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Schools Direct 20 Min Lesson Plan

Discussion in 'English' started by irumparveen92, Dec 7, 2015.

  1. irumparveen92

    irumparveen92 New commenter


    I have an interview for a Schools Direct PGCE, and I have been asked to prepare a 20 minute lesson plan for a group of year nines. I called up asking what literature the students were being taught but was told that the lesson plan had to be around the subject (English) and something teachable that I am interested in and passionate about. The lesson is not intertwined with what the students are currently learning.

    I feel completely stumped, she mention grammar and spelling?

    Any ideas? what could potentially do?

    Thank you
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    The clue is in that 'the lesson plan had to be around the subject (English) and something teachable that I am interested in and passionate about.' I often give this advice myself to people asking for suggestions and here you've been given it from the start.
    So what do you want to impart to children? What are your own strengths? Play to them.
    Answers should help you come up with a 'What do I want the children to learn?' lesson objective/ focus.
    Then think how you can impart that and you're away . . . .
  3. never_expect_anything

    never_expect_anything Occasional commenter

    For any interview lessons (even if you are not teacher trained yet), what they are really looking for in the planning is your understanding of how students learn (i.e. chunking, breaking things down into manageable steps, linking tasks together to build up to a task that shows what they can do now that they couldn't do (as successfully) before), and your awareness of the diversity within the classroom (most obviously the range of abilities and any students with special needs, but also things like cultural/ethnic background that might impact on the lesson, if applicable...).
    What they will be looking at in the classroom, as well as your enthusiasm and subject knowledge, is your relationship with the learners and your adaptability. (e.g. What if they all turn out to be more / less able than you anticipated? What if they have read that text before?...)
    In terms of content, when given a free reign like this, it really depends on your personal interest and areas of specialism, but stick with something you know well! Decontextualised spelling / grammar for 20 minutes might be a bit dry, but if they've mentioned it, then perhaps try to include a short starter task that involves spelling (such as anagrams of the key words for the students to work out the topic of your lesson). For the main part of your 'lesson', do you have a favourite poem / extract of a novel you could use? (You could look at metaphors/similies/personification, for instance, or descriptive lannguage, or characters' viewpoints...)
  4. paulaborg

    paulaborg New commenter

    Think about Kennings they are great fun and few students have done them unlike metaphors, similes, personification,... You can give them some to work out the answer, give them modern day and Bewulf examples then give them images of well done characters and ask them to write 3 or 4 kennings to describe the character and others have to guess who their characters are. They could end up writing a kenning poem about themselves too. I have done this type of lesson for taster lessons for year 6s and for older age groups too; it works well in the limited time given. It is easy to get too involved or try and teach them something they already know. What ever you end up doing keep it simple, make sure progress is measurable in some way and make it engaging. Good Luck
  5. irumparveen92

    irumparveen92 New commenter

    Thank you so much for your reply, your input has really helped create some order and understanding on where to go about this. I have very little area of specialism as I will go into my PGCE hopefully 2016, so this is all quite new. I think I'll just keep it basic to perhaps analysing a poem and then going onto something like performance poetry? They are year nine students so I definitely think grammar/spelling will be awfully boring.

    Thank you once again!
  6. irumparveen92

    irumparveen92 New commenter

    Thank you for your reply,

    I never knew what Kennings was till you mentioned it, and it is quite interesting. I would love to go on to teach something unique like this, but for my lesson I'm not sure if I understand it enough to be able to? Or maybe I'm just not confident enough?
  7. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Did you not understand the advice they gave you? Paulaborg is clearly passionate about the subject and could teach it but you need to play to YOUR strengths and interests. If you like performance poetry why not combine that with the idea of grammar and look at how different performances of the same words can help show where punctuation needs to go and then where it can be effective.

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