One of the difficulties of reading is that it's a number of different skills all intertwined. If a student isn't practised in any one of these skills comprehension can break down and they'll not understand or give up completely.
Considering the impact of context on a novel, play or poem is something students find difficult. This is a lesson I planned for year 11 after an exam paper in which many didn't link to the context effectively.
I designed this scheme of work for either a year 9, 10, or a lower set year 11 class who find the kinds of the texts that AQA put in the specimen papers too difficult. In that way it's an introduction / step up to the paper. It is organised into five lessons but whenever …
I've made these flashcards to teach students the persuasive language devices they'll need when writing articles or letters.
A great lesson for the first week back in the new year. It's a reminder of common spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes. DOWNLOAD THE POWERPOINT HERE: New Year's Resolutions for SPAG Created by Joe Kirkham, thanks for sharing. Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash
Teaching students to follow a structure when being creative is something I try to avoid - the last thing I want to do is put a limit on their creativity. However, there is a trend when students are marked on descriptive writing (like in section B of paper 1 of the AQA Language exam) for …
Students not using paragraphs can be one of the most frustrating things. There's nothing worse than opening an exam paper to see the student has written five pages without a single break. I've been using this worksheet to get students to paragraph for years.
The third post in a series about how to improve the inference skills of your students, and why that's so important.
I often use non-text based inference activities to develop students’ familiarity with the skill, before moving on to looking at texts. I’ve found that this engages students who find numbers more comfortable, it opens them to discussion and allows them to think, and then develop their thinking in different ways.
Getting students to learn quotes for Macbeth and Jekyll & Hyde is hard, but they'll need them for their English Literature Exam. I've made these flashcards and will be using them in lessons with both years 10 and 11 - as well as giving year 11 a set to print themselves to revise for mocks. …