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Hi! Engaging, challenging and representative resources. I hope these save you a lot of time and your kids enjoy them as much as mine do. I' was an English teacher for twelve years and worked in a variety of schools including a chain of outstanding academies which I made resources for. I taught KS 3 - 5 until 2018 and have taught for the AQA, WJEC and CIE exam boards. I have taught SEN students, mixed ability classes, set groups and G&T.

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Hi! Engaging, challenging and representative resources. I hope these save you a lot of time and your kids enjoy them as much as mine do. I' was an English teacher for twelve years and worked in a variety of schools including a chain of outstanding academies which I made resources for. I taught KS 3 - 5 until 2018 and have taught for the AQA, WJEC and CIE exam boards. I have taught SEN students, mixed ability classes, set groups and G&T.
Romantic Poetry Reading SOW G&T High Ability
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Romantic Poetry Reading SOW G&T High Ability

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This scheme of work was created for my high ability KS3 group, but this would make a great introduction to the Romantics at any age. This scheme of work was taken on by my whole department and to a chain of academies which we led. There are several Romantic poets covered here: Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, Blake, Coleridge, Keats, of course, but also fantastic female poets Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Charlotte Turner Smith who wrote passionately against slavery through the narrative voice of an angel. There are 9 packed lessons, all with starters, developments, analysis, outcomes, plenaries, homework....the lot! No preparation needed, no effort; just happy kids who learn a huge amount! Please rate and review this resource pack. I think you'll love it!
The Chimney Sweeper - William Blake -  Innocence and Experience KS3 Romantic Victorian Poetry
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The Chimney Sweeper - William Blake - Innocence and Experience KS3 Romantic Victorian Poetry

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A complete lesson with a range of activities to engage students with learning about Romantic poetry, introduce Victorian Literature or focus on Blake. There is a substantial amount of context and varied activities from videos, drawing, mind-mapping and, of course, analysis and annotation. This was designed as part of a year 8 scheme of work, but would be suitable for any study of this poem. Starters, objectives, plenaries and differentiated activities are all included.
Songs of Ourselves. Poetry Introduction Lesson
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Songs of Ourselves. Poetry Introduction Lesson

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I've designed this lesson to introduce poetry to KS4 students at GCSE, but it would work as well for KS3 too. It is an overview of what poetry is, building on what they already know. There are several games and activities which are linked to Songs of Ourselves, but easily adapted to any poetry you want to tackle with them. There is a poetry carousel as the main activity, so simply print the poems they will be studying or some poems about poetry for them to analyse. Enjoy!
You're by Slyvia Plath Mystery Perfect Poetry Lesson: KS3 KS4 KS5 Interview, Ofsted or Observation
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You're by Slyvia Plath Mystery Perfect Poetry Lesson: KS3 KS4 KS5 Interview, Ofsted or Observation

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A wonderful lesson. Probably my favourite one ever. The kids enjoy the sense of mystery and the energetic, kinaesthetic lesson but it is based very solidly in seeing progression from them. This has worked for me at every school, with every ability and every year group. It's rare I get to bring up one of my favourite poets, Slyvia Plath, before 6th form, so I wanted to make sure they fell in love with her too. This poem is to her unborn child. The picture is painted pretty clearly in the imagery, so this is the overall puzzle the children have to solve: Who is she talking to when she says "You're". (Before this lesson is a great time to have a you're/your homework or starter.) At sixth form or for top set year 11 the students can work it out on their own or in pairs, but I have usually set it as group work in tables of four. This poetry lesson is also to get them to recognise different types of imagery, be able to analyse quotations and spot patterns in the imagery, making connections across the text. There is a second lesson attached which goes into much more detail about writing analytical paragraphs giving examples of other students' work. This could very easily become a mini-essay even at year 7. There are a range of different activities to suit each type of learner, so simply select the slides which are best for your class. Enjoy!!
Poetry KS3 KS4 Songs of Ourselves: For Heidi With the Blue Hair - Fleur Adcock
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Poetry KS3 KS4 Songs of Ourselves: For Heidi With the Blue Hair - Fleur Adcock

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An all-in-one poetry lesson on the poem For Heidi With the Blue Hair by Fleur Adcock. A fantastic poem for KS3 and 4, dealing with themes of teenage life: friendship, rules and rebellion at school, and bereavement as well as hair! It is simple enough for any class to understand and enjoy. The resource focuses largely on understanding the events of the poem and how the personas feel, but also asks a range of questions about language and structure and guides students through annotating the poem. There is a peer- or self-assessment checklist to help students gain higher grades and a message ranking activity at the end. This is a set text for the CIE Songs of Ourselves iGCSE English Literature. It's a lovely poem to study and students understand its relevance to them and their lives. Enjoy!
The Happy Prince - Oscar Wilde Reading Comprehension and Fairytale Structure
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The Happy Prince - Oscar Wilde Reading Comprehension and Fairytale Structure

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My favourite fairytale of all time! Read it with the students (or watch the animated version here on YouTube which uses the words from the text) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Aank8bDtcE and then let them answer the comprehension questions. I find this is a great story to tackle before Christmas as it deals with themes of charity, poverty and the value of our lives in service to others. It creates really interesting critical discussion with more able students on the didactic nature of fairytales and how they express morals. The PowerPoint then asks students to organise the traditional structure of a fairytale and then plan their own fairy tale with a moral element.
Love Poetry 1: Burns' Red, Red Rose -  Language feature analysis lesson
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Love Poetry 1: Burns' Red, Red Rose - Language feature analysis lesson

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A complete lesson or two including interactive starter, specific questions for analysis, quizzes with answers and an AFL plenary which clearly shows progress. There is also a creative writing structure sheet provided for homework which is accessible for all abilities. These resources make a fantastic introduction to or recap on * any poetry SOW * language features and effects, particularly covering imagery. It clearly builds towards essay writing skills. * lessons on different accents and dialects (Scots) * poems from around the world / variations within English language. * 18th century Literature * Romanticism This was used as my first lesson for iGCSE poetry coursework and nearly half of the students wanted to analyse this poem in their essays because they felt so confident with it. That's with a male and female mixed-ability group of EAL students in year 9. If they loved it, so will your students! Check out my Love Poetry bundle to get extra value! Everything you need here for an excellent lesson. Enjoy!
Farmhand by James K Baxter iGCSE
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Farmhand by James K Baxter iGCSE

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A complete lesson with resources to support students answering an iGCSE style essay question (although it would be easily adapted to another curriculum). The focus is on the techniques used to present the farmhand’s thoughts and feelings. There are pre-differentiated worksheets to support different abilities. There is also a line by line analysis essay, which is not the CIE’s preferred method. You could use this pretty solid 7 or 8 essay and change the structure to thematic and create a grade 9 essay. There are questions to guide the students first through fourth readings covering vocabulary, imagery, structure and meaning. I have also provided a biographical page and made clear links between Baxter’s life and the setting and character created in Farmhand. There are a choice of starters and plenaries or these could become a secondary lesson with time for students to write their full essays. Please feel free to message me with comments or requests. Lizzee
KS3 Reading: My Family and Other Animals
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KS3 Reading: My Family and Other Animals

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An entire, lesson by lesson SOW with guided reading questions, games, activities and assessments. Although this is reading, there are lots of writing assessments woven in so that students see how the disciplines support each other. I hope it inspires some of your students the way mine have taken to it! I used the pdf of the book which is available online for some of my weaker students and also watched the television series. The resource as a whole was excellent for my G&T students who really enjoyed the family's eccentric lifestyles and saw more than a bit of their own lives paralleled despite the historical context. There are lots of opportunities for cross-curricular learning with Geography and History, so speak to your fellow teachers and see if you can cover it at the same time as they are teaching about WW2, post-colonisation, Greece, coastlines, or Globalisation. Please rate and review it if you enjoy it :)
Cry, the Beloved Country SOW iGCSE Prose Literature
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Cry, the Beloved Country SOW iGCSE Prose Literature

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED!! This is a lesson-by-lesson scheme of work with EVERY SINGLE WORD of the ENTIRE book covered in a sequence of 19 lessons. Every lesson has objectives designed to help your students not only understand the characters, themes, events and messages but to make excellent PROGRESS in manageable steps. A range of activities including group work, speaking and listening, essay writing and extract analysis, Q&A, quizzes, games, wider reading, webquests and active reading strategies to help your students stay ENGAGED. Starters and plenaries to hook the students and then help them reflect on the progress they've made. Structured examples of how to get to a C grade and an A grade and how to self- and peer-assess their writing. 10 different homework tasks, none of which are "read pages blah blah to blah blah". This is a must-have resource if you're teaching Cry, the Beloved Country and will save you hours of time and energy which you can put into the teaching! If you have any requests for additional CtBC resources, or resources for any other topic, please contact me. And if you love this resource, please review it to help others. Thank you :)
The Cry of the Children - Elizabeth Barrett Browning - KS3 Victorian Romantic Poetry
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The Cry of the Children - Elizabeth Barrett Browning - KS3 Victorian Romantic Poetry

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A poetry assessment lesson suitable for KS3 or KS4 focusing on the poem The Cry of the Children by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Too often we concentrate on the famous men of the Romantic era and bypass significant works by their female counterparts. Redress the balance with me! A starter on historical context, objectives and clear assessment criteria are given to help students achieve an empathetic and critical response to the poem. This was used in both my middle ability and top set classes, but I have also included a PowerPoint on inference to support their answers.
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry KS3/4 Reading Complete SOW
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Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry KS3/4 Reading Complete SOW

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The complete scheme of work for Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D Taylor. I’ve worked through these lessons twice with year 9 groups eight years apart and it is such a fascinating and important historical, semi-biographical narrative which really hits hard in the current climate. Students want to understand the history of black Americans and what is happening currently,. This is the perfect way to educate, inform and to open up discussion of causes and consequences. My top set year 9 class said it was the most important thing they’d ever done in school and that was in 2010. Every lesson for the whole novel with questions for each paragraph, supporting activities and essay planninng support. Nothing to prepare. Buy and teach. And enjoy!
Developing Topic Sentences into Paragraphs: Narrative Writing
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Developing Topic Sentences into Paragraphs: Narrative Writing

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Students not adding enough detail to narrative writing? Are they unsure when to go in to a new paragraph? This game for two or more players can help support them in adding depth to their ideas while clearly defining what wouldn't be acceptable. It's lead to some really fun results which kids like to read out afterwards. Less able students may only do one each, whereas more able students can have a go at later ones independently. I've used this with students from KS3, 4 and even 5 as either a starter or development activity. It makes progress really clear to you and them.
Of Mice and Men KS3 Drama
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Of Mice and Men KS3 Drama

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This sequence of lessons spanned about 10 weeks but these were the powerpoints I used to structure the first 6 lessons. After this, rehearsal took on a larger role. These 6 PowerPoints include starters relevant to the dramatic skills the students should practice, introductions and with clear objectives and activities to develop students’ abilities and play with the text. There are also plenaries beyond just comparing themselves to the objectives. I performed this version of the script (the pdf is included for your ease here. It is not my work but is freely available) with year 7 and it has more than enough drama with none of the swearing or racism. The lessons themselves have activities for a range of abilities and ages and would be easily adapted to any other text. They work on voice, showing status through body language, symbolism, memorizing lines, teamwork and characterization, among other topics. This play is for 14 students, so we had understudies for each part and they teamed up to work on characterisation (though some decided to perform in contrasting ways) . The narrators took on a character each, other itinerant travelers in our case, but we discussed making them cats or dogs, birds or even angels. Break a leg!!
The Three Fates - Rosemary Dobson Poem
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The Three Fates - Rosemary Dobson Poem

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This is everything you need to present The Three Fates to your students for the first time or as a revision resource. I have included a biography page with pertinent information on her life and interests as well as context slides on the Greek myth of Sisyphus. The poem is broken down into line-by-line analysis. The poem can be printed from https://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/dobson-rosemary/the-three-fates-0192129 The assessment question is on the language, structure and form used to show thoughts on life and death. There are LOs, questions with answers on the next slide for each stanza of the poem. The question is broken down as I would do for my GCSE students, with a success criteria and sentence starters and a clear PEE worksheet if needed. I’ve included a mark scheme based on the iGCSE Songs of Ourselves poetry exam, but this could easily be changed to your curriculum. A separate slide included has key vocabulary with a range of activities. These are a combination of ten words either in the poem (‘aberration’) or useful for describing the poem (eternity, continual…). Enjoy!
Planning a (Fantasy) Story Structure Stroyboard
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Planning a (Fantasy) Story Structure Stroyboard

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Everyone needs a hand with structure and planning. This is a simple one-page word document which breaks down a story into 8 paragraphs. Students can draw a picture for each box to help them visualise the most important part; higher ability students can write key vocabulary and style notes; or, for less able or SEN students, they can write a sentence or two and this can become a topic sentence for developing later.
KS3 Holes Intro: Crime! Group Drama Speaking and Listening - Stanley's Trial
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KS3 Holes Intro: Crime! Group Drama Speaking and Listening - Stanley's Trial

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Two speaking and listening activities to introduce the theme of crime and punishment in the novel Holes by Louis Sacher. These could be individual lessons to introduce the class to courtroom processes, decision making skills, ethics and morality, and speaking and listening skills in general. The first is a group debate where a list of crimes must be ranked and the class must come to a group decision about which are the worst crimes and which are least offensive, or offences at all. They include having mixed-race relationships, so open a historical (and *sigh* still apparently current) dialogue about racism and equality, useful for citizenship and PSHE. The second is a role playing activity where students set up a courtroom and put a young man on trial for stealing a pair of trainers. There are 9 different roles, including the judge and students can either take one role between two or the non-role-taking students could be the jurors. All PowerPoints come withe clear outcomes, starters, task instructions and plenaries. All you need to do is print one A4 sheet of role cards and/or a list of the crimes for each student (A5 works fine for these). This is a really useful lesson which students find really engaging and interesting, particularly if they are into mystery solving! As an extension activity you could ask them to report on the trial or debate for a newspaper/blog/TV news programme. The non-speaking characters could interview those who took part in the trial and use those quotations in their reports. A court scribe could also be used during the trial to make sure notes can be reviewed.
10 English Vocabulary Building Starter Games
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10 English Vocabulary Building Starter Games

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A range of games and activities to make students work on their vocabulary. These work fantastically with any group from EAL KS3 to KS5. They can all be done independently, in pairs or in teams and most have a competitive element. I use these as starters in English lessons, but my school used to have a Literacy Form Time every Monday when we would play one of these. Most don't require any printing but can be adapted into a more physical resource if this suits your group. These always make fun and engaging links into creative writing lessons or literacy lessons. My students love them! I even caught some of my year 7s playing the Alphabet Game at lunch! I hope your students enjoy them just as much.