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English teacher for upper schools with a passion for literature. My resources eschew flashy, clip-art-infested layouts for clean, focused, and advanced worksheets and activities for students and teachers.

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English teacher for upper schools with a passion for literature. My resources eschew flashy, clip-art-infested layouts for clean, focused, and advanced worksheets and activities for students and teachers.
IGCSE Poetry TEACH + REVISE + EXAM PREP Bundle for Exams 2020 - 2022, Vol. 1, Part 3 + ANSWERS
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IGCSE Poetry TEACH + REVISE + EXAM PREP Bundle for Exams 2020 - 2022, Vol. 1, Part 3 + ANSWERS

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This bundle includes ready-to-teach handouts and worksheets for all of the 15 poems that need to be taught and included in the preparation for the IGCSE English Literature exams in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Specifically: From Songs of Ourselves Volume 1, Part 3, the following 15 poems: Maya Angelou, ‘Caged Bird’ Elizabeth Barrett Browning, ‘Sonnet 43’ James K Baxter, ‘Farmhand’ Sujata Bhatt, ‘Muliebrity’ Isobel Dixon, ‘Plenty’ Rosemary Dobson, ‘The Three Fates’ Robert Hayden, ‘Those Winter Sundays’ Seamus Heaney, ‘Mid-Term Break’ Mervyn Morris, ‘Little Boy Crying’ Norman Nicholson, ‘Rising Five’ Adrienne Rich, ‘Amends’ Edna St Vincent Millay, ‘Sonnet 29’ Dennis Scott, ‘Marrysong’ Stevie Smith, ‘Not Waving But Drowning’ William Wordsworth, ‘She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways’ Each worksheet includes the following: Short biography and information about the poet. Contextual information, or explanation of additional, relevant terminology, literary concepts, movements, philosophies etc., where necessary or appropriate. An annotated version of the poem (with a useful, illustrated glossary to explain crucial words and phrases). Close-reading & analysis questions that allow your students to analyze and dig deeper. Additional essay questions and writing tasks to facilitate exam preparation. Teacher’s Notes and Study Guide section, designed as a kind of teacher’s guide to the poem, and includes the following (this may vary a little from resource to resource): MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension, close reading and analysis questions. Poem Summary / Context of composition Suggested student activities to assist close reading and to provide ideas for classroom activities as you teach the poem. Detailed commentary and analysis of the poem, including figurative language and devices. Sample Essay Responses and MODEL ESSAYS for the essay questions. Study Guide (designed for students to help them revise the poem). I’ve now added MOCK EXAMS (just print-and-use) that emulate the IGCSE Literature Poetry Paper 1 exam for ALL THE POEMS included in this bundle. The file also includes SAMPLE RESPONSES / MODEL ESSAY ANSWERS) to all the mock exam questions, for convenient use when correcting students’ responses. Also PERFECT as a study aid / self-assessment for students revising for the exam! Enjoy, and please give feedback!
"Rhyme of the Dead Self" (A. R. D. Fairburn) - IGCSE NO PREP TEACH + REVISE + ANSWERS
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"Rhyme of the Dead Self" (A. R. D. Fairburn) - IGCSE NO PREP TEACH + REVISE + ANSWERS

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This is an advanced, detailed ready-to-teach unit for the poem “Rhyme of the Dead Self” by A. R. D. Fairburn. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams 2022 (Songs of Ourselves, Volume 2, Part 4: Love, Age, and Wisdom), but the unit can be used independently of the exams, too! This comprehensive teaching unit includes: 1. Biography and introduction to the poet - A. R. D. Fairburn 2. Before Reading Activity - Review of Allusions in Literature: This activity produces a quick, clear review of allusions and their purposes and uses in popular culture and literature. It is crucial that students understand what allusions are before they read the poem. 3. The poem text with, line numbers and explanatory notes to facilitate a close-reading, and to explain unusual or difficult vocabulary and concepts. Illustrations and images further help clarify the use of terminology and phrases in the specific context of the poem. 4. Comprehension, close reading and analysis questions, with a particular focus on close reading and analysis of poetic devices, language, structure, and its effects (useful for iGCSE/A-Level exam prep or to teach the poem at a higher level and in more depth than you’ll find with other materials). 5. Practice IGCSE Exam Paper - This is an IGCSE Paper 1: Poetry & Prose Practice Exam Paper that I created which emulates the real IGCSE Paper 1 exam as closely as possible. Can be used with classes as exam practice, or independently, to emulate a mock exam. . 6. Teacher’s Notes and Study Guide section, including analysis and a critical commentary of the poem, can be used as a teacher’s guide or to help students in their revision for the exam. 7. Perfect for Distance Learning & Independent Study: As a stand-alone, comprehensive teaching unit with ANSWERS and teaching guide, this is also perfect for DISTANCE LEARNING or homeschool settings. Feedback is always appreciated!
Romeo and Juliet for IGCSE - Complete TEACHING + EXAM PRACTICE BUNDLE
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Romeo and Juliet for IGCSE - Complete TEACHING + EXAM PRACTICE BUNDLE

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This bundle contains ALL my print-and-use worksheets, handouts, and teaching activities for my extensive unit on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. As Romeo and Juliet is one of the set texts on the IGCSE English Literature exams for 2019, 2020, and 2021, I have taken it upon myself to put together this resource to optimally prepare my students for the exams. Most resources, in my opinion, are too patronising of the students and / or do not cater specifically to the higher level criteria and requirements of the IGCSE Literature exams. Keeping all this in mind, the bundle contains worksheets / handouts for just about EVERY SCENE of the play. Each worksheet includes a variety of the following: Comprehension & Close Reading Questions (for all scenes). Dramatic Reading / Role-play or Re-enactment Activity to help students engage with the text in a multi-sensory manner and to try to make the text on the page come to life. Shakespeare in Context: Various information texts to give students a better insight into the context of composition, Shakespeare’s England, and the critical reception of the play. 4… Analysing Character, Language, Structure, Plot, Themes and Stylistic Devices Activities (these differ and are adapted to what each scene is most suited to). There is a specific focus on IGCSE Literature assessment criteria, and the practice activities offer lots of guidance for student practice. Creative Writing and Personal Response Tasks - depending on the scene and how well it lends itself for this, a creative writing and / or personal response activity is included. Close Reading / Extract Exam Practice Questions with extensive guidance to help students prepare for the exams. Review Quizzes / Assessment Activities for each Act of the play. MODEL ANSWERS + TEACHER’S NOTES section for ALL WORKSHEETS, include detailed answers to all questions and activities and are designed to help teachers gain a deeper understanding of the play, guide their assessment of the students essays / extract analysis questions, and generally to help when teaching this iconic but albeit complex Shakespearean tragedy. This print-and-use lesson worksheet is part of my teaching unit for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It focuses specifically on Act 4 and Act 5 of the play. The worksheet includes: Lastly, I am in the middle of teaching this unit myself, right now, and so it is very likely that I wll make changes and update this resource (free of charge, of course!) This is very much a work in progress, in other words. So if you have feedback / requests for this resource, please let me know by email rather than leaving a bad review. Thanks in advance!
1984 - George Orwell - COMPLETE IGCSE TEACH + EXAM PREP BUNDLE + ANSWERS
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1984 - George Orwell - COMPLETE IGCSE TEACH + EXAM PREP BUNDLE + ANSWERS

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This advanced bundle contains all my various worksheets / handouts / printables and activities to teach oGeorge Orwell’s iconic dystopian novel 1984, with a specific focus on aiding your study of the novel for IGCSE English Literature (1984 is a set text for the IGCSE English Literature Exams in 2020 and 2021). The level is certainly also high enough to be used if you have made 1984 one of the set texts for your IB English A: Literature or English A: Language & Literature course. The bundle includes: Resources for Book 1: Pre-Reading Activities for 1984 Book 1, Ch. 1: Establishing Themes & Motifs. Book 1, Ch. 2: Establishing Setting Book 1, Ch. 3: Doublethink Book 1, Ch. 4: The Ministry of Truth Book 1, Ch. 5: Newspeak Book 1, Ch. 6-7: The Proles Book 1, Ch. 6: Exam Skills + Practice: PEEAL Paragraphs & Passage-Based Questions Book 1, Ch. 8: Analysing Symbolism Resources for Book 2: Book 2, Ch. 1-3: The Girl (Julia) & Characterisation. Book 2 , Ch. 4: Analysing Setting, Symbolism, Themes & Motifs Book 2, Ch. 5-7: The Brotherhood (Analysing Orwell’s Style & Diction) Book 2, Ch. 8: O’Brien (IGCSE Exam Practice & Close Reading) Book 2, Ch. 9: The Purpose of War (1984 in Context: Nuclear War & M.A.D.) Book 2, Ch. 9: Emmanuel’s Goldstein “The Book” - Oligarchical Collectivism Resources for Book 3: Book 3, Ch. 1: Ministry of Love & Creative Response Activities Book 3, Ch. 2-3: Guided Exam Practice Book 3, Ch. 4-5: Room 101: Speaking & Relating Literature to Life Activities Book 3, Ch. 6: 1984 in Context Activities: Fascism & 1984 as Satire + Exam Practice Each unit of work includes a range of the following (depending on suitability etc.): Comprehension Questions for each chapter of the novel. Reading & Analysing Language Activities 1984 in Context: Information Texts providing insight into various contexts of the novel, including socio-political and historical backdrop / context of composition etc. These are accompanied by discussion and / or essay questions to let students dig deeper. 1984 Then and Now: These activities establish and develop parallels between various concepts / aspects of Orwell’s novel and present-day society / media / technology and culture. The activities are accompanied by discussion and / or essay questions to let students dig deeper. Guided Exam Practice: Sample Extract + Passage-Based / Essay Question (These activities emulate real exam extracts / questions to facilitate exam practice and optimal preparation for your students. Creative Writing Activities Discussion & Relating 1984 to Life Activities TEACHER’S GUIDE + ANSWER KEY: A detailed teacher’s guide with summary & analysis of the chapter as well as an MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension questions & any further activities. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
IGCSE Short Stories (for English Literature Examinations in 2019, 2020, 2021) + ANSWERS
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IGCSE Short Stories (for English Literature Examinations in 2019, 2020, 2021) + ANSWERS

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This bundle includes ready-to-teach handouts and worksheets for all of the 10 short stories that need to be taught and included in the preparation for the IGCSE English Literature exams in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Specifically: **no. 2 Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ no. 7 Stephen Crane, ‘The Open Boat’ no. 8 Edith Wharton, ‘The Moving Finger’ no. 18 Ray Bradbury, ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’ no. 23 Alex La Guma, ‘The Lemon Orchard’ no. 32 Bernard MacLaverty, ‘Secrets’ no. 33 John McGahern, ‘The Stoat’ no. 36 Patricia Grace, ‘Journey’ no. 37 Janet Frame, ‘The Bath’ no. 48 Tim Winton, ‘On Her Knees’** Each handout includes the following: Short biography of the author Historical context and / or introduction to key literary or cultural concepts / movements / phenomena (where relevant). Full text of the short story, accompanied by a glossary of difficult or relevant vocabulary in the story to facilitate close-reading and understanding. A range of comprehension, close-reading & analysis questions tailored towards studying the stories in preparation for the IGCSE English Literature exams. Additional essay questions / creative writing tasks and food for thought questions designed to facilitate and/or imitate IGCSE Literature exam style questions. Teacher’s Notes section, designed to help teachers gain a better understanding of each story, and includes a variation of the following (more or less detailed, depending on each story): Plot Summary Analysis of Characters / Themes Critical Commentary / Sample Essay Responses / additional relevant information to help teachers. Can also be used by students for revision purposes. MODEL ANSWERS for most of the comprehension & close reading questions & exercises. This has been a lot of work for me, but seeing as there is nothing like this on the market at present, and knowing how important it is to prepare my students for this tough exam, I have put these worksheets together for everyone. Feedback is always appreciated - thanks in advance!
Songs of Ourselves Vol. 1, Part 3 - Mock Exam Questions + Assessments + ANSWERS - ALL POEMS
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Songs of Ourselves Vol. 1, Part 3 - Mock Exam Questions + Assessments + ANSWERS - ALL POEMS

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This is a full set of exam-style questions, designed as mock exams for the IGCSE English Literature Paper 1: Poetry and Prose exams in 2019. The assessment includes exam-ready versions of the poems, each followed by an exam-style question, for Songs of Ourselves, Volume 1, Part 3 poems, examined in 2019, 2020, and 2021! This includes the following poems: From Songs of Ourselves Volume 1, Part 3, the following 15 poems: Maya Angelou, ‘Caged Bird’ Elizabeth Barrett Browning, ‘Sonnet 43’ James K Baxter, ‘Farmhand’ Sujata Bhatt, ‘Muliebrity’ Isobel Dixon, ‘Plenty’ Rosemary Dobson, ‘The Three Fates’ Robert Hayden, ‘Those Winter Sundays’ Seamus Heaney, ‘Mid-Term Break’ Mervyn Morris, ‘Little Boy Crying’ Norman Nicholson, ‘Rising Five’ Adrienne Rich, ‘Amends’ Edna St Vincent Millay, ‘Sonnet 29’ Dennis Scott, ‘Marrysong’ Stevie Smith, ‘Not Waving But Drowning’ William Wordsworth, ‘She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways’ The assessments are print-and-use ready. You can either use each poem + exam question separately or combine two poems to better approximate the exam requirements of writing two essays in 1h 30 minutes. I’ve also included MODEL ANSWERS / ESSAY RESPONSES for all the poems and the questions that appear in the assessment parts. This can be used as a kind of ‘examiner’s notes’, to either help teachers correct student responses, or as a study aid and revision aid by students who wish to review their own sample responses etc. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
Of Mice and Men - Chapter 1 - Complete ACTIVITIES + WORKSHEETS + ANSWERS + GUIDE
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Of Mice and Men - Chapter 1 - Complete ACTIVITIES + WORKSHEETS + ANSWERS + GUIDE

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This print-and-use, ready to teach unit contains all my activities, worksheets, printables, handouts, answers and teacher’s guide resources for Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. One of my favourite novels to teach, I’ve revisited and revised my Of Mice and Men resources and included a range of activities for each of the six parts of the novel. This unit, for Chapter 1 of Of Mice and Men, contains the following: Comprehension & Close Reading Questions for Chapter 1 of Of Mice and Men Let’s Get Quizzical! - Quote Hunt Quiz for Chapter 1 of the novel. The Novel in Context - A Short Biography of John Steinbeck - a short, informative biography of the author, can be used at any point in your study of the novel. Analyzing Characters - George & Lennie - this guided character analysis activity facilitates comparison and contrast of the protagonists of the novel - George & Lennie. The Novel in Context - Migrant Workers Then & Now - this comprehensive activity uses an excellent documentary about the context of Of Mice and Men (available on YouTube, links etc. included) - as a basis for a listening/video comprehension. Starting with a focus of migrant workers in Salinas, California in the 1920s and 1930s, this activity interweaves history, biographical information about Steinbeck with eye-witness accounts, interviews, and extracts from the novel to paint a comprehensive picture of the context of composition and the timeless qualities of this literary masterpiece. Teacher’s Guide - Model Answers + Commentary + Analysis - This is a comprehensive teacher’s guide for Part One of the novel, and it includes model answers for all the activities as well as a detailed plot summary and analysis of Part One, designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights, as well as for students working independently in a home-schooling setting or in a distance learning environment. Hoping you find everything you were looking for, please leave feedback!
Things Fall Apart (Achebe) Complete Advanced Teaching BUNDLE + ANSWERS + GUIDE
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Things Fall Apart (Achebe) Complete Advanced Teaching BUNDLE + ANSWERS + GUIDE

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One of my favorite novels to teach, I’ve revisited and revised my Things Fall Apart resources and included a comprehensive range of activities for the entire novel. Each unit included in this comprehensive bundle focuses on different aspects of this African classic worth teaching (and standards-aligned) Examples of the activities included in each unit are: 1. Comprehension & Close Reading Questions for each chapter of Things Fall Apart 2. Let’s Get Quizzical! - Quote Hunt Quiz for each chapter (a great way to quickly review comprehension and reading with students, these quote hunt quizzes can be used as a springboard for close reading and other activities. 3. The Novel In Context - These activities focus on various aspects of the novel’s context of composition and interpretation, including the history of Nigeria, colonization, the role of women, Igbo culture, traditions, etc. 4. Analyzing Language / Characters / Themes / Setting / Symbolism / Allusions / Conflicts etc. - these are a range of guided close reading activities; each focuses on different literary aspects of the novel, selected as most appropriate for each chapter. A great way to facilitate a closer look at key aspects of this literary masterpiece and to practice key close reading and inference skills. 5. Creative Writing Tasks - a range of creative writing prompts and tasks for each chapter, allows your students to engage with the story, characters, main ideas, etc. of the story in a more personal, creative, and empathetic manner. 7. Making Connections - these activities introduce/focus on the various allusions/connections made to other literary works and texts in Things Fall Apart, including Greek tragedy, the concept of the tragic hero, and W. B. Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming” (which inspired Achebe’s title of the novel - Things Fall Apart). These are crucial activities and materials to teach a more in’de 8. Teacher’s Guide (Model Answers + Commentary + Analysis) - Each unit of work (for each chapter) includes a comprehensive teacher’s guide, which itself includes model answers for all the activities as well as a detailed plot summary and analysis of the respective chapter, designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights, as well as for students working independently in a home-schooling setting or in a distance learning environment. I’ve also included all my pre-reading and post-reading activities and assessments in this bundle! IMPORTANT! Rate this product & get one product for free: If you provide a rating & feedback for this product, contact me by email to receive one product (except a bundle) sent to you free of charge! Feedback is always appreciated!
Of Mice and Men - Chapter 6 - Complete ACTIVITIES + WORKSHEETS + ANSWERS + GUIDE
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Of Mice and Men - Chapter 6 - Complete ACTIVITIES + WORKSHEETS + ANSWERS + GUIDE

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This print-and-use, ready to teach unit contains all my activities, worksheets, printables, handouts, answers and teacher’s guide resources for Chapter 6 of Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. One of my favorite novels to teach, I’ve revisited and revised my Of Mice and Men resources and included a range of activities for each of the six parts of the novel. This unit, for Chapter 6 of Of Mice and Men, contains the following: 1. Comprehension & Close Reading Questions for Chapter 6 of Of Mice and Men 2. Let’s Get Quizzical! - Quote Hunt Quiz for Chapter 6 of the novel. 3. Analyzing Setting - A Return to the Pool - this guided close reading activity takes a closer look at the novel’s frame setting - the pool, with aspecific focus on its descriptions in Chapter 1 and the return to it in Chapter 6. An excellent activity to look at the circular, framed structure of the novel, and to review foreshadowing and situational irony. 4. From Page to Film - Filming the Ending - this creative activity guides students through what it takes to put the ending onto a film; an introduction to the most common shots and camera angles in cinematography is coupled with prompts and further guidance to make a short film version of the ending. 5. Creative Writing - An Alternative Ending / Additional Chapter - Although the original ending is masterful and perfect in its own right, it is very ambiguous and requires a lot of inference. This is why students often find it unsatisfactory or are shocked at how quickly it ends without seemingly tying up the loose ends. Therefore, this creative writing task gives students an opportunity to add a chapter and to alter the ending. Writing prompts, guidelines and a detailed list/rubric of assessment criteria are included, so you can use this as a form of holistic, summative assessment, too. 6. Discuss & Debate - Did George have to kill Lennie? / Is Lennie guilty/responsible for Curley’s wife’s death? - this guided discussion/debate activity provides prompts, guidance and further input to either stage a formal debate about some of the key debatable issues of the novel, or in a less formal manner to have shorter discussions/debates/presentations about said issues. 7. Teacher’s Guide (Model Answers + Commentary + Analysis) - This is a comprehensive teacher’s guide for Chapter 6 of the novel, and it includes model answers for all the activities as well as a detailed plot summary and analysis of Chapter 6 designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights, as well as for students working independently in a home-schooling setting or in a distance learning environment. Hoping you find everything you were looking for, please leave feedback!
IGCSE Poetry: "Coming" by Philip Larkin (Complete Teaching Unit + EXAM PREP)
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IGCSE Poetry: "Coming" by Philip Larkin (Complete Teaching Unit + EXAM PREP)

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This unit of work is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “Coming" by Philip Larkin. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams in 2020 and 2021. The worksheets can be used independent of the IGCSE English Literature exams and curriculum, too, naturally. The unit of work includes: Short biography and introduction to the poet - Philip Larkin The poem text with line numbers to facilitate a close-reading and analysis, and a glossary of unusual or difficult vocabulary. Comprehension, close-reading & analysis questions. Essay questions to facilitate exam preparation. Perfect for teaching the poem & for exam practice.
Of Mice and Men - Chapter 5 - Complete ACTIVITIES + WORKSHEETS + ANSWERS + GUIDE
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Of Mice and Men - Chapter 5 - Complete ACTIVITIES + WORKSHEETS + ANSWERS + GUIDE

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This print-and-use, ready to teach unit contains all my activities, worksheets, printables, handouts, answers and teacher’s guide resources for Chapter 5 of Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. One of my favorite novels to teach, I’ve revisited and revised my Of Mice and Men resources and included a range of activities for each of the six parts of the novel. This unit, for Chapter 5 of Of Mice and Men, contains the following: 1. Comprehension & Close Reading Questions for Chapter 5 of Of Mice and Men 2. Let’s Get Quizzical! - Quote Hunt Quiz for Chapter 5 of the novel. 3. Analyzing Themes - Loneliness and Dreams - this guided analysis and close reading activity allows students to dig deeper and to look back at two crucial themes of the novel: loneliness and dreams - to see how these are developed through the various characters. 4. From Page to Stage - Write a Script & Act it Out! - as Chapter 5 contains the climax of the novel, it is very well suited to a drama activity, in which students can combine their creative writing skills (in a guided script-writing exercise) coupled with the opportunity to act out their version of the chapter for the stage. A great way to change things up in your study of the novel, and to get students to think about the theatricality of the story as a whole. 5. Discuss & Debate - The Death of Curley’s Wife - this activity provides guided prompts and ideas to lead class or group discussions and even a debate about important central themes and issues, such as culpability, crime, and punishment, etc.; this activity also encourages a closer look at Curley’s wife - was she the agent of her own downfall or a victim of society’s sexist constraints? 6. Teacher’s Guide (Model Answers + Commentary + Analysis) - This is a comprehensive teacher’s guide for Chapter 5 of the novel, and it includes model answers for all the activities as well as a detailed plot summary and analysis of Chapter 5 designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights, as well as for students working independently in a home-schooling setting or in a distance learning environment. Hoping you find everything you were looking for, please leave feedback!
IGCSE Poetry: "Not Waving but Drowning" by Stevie Smith TEACH + REVISE ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS + GUIDE
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IGCSE Poetry: "Not Waving but Drowning" by Stevie Smith TEACH + REVISE ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS + GUIDE

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This unit of work is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “Not Waving but Drowning” by Stevie Smith. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams in 2020-2022. The unit of work includes: Short biography and introduction to the poet - Stevie Smith The poem text with information about the context of composition, line numbers to facilitate a close-reading, and a glossary of unusual or difficult vocabulary. Critical commentary about the poet. Comprehension, Close reading and analysis questions. Essay questions and exam practice questions to facilitate optimal preparation for the IGCSE English literature exams. Teacher’s Notes section with MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension, close reading and analysis questions. Study Guide section to be used either by teachers or students for revision purposes, includes numerous summaries and analyses of the poem as well as sample student responses and commentaries. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
"She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways" - William Wordsworth IGCSE TEACH + REVISE Worksheets + ANSWERS
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"She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways" - William Wordsworth IGCSE TEACH + REVISE Worksheets + ANSWERS

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This unit of work is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways” by William Wordsworth. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams in 2020-2022. The unit of work includes: Short biography and introduction to the poet - William Wordsworth The poem text with information about the context of composition, line numbers to facilitate a close-reading, and a glossary of unusual or difficult vocabulary. Comprehension, Close reading and analysis questions. Additional essay questions and writing tasks to facilitate exam preparation. Teacher’s Notes, including MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension, close reading and analysis questions. Study Guide with an in-depth analysis and commentary of the poem, and MODEL ESSAY RESPONSES to several of the essay questions and exam practice questions. This can be used by both teachers to better understand the poem, and students (for revision purposes) Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
A Raisin in the Sun (Hansberry) - iGCSE Exam Practice Papers (Drama) + ANSWERS
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A Raisin in the Sun (Hansberry) - iGCSE Exam Practice Papers (Drama) + ANSWERS

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This is a range of 10 EXTRACTS, designed as print-and-use Paper 2 Exam Practice Assessment, which includes carefully selected extracts from Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun - one of the Drama texts for IGCSE English Literature exam Paper 2 2019 - 2021. Each extract is accompanied by relevant exam questions which are either original past paper questions or a very close approximation of what the IGCSE exams will ask. I’ve also included MODEL COMMENTARIES / ESSAY RESPONSES to most of the questions (there are 10 Extracts in TOTAL!) as a REVISION AID or to help teachers with their assessment of student responses. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
Holes (Louis Sachar) - 5 Things You Need to Know - Pre-Reading ACTIVITIES
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Holes (Louis Sachar) - 5 Things You Need to Know - Pre-Reading ACTIVITIES

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These no-prep resources provide engaging and informative pre-reading activities for Louis Sachar’s iconic children’s novel Holes. The unit includes: 1. Five Things You Need To Know: Brief, informative and illustrated texts introduce students to several key aspects of the novel that they should either know or start thinking about critically, including: West Texas and the Permian Basin (i.e. why there is no lake at Camp Green Lake). Deserts & Desert Wildlife Famous Celebrity Shoes (i.e. Clyde Livingston’s smelly feet, fashion as status symbols, charity auctions, celebrities and their civic responsibilities to society) Juvenile Detention Centers (i.e. students are invited to think critically about juvenile detention centers, boot camps for kids, and how to ‘punish’ minors for committing crimes). Louis Sachar and Successful Writing (i.e. who is Louis Sachar, and what makes a successful writer for children & young adults?) 2. Discussion Questions: A range of discussions accompanies each short text, designed to test students’ understanding of the text, and provide food for thought and prompts for further discussions. Feedback is always appreciated!
IGCSE Poetry: "The Kraken" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (Complete Teaching Unit + EXAM PREP)
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IGCSE Poetry: "The Kraken" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (Complete Teaching Unit + EXAM PREP)

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This unit of work is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “The Kraken" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams in 2020 and 2021. The worksheets can be used independent of the IGCSE English Literature exams and curriculum, too, naturally. The unit of work includes: Short biography and introduction to the poet - Alfred, Lord Tennyson The poem text with line numbers to facilitate a close-reading and analysis, and a glossary of unusual or difficult vocabulary. Comprehension, close-reading & analysis questions. Essay questions to facilitate exam preparation. Perfect for teaching the poem & for exam practice.
'Hope is the Thing with Feathers' (Dickinson) NO PREP TEACHING UNIT + ANSWERS
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'Hope is the Thing with Feathers' (Dickinson) NO PREP TEACHING UNIT + ANSWERS

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This no-prep teaching unit focuses on Emily Dickinson’s iconic poem of definition, “‘Hope’ is the thing with Feathers”. The comprehensive unit contains the following: 1. Introduction to Poems of Definition - This is a key concept, and central to understanding much of Dickinson’s poetry. The use of extended metaphors is explained in the context of the poem. 2. Before Reading - Metaphors of Hope - This is an introductory pre-reading activity that allows students to engage critically with metaphors (and metaphors for hope in particular). 3. Poem Text & Explanatory Notes - the poem text annotated with explanatory notes and verse numbers for easy reference and close reading/analysis is provided. 4. Comprehension, Close Reading, & Analysis Questions - A range of questions that facilitate a close reading and in-depth engagement with the poem. 5. Creative Writing Prompt - Write Your Own Poem of Definition - This creative writing task invites and guides students to their own poems of definition (which should focus on using and developing an extended metaphor). 6. Model Answers - Model answers for all the activities and comprehension questions. Perfect for independent study or distance learning. Hoping you find everything you were looking for, please leave feedback!
1984 (George Orwell) - Pre-Reading Activities (Critical Thinking & Discussion)
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1984 (George Orwell) - Pre-Reading Activities (Critical Thinking & Discussion)

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This FREE advanced ready-to-teach worksheet & handout is designed as a pre-reading activity for George Orwell’s monumental dystopian classic, 1984. It includes: Thought-provoking information text that asks the question What is Literature and Why Should we Read Literature? Although the text begins in general terms, the concepts and issues raised should facilitate a critical discussion about the purpose of reading any literary text as well as 1984. Follow-up discussion and critical thinking questions that can be applied to all literary texts (but which may find more food for thought & application in 1984 especially). Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
FREE Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) Pre-Reading Introduction + Activities
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FREE Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) Pre-Reading Introduction + Activities

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This FREE no-prep unit provides introductory activities for Chinua Achebe’s iconic African novel Things Fall Apart. The unit includes: 1. Exploring Expository Writing: An in-depth introductory text that provides insights into the following aspects of the novel: critical reception & worldwide success of Things Fall Apart context & background 2. Discussion Questions: A range of discussion prompts that test understanding of the text, on the one hand, and provide food for thought and extended critical discussion. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
FREE Macbeth (IGCSE Shakespeare) - Act 1, Scene 1 - The Witches (Lesson Worksheet + ANSWERS)
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FREE Macbeth (IGCSE Shakespeare) - Act 1, Scene 1 - The Witches (Lesson Worksheet + ANSWERS)

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This FREE print-and-use lesson worksheet is part of my teaching unit for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. It focuses specifically on Act 1, Scene 1 of the play. The worksheet includes: Comprehension Questions for Act 1, Scene 1 of Macbeth Shakespeare in Context: Informative text about witches & James I and the context of composition. This is crucial to fully appreciate the dramatic effect & significance of Shakespeare’s choice of using witches in the play. The information text is accompanied by relevant questions to link it to the play. Drama Activity: This is an activity that encourages engaging with the text on stage; it outlines various ways for students to act out and the scene, and to think critically about how the scene may have been performed on stage. Act 3 Close Reading Activity (focuses on 3.5.1-36, with all the imagery of light and darkness - a crucial dichotomy and thematic trope and motif that runs through the play) MODEL ANSWERS for all the questions + activities as well as a teacher’s guide and further in-depth analysis and commentary of the relevant aspects of Act 1, Scene 1 of Macbeth PS: This worksheet, as indeed all of my Macbeth handouts and activities are specifically designed to be read at IGCSE level or in preparation for the IGCSE English Literature exams. But they can be used independent of these exams and the IGCSE curriculum, too, of course! Enjoy, and please leave feedback!