Anthony Cockerill blogs and writes about teaching English, writing and the written word.
We used to call her The Stick Insect. It was cruel but completely appropriate. She had a tall, awkward, brittle
How to plan a scheme of learning as part of a thematic curriculum: essential advice and lots of useful downloadables…
Why a thematic curriculum? Spoiler alert. In the excellent film Arrival (2016, Denis Villeneuve), Amy Adams plays Louise Banks, an
When they’re tackling Paper 2, it’s crucial our students know exactly what each question is demanding of them. Here’s how.
Discover some really effective techniques for persuasive writing that will transform students’ planning and allow them to write compelling responses.
Explore some brilliant strategies for teaching really effective poetry comparison and help your students to really engage with the texts…
What can we take from urban legends and their cinematic equivalents when teaching those elements of great stories and narratives?
It was a place of frustrated ambitions, low aspirations and barely suppressed cruelty. It was a despondent place. The urinals
The iconic railway bridge scene is a great stimulus for creative writing. I’ve developed some teaching resources to make the
This is a sequence of learning for GCSE English Language Paper 1, Question 4. I think this question offers some
Early in my teaching career, I taught as part of the Key Stage Three curriculum, a sequence of learning to
There are some notable challenges in preparing students to respond to AQA’s GCSE English Language, Paper Two, Question Two. The
Herbert Simon said ‘everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into desired ones’. If we
A previous blog post – How can moving image help us to teach narrative structure? – has explained some of
My Year Eight class and I have recently read Robert Swindells’ novel Brother in the Land, which has regained much of
Could playing creatively with narrative perspective help our students to grow in confidence as writers, cultivating more confidence, control and
The introduction of ‘structure’ as a focus of assessment in GCSE in AQA’s GCSE English Language Paper One, Question Three
The ubiquitous PEE paragraph – and its errant siblings PEEL and PEAZLE – have become so reliant a method for
I’m not sure I always taught analytical writing well earlier in my teaching career. For me, like many, the PEE