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English revision resources for GCSE & A Level

Resources | Published 23 March, 2011

A selection of revision resources assembled to engage students in a range of reading, writing and speaking & listening revision tasks for GCSE and A Level English & English Literature. The collection includes:

 General

Interactive whiteboard tools & resources

A selection of interactive whiteboard tools for creating interactive whiteboard games, activities and quizzes.

Exam command words

A poem with common exam command words – a useful and fun revision tool.

Punctuation traffic lights

Traffic Light / Pyramid on how to progress to higher levels using punctuation. Can either be used as a display, overhead projector or as placemats.

Connectives word bank

A collection of connectives under separate headings. For example, time connectives. Useful as essay sentence starters.

Discourse markers

A very handy reference sheet / poster. It organises discourse markers by common usage. For example, furthering arguments, sequencing points, concluding, etc. All essential for those exam essays!

Practising reading skills

Practising close reading skills PPT.

Literary terms

Beautifully presented posters for your English classroom. Handy reminders as revision time approaches.

Essay planning & writing PPT

This resource guides students through essay writing and suits all areas of the English and English Literature curriculum.

 Unit 1

Persuasive techniques & devices – IWB quiz

Stop the Clock. IWB flash quiz for use on the whiteboard and / or in computer suite. Persuasive techniques and devices used in speeches / formal letters. Has a useful ‘no timer’ option for teacher-led presentation and three levels of difficulty.

Scheme of work: Understanding and producing non-fiction texts

Scheme of work overview and lesson plans for AQA GCSE English Language Unit 1 - Understanding and Producing Non-fiction Texts.

Teaching resources: Understanding and producing non-fiction texts

Teaching resource pack of activities and worksheets to prepare students for the examination unit of AQA GCSE English Language Unit 1 - Understanding & Producing Non-fiction Texts.

Scheme of work: Functional skills in English level 2

Scheme of work overview and lesson plans for GCSE English Language - Functional Skills in English (Level 2).

Teaching resources: Functional skills in English level 2

Teaching resources, worksheets and activities for GCSE English Language - Functional Skills in English (Level 2).

WJEC – paper 1 revision PPT

Tasks and activities to consolidate skills needed for paper 1.

AQA English / language unit 1 AfL revision PPT

Questions testing pupils knowledge of question styles & exam technique.

Edexcel – the writer’s voice PPT

Includes a variety of slides to help revise section two of the English language exam. Lots of sample paragraphs and individual slides aimed at different grade barriers.

 Literature – GCSE poetry

Poetic techniques & devices – IWB quiz

Stop the Clock. IWB flash quiz for use on the whiteboard and / or in computer suite. Poetic techniques and devices. Has a useful ‘no timer’ option for teacher-led presentation and three levels of difficulty.

Poetic buzz words

A revision worksheet designed to simplify all of those ‘tricky’ poetic devices.

WJEC unseen poetry: Teaching resources & e-poetry booklet

Teaching resources, worksheets and activities on each poem from the teaching pack. Also included are downloadable MP3 readings, brief commentaries on each poem and sample exam paper questions.

AQA character and voice: Teaching resources & e-poetry booklet

Teaching resources, worksheets, activities and sample exam questions on each poem from the teaching pack. Also included are downloadable MP3 readings and brief commentaries on each poem together with an illustrated e-poetry booklet for the cluster.

AQA relationships: Teaching resources & e-poetry booklet

Teaching resources, worksheets, activities and sample exam questions on each poem from the teaching pack. Also included are videos, downloadable MP3 readings and brief commentaries on each poem and an illustrated e-poetry booklet for the cluster.

AQA relationships – wordles

Handy, and beautiful, revision support.

AQA moon on the tides: E-poetry booklets with MP3 readings

Illustrated e-poetry booklets with embedded poetry readings covering each cluster (all 60 poems) in the AQA GCSE poetry anthology.

 Literature - GCSE prose

Martyn Pig by Kevin Brooks – study & revision pack

For AQA GCSE English Literature Unit 1, Section A: Exploring modern texts. A selection of worksheets and activities to aid study and revision of Martyn Pig by Kevin Brooks.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Print-based teaching resources, activities and worksheets, plus a range of interactive whiteboard resources and twenty audio files on many aspects of the novella. Can be used to support study as exam text and / or controlled assessment as applicable.

Touching the Void by Joe Simpson – study & revision pack

For AQA GCSE English Literature Unit 1, Section A: Exploring modern texts. A selection of worksheets and activities to aid study and revision of Touching the Void by Joe Simpson.

Lord of the Flies

A revision prezi.

Lord of the Flies

A revision mat.

Lord of the Flies

Revision quiz with answers.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Revision booklet.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Specifically designed to prepare a high group for their OCR literature exam, a range of resources on themes, character, language, historical context, etc.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Revision quiz with answers.

 Literature – GSCE drama

An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley

Print-based teaching resources, activities and worksheets, plus a range of interactive whiteboard resources and twenty audio files on many aspects of the play. Can be used to support study as exam text and / or controlled assessment as applicable.

Blood Brothers by Willy Russell

Brief recap PPT on characters, themes, motifs, use of song & language.

Kindertransport by Diane Samuels

A range of teaching resources, worksheets and activities to support teaching and learning of Kindertransport by Diane Samuels. Though prepared with the AQA GCSE English Literature examinations in mind, also included are a range of activities that teachers can use and / or adapt for Controlled Assessment tasks with other awarding bodies or specifications.

Macbeth

Revision podcasts on: key quotations, witches and the supernatural, Lady Macbeth, the nature of monarchy, key scenes and soliloquies.

Macbeth – RSC & BBC resources

From the RSC, a range of worksheets, guides and practical approaches that can be used to revise elements of the text. Also included are the excellent RSC / BBC Shakespeare Unlocked videos.

Much Ado About Nothing

From the RSC, practical class-based tasks that would make for some fun revision sessions.

Romeo and Juliet

From the RSC, a range of worksheets and practical approaches that can be used to revise elements of the text.

The Crucible

Revision quiz PPT.

The Crucible – student workbook

Student workbook with keeping track activities for aid with revision and refreshing knowledge.

Twelfth Night

From the RSC, a range of worksheets and practical activities to revise character & character relationships. (From page 9).

 A Level

The patterns of poetry – podcasts 1 to 8

The eight talks are all under 5 minutes each and are, in order: (1) Introduction, (2) Titles, (3) Alliteration, (4) Personification, (5) Symbols, (6) Onomatopoeia, (7) Cliché, (8) Simile.

The patterns of poetry – podcasts 9 – 15

Seven more 5-minute talks from the Patterns of Poetry series, which was runner-up in the 2010 Edublogs Award in the category ‘Best Educational Use of Audio.’ The talks are, in order: (9) Rhyme, (10) Repetition, (11) The Sonnet, (12) Punctuation, (13) Foreshadowing, (14) Metaphor, (15) Hyperbole.

The Wife of Bath

A comprehensive study guide for Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath.

Hamlet

Six revision podcasts on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The opening scene, key quotes; character analysis and the first soliloquy.

King Lear

Six revision podcasts on Shakespeare’s King Lear. The opening scene, key quotes; character analysis and themes.

AQA literature specification a: Unit 1 - LITA1

Texts in Context: Victorian Literature (LITA1A)

AQA literature specification a: Unit 3 – LITA3

Reading for Meaning: Love Through the Ages

AQA literature specification b: Unit 1 - LITB1

Aspects of Narrative: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Wuthering Heights

A revision pack focused on delivering Bronte’s Wuthering Heights for AQA Lit B (Gothic).

Prose analysis

Tips for analysing a prose extract.


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