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I'm an English Teacher based in Northern Ireland, with extensive experience of delivering the CCEA Specification for GCSE and A-Level Literature and Language. I'm passionate about making resources that are effective, engaging and lesson-ready. I also teach a little bit of KS3 Maths!

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I'm an English Teacher based in Northern Ireland, with extensive experience of delivering the CCEA Specification for GCSE and A-Level Literature and Language. I'm passionate about making resources that are effective, engaging and lesson-ready. I also teach a little bit of KS3 Maths!
Analysing Unseen Prose (19th Century) GCSE
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Analysing Unseen Prose (19th Century) GCSE

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These resources have been developed to assist pupils in their study of 19th Century Unseen Prose for CCEA’s GCSE English Literature Specification. The first document is a helpful summary that details the different aspects of the text that should be considered by students. There is also a blank version of this if pupils wish to make hand-written notes in the relevant sections. The remaining documents include a series of questions to help students unpack and analyse the different aspects of an Unseen Prose text. They have been developed to be helpful and comprehensive, but not overbearing. There are a few versions of this: A sheet with the questions. An A4 sheet with the questions and an accompanying table in which to type/write notes. An A3 sheet with the questions and an accompanying table in which to type/write notes. This is to give a bit more space for students to provide more detail. They can be also be used for work on short stories. Each document is in Word form for editing and PDF form for easier printing. Any comments/feedback would be appreciated.
Key Themes in Of Mice and Men
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Key Themes in Of Mice and Men

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Presentation that prompts pupils to contemplate the themes in Of Mice and Men. Also examines the idea of dreams, The American Dream and the importance of Burns' poem.
Conflict Poetry Thematic Notes Template (CCEA GCSE English Literature)
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Conflict Poetry Thematic Notes Template (CCEA GCSE English Literature)

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This booklet has been designed to assist students in their revision of the Conflict Poetry Anthology for CCEA’s GCSE English Literature Specification and help organise their notes. Each poem has been designated a page, split into its relevant themes and there is space for students to document thematic ideas about the poems, while providing quotes that illustrate those ideas. These have been used to compliment the annotations that students have already made in class and help them organise their notes. There is a Word Document if pupils wish to type notes, or a PDF version for easier printing and hand-written notes.
An Advancement of Learning by Seamus Heaney- Questions for Analysis
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An Advancement of Learning by Seamus Heaney- Questions for Analysis

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This document has been designed to help students gain a meaningful understanding of Heaney’s “An Advancement of Learning”. This document features detailed questions that prompts critical engagement with the poem, while focusing on the effects of poetic devices. There is also a brief bit of background information on the poem to assist with understanding. I have used this worksheet for homework and classwork, and it has worked well with students using it individually, in pairs and as a group task.
Gathering Leaves by Robert Frost- Poetry Analysis (A Level)
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Gathering Leaves by Robert Frost- Poetry Analysis (A Level)

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This detailed 23 slide PowerPoint has been developed to assist teachers in delivering a detailed analysis of Frost’s “Gathering Leaves” to Literature students. There are detailed questions that prompt critical stanza-by-stanza analysis from pupils. Each set of questions enables pupils to focus on identifying and analysing poetic methods (AO2) and strengthening their understanding of the poem. There are detailed and focused analyses of each stanza, focusing on poetic methods (AO2) to supplement the initial notes taken by students. Also included in this document: -Context on Robert Frost(AO3) -Context on “Gathering Leaves” (AO3) -Pre-reading tasks -Initial reading questions -Questions on the Themes of Rural Life, Nature and Work
The Summer of Lost Rachel by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)
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The Summer of Lost Rachel by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

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This detailed 30 slide PowerPoint has been developed to assist teachers in delivering a detailed analysis of Heaney’s “The Summer of Lost Rachel” to Literature students. There are detailed questions that prompt critical stanza-by-stanza analysis from pupils. Each set of questions enables pupils to focus on identifying and analysing poetic methods (AO2) and strengthening their understanding of the poem. There are detailed and focused analyses of each stanza, focusing on poetic methods (AO2) to supplement the initial notes taken by students. Also included in this document: -Context on Seamus Heaney (AO3) -Context on The Summer of Lost Rachel (AO3) -Pre-reading tasks -Initial reading questions -Questions on the Theme of Grief and Loss
At a Potato Digging (Section 1) by Seamus Heaney- Questions for Analysis
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At a Potato Digging (Section 1) by Seamus Heaney- Questions for Analysis

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This document has been designed to help students gain a meaningful understanding of Heaney’s “At a Potato Digging”. This document features detailed questions that prompts critical engagement with the poem, while focusing on the effects of poetic devices. There is also a brief bit of background information on the poem to assist with understanding. I have used this worksheet for homework and classwork, and it has worked well with students using it individually, in pairs and as a group task.
WWI Propaganda: Multi-Modal Analysis
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WWI Propaganda: Multi-Modal Analysis

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This lesson focuses on giving pupils an insight into the conditions of World War 1 and how propaganda was used to persuade young men to join the army. Pupils are provided a worksheet and, in groups, they conduct a multi-modal analysis of the propaganda posters, focusing on purpose, audience, layout and language. This activity has been used successfully in both KS3 English and History classes.
Creative Writing Lessons (Narrative Structure, Vivid Language, Imagery, Sensory Descriptions)
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Creative Writing Lessons (Narrative Structure, Vivid Language, Imagery, Sensory Descriptions)

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These resources have been designed to allow pupils to understand the essential components of a creative writing piece and incorporate them into their own extended writing. I have used these for both KS3 pupils and GCSE pupils. This series of lessons begins with the fundamentals (adjectives, verbs, adverbs etc.) before moving onto more challenging elements of crafting a creative writing piece (narrative structure, sensory descriptions). Each lesson and activity incorporates Active Learning strategies to fully engage pupils in a fun and interactive study of creative writing, with plenty of opportunities to develop their descriptions as they proceed. Included in these resources are PowerPoints and Worksheets on: - Creative Writing Checklist - Developing Descriptions: Adjectives, Verbs and Adverbs - Understanding Metaphors and Similes - Metaphor and Simile Homework Sheet - Using Vivid Language - Using Sensory Imagery (guessing game) - Worksheets to help include Sensory Imagery - Famous opening lines and Sentence Openers - Inspiration for famous pieces of literature - Descriptive Settings Guessing Game - Structuring Stories - Re-writing boring descriptions - Settings images
Introduction to Macbeth (Exploration of Context, Analysis of Themes and Paragraph Guidance)
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Introduction to Macbeth (Exploration of Context, Analysis of Themes and Paragraph Guidance)

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These resources have been developed to assist teachers in introducing a study of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" to both KS3 and GCSE pupils. They allow pupils to engage with the world of Shakespeare and his play in an accessible manner, and stress the relevance of both Macbeth and his wider works in contemporary times. Included in this bundle: 1. Introduction to Shakespeare (PPT)- explores the life and works of Shakespeare, evaluates the impact of Shakespeare on the modern world and tackles and pre-conceptions pupils have of Shakespeare. 2. Macbeth Plot Summary (PPT)- an accessible and concise summary of the play with visual aids. 3.Macbeth Context (PPT)- explains the social and historical factors that influenced the writing of Macbeth, including King James I and The Gunpowder Plot. 4. Gender Context (Doc)- explains the gender roles of men and women in Early Modern England and the conventional views on masculinity and femininity. 5. Macbeth and the Witches (PPT)- explores the Early Modern view of witches and compares it with pupils' contemporary view of witches. 6. Macbeth Themes (PPT)- a detailed exploration of the key themes in Macbeth: Ambition, Fate, Deception and Guilt. 7. Macbeth Motifs (PPT)- a detailed exploration of the motifs in Macbeth: Blood, Darkness/Light, Hallucination/Madness, Prophecy, Children/Family. 8. Macbeth PEED Paragraphs (PPT)- a guide to help pupils structure an analytical response to Macbeth, with an accompanying sample paragraph. 9. Macbeth: The Witches (Doc)- a literary and linguistic analysis of the witches in Act 1 Scene 1. 10. Macbeth Question Worksheet (Doc)- guided questions to assist pupils in their analysis of Act 1 Scene 1. 11. Macbeth: Key Quotes and Themes (PDF)- a series of key quotes and themes that will allow pupils to ascertain elements of the plot and meaning in Macbeth.
A Sheep Fair by Thomas Hardy- Questions for Analysis
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A Sheep Fair by Thomas Hardy- Questions for Analysis

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This document has been designed to help students gain a meaningful understanding of Hardy’s “A Sheep Fair”. This document features detailed questions that prompt critical engagement with the poem, while focusing on the effects of poetic devices. There is also a brief bit of background information on the poem to assist with understanding. I have used this worksheet for homework and classwork, and it has worked well with students using it individually, in pairs and as a group task.
An August Midnight by Thomas Hardy- Questions for Analysis
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An August Midnight by Thomas Hardy- Questions for Analysis

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This document has been designed to help students gain a meaningful understanding of Hardy’s “An August Midnight”. This document features detailed questions that prompts critical engagement with the poem, while focusing on the effects of poetic devices. There is also a brief bit of background information on the poem to assist with understanding. I have used this worksheet for homework and classwork, and it has worked well with students using it individually, in pairs and as a group task.
Metaphor and Simile Worksheet
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Metaphor and Simile Worksheet

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This worksheet acts as an accompaniment for a study of metaphors and similes. Pupils must determine whether the provided examples are metaphors or similes, while providing a brief analysis of the figurative language. I have used this with both 1st Years and lower ability pupils.