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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!
An Inspector Calls Revision Board Game
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An Inspector Calls Revision Board Game

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This board game has been designed to support students in their revision of Priestley’s “An Inspector Calls”. The game is for 2-4 players and will require counters and a dice. The rules to follow are clearly documented at the bottom of the page. It focuses on character, theme, quotes, plot, setting etc. There are 96 tasks, including: Plot retrieval Inference Debate topics / justifying arguments Generating quotes relating to character / theme Similarities / differences between characters Character relationships / values Movement tiles This A3 document has been uploaded as a PDF for easier printing and a word document if teachers wish to tweak certain parts to suit the needs of their students. I’d recommend printing it in colour and laminating it.
Assembly on Reading (Importance, Benefits, Enjoyment)
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Assembly on Reading (Importance, Benefits, Enjoyment)

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This Assembly has been used to promote reading among pupils. The PowerPoint uses engaging images as prompts to guide pupils through the benefits and importance of reading, the lessons to be learned from famous novels, while also offering pupils the opportunity to discuss their favourite books. The script for the assembly is easy to follow, with corresponding slides for the PowerPoint labelled for ease. Alternatively, a version of the powerpoint that combines the presentation and script is also included. It is also interactive, allowing for audience participation. This has been used as part of a wider initiative to promote reading throughout the school.
The Peninsula by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)
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The Peninsula by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

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This detailed 18 slide PowerPoint has been developed to assist teachers in delivering a detailed analysis of Heaney’s “The Peninsula” 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 Peninsula” (AO3) -Pre-reading tasks -Initial reading questions -Questions on the Themes of Nature, The Creative Process and Journeys
An Inspector Calls- Key Quotes
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An Inspector Calls- Key Quotes

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This document has been developed to assist students in their revision of “An Inspector Calls”. For each of the main characters, there is a list of 10 Key Quotes that deal with a variety of themes, reveal characterisation and can assist with exam practice. A blank copy is also included for pupils / teachers to create their own Top 10 Key Quotes.
Frankenstein Context (A Level and GCSE)
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Frankenstein Context (A Level and GCSE)

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This detailed 26 slide PowerPoint explores several contextual areas of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” to support teachers’ and students’ understanding of the novel. This PowerPoint is aimed at A-Level students, but can also be used for high-ability GCSE students. I have used this in my teaching of CCEA’s AS Unit 2 module to help enhance students’ use of AO3 in their written responses. Areas of Contextual Study include the following: Biographical Context: Mary Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Percy Shelley. Literary Context: The Gothic Novel, The Science Fiction Novel, Literary Allusions (Paradise Lost and the Prometheus Myth). Social/Historical/Cultural Context: Age of Enlightenment, The Romantic Period/Romanticism, Scientific Discoveries and Ideas (Galvinism), Social Unrest, Gender. Please feel free to leave a rating, review or any feedback that you have.
Othello Context: Tragedy (A-Level English Literature)
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Othello Context: Tragedy (A-Level English Literature)

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This detailed 17 slide PowerPoint explores several contextual areas of Shakespeare’s “Othello” as a Tragedy to support teachers’ and students’ understanding of the play. I have used this in my teaching of CCEA’s A2 Unit 1 module (Shakespearean Genres) to help enhance students’ use of AO3 in their written responses. As students are only required to comment on the Literary Context of the play, this PowerPoint focuses solely on Tragedy. Areas of Contextual Study include the following: Definitions of Tragedy Aristotle and Tragedy Key Elements of Tragedy Structure of Tragedy Characters in Tragedy: The Tragic Hero, The Villain Conventions in Tragedy Types of Tragedy: Jacobean/ Senecan Revenge Tragedy, Political Tragedy, Domestic Tragedy Shakespearean Tragedy Please feel free to leave a rating, review or any feedback that you have.
Bogland by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)
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Bogland by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

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This detailed 24 slide PowerPoint has been developed to assist teachers in delivering a detailed analysis of Heaney’s “Bogland” 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 “Bogland” (AO3) -Pre-reading tasks -Initial reading questions -Questions on the Theme of The Past
"Had I not been awake" by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)
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"Had I not been awake" by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

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This detailed 18 slide PowerPoint has been developed to assist teachers in delivering a detailed analysis of Heaney's "Had I not been awake" 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 "Had I not been awake" (AO3) -Pre-reading tasks -Initial reading questions -Questions on the Themes of Grief and Loss, Self-Discovery and Poetic Inspiration.
The Harvest Bow by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)
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The Harvest Bow by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

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This detailed 20 slide PowerPoint has been developed to assist teachers in delivering a detailed analysis of Heaney's "The Harvest Bow" 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 Harvest Bow (AO3) -Pre-reading tasks -Initial reading questions -Questions on the Theme of Family and Tradition
Robert Frost and Seamus Heaney Poetry Notes and Comparisons (CCEA A Level)
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Robert Frost and Seamus Heaney Poetry Notes and Comparisons (CCEA A Level)

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These documents are designed to assist students in exploring the thematic connections (AO4) between the Frost and Heaney poems in the CCEA A Level Anthology. In the document, pupils are prompted to use the detailed arguments and connections between pomes (AO1, AO3) to locate textual references and poetic methods (AO2) to further their analysis and understanding of the poems. These sheets would then be used as a basis for an essay on the poems and provided topic. The paired poems and themes include: The Road Not Taken and The Peninsula (Journeys), Mowing and The Forge (The Creative Process), Mending Wall and Bogland (The Past). There is also a blank template for both teachers and students to use for other poems/themes and a list of thematic connections between the poems. My A Level students have found this approach immensely beneficial in finding the connections between poems and structuring written responses.
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
The Forge by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)
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The Forge by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

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This detailed 20 slide PowerPoint has been developed to assist teachers in delivering a detailed analysis of Heaney’s “The Forge” 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 Forge” (AO3) -Pre-reading tasks -Initial reading questions -Questions on the Themes of The Past and The Creative Process
Of Mice and Men Revision Board Game
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Of Mice and Men Revision Board Game

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This board game has been designed to support students in their revision of Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”. The game is for 2-4 players and will require counters and a dice. The rules to follow are clearly documented at the bottom of the page. It focuses on character, theme, quotes, plot, setting etc. There are 96 tasks, including: Plot retrieval Inference Debate topics / justifying arguments Generating quotes relating to character / theme Similarities / differences between characters Character relationships / values Movement tiles This A3 document has been uploaded as a PDF for easier printing and a word document if teachers wish to tweak certain parts to suit the needs of their students. I’d recommend printing it in colour and laminating it.
Out of the Blue by Simon Armitage- Poetry Analysis (CCEA GCSE Conflict Poetry)
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Out of the Blue by Simon Armitage- Poetry Analysis (CCEA GCSE Conflict Poetry)

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This detailed 23 slide PowerPoint has been developed to assist teachers in delivering a detailed analysis of Armitage’s “Out of the Blue” to Literature students. This poem features in the CCEA GCSE Conflict Poetry Anthology. 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 Simon Armitage(AO3) -Pre-reading tasks -Initial reading questions -Possible thematic connections to other poems in the Conflict Anthology
Conflict Poetry Theme Questions (CCEA GCSE)
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Conflict Poetry Theme Questions (CCEA GCSE)

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This resource has been designed to assist pupils in their study of CCEA’s GCSE Conflict Poetry Anthology. The document is split into 16 themes and provides questions to help students generate thematic arguments to assist them in their theme-based exam question. The relevant poems to that theme are also documented beside the questions for convenient comparison and reference. As this document aims to help consolidate a thematic understanding of each poem, it is is best used after the the initial study and analysis of each poem. Although this has been designed with the CCEA Specification in mind, it can be similarly used/easily adapted for other specifications that feature Conflict Poetry. Themes covered: Attitude to Conflict, Death, Doubt, Duty, Fear, Futility of Conflict, Impact of Conflict, Inner Conflict, Loss of loved ones, Memory, Motivation/Reasons for Conflict, Non-Combatants in Conflict, Remembrance, Survival, Treatment of the Dead, Understanding the Enemy. Poems: The Charge of the Light Brigade (Alfred, Lord Tennyson) Vitai Lampada (Henry Newbolt) The Man He Killed (Thomas Hardy) Who’s for the Game? (Jessie Pope) Easter Monday (In Memoriam E.T.)(1917) (Eleanor Farjeon) Anthem for Doomed Youth (Wilfred Owen) An Irish Airman Foresees his Death (W B Yeats) What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why (Sonnet XLIII) (Edna St. Vincent Millay) Vergissmeinnicht (Keith Douglas) Bayonet Charge (Ted Hughes) Requiem for the Croppies (Seamus Heaney) Mametz Wood (Owen Sheers) Last Post (Carol Ann Duffy) Poppies (Jane Weir) Out of the Blue (Simon Armitage)
Of Mice and Men: Question Workbook
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Of Mice and Men: Question Workbook

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This booklet has been designed to assist pupils in their study of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”. Each chapter has been broken down into separate sections, each with specific questions to help guide pupils through their reading of the novel and extract important quotes to document and analyse in their exercise books / notebooks. There is also a “Theme Tracker” throughout each section to help students engage thematically with the novel and organise thieir notes.
An Inspector Calls- Character Profiles and Quote Banks
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An Inspector Calls- Character Profiles and Quote Banks

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This detailed 15 page A3 size document has been developed to assist both students and teachers in their understanding of the characters in “An Inspector Calls”. Each character is designated 2 A3 sheets, with comprehensive lists of interpretations, notes and quotes. Each character has been split up into relevant themes and topics to assist in revision. There are also approximately 10 exam questions for each character to help pupils apply the notes, quotes and their own understanding. As this document goes through every character, there will inevitably be some overlap. An A4 PDF version of this document has also been included for easier printing. Characters/Topics/Themes include: The Inspector: Responsibility to others / collective responsibility, Responsibility for actions, How the Birlings respond to the Inspector, Approach to the investigation, Views on Social Class, Physical Description Mr Birling: Relationship with his family, Responsibility, Sheila’s engagement to Gerald, Reaction to the investigation, Social Class, Treatment of Eva / his workers, physical description. Mrs Birling: Relationship with her family, responsibility, Treatment of Eva/Daisy, Reaction to the Investigation, Social Class, Initial description. Gerald: His relationship with Sheila, Responsibility, Relationship with Eva/Daisy, Reaction to the Investigation, Social Class, View of women, Physical Description. Sheila: Responsibility, Relationship with her family, Relationship with Gerald, Reaction to the investigation, Social Class, Treatment of Eva, Initial Description.
Mending Wall by Robert Frost- Poetry Analysis (A Level)
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Mending Wall by Robert Frost- Poetry Analysis (A Level)

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This detailed 25 slide PowerPoint has been developed to assist teachers in delivering a detailed analysis of Frost’s “Mending Wall” 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 “Mending Wall” (AO3) -Pre-reading tasks -Initial reading questions -Questions on the Themes of Tradition, Rural Life and The Past
Robert Frost and Seamus Heaney A Level Poetry Workbook Analysis (CCEA)
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Robert Frost and Seamus Heaney A Level Poetry Workbook Analysis (CCEA)

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This detailed 52 page document is developed to assist both pupils and teachers in their understanding of the CCEA A Level Frost and Heaney poetry anthology, while guiding them towards a detailed analysis. For each of the 24 poems in the anthology, there are detailed questions that prompt critical stanza-by-stanza and line-by-line analysis from pupils. Each set of questions enables pupils to focus on identifying and analysing poetic methods (AO2) and strengthening their understanding of each poem. Also included in the document- -specific contextual information for each poem (AO3) -specific themes for each poem to assist in connections between poems (AO4) -further prompt questions to analyse specific poetic devices (AO2). My A Level students have found this document immensely beneficial in group work analysis and individual research and analysis. Poems: Frost-Into My Own, Mowing, Going For Water, Mending Wall, After Apple-Picking, The Road Not Taken, Birches, “Out, Out-”, For Once Then Something, Gathering Leaves, Acquainted With The Night, Desert Places. Heaney- Personal Helicon, The Forge, The Peninsula, The Wife’s Tale, Bogland, The Harvest Bow, The Railway Children, The Summer of Lost Rachel, Postscript, ‘Had I not been awake’, The Conway Stewart, The Baler.
The Wife's Tale by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)
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The Wife's Tale by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

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This detailed 19 slide PowerPoint has been developed to assist teachers in delivering a detailed analysis of Heaney's "The Wife's Tale" 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 Wife's Tale (AO3) -Pre-reading tasks -Initial reading questions -Questions on the Theme of Rural Life