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.

An excellent, well-structured unit firmly based on National Strategy guidelines

P Lovelock, Teacher & Peer Reviewer
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

Makes the AFs understandable and students will see clearly how they have progressed through any given lesson

A Baiden, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (3174)

I liked the explicit links to reading assessment focuses. An excellent, well-structured unit firmly based on National Strategy guidelines. Encourages students to see that writing is crafted and not accidental.

P Lovelock, Teacher & Peer 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, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

I particularly liked the choice of material and could really see how this would provide a natural starting point for pupils studying Shakespeare.

There is a clear focus on Reading skills and I think the focus on poetic techniques and structural choices that these materials highlight is very good and would be excellent preparation for pupils? future study of poetry at GCSE. The modelled writing is extremely important in terms of AFL.

I Kontos, Teacher and Peer Reviewer

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 & Peer 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, Teacher & Peer Reviewer