Resources for GCSE 2015

We've commissioned a number of resources to help support your teaching of the new 2015 GCSEs, for first teaching from September.

Covering the main exam board specifications and both Literature and Language, the collection will keep growing throughout the year so keep checking back for more!

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Formal letter writing: why do we have to study 'Frankenstein'?
This resource is intended for year 10 or year 11 to prepare them  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Writing | Published: 28/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Frankenstein by Mary Shelley | Letter writing
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Unearthing 'Mametz Wood' by Owen Sheers
Designed for the Eduqas poetry anthology (2015), this resource  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 20/07/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Sheers, Owen | World War I poetry
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Pre-reading activities
Using words and short quotations from Chapter 2, students make  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 22/06/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
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Beauty, imagery and creativity in 'She Walks in Beauty'
Explore the poem with this variety of activities. Give students  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 15/06/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for Edexcel (2015 onwards) Relationships
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Exploring 'The Manhunt'
A series of activities to help students deconstruct the language,  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 08/06/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for Edexcel (2015 onwards) Relationships | Anthology poetry for WJEC Eduqas (2015 onwards)
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Representations of women
Consider the female characters in the novel, and how well they  … read more
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KS4 KS5 | Prose | Published: 18/05/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
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'Exposure': exploring Owen's poem and its context
Familiarise students with WW1 trench life and Owen's first hand  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 18/05/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for Edexcel (2015 onwards) Conflict | Owen, Wilfred
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Analysing 'Remains'
Explore the poem through a series of activities. Tasks include  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 18/05/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for AQA (2015 onwards) Power and conflict | Armitage, Simon
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Character analysis – consequence style
Students look at how Mr Collins and Elizabeth Bennet are presented  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 11/05/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
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'Hero-gods of the air': exploring 'Kamikaze'
This resource includes two pre-reading activities to familiarise  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 11/05/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for AQA (2015 onwards) Power and conflict
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Reading practice for AQA paper 1 (Exams May/June 2017) Questions 3 and 4
Exam style questions for AQA paper 1: Explorations in creative  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 11/05/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Reading practice for AQA paper 1 (Exams May/June 2017) Questions 1 and 2
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 11/05/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Recipe for a Shakespearean comedy
Build on students' prior knowledge of Shakespeare's comedies  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Plays | Published: 05/05/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Introduction to Shakespeare: the plays | Much Ado About Nothing
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C.L.I.P.S response to an unseen poem
Use the versatile table to analyse any poem, with prompts to  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 05/05/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Clare, John | Unseen poetry
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An unseen poem: 'Boy at the Window' by Richard Wilbur
Help students understand and build a personal response to the  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 27/04/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Unseen poetry
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Learning grid
A revision game designed to encourage higher order thinking skills.  … read more
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KS4 | Plays | Published: 07/04/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Blood Brothers by Willy Russell
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Mickey and Edward
Useful activities to explore the relationship between Mickey  … read more
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KS4 | Plays | Published: 07/04/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Blood Brothers by Willy Russell
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Design your own villain
Look at a sample of descriptions and images of iconic villains,  … read more
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KS3 | Writing | Published: 02/04/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Imaginative writing and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Reading and comparing modern literary prose
Students are given two extracts to answer questions on and compare.  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 30/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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The structure of the novel
Once students have read the novel, get them to think about its  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 26/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson
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Reactions to Victorian London
As an introduction to the novel's context, ask students to look  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 24/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde | 6 week teaching pack - A Christmas Carol
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Class differences
This resource uses a number of extracts in the play to explore  … read more
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KS4 | Plays | Published: 24/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Blood Brothers by Willy Russell
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'I wish I was our Sammy'
Students explore the monologue and complete a range of activities  … read more
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KS4 | Plays | Published: 23/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Blood Brothers by Willy Russell
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Revising key events
Activities that encourage students to reflect on the plot of  … read more
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KS4 | Plays | Published: 23/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Blood Brothers by Willy Russell
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Chapter 9 questions
A series of questions - grouped according to character, plot,  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 23/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Narrative diamond 9
Students consider the narrative features of the text and then  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 23/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Who said what?
Good for recapping key quotations from the novel, students try  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 23/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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The self and society
Suitable for higher ability students, this resource encourages  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 23/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Gothic literature - style and language
Students familiarise themselves with the idea of multiple narratives  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 23/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Jekyll and Hyde hexbusters
'I'll have a 'P' please Bob!' Get your students to recap key  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 23/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Jekyll or Hyde?
Which personality trait belongs to whom? Use this Magnet activity  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 23/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Theme matching
Students explore the novel's themes by dragging the appropriate  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 23/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Exploring structure
Students reflect on the way the novel is structured by way of  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 23/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Chapter 10 match up
A differentiated activity based on Chapter 10 of the novel. The  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 23/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Reading 19th century fiction: close analysis
Using an extract from 'Great Expectations' students answer questions  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 16/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Carew colour coding
Students colour code the opening paragraphs of Chapter 4 to help  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 16/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Chapter 8 - true or false?
A true or false activity to test students' understanding of key  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 16/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Dr Lanyon's change
Student's consider a variety of quotations which relate to Dr  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 16/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Introducing Mr Hyde
A useful, differentiated resource which explores the way in which  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 09/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Reputation, reputation, reputation
Aimed at higher ability students, this worksheet helps to extend  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 09/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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An odd relationship
After reading Chapter 3 'Dr Jekyll was quite at ease', students  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 09/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Mr Utterson's reaction (Chapter 2)
Using a word bank, students focus on the mood and atmosphere  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 09/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Book cover predictions
Use this as a pre-reading task in order to get students discussing  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 02/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Stretch and challenge - analysing and evaluating the opening
A series of questions and tasks to extend your most able students'  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 02/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Introducing Mr Utterson
Students think about the characterisation of Mr Utterson by exploring  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 23/02/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Creative writing: setting and atmosphere
Students look closely at effective vocabulary in a range of  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 23/02/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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'Singh Song!' in context
A resource specifically targeting AO3, the cultural and social  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 16/02/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for AQA (2015 onwards) Love and relationships
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Exploring 'Dracula' as an unseen fiction text
This resource takes an extract from 'Dracula' to support students  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 16/02/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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GCSE 2015 specification summaries
An essential overview of the GCSE specifications for first teaching  … read more
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KS4 | Planning and assessment | Published: 09/02/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Planning aids
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Exploring 'Love's Philosophy'
A useful starting point for unpicking Shelley's poem featured  … read more
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Close reading: the scene of the crime
Students read and analyse unseen fiction texts from the 20th  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 09/02/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Settings in Jane Eyre
Students explore how the settings in the text reflect the various  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 09/02/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
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Poetry comparison 'dominoes'
This game makes an ideal starter, plenary or revision task to  … read more
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Feminist icon?
Students think about what it means to be a feminist and explore  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 26/01/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
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Non-fiction text analysis: monkeys and slow lorises
Activities to help students learn how to approach unseen non-fiction  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 26/01/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Performing a monologue
Guided activities to help students prepare a dramatic monologue  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 19/01/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
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Rochester and Jane: a love story
Students explore the relationship between Jane and Rochester  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 05/01/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
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Work pack on part two
A thorough set of questions and extension activities to guide  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 05/01/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Silas Marner by George Eliot
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'Silas Marner' learning grid
This learning grid gives you an excuse to bring a game into your  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 15/12/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Silas Marner by George Eliot
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Tackling exam questions
This resource looks at a typical sample question featuring an  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 15/12/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Silas Marner by George Eliot
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Comparing poetic extracts
This PowerPoint presentation eases students in to the process  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 08/12/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for AQA (2015 onwards) Love and relationships
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Themes
Students explore the themes in the text, allocating quotes to  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 02/12/2014 | From the resource collection(s): A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - A Christmas Carol
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Character profiles
Students create profiles for the main characters. Prompts for  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 02/12/2014 | From the resource collection(s): A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - A Christmas Carol
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Exam practice
Students are given a practice exam question and supporting activities  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 01/12/2014 | From the resource collection(s): A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
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Responding to unseen poems with confidence: 'In Memoriam' by E.A. Mackintosh
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 01/12/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Unseen poetry | World War I poetry
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Approaching an unseen poem with confidence: 'The Owl' by Edward Thomas
Designed for students who have experience in approaching poems  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 24/11/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Thomas, Edward | Unseen poetry
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Stave by stave
A selection of tasks and comprehension questions relating to  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 24/11/2014 | From the resource collection(s): A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - A Christmas Carol
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Pre-reading activities
A number of activities for students to complete before reading,  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 24/11/2014 | From the resource collection(s): A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
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Developing confidence with unseen poetry
Written by Trevor Millum, curator of Teachit's 'Poetry Place',  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 17/11/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Lawrence, D.H. | Unseen poetry
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Building confidence in unseen poetry
Using the poem 'Break, break, break' by Alfred Lord Tennyson,  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 17/11/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Tennyson, Alfred | Unseen poetry
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Work pack on part one
A comprehensive set of activities and questions on part one (chapters  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 10/11/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Silas Marner by George Eliot
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Saying more than 'he said' / 'she said'
A number of focused activities that encourage students to be  … read more
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KS4 | Writing | Published: 10/11/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Creative writing (KS4) | Narrative writing
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20 teaching ideas for GCSE writing
20 creative and engaging teaching ideas to help students with  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Planning and assessment | Published: 27/10/2014 | From the resource collection(s): 20 teaching ideas for ...
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An unseen poem: 'The Crow' by John Clare
Resources to help students access unseen poetry - perhaps for  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 20/10/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Clare, John | Unseen poetry
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Exploring 'Storm on the Island'
A range of activities to introduce and analyse the poem in AQA's  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 20/10/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for AQA (2015 onwards) Power and conflict | Heaney, Seamus
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Tackling unseen poems
Advice for approaching unseen poetry penned by Trevor Millum.  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 13/10/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Unseen poetry
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Exploring 'Neutral Tones'
A series of tasks on the poem, including exploration of the title,  … read more
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Exploring 'The Emigrée' by Carol Rumens
Students think about perceptions of their home country before  … read more
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KS4 | PoetryPublished: 29/09/2014 | 
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Silas and his hoard of gold
A selection of activities to explore the presentation of Silas  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 22/09/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Silas Marner by George Eliot
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