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High-quality, value for money teaching resources covering English language and literature; literacy; history and media. With twenty-seven years' teaching experience I know what works in the classroom. Engaging, thorough and fun, your students will love these lessons.

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High-quality, value for money teaching resources covering English language and literature; literacy; history and media. With twenty-seven years' teaching experience I know what works in the classroom. Engaging, thorough and fun, your students will love these lessons.
The Logo Quiz
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The Logo Quiz

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A fun quiz with twenty logos that students have to guess before designing a logo to represent themselves. Could be done as a one-off lesson or as part of a Media Studies scheme.
Headline Writing
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Headline Writing

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Calling all budding journalists. This twenty-three slide Powerpoint helps your students to analyze the key features of headlines and the key language techniques used. They are then prompted to write their own headlines for fictional news stories, culminating in them creating their own intriguing headline to grab the reader’s attention. Worksheet with techniques included. A fun lesson that might inspire your students to become the hacks of the future.
The Hunger Games
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The Hunger Games

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Twenty-seven lessons with powerpoint and worksheets on this popular novel by Suzanne Colllins. Lessons include: District 12 Theseus and the minotaur - the influence of the myth The Reaping Katiniss’ character Peeta’s character Going to the capitol Role of reality TV In the arena Using a variety of sentences, emulate Collin’s style. Describe your own muttation. Describe places. Create a Hunger Games board game. Students enjoy this film and you can treat them with the DVD too!
Conjunctions/Connectives
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Conjunctions/Connectives

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Designed to help students connect and extend sentences, this eighteen slide Powerpoint contains a variety of exercises, with answers. It would take one hour to deliver all the exercises or two lessons of thirty minutes, as the exercises increase in difficulty. Fully adaptable for you and your students.
Tense
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Tense

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Many students write stories in which they jump between the present and the past tenses. This Powerpoint explains the difference between the simple past and the simple present tenses and contains a variety of exercises to encourage tense consistency and to help them to feel more confident. The zipped file also contains two informative and practical follow-up worksheets which ask students to put a passage about William the Conqueror into the past tense. The other worksheet asks them to put information about the Titanic into the past tense also.
Michael Morpurgo Author Project
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Michael Morpurgo Author Project

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Inspire an interest in reading by telling your students about the fascinating life and work of Michael Morpurgo. This thirty slide Powerpoint covers his early life, his career, marriage and work. Find out the amazing story about how he discovered the identity of his biological father and how the author’s note at the beginning of War Horse was a little white lie until 2011. Finally there are four choices of activities for students to complete ranging from researching one of his books to writing an article about him. Students find real lives interesting, so this is a good way to hook them into reading.
Gothic Creative Writing Workbook
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Gothic Creative Writing Workbook

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Engage your students in creative writing with this eight lesson student workbook and accompanying powerpoint. Students imagine that their car has broken down near the haunting and mysterious Howley Hall Hotel. Just like Brad and Janet, they knock on the door, whereupon they encounter a strange old lady. Little do they know that inside a strange presence lurks. They are guided to write a gothic story at the same time as revising basic skills, such as sentence demarcation; capital letters; homophones - their/they’re/their; your/you’re; punctuation speech; commas in lists; vocabulary enrichment; complex sentences; sentence variety. Suitable for primary students or secondary students who need to revise basic skills.
Dystopia: 1984
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Dystopia: 1984

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Two lessons using the opening of 1984 to introduce students to the features of dystopian fiction with a particular emphasis on Orwell’s use of pathetic fallacy in the introduction. The lesson sequence is as follows: Lesson 1 Starter on what students think makes a perfect world. Explanation of origin of term dystopia. Examples of dystopian fiction for children. Overview of 1984 without spoilers. Analysis of techniques used in opening to establish the dystopian atmosphere of the novel. Zoom in on Orwell’s use of pathetic fallacy. Students identify examples. Answers on slide. Discussion regarding living in this kind of world. Lesson 2 Students return to their original thoughts on what makes a perfect world. Narrative writing in preparation for AQA GCSE English Paper One Narrative Writing. Choice of writing a story about a perfect world or writing a story inspired by a picture of the Earth. Both with focus on using pathetic fallacy and sensory description. Folder includes 24 slide powerpoint and copy of extract of opening. Students are quite rightly fascinated by this amazing novel.
Shakespeare's Sonnet 18
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Shakespeare's Sonnet 18

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This twenty-six slide powerpoint contains two lessons on Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18. In the first lesson, students get to grips with the archaic vocabulary by translating the sonnet into modern English. They can then focus on the meaning and the extended metaphor of the weather. In the second lesson, students are taught the key structural elements of the Shakespearian sonnet form. They then have a go at writing their own love sonnet. For inspiration, Benjamin Zephaniah’s poem “I Love Me Mudder” is included, which they could turn into sonnet form. They are given three-step guidance to writing a sonnet and then time to reflect on the process and Shakespeare’s achievement of writing 154 sonnets in total. Included in folder are: Copy of sonnet with glossary of archaic vocabulary. Copy of Benjamin Zephaniah’s “I Love Me Mudder” 26 slide powerpoint with starters.
Emotive Language and Emotive Images
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Emotive Language and Emotive Images

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After the introduction to the definition of emotive language, students are given a series of newspaper headlines that they must make more emotive. Further tasks include ranking words in order of most emotive to least emotive. There are several example paragraphs from real texts to demonstrate how professional writers use emotive language. This then links to how professional texts use emotive images also and examples are included. All the introductory activities culminate in students creating an emotive leaflet where they have a choice of five tasks and a template to work from. This work will take at least two lessons.
Benjamin Zephaniah Poetry Workbook
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Benjamin Zephaniah Poetry Workbook

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This student workbook contains activities based on poems from Benjamin Zephaniah’s poetry antholgy entitled “Talking Turkeys”. There are twelve lessons covering the following poems - “Greetings”, “Bodytalk”, “Running”, “Fear Not”, “Little Sister”, “According To My Mood”, “De Generation Rap”, “Civil Lies”, “For Sale”, “Who’s Who”, “Heroes” , “Memories” and “Pride”. There is also “Checking Out Me History” by John Agard included for comparison. Creative writing tasks include writing about a hero and writing about a time when you felt proud. This is designed to engage and enthuse low ability students with fun activities on the great Benjamin Zephaniah. An added bonus is a powerpoint that encourages students to write about a relative.
Great Lives: Edith Cavell
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Great Lives: Edith Cavell

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Celebrate the life of the remarkable Edith Cavell with this two-page information sheet, accompanied by comprehension activities and a vocabulary extension worksheet. A Powerpoint with starter and answers to the questions with lots of ideas for further activities is also provided. Designed to commemorate both World War One and the sacrifice of women in that conflict, Edith Cavell is an inspiration to all.
Homophones
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Homophones

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Help your students to learn their homophones with fun activities. Two worksheets packed full of sentences and activities to help them learn the differences, followed by a powerpoint with varied activities, such as creating a homophones educational poster; a quiz; plus a list of pairs of homophones for students to create a worksheet themselves for their classmates. Over three lessons worth of material.
The Great Harry Potter Quiz
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The Great Harry Potter Quiz

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Calling all Harry Potter fans, this fifty question quiz with answers will test your knowledge of JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter novel - “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. A fun way to encourage reading.
Formal Persuasive Letter: Ghandi
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Formal Persuasive Letter: Ghandi

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Encourage your students to write a powerfully persuasive formal letter from a choice of five letter writing tasks. After studying an extract from Mahatma Ghandi’s 1940 open letter to Hitler, designed to persuade him to stop World War Two, students choose a subject that they are passionate about from the following choices: A letter to your local council arguing that the building project should not go ahead. . Write a letter to the organisers of an expedition persuading them that you should be on the team. Write a letter to a well-known person persuading them to visit your school or college for the benefit of the students. Write a letter to a celebrity of your choice persuading him or her to support a campaign to end world poverty. Write a letter to the Manager of the School Meals Service in which you offer your advice. Key persuasive features are identified on a twenty slide powerpoint. Students are encouraged to use emotive language; antithesis; rhetorical question; simple sentences; repetition and direct address. Perfect for teaching GCSE transacational writing.
The Four Types of Sentences
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The Four Types of Sentences

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A twenty-eight slide presentation explaining the four types of sentences, with exercises for students to complete and answers.
Using Humour: Bill Bryson
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Using Humour: Bill Bryson

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Three lessons using an extract from Bill Bryson’s “Notes from a Big Country” on the theme of junk food. The lesson sequence is as follows: With a worksheet of devices, students learn the techniques that writers can use to create humour. They then identify these devices in the extract. The second lesson is transactional writing where students write an article to persuade their class mates to eat healthily in timed GCSE exam practice conditions. The third lesson is a feedback lesson after the articles have been marked. The folder includes a WAGOLL from a real GCSE student and exercises to help students make their conclusions more powerful.
Spelling Lists
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Spelling Lists

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Working on the assumption that people remember things better if like is grouped with like, this booklet contains twenty-one lists of commonly mis-spelled words, all under different categories. Ranging from adjectives to adverbs to animals to birds to body parts to food and sports, the concept is that students will remember the spellings more easily if they can remember patterns and connections between words. This free resources complements the booklet “The Definitive Guide to Spelling” found at Mrs Shaw’s Shop, which is a seventy-four page booklet covering all the major spelling rules with exercises and answers, on sale at just £10. This photocopiable resource is a bargain for anyone wanting to help their students improve their spelling.
Eduqas GCSE English Language and Literature Course Overview
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Eduqas GCSE English Language and Literature Course Overview

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This powerpoint and word document present the Eduqas GSCE English Language and Literature content and assessment objectives in student-friendly language. Show the students the presentation and then give them a copy of the objectives in student speak so that they are confident going forward in these exams.