 classes and KS4. A recently observed Ofsted 'Outstanding' lesson, with a clear presentation and attached worksheet.Suitable for all exam boards but designed for Edexcel English Language Specification (also attached) and grade boundaries from 3-6, which can be altered easily to accommodate HA or LA pupils.The lesson contains a think, pair, share starter. The main activity consists of a pupil led analysis of a leter (designed to cover a range of language and structural features), an original writing task and finally the plenary consists of a peer assessment task (worksheet for this is attached). The entire lesson is pupil-led, containing fast-paced, engaging tasks.Learning objectives.A05:LO1: Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences.LO2: Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts.

By PhilippaBrooks

Travel Brochure: Writing an advert. Persuasive Writing. 1-9 GCSE Language.

Travel Brochure: Writing an advert. Persuasive Writing. 1-9 GCSE Language.

A lesson detailing to pupils how to identify the features of an advert (linguistic and format) and recreate these in a writing task, based on the Edexcel English Language exam. Suitable for KS3 classes and KS4. A recently observed Ofsted 'Outstanding' lesson, with a clear presentation and attached worksheets.Suitable for all exam boards but designed for Edexcel English Language Specification (also attached) and grade boundaries from 3-6, which can be altered easily to accommodate HA or LA pupils.The lesson contains a think, pair, share starter. The main activity consists of a pupil led analysis of a series of adverts (designed to cover a range of language and structural features), an original writing task and finally the plenary consists of a peer assessment task (worksheet for this is attached). The entire lesson is pupil-led, containing fast-paced, engaging tasks.Learning objective.A05 :To use persuasive writing to create an advert in a travel brochure

By PhilippaBrooks

PROVE IT! GRAMMAR REASONING CARDS

PROVE IT! GRAMMAR REASONING CARDS

PROVE IT! GRAMMAR REASONING CARDSPROVE IT pack!Incudes:20 punctuation prove it cards and 50 grammar prove it cards (KS1 and 2)Use for interventions, morning tasks, starters, extensions, debates, talk pair share, homework and more!

By erylands

KS3 and KS4 Baseline test to determine 1-9 levels. Based on extracts from Edexcel GCSE Lang papers.

KS3 and KS4 Baseline test to determine 1-9 levels. Based on extracts from Edexcel GCSE Lang papers.

A clear and easy to follow baseline for pupils in KS3 and KS4. Features a short extract from 'The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas' and 3 comprehension activities designed to text student ability to retrieve information, identify language features and discuss the effect of individual words and phrases on the reader. There is then the choice of two imaginative writing tasks.The paper is essentially a miniature and more widely accessible version of the GCSE English Language paper pupils will sit at the end of KS4.

By PhilippaBrooks

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Full week of lessons KS2

Full week of lessons KS2

An emergency lesson pack for those busy times of year, which contains up to 18 separate lessons. This is ideal for a report writing or parents' evening week, when you may have less time to organise and prepare your regular teaching. I have used the lessons in Years 4 & 5, but they can be adapted to other ages too. Each lesson is fully resourced and differentiated with teacher PowerPoints, independent tasks and full planning provided. Answer sheets are also included, as is a set of maths column addition homework sheets. The bundle includes: *Up to 5 English lessons (creative writing) *4 maths lessons (written addition and multiplication methods) *2 science lessons (Edward Jenner and the human eye) *1 history lesson (famous women in history) * A set of 5 mental maths lessons *1 E-safety lesson about digital footprints Please see the Goldtopfox for a full range of useful teaching resources: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/goldtopfox

By goldtopfox

Beauty and the Beast Descriptive Writing Lesson

Beauty and the Beast Descriptive Writing Lesson

Beauty and the Beast Descriptive Writing LessonTaking advantage of the new movie release, this light lesson focuses on the show, not tell, technique in descriptive writing. The complete lesson includes:• Sentence improvement starter• Plot slide of Beauty and the Beast• Trailer clips• Lesson objectives• Show not tell technique explained + video clip• Additional writing tips• Two images for students to describe and relate back to the class• Beauty and the Beast bingo plenary, with 30 individual bingo cards and caller’s cardAn easy, but engaging lesson students should enjoy – especially fans of Beauty and the Beast!Visit my shop for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: Youtube trailer of Beauty and the Beast, Cooltext.com, myfreebingo.com, IMDB and Wikipedia)

By EngageinEnglish

Sentence Structure and Sentence Variety Using Adverbs!

Sentence Structure and Sentence Variety Using Adverbs!

Adverbs create introductory phrases, appositives, and closing phrases! Teach your students how to use adverbs to create sentence variety with adverbs! This Lesson will provide your students with explicit explanations on sentence structure using mentor sentences, bell ringer practice, interactive notebook, practice activities, application activities, and a potential summative assessment!

By taylor1teacher

Sentence Structure with the Appositive (the comma basket)

Sentence Structure with the Appositive (the comma basket)

Teach your students how to use commas around their appositive phrases! This Lesson will provide your students with explicit explanations on sentence structure using mentor sentences, bell ringer practice, two great practice and application activities, and a summative assessment!

By taylor1teacher

Beauty and the Beast Descriptive Writing Lesson

Beauty and the Beast Descriptive Writing Lesson

Beauty and the Beast Descriptive Writing LessonTaking advantage of the new movie release, this light lesson focuses on the show, not tell, technique in descriptive writing.The complete lesson includes:• Sentence improvement starter• Plot slide of Beauty and the Beast• Trailer clips• Lesson objectives• Show not tell technique explained + video clip• Additional writing tips• Two images for students to describe and relate back to the class• Beauty and the Beast bingo plenary, with 30 individual bingo cards and caller’s cardAn easy, but engaging lesson students should enjoy – especially fans of Beauty and the Beast!Visit my shop for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: Youtube trailer of Beauty and the Beast, Cooltext.com, myfreebingo.com, IMDB and Wikipedia)

By EngageinEnglish