#4 Analysis Squares/’Dynamite Paragraphs’

The ‘Dynamite Paragraph’ method of analysis was created by Rachael Stevens (@murphiegirl) and is a fantastic way of encouraging students to extend their ideas so that their analysis is detailed and sophisticated. Please click the here to Rachael’s blog to find out how to use this strategy effectively.

Over the past few weeks, I have used this resource with D/C grade Year 11 students. The step-by-step approach and words/phrases allowed them to stretch their responses; this ultimately resulted in them  achieving B/A grades on their Controlled Assessment pieces.

From the original idea, I created the comic-book style resource and designed the ‘Analysis Squares’ mat – please see below. Both can be used as posters and are an effective way of embedding these skills at KS3.

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#3 Five-a-Side Fantasy Football

This is a top resource adapted from John Mitchell (@Jivespin), who created ‘1st XI’ for History lessons. You can find resource this posted on @ASTsupportAAli excellent Teaching Toolkit blog! As you can see, I’ve cut the original idea down to five-a-side to make selection more difficult and to encourage students to think more carefully about their choices. Let’s face it, anything involving football is a fantastic and fun way to engage boys! Even I got a bit addicted.

This version is great to use when considering characters in novels. As you can see from the example, students have to manage a fantasy team based on the strengths, weaknesses and characteristics of individuals in the narrative. ‘SOLO Tactics’ have been added so that students have to think strategically about their team selection, explaining reasons to justify their choices. What’s more, player selections should also be justified using evidence from the text. Considering a team captain/player-manager also raises great class discussion and debate. Slim is a great example here… a definite leader.

I’d love to see this used on characters from a Shakespeare play! That’d be ace. Please tweet any pictures of this resource being used… it’d be fab to post.

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