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Fiction structure analysis table
A prompt table for students, to focus them on commenting on different  … read more
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Fiction analysis questions and re-creation task
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Words to describe a writer's tone
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Unseen text with analysis questions
Unseen text with analysis questions and suggested answers. Uses  … read more
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Quiz – Quiz – Trade: structure terms
Aimed at students exploring the structure of fiction texts. Students  … read more
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Practice questions using an extract from 'Hard Times': AQA English Language Paper 1
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Evaluating a 19th century extract
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Practice questions using an extract from 'To Kill a Mockingbird': AQA English Language Paper 1
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Colour connotations in 'The Time Machine' by H.G. Wells
An activity to focus students on one aspect of language choice.  … read more
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19th century unseen fiction practice tasks
A comprehensive resource taking students through the key learning  … read more
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Language techniques and effects: how to analyse language
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Sentence starts for responding to a text
This resource features useful vocabulary and sentence structures  … read more
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Edexcel style exam question on Chapter 1
An exam style question for Edexcel on 'Silas Marner', with supporting  … read more
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WJEC Eduqas Component 2 practice questions: Dickens, Mayhew and Duryea
A series of practice questions based on analysis of the 19th-century  … read more
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19th century unseen fiction practice
An extract from 'The Adventure of Tom Sawyer' and comprehension  … read more
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Describing effects on the reader
Prompts to help students be more specific about the effect on  … read more
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AQA practice exam question for GCSE English Language Paper 1
AQA style exam question for the English Language GCSE, using  … read more
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Chapter 3: Use of language
Students explore an extract from Chapter 3 of 'The Sign of the  … read more
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Extracting information
Students are given a number of extracts from the text and have  … read more
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Unseen 19th-century fiction: tasks and exam-style questions
Tasks and activities to help students develop their ability to  … read more
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Analytical verbs placemat
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Exam practice for Edexcel GCSE English Language Paper 1: 'The Time Machine'
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Practice exam questions and imaginative writing tasks
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AQA English Language Paper 1 - practice paper
A series of exam-style questions for students sitting the AQA  … read more
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Language devices in non-fiction texts
A useful glossary of the language techniques writers use in  … read more
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Exam practice for Edexcel GCSE English Language Paper 2: travel writing
A number of practice exam questions based on a piece of travel  … read more
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AQA GCSE Language Paper 1 Section A practice: 'The Tell-Tale Heart'
Exam-style questions using an extract from 'The Tell-Tale Heart'  … read more
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Top tips for AQA GCSE English Language
Some useful advice for the reading sections of the AQA GCSE English  … read more
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Exam practice questions using an extract from 'The Invisible Man'
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Practice exam questions using an extract from 'Goose Fair'
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Practice questions using an extract from 'Great Expectations'
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Getting to know the text: 'Lullaby' by Elizabeth Berridge
A selection of questions for students to answer when they have  … read more
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Practice exam questions using an extract from 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'
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MR SCIL's reading skills
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AQA English Language Paper 1: Practice exam questions using Chapter 4 of 'The War of the Worlds'
A series of questions for students to practise the reading section  … read more
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AQA English Language Paper 1: Practice exam questions using 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'
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AQA English Language Paper 1: Practice exam questions using ‘Stone Cold’
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AQA English Language Paper 1: Practice exam question using 'Skellig'
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Practice exam question for AQA Paper 1A: Responding to literary fiction texts
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Practice exam questions for Edexcel GCSE English Language paper 1
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Practice exam questions for AQA English Language Paper 1
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AQA English Language Paper 1: Practice exam question using 'The Hunger Games'
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Practice exam questions for AQA English Language Paper 1
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AQA English Language Paper 1: Practice reading assessment task
A practice exam paper to use with an extract from 'The White  … read more
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Analysing a Born Free Foundation text
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Language choices in an unseen extract: 'Oliver Twist'
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Reading an unseen fiction extract
Students explore the language and sentence structures of an extract  … read more
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Information retrieval: extract from 'The Mayor of Casterbridge'
Using an extract from 'The Mayor of Casterbridge' students answer  … read more
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Information retrieval: 'Emma'
Using an extract from Austen's 'Emma' students explore the life  … read more
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Information retrieval: 'Great Expectations'
Using an extract from 'Great Expectations' students work on their  … read more
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Information retrieval using a fiction extract
Using an extract from 'Mary Barton' students complete a number  … read more
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Character study technical terms
A list of technical vocabulary for describing characters in any  … read more
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Characters and marriage
Students analyse an extract from 'Far from the Madding Crowd',  … read more
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Reading placemat
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Text types posters and prompts
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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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Reading practice for AQA paper 1 (Exams May/June 2017) Questions 1 and 2
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Exam practice question using an unseen extract
Prepare students for the unseen element of the English Language  … read more
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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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Reading 19th century fiction: close analysis
Using an extract from 'Great Expectations' students answer questions  … read more
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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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Exploring 'Dracula' as an unseen fiction text
This resource takes an extract from 'Dracula' to support students  … 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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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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'Travels with a Donkey' missing words
A good way of building students' confidence in tackling unseen  … read more
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Character impressions - reflect and evaluate
Students think about Stevenson's narration of 'Travels with a  … read more
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Who the Dawkins is he? Thought tracking
Read the excerpt from Dickens' 'Oliver Twist' in which Oliver  … read more
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A perfect night... comprehension questions
Students read the excerpt from Stevenson's 'Travels with a Donkey  … read more
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What they actually said ...
Help students become more confident in approaching early 20th  … read more
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Freedom to choose? - 'The life story of a Polish sweatshop girl'
An excerpt from a 20th century non-fiction text: 'The Life Stories  … read more
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Colour symbolism
Fascinating colour cards containing some surprising facts about  … read more
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Analyse that! Language and structural devices
A good exemplar piece of original writing, this worksheet integrates  … read more
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Whose theme is it anyway?
An activity to explore key themes in any text and how discussion  … read more
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Story analysis
Framework for analysing stories.  … read more
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Analysing an opening chapter
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Close reading techniques: descriptive writing extracts
A focus on close reading and language, using extracts from a  … read more
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The PEE chain
A handy poster-style guide to POINT-EXAMPLE-EXPLAIN.  … read more
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Approaching an unseen prose extract - essay writing
Question based on extract from Iris Murdoch's The Sea, The Sea.  … read more
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Sun Vampires: Magazine article about the dangers of sunbeds
Accompanied by Sun Vampires activities below.  … read more
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Sun Vampires: Possible questions and commentary style answers
Based on the magazine article, Sun Vampires.  … read more
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