This stimulating and informative double lesson aims to improve students’ ability to understand the features of various story genres, and analyse the conventional language features within them. In particular students focus upon the vocabulary, sentence, and descriptive device choices made by writers across each of the genres, and begin to comprehend the effect of these techniques upon the reader.
Students follow a clear and logical learning journey, in which they:
-Define the different story genres and understand their key content features;
-Understand the key features of different genres through interesting movie clips ;
-Work collaboratively using the jigsaw method to ascertain the language features (vocabulary, sentences, descriptive devices) of different genres;
-Engage with a number of interesting story extracts (Louis Sachar - Holes, JK Rowling - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Darren Shan - The Vampire's Assistant, Jeff Kinney - Diary of a Wimpy Kid.)
-Write an analytical piece on some of the language features used by the writer of their chosen genre;
-Peer/self-assess their analytical attempts.
There are enough resources here really for two lessons, including:
-Visually engaging whole-lesson PowerPoint;
-Story extracts x 4 (Harry Potter, Holes, etc.)
-Learning Objective cut out;
-Analytical Paragraphs Template;
-Jigsaw method worksheet
-Step-by-step lesson plan.
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