My year 12 lesson today for exam revision:
I broke down their food anthology (exam texts) into themes and asked the pupils to make figures out of playdoh of what helped them best to remember their particular chosen text. They then had to talk through and justify why they had created the shape in such a way.
Then, they had to link their idea to a particular theme and physically place it on a piece of paper with the theme attached and explain why they had placed it there.
It seemed to work really well!
It linked into their exam practice, and how they need to think about a theme and how they can link it into the exam question, rather than just shoe-horning a text they like into a theme.