Just a quick blog about how I’ve improved students writing.
One key thing is high expectations.
I teach high vocabulary, sentence structures and build on our ideas of the text before we get stuck in to writing.
So my y9s have been reading lord of the flies and y10 are reading Macbeth.
The y10 improvements in writing is brilliant (I will upload some before shots when I get some, I forgot!) These are students who have targets of 3-6, however, I never refer to these. I focus on skills and improving our writing to show our understanding of characters/ideas.
Top tip here was to use double adjectives to describe the character and a focus on reader response.
With y9, I built up their ideas through using SPITE (after we had a staff meeting on our schemes of work and one member of the team had been on a course for the evaluation Q, Edexcel, and we were focusing on this skill in y9, I try to avoid acronyms normally but I felt this actually worked) Once we read all of the novel with some critical theorists, we also viewed a range of articles to help develop our own ideas of the themes presented in the book (LOTF, savagery, civilisation, fear etc)
I use the following sort of worksheet to build evaluation of a text
Adverbs and language for evaluation
I looked at AO4 evaluation skills and applied this to extracts
Here’s an example of planning out ideas for setting, people, ideas, tone, events in LOTF. So, they can refer back to this when considering a range of questions.
The key thing to develop their responses is an open question.
In what was does Golding suggest savagery is a direct link to a lack of adult guidance?
In what ways does Golding show the demise of logic and fading hope?
Here are some practice paragraphs they did before their assessment on this unit
This is a blog in process… More on the way
I will upload the final results of the y9 essays after half term