Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone had some good ideas/methods for teaching essay writing skills, particularly for the Literature poetry and novel. My usual way has been to encourage pupils to write an introduction, then choose one of the four poems to be their 'Lead Poem'.I then get them to compare this lead poem with the 3 other poems one at a time, ensuring they write about language, imagery and structure throughout the essay, although not necessarily for every poem (e.g. they might have little to say about the structure of Stealing, but may focus on language, then talk about structure for another poem). However, I've been asked by the HOD to conduct some revision classes over Easter (getting paid!) and need some good activities to do with the kids based on essay writing skills. I will have about 4 different groups, arranged by target grade. I'm not sure that my essay style, outlined above, will be quite sophisticated enough for the A* candidates - I have always had lower set classes, so my structure has work in grinding out the grade Cs, but not really anything higher. Any ideas appreciated.