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Sonnets Scheme of Work for Year 9: Responses to Reading
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Sonnets Scheme of Work for Year 9

Responses to Reading

Focused tasks and worksheets preparing students effectively for their GCSEs.

APP Ready

Contains a detailed, 6-lesson SoW addressing all 7 Reading Assessment Focuses using accessible pre-1914 poetry.

The structured lessons create a clear line of progress, enabling students to practice the reading skills required to engage with Shakespeare while:
  1. Introducing them to archaic language and poetic techniques,
  2. Extending their vocabulary and
  3. Developing their comparative writing skills.

  • Cross-referenced to the new NLS
  • The final assessment is an excellent diagnostic tool for APP
  • Sonnets, sequencing activities, worksheets, vocabulary lists and modelled writing sheet all provided as handouts or OHTs

"I could really see how [the choice of poetry] would provide a natural starting point for pupils studying Shakespeare. The focus on poetic techniques and structural choices would be excellent preparation for future study of poetry at GCSE. The modelled writing is extremely important in terms of AFL. The skills practised through the focused tasks enhance pupils' ability to read for meaning and to understand how meaning is created. A comprehensive focus on the author's craft is provided with an excellent opportunity for discussion of language choices."
L Kontos, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (3174)
'I thought this was a refreshing unit of work with plenty of scope to branch off into exploring other sonnets but the choices made are well pitched towards KS3 into KS4... The idea of looking at rather challenging poems is why I think it is ideal as a transition unit; preparing students effectively for the demands of GCSE.' V Kennedy, Lead KS3 Planner and Independent Reviewer
'A lot of work and thought has been put into this resource. It clearly defines where it enhances learning and is totally relevant to the topic of pre 1914 poetry.' K Jefferson, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'Very good. There is a severe dearth of affordable (photocopiable) resources that focus on the reading AFs, so this is a great addition to a stock cupboard... Makes the AFs understandable and students will see clearly how they have progressed through any given lesson. Poetry certainly isn't the easiest topic for many students but this makes it very accessible even for lower ability.' A Baiden, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'I liked the explicit links to reading assessment focuses. An excellent, well-structured unit firmly based in National Strategy guidelines. Encourag[es] students to see that writing is crafted and not accidental.' P Lovelock, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer

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