On this page, you’ll find some resources that I have been using recently to aid teaching and learning which may prove useful. The KS4 resources are geared towards the Edexcel GCSE.
Here are some success criteria which I created for each element of the exam. The idea is to create a guide to the key skills needed for each element of the exam (or the elements where more than one or two marks is needed). When marking an assessment, you can quickly use the codes and ask students to refer to their sheets. It makes feedback quicker and more specific once content has been learnt and you need to work on exam skills.
Revision Guides: Revision Guides for Edexcel English Lit and Language Easter Revision
We are foscuing on the relationships cluster so here is a giant knowledge organiser and a PowerPoint which could be used as a starter or around school to support revision:
Romeo and Juliet:
The huge and whole Romeo and Juliet collaborative Scheme of work from my department including success criteria, assessments, lesson powerpoints for key scenes can also be found here.
Here are some key extracts from Act 1-3 of Romeo and Juliet (ignore the title of the document!) – there are key questions on the side and some other documents to support teaching and annotation of the text. These can be used to support extract based question skills. Act One extracts
Also for Romeo and Juliet are these ‘top trump’ cards. Not very snazzy but very effective. Students simply decide how much of each character (in a percentage) should be assigned to each personality trait. They can then discuss, argue or write about what evidence they can remember to prove these traits. Romeo + Juliet top trumps
Jekyll and Hyde:
Our very popular collaborative Jekyll and Hyde scheme of work can be found here.
This includes lessons, key extracts, success criteria and assessment materials.
Here are some more resources to revise with – transactional writing tasks inspired by Jekyll and Hyde.
These elaborative interrogation cards were made to support revision. The idea is that students will better remember the facts if they can make links as to the fact and these help them with the whole text question as they force them to make links. Students can make their own for revision using the basic questions stated.
Literature Interleaving Revision:
Revision tasks for R&J, An Inspector Calls, Journey’s End, Jekyll and Hyde and A Christmas Carol (or any combination of them!) for Edexcel syllabus. It also includes Language tasks – a reading and writing task each week.
Homework Check questions: Jekyll and Hyde, An Inspector Calls and Romeo and Juliet – Homework task checks
Homework Check questions: Jekyll and Hyde, Journey’s End and Romeo and Juliet Homework task checks
PPT quizzes and answers for revision of: Jekyll and Hyde, Romeo and Juliet, Journey’s End, Relationships anthology poetry
Skills based resources:
To aid analysis at KS3, we sometimes use these connotation ‘magic’ circles. The idea is that the key word goes in the middle and students build on the connotations to aid their analytical paragraphs. These do not need to be limiting, they are simply a snazzy way of mindmapping and stretching those connotations and associations further. You can include them in a paragraph in many different ways without limiting students to merely these key words. Encourage them to use them in separate sentences in their anaylsis and explain the reasoning behind as well as the effect overall.
These active verbs are useful in every year to encourage more nuanced analysis – as long as are used correctly and the terms are taught explicitly!