“The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading” David Bailey

Twitter has been in a sharing mood of late and as I’ve taken, thought it would be a nice idea to give a little something back. Hence I am sharing the knowledge organisers I have made for our English Department in preparation for next academic year.

Big thanks to @JamesTheo for the inspiration and whose template I have borrowed (Jekyll & Hyde) and indeed to @Joe_Kirby and the team at Michaela Community School for sharing this approach.

Regarding how to use them, I’m going to get my students to quiz on the information and encourage them to self quiz. Knowledge and memory retention is shown to improve through the use of regular quizzing.

Make it stick: Learning better and remembering longer

I’m also looking at using either Socrative or Google Forms to create a bank of quizzes for each text, all in one place. Handy for showing where there are gaps in student’s knowledge or what they haven’t understood re:context. Students could also access quizzes from home, if the relevant link is shared with them.

Mastering subject knowledge needs repetition and retrieval practice, if it is to transfer into a student’s long term memory, having these glued into books should ensure clarity for teachers and students about what is to be taught, the importance of context and also provide opportunities for regular spaced retrieval.

@DESCENGLISH : Knowledge Organisers

Lord of the flies knowledge organiser

A Christmas Carol Knowledge organiser

Jekyll & Hyde Knowledge organiser

Frankenstien Knowledge organiser

An Inspector Calls Knowledge organiser

Macbeth Knowledge organiser

Much Ado about nothing Knowledge organiser

Romeo and Juliet Knowledge organiser

Holes Knowledge Organiser

The Hunger Games Knowledge Organiser

Of Mice & Men Knowledge organiser


Further reading:

Knowledge organisers via Joe Kirby

Want to share knowledge organisers? via James Theo

Science Knowledge organisers via Olivia Dyer

Sequencing lessons in the run up to exams via Andy Tharby

Our emerging framework for Teaching and Learning via Tom Sherrington



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