Year 10 zones: 10 minute planning

Year 10 are working on Much Ado for Edexcel IGCSE Literature.  As we finish the teaching for this ear, I wanted to engage the boys with exam technique before their formal assessment essays.  I like the idea of 10 minute planners and have blogged and made screenshots for them -available on here –  in the past.  This lesson aimed to engage a few small groups in planning for 15 minutes to produce responses to 5 different essays.  The titles were given out in the lesson to try to recreate the sensation of sitting an exam.  Too many students fall down at this stage:  either they don’t plan at all, or they spend too long mulling things over before starting to write an run out of time.

I was really pleased with the response.  Highly focused and showing a willingness to ZOOM IN to engage in close analysis.  Even better were the groups who showed the confidence to go beyond the usual responses and really dig into subtext – such as Dogberry being relevant to the thee of honour due to his undermining of the social status quo: “wisdoms” are unseated by the rude working classes.

maan planning obs

zone work

Year 10 , please find your zone sheets here.  Great planning work for 5 essay titles on MAAN.