Hi! It feels like such a long time since I have posted anything on here but an exciting opportunity has arisen which reminded me that I have a blog! Anyone who reads this will know it is mostly a platform for sharing resources but I will be sharing some longer posts about teaching & learning ideas I’ve been using in my classroom so watch this space…for now though, I have a new resource to share!
My Year 10s are currently preparing for their first mock exam in English but we are also doing the Speaking and Listening Endorsements very soon. Within our department, there are a range of approaches to this task such as:
Presentation of a poem from the anthology
Presentation of a chapter from a text we’ve studied
Or more openly, any topic of their choice. I’ve decided to let my Year 10s loose on the task and choose something that they feel passionate about. So far we have: Black Lives Matter; mental health & young people; the importance of Black Panther being released; #MeToo campaign; school shootings in America; ‘my aspirations and goals for the future’; and gun & knife crime in our city. I cannot wait to hear these young people speak passionately about something they believe in and feel passionately about.
As the S&L endorsement doesn’t carry any weight and we are preparing for our mock exam and I’ve lost so many lessons due to other mocks taking place, the booklet I’ve designed is for students to complete independently at home. I have set certain deadlines to make sure they are progressing with the tasks but other than that, it is down to them.
The final page of the booklet is for them to deliver their speech to someone at home. I think this is going to be a really powerful moment for a lot of my young people, and I can’t wait to see their work.
It’s been a while! Here are chapter summaries for each chapter of Jekyll & Hyde. There is also a CLOZE version, if you’d prefer to use that as a consolidation after reading. I find that by going through what happens in each chapter before we read it, the language becomes slightly less terrifying for the students! These are also a useful way of reviewing/recapping what has happened after you’ve read. You’ll find these as a PowerPoint file so you can use/edit as fit.
I feel like I’ve been very absent from escapadesinteaching – I have practically lost myself down the NQT rabbit hole and as a result, this has fallen by the way side. However, I have (half) created a revision booklet for the Power & Conflict anthology. There are a number of resources in here that have been posted previously such as the poetry flowchart response and the poetry structure strips as well as the flashcards alongside some extra bits and pieces that may be of interest.
I’ve been inspired by Twinkl who created some paper chain poetry activities and thought they would be perfect for revising Power & Conflict. At my school, we use PEACE paragraphs to structure student responses: Point, Evidence, Analysis, Context, Evaluate. These paper chains create example PEACE paragraphs. Once students complete their PEACE paragraph chain they can go and get a comparison/link chain to connect poems together. You could also leave these blank for pupils to write their own & extend the challenge.
I wanted to give my Year 10 students some work to complete over the Christmas holidays but equally nothing too strenuous. I am asking my students to complete at least two of these tasks and then encouraging them to do more by giving them some prizes for a line/full house! Mostly, I wanted this to provide some contextual background to the play before we begin studying it in the new year.
As they complete their work, I’ll post up some of the results but for now…enjoy your free download from this link here.
If you’d like to pop some money in the pot for them then, of course, it is greatly appreciated. However, please don’t feel obliged to do so! It just covers my costs for the WordPress account from which this site runs.
I created this and posted it on Twitter asking for some feedback but lots of people seemed to like it so I thought that I would share it on here with a couple of tweaks. I designed this for my mid-ability Year 10 group who are just starting out on their GCSE course. I haven’t yet tried this on my pupils but it is a developed version that I used from last year so I can vouch for its efficacy!
This isn’t for a comparative question but it is mostly to get them thinking about how to write about poetry & bring in all of the information. There are other resources on comparing two poems which you can find on the Power & Conflict SoW I designed which you an find under KS4.
These sheets are editable so in theory you could use them to help students with anything at all! I’ve also added some notes on the file about how I was planning to use them which you can see here: