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Sonnets Scheme of Work for Year 9: Responses to Reading

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