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Preparing for the End of Key Stage Tests in English

Price: £25.00
Age Range: KS3

As the title suggests, this pack helps students develop the skills they need for success in the End of Key Stage tests. Particularly designed for students who have not done important tests before, the pack addresses the preparation needed by an English department to guide Year 9 students through the EOKSTs. The activities consolidate work done in Key Stage 3 to raise achievement in the EOKSTs and therefore positions in league tables.

Topics include: Using quotations effectively; Understanding characters and plot in Shakespeare plays; Developing spelling and punctuation skills.

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Size: 61 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 283 9
Author(s): Sian Thomas
Code: PEKE
Popularity rank: 314

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Contents List


Paper 1: Reading

  • 7 THE PEAK OF FITNESS? Looking at persuasive language and how it can be used effectively.
  • 9 DREAM TICKET Looking at the use of persuasive language in advertising.
  • 11 SKIM AND SCAN Improving reading skills in preparation for an examination situation.
  • 13 RIGHT OR WRONG? Developing understanding of persuasive and argumentative writing.
  • 15 SEEKING DIRECTIONS Locating and following directions and instructions in questions.
  • 17 THE RIGHT WORD Recognising and writing about the importance of vocabulary.

Paper 1: Writing

  • 19 PERFECT PUNCTUATION Students revise their knowledge of punctuation.
  • 21 TO THE LETTER A proofreading activity in which students identify strategies to help them correct spelling errors.
  • 23 A BAD SPELL Raising awareness of spelling errors for words containing 'ie' and 'ei'.
  • 25 ALL CHANGE! Students revise the use of paragraphs.
  • 27 LETTER WRITING Students practise laying out and writing a formal letter.
  • 29 WHAT DOES THIS SAY? Raising students' awareness of the importance of handwriting.
  • 31 TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE? Examining different ways of telling a story for different audiences.
  • 33 WRITING STYLES Students consider their personal writing skills and strengths.

Paper 2: Reading

  • 35 RHYMED OR UNRHYMED? Looking at the use of rhyming and blank verse in set texts.
  • 37 IMAGERY IN SHAKESPEARE Examining the use of images in Shakespeare's texts.
  • 39 WHAT DO THEY MEAN? Introducing the concept of ambiguity in Shakespeare.
  • 41 PEAKS AND TROUGHS Looking at patterns and contrasts in set texts.
  • 43 PLANNING AN ANSWER Students organise their ideas before producing a written response.

Paper 2: Writing

  • 45 ANYTHING YOU SAY... Learning the importance of including quotations in written responses.
  • 47 JUST ONE QUESTION? Students consider how best to use the time allowed for this paper.

Extension Paper

  • 49 TONE AND IMAGERY Exploring the link between intent and and interpretation.
  • 51 A COHERENT RESPONSE Different ways of organising and presenting written responses.
  • 53 ADVANCED WRITING SKILLS Looking at the qualities that denote Level 8 writing.

General Examination Skills

  • 55 TIME MANAGEMENT How to plan an effective revision schedule.
  • 57 STRESS MANAGEMENT Looking at ways of dealing with examination stress.
  • 59 WHAT'S IT WORTH? Using the marking scheme to effectively apportion the available time.
  • 61 CHECK YOUR WORK! Looking at the need for careful checking of written responses.