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I'm Catherine, founder of White Space Words and lover of words (of course), my family, and good coffee. I've taught English for thirty years, twenty-five of those as Head of English. So, you'd understand I care about words. A lot. I care especially about the power of words. In a world where words are misused, over-used, and used to create division, my mission is to promote the use of words for education and inspiration.

I'm Catherine, founder of White Space Words and lover of words (of course), my family, and good coffee. I've taught English for thirty years, twenty-five of those as Head of English. So, you'd understand I care about words. A lot. I care especially about the power of words. In a world where words are misused, over-used, and used to create division, my mission is to promote the use of words for education and inspiration.
Teacher Pack - The Social Dilemma
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Teacher Pack - The Social Dilemma

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This comprehensive teaching unit has been designed for teachers to use with The Social Dilemma (Netflix documentary-drama film - dir. Jeff Orlowski). Contents (4 digital/editable/printable files ready for immediate download and use): Teacher Guide - (14 page .pdf) An overview Suggested Lesson Outline Teacher Answer Guide to Student Booklet Inquiry learning - focus questions Assignment/Extension activities Further resources/reading links Student Booklet (10 page - in .pdf/.doc formats): Pre-viewing activities During viewing activities Post-viewing activities Further action The Social Dilemma Teaching PowerPoint (21 slide .pptx): What is a documentary? Pre-viewing, During-viewing and Post-viewing resources (including links) Going beyond the documentary activities (including links) Unit duration: 6-8+ lessons Official film rating: PG13+ (Classifications can vary - please check your country’s classification for this film prior to use with students.) Suitable for use with students across secondary subject areas, including primarily: English, Media Studies (with links to aspects of Humanities/Social Studies, Psychology, Social Development, and Health curriculum). Features: Digital/printable files delivered in a single zip file (2 x pdf, 1 x doc, 1 x pptx) Professionally designed by an experienced educator Highly visual and engaging Suited to all learners Crisp, clean layouts A range of whole class, group work and individual learning resources Please note: Access to view the film itself requires a Netflix account – www.netflix.com. This is not included in the resource pack. Licence information: $39 for an individual licence (with use strictly limited to the individual purchaser – ie. one teacher/one class) $179 for a whole school licence (life-time - unlimited use allowed for all teachers/all classes at purchasing school) - please message me if you are seeking a whole school licence
Teacher Pack - My Octopus Teacher
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Teacher Pack - My Octopus Teacher

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This comprehensive teaching unit, including assessment, has been designed for teachers to use with My Octopus Teacher, the beautiful and profound story of the year filmmaker, Craig Foster, spends with a wild common octopus in the Great African Sea Forest and its life-changing effects. (Netflix documentary film - directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed) Contents (4 digital/editable/printable files ready for immediate download and use): Teacher Guide (18 page .pdf) • Unit overview • Inquiry Questions • Suggested Lesson Outline • Teacher Answer Guide to Student Booklet • Assessment Option 1 – English – Narrative • Assessment Option 2 – Media – Short Narrative Film • Extension activities (Science/Values) • Additional resources/links Student Booklet (16 page - .pdf/.doc formats) • Pre-viewing activities • During viewing activities • Post-viewing activities • Assessment Option 1 – English – Narrative (including Narrative Devices table and templates for Narrative Plan, Narrative Structure and Writing Checklist) • Assessment Option 2 – Media – Short Narrative Film (including Storyboarding template with codes and conventions) • Extension activities (Science/Values) • Additional resources/links Teaching PowerPoint (20 slide .pptx) • What is a documentary? • Pre-viewing, Viewing and Post-viewing resources (including links) • Assessment Preparation – Storytelling/Narrative Writing – cognitive verb ‘create’, narrative structure, features and the writing process • Take Further Action Unit duration: 12+ lessons (including Narrative assessment) Official film rating: G (Classifications can vary - please check your country’s classification for this film prior to use with students.) Suitable for use with students across upper primary and secondary subject areas, including: English and Media Studies (also contains links to Science and Values Education). Features: • Digital/editable/printable files delivered in a single zip file (2 x pdf, 1 x doc, 1 x pptx) • Professionally designed by an experienced educator • Highly visual and engaging • Suited to all learners • Crisp, clean layouts • A range of whole class, group work and individual learning resources Please note: Access to view the film itself requires a Netflix account – www.netflix.com. This is not included in the resource pack. Licence information: • $39 for an individual licence (with use strictly limited to the individual purchaser – ie. one teacher/one class) • $179 for a whole school licence (life-time - unlimited use allowed for all teachers/all classes at purchasing educational institution) - please message me if you are seeking a whole school licence
Teacher Pack - A Life on Our Planet
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Teacher Pack - A Life on Our Planet

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This comprehensive teaching unit, including assessment, has been designed for teachers to use with A Life on Our Planet – David Attenborough. (Netflix documentary film - directed by Alastair Fothergill, Jonnie Hughes and Keith Scholey) Contents (4 digital/editable/printable files ready for immediate download and use): Teacher Guide - (16 page .pdf) Unit overview Inquiry questions Suggested Lesson Outline Teacher Answer Guide to Student Booklet Assessment Tasks/Extension Activities information (including Focus Assessment Task – Film Festival Group Project) Additional resources/links Student Booklet (14 page - in .pdf/.doc formats): Pre-viewing activities During viewing activities Post-viewing activities Focus Assessment Task – Film Festival Group Project (including planner) Other Assessment Tasks/Extension Activities (including Earthshot Prize task) Additional resources Teaching PowerPoint (20 slide .pptx): What is a documentary? Pre-viewing, During-viewing and Post-viewing resources (including links) Assessment options Unit duration: 12+ lessons (including Film Festival Group Project) Official film rating: PG13+ (Classifications can vary - please check your country’s classification for this film prior to use with students.) Suitable for use with students across secondary subject areas, including: Project-based learning, Inquiry learning, English, Media Studies, Science (Earth and Environmental) and Geography. Features: Digital/printable files delivered in a single zip file (2 x pdf, 1 x doc, 1 x pptx) Professionally designed by an experienced educator Highly visual and engaging Suited to all learners Crisp, clean layouts A range of whole class, group work and individual learning resources Please note: Access to view the film itself requires a Netflix account – www.netflix.com. This is not included in the resource pack. Licence information: $39 for an individual licence (with use strictly limited to the individual purchaser – ie. one teacher/one class) $179 for a whole school licence (life-time - unlimited use allowed for all teachers/all classes at purchasing school) - please message me if you are seeking a whole school licence
Teacher Pack - Minimalism - a documentary
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Teacher Pack - Minimalism - a documentary

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This comprehensive Teacher Pack – Minimalism equips educators with all that’s needed to deliver high-quality learning experiences which unpack the key messages of this powerful documentary film. Contents (4 digital/editable/printable files ready for immediate download and use): 1. Teacher Guide (22 page .pdf) • Unit overview • Inquiry Questions • Suggested Lesson Outline • Teacher Answer Guide to Student Booklet • Persuasive Speaking Assessment information – including colour-coded sample script answer key • Additional resource/links 2. Student Booklet (19 page - .pdf/.doc formats): • Pre-viewing activities • During viewing activities • Post-viewing activities • Assessment task - Persuasive Speech: o Elements of persuasion o Persuasive language devices o Structure and features of a persuasive speech o Sample speech o Speech script template o Practising the speech • Additional resources 3. Minimalism Teaching PowerPoint (23 slide .pptx): • What is a documentary? • Pre-viewing, Viewing and Post-viewing resources (including links) • Prepare and Present a Persuasive Speech • Take further action (including links) Unit duration: 14+ lessons (including Persuasive Speaking assessment task) Suitable for use with students across secondary subject areas, including primarily English, Media Studies, Geography and Humanities/Social Studies. The film runs for 78 mins and has an official rating as PG13+. Please check your country’s classification for this film prior to use with students. Features: • Digital/editable/printable files delivered in a single zip file (2 x pdf, 1 x doc, 1 x pptx) • Professionally designed by an experienced educator • Highly visual and engaging • Suited to all learners • Crisp, clean layouts • A range of whole class, group work and individual learning resources Please note: Access to view the film itself requires a Netflix account – www.netflix.com. This is not included in the resource pack. Licence information: $39 for an individual licence (with use strictly limited to the individual purchaser – ie. one teacher/one class) $179 for a whole school licence (life-time - unlimited use allowed for all teachers/all classes at purchasing school) - please message me if you are seeking a whole school licence
Reading Journal Poster
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Reading Journal Poster

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Use this 4 step reading poster with students as they read any fiction text or biography/autobiography. Students create a journal entry at key junctures as they read: pre-reading early pages mid-way at completion