A Writing Curriculum

How can we use KS3 to better prepare students for writing analytical essays? I am currently teaching Blood Brothers to Year 8 and they love it.  Some are passionate in their condemnation of Mrs Johnstone, others argue that she has been cruelly manipulated by Mrs Lyons.  As we read the text together, they are bubblingContinue reading “A Writing Curriculum”

Using Word Classes to Empower Struggling Writers

I walked down the corridor and then I wondered what was through the door so I looked in but there was nothing so I went downstairs and I thought I heard a noise in the living room and I felt terrified. I’m sure many of us have experienced a sinking feeling after reading descriptive writingContinue reading “Using Word Classes to Empower Struggling Writers”

Promoting Writing for Pleasure

Every time I’ve got to the dark revision days of late April, I’ve toyed with completing an exam paper alongside my Year 11s- mainly as a way of encouraging them when they’re flagging, but also because I know it would be the best AfL tool ever. After two years of the GCSE English course, anyContinue reading “Promoting Writing for Pleasure”