I’m not sure if this only happens in my classes but I tend to find when there is a charity day such as Red Nose Day, teaching “normal” lessons becomes rather challenging! I therefore tend to adopt a can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em mentality and adapt my lessons to develop skills within the parameters of the event! Here are a few ideas for Red Nose Day on Friday:

  1. Watch a Comic Relief Sketch. Identify the techniques which are used and comment on their effects.

The following is a personal favourite of mine which contains plenty of laughs and persuasive techniques!

 

If you have time, you could ask your students to create their own sketch using the same techniques.

  1. Develop narrative writing skills with the title:  “A Day in the Life of a Red Nose”.
  1. Finally, as the whole day is about raising money, draw up a quick literary based sweep-stake (if your school allows). I’ve bought a Bear and renamed him. I’m asking my students to donate 50p per guess. The list of literary names  I’ll be using is below. I’m sure I will be mocked for my attempts to shoehorn humour into the names, but it’s all for a good cause!

 

 

Otto Orwell

Susy Steinbeck Twiggy Twain Julius Joyce Amir

Austen

Tommy

Tolstoy

Luciana

Lewis

Schubert

Shelley

Wilberforce

Wilde

Barry

Byron

Vinnie

Vonnegut

Frederick

Faulkner

Kurt

King

Molly

Marquez

Dave

Dumas

Tilly

Tolkien

Sandra

Salinger

Wiley

Woolf

Columbus

Conrad

Dorothy

Dickens

Deidre

Doyle

Millicent

Miller

Polly

Poe

Fitzwilliam

Fitzgerald

Harry

Homer

Andreas

Adams

Kevin

Kerouac

Patty

Pullman

Pratty

Pratchett

Solomon

Seuss

Harriet

Hosseini

Ian

Irving

Hunter

Hugo

Hugo

Hardy

Bobby

Bryson

Harper

Huxley

Antonio

Atwood

Sage

Shakespeare

Theodore

Thompson

Phoebe

Plato

Barbara

Bronte

Myrick

Melville

Patricia

Proust

Cassandra

Chekhov

Boris

Bradbury

Ester

Eliot

Graham

Grisham

Sally

Stoker

Charlie

Christie

Levi

Lee

Vincent

Verne

Landon

London

Cynthia

Coelho

Pamela

Picoult

Hector

Heller

Wesley

Wharton

Steven

Stevenson

Courtney

Coleridge

Diego

Dahl

Wade

Wells

Moses

Milton

Kathleen

Keats

Milo

McEwan

Dolly

Dickinson

 

Here’s a link to my copy if you’d like it: Red Nose Day Sweep Stake

 

Have fun!

Red Nose Day : Ideas for the English Classroom

8 thoughts on “Red Nose Day : Ideas for the English Classroom

  • March 22, 2017 at 5:29 pm
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    You share the best ideas for classrooms. I’m sure you’re familiar with this video because it’s rather dated, but it is a wonderful introduction for a writing workshop. It helps reinforce the impact of revision as well as the powerful of well-crafted language: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhbNAFuLRcM

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    • March 22, 2017 at 5:36 pm
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      Thank you for you comment. I have seen the video but have never used it in the classroom – what a wonderful resource to explore the power of language. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    • March 22, 2017 at 5:38 pm
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      Brilliant, thank you!

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  • March 22, 2017 at 8:15 pm
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    We love your teddy names!! What fun! Please let us know the correct answer! A great oppprtunity for some persuasive writing & speaking. Thanks for the inspiring activities. Happy Red Nose Day🐘

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    • March 23, 2017 at 1:31 pm
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      Thank you! I’ve updated the post with a link to my copy of the sweep stake if you’d like to use it. His name is Moses Milton as Paradise Lost is my favourite text. It’s a little test for my students to see who remembers that! I also think it is a good name for a bear. Happy Red Nose Day to you too!

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      • March 25, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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        Awww! Milton is an adorable name for a bear…remind him not to eat any apples! Thanks for sharing!

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        • March 25, 2017 at 10:30 pm
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          Haha I will!

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