Middle School Research and essay skills lesson plans and activities

Resources and ideas for Research and essay skills, 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 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

Poppies - Jane Weir

Poppies - Jane Weir

This engaging, comprehensive lesson aims to improve students’ understanding of Jane Weir’s contemporary war poem ‘Poppies’ with particular focus upon the symbolism, language, and structure used within the poem. By the end of the lesson, students demonstrate their knowledge of the text analytically, through assured, appropriate, and sustained interpretations.The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:- Defining what symbols are, and considering some popular examples (including poppies);- Securing contextual understanding of both the use of poppies, and Jane Weir the poet;- Reading and interpreting the poem, using a provided line-by-line analysis, and interactive group activities;- Developing their understanding through inferring and analysing key language and structural choices;- Analysing how the themes of loss and remembrance are conveyed through Weir's use of symbolism;- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.Included is:- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and substantial; (including hyperlinks to informative and engaging videos)- Copy of poem;- Deeper thinking worksheet (and teacher answer sheet);- Analysis template with success criteria for creating well-structured responses;- Comprehensive lesson plan.There are also opportunities for group learning, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. This was originally taught to middle-ability year 9/10 groups, but can easily be differentiated for groups of different ages and abilities.All images are licensed for commercial use, and image rights are listed on the last page of the presentation.

By TandLGuru

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1, Question 3 Lesson (8700) New Specification

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1, Question 3 Lesson (8700) New Specification

A full lesson which introduces the structural question of the AQA English Language Paper 1 examination paper.It covers some of the structural features that the exam board are wanting students to analyse and chunks down the question so students understand the requirements. See my other lessons for English Language Paper 1.

By vgacek

GCSE A Christmas Carol Stave 3 Revision

GCSE A Christmas Carol Stave 3 Revision

3 lessons of extract analysis and revision activities for Stave 3 of A Christmas Carol. Extracts focus on the ghost, the Cratchits and Ignorance and Want. An exam process tablemat resource is included, as are notes on context, theme and language to stretch analytical skills. This could supplement an existing SoW or as additional revision activities for year 11.

By omedoto7

Year 7 end of year reading assessment prep - based on AQA KS3 assessments format

Year 7 end of year reading assessment prep - based on AQA KS3 assessments format

8 resources for 3 lessons helping pupils prepare for the AQA KS3 assessments (reading). Tasks are based on the Paper 1 format, although the source is a non-fiction one rather than fiction (local news article) as I had just completed a non-fiction SOW with the class. Lessons 1 and 2 take pupils through the main tasks, with whole class modelling of the longer answers to support all pupils. Pupils then individually complete a task at a time in timed conditions. This also helped focus pupils on how long to spend on tasks with different marks. Peer assessment is used for the shorter tasks to cut down teacher marking time. There is a mark scheme (again based on the AQA KS3 assessments) which can be matched to APP levels or school flightpath skills. For lesson 3, I gave pupils copies of example answers to focus on key skills in the mark scheme and to support their DIRT. This lesson has differentiation by task to enable more able pupils the challenge of answering a language and structure task without teacher guidance - so also building resilience in addition to analysis skills.During lessons 1 and 2 there are also extension tasks (and skills reminders) for the more able, plus modelling examples to support all pupils.Most tasks are self-explanatory, but I have included some additional details and ideas for teachers below some slides. I have included a sheet of all the questions - although I only used the PowerPoints with my class.These resources were produced for a mixed ability class (APP level range from 3 to 6) and it proved highly successful in focusing pupils on comprehension and PEE analysis of language and structure. Moreover, confidence has been increased in their ability to succeed in the forthcoming end of year exams. The lessons could easily be adapted for set ability groups.

By ccideas

A Christmas Carol Revision Activities

A Christmas Carol Revision Activities

A series of revision resources and activities based on extract analysis from A Christmas Carol. There are 15 lessons in total with accompanying extracts, contextual notes, modelled examples and an exam process scaffold. Suitable for accompanying a read through of the text or as additional analysis for year 11.

By omedoto7

Paragraph Party! Organisation within a paragraph, fun whole class activity, space

Paragraph Party! Organisation within a paragraph, fun whole class activity, space

This is a fun and engaging whole class activity about organisation within a paragraph. Using a non-fiction context (information about space) pupils go to a paragraph party. They have to work out who is hosting the party (the topic sentence), who is the uninvited guest (information that doesn't belong) and various other activities.In short, it's a lively and memorable way of exploring non-fiction paragraphs.

By extra golden-time

EDITABLE: AQA 9-1 English Literature: Power and Conflict Poetry Flashcards. Quote-Method-Theme

EDITABLE: AQA 9-1 English Literature: Power and Conflict Poetry Flashcards. Quote-Method-Theme

AQA 9-1 English Literature: Power and Conflict Poetry Flashcards. Quote-Method-ThemeEditable flashcards featuring 5 quotes for each poem in the 'Power and Conflict' poetry cluster. Space for students to write the theme and methods for each quote. Intended for the new 9-1 Spec AQA English Literature Paper 2: Section B- PoetryTO USE: Print A4 one-sided. Fold in half so that Poem, Poet, Method and Theme are on one side, the quote is on the other. Cut between each flashcard to create 5 individual flashcards for each Poem.

By jessicaedwards07

Bayonet Charge Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with Instructions

Bayonet Charge Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with Instructions

Bayonet Charge Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with InstructionsAQA English Literature 9-1 Course. Paper 2: Section B- Poetry. Part of the 'Power and Conflict' Cluster. Rest of the poems will also become available. FOR PRINT: Print the page and fold in half. Cut between each quote to create separate flashcards. Add the methods and themes you think belong with the quote. ON SCREEN: For use at the beginning of each lesson taught on the poem, or mix them up to revise for all the poems.

By jessicaedwards07

Storm on the Island Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with Instructions

Storm on the Island Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with Instructions

Storm on the Island Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with InstructionsAQA English Literature 9-1 Course. Paper 2: Section B- Poetry. Part of the 'Power and Conflict' Cluster. Rest of the poems will also become available. FOR PRINT: Print the page and fold in half. Cut between each quote to create separate flashcards. Add the methods and themes you think belong with the quote. ON SCREEN: For use at the beginning of each lesson taught on the poem, or mix them up to revise for all the poems.

By jessicaedwards07

Remains Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with Instructions

Remains Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with Instructions

Remains Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with InstructionsAQA English Literature 9-1 Course. Paper 2: Section B- Poetry. Part of the 'Power and Conflict' Cluster. Rest of the poems will also become available. FOR PRINT: Print the page and fold in half. Cut between each quote to create separate flashcards. Add the methods and themes you think belong with the quote. ON SCREEN: For use at the beginning of each lesson taught on the poem, or mix them up to revise for all the poems.

By jessicaedwards07

Poppies Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with Instructions

Poppies Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with Instructions

Poppies Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with InstructionsAQA English Literature 9-1 Course. Paper 2: Section B- Poetry. Part of the 'Power and Conflict' Cluster. Rest of the poems will also become available. FOR PRINT: Print the page and fold in half. Cut between each quote to create separate flashcards. Add the methods and themes you think belong with the quote. ON SCREEN: For use at the beginning of each lesson taught on the poem, or mix them up to revise for all the poems.

By jessicaedwards07

London Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with Instructions

London Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with Instructions

London Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with InstructionsAQA English Literature 9-1 Course. Paper 2: Section B- Poetry. Part of the 'Power and Conflict' Cluster. Rest of the poems will also become available. FOR PRINT: Print the page and fold in half. Cut between each quote to create separate flashcards. Add the methods and themes you think belong with the quote. ON SCREEN: For use at the beginning of each lesson taught on the poem, or mix them up to revise for all the poems.

By jessicaedwards07

Exposure Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with Instructions

Exposure Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with Instructions

Exposure Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with InstructionsAQA English Literature 9-1 Course. Paper 2: Section B- Poetry. Part of the 'Power and Conflict' Cluster. Rest of the poems will also become available. FOR PRINT: Print the page and fold in half. Cut between each quote to create separate flashcards. Add the methods and themes you think belong with the quote. ON SCREEN: For use at the beginning of each lesson taught on the poem, or mix them up to revise for all the poems.

By jessicaedwards07

Charge of the Light Brigade Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with Instructions

Charge of the Light Brigade Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with Instructions

Charge of the Light Brigade Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with InstructionsAQA English Literature 9-1 Course. Paper 2: Section B- Poetry. Part of the 'Power and Conflict' Cluster. Rest of the poems will also become available. FOR PRINT: Print the page and fold in half. Cut between each quote to create separate flashcards. Add the methods and themes you think belong with the quote. ON SCREEN: For use at the beginning of each lesson taught on the poem, or mix them up to revise for all the poems.

By jessicaedwards07

AQA 9-1 English Literature: Power and Conflict Poetry Flashcards. Quote-Method-Theme

AQA 9-1 English Literature: Power and Conflict Poetry Flashcards. Quote-Method-Theme

AQA 9-1 English Literature: Power and Conflict Poetry Flashcards. Quote-Method-ThemeFlashcards featuring 5 quotes for each poem in the 'Power and Conflict' poetry cluster. Space for students to write the theme and methods for each quote. Intended for the new 9-1 Spec AQA English Literature Paper 2: Section B- PoetryThese are NOT EDITABLE, thus the cheaper price. If you would like to be able to edit them you can find that file here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/editable-aqa-9-1-english-literature-power-and-conflict-poetry-flashcards-quote-method-theme-11591564?theme=0TO USE: Print A4 one-sided. Fold in half so that Poem, Poet, Method and Theme are on one side, the quote is on the other. Cut between each flashcard to create 5 individual flashcards for each Poem.

By jessicaedwards07

Love poetry mixed ability full term SOW

Love poetry mixed ability full term SOW

Full SOW looking at a selection of love poems with a mixed ability group. Used in term 6 so prior understanding of terminology is assumed, but there is a revision task at the beginning of the PP to go back over definitions and examples. Ability range from 3a to 7a in old levels terms. All lessons have differentiated tasks into the poems, exemplar PEE paragraphs, sentence starters and structured peer assessment. Range of interactive activities to encourage students out of their seats and research through 'information stations' around the room. Some creative writing and creative tasks to help understand the poems and look at different types of love. Poems include:Pre 20th century :Grief: Music when soft voices – Percy ShelleyRomance: Sonnet 18 - ShakespeareFriendship: Love and friendship – Emily Bronte21st century:Family: Nettles – Vernon ScannellModern romance: The quiet world – Jeffrey McDanielBreakup: Keyways – Owen SheersWriting poetry – creative lesson

By jessica_grace

My Last Duchess Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with Instructions

My Last Duchess Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with Instructions

My Last Duchess Quote flashcards: For Print and Onscreen use with InstructionsAQA English Literature 9-1 Course. Paper 2: Section B- Poetry. Part of the 'Power and Conflict' Cluster. Rest of the poems will also become available. FOR PRINT: Print the page and fold in half. Cut between each quote to create separate flashcards. Add the methods and themes you think belong with the quote. ON SCREEN: For use at the beginning of each lesson taught on the poem, or mix them up to revise for all the poems.

By jessicaedwards07