Author on Tes: Enjoy teaching a new text

Sofie Khachik
21st May 2018
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A-level teacher Sofie Khachik, aka Miss_s_k, shares her tips for creating high-quality resources.

 

Tell us what you enjoy the most about teaching.

The best thing about teaching is seeing my students thinking about literature and, in turn, themselves and the world they live in, with a more critical and rigorous eye; reading is not passively looking but actively participating.

 

What made you decide to become an author on Tes?

All of the resources I create are underpinned by this belief and I first started sharing them on Tes in order to receive feedback as a keen NQT, but also to give something back after downloading other teachers’ resources in the late-night panic that characterised my PGCE year!

 

Tell us about the resources that you’re most proud of.

I’m super proud of the popularity of my KS4 reading skills resource, particularly as I created it during my PGCE year; but, I’m most proud of some of the paid A-level schemes of work I’ve uploaded, particularly for Hamlet and The Duchess of Malfi. I thought carefully about what I would want/need as an A-level teacher embarking on teaching a text I loved for the first time: a detailed scheme of work, carefully labelled PowerPoints, secondary critical material and accompanying worksheets, plus detailed teacher support notes. In the time-pressured world of teaching, properly preparing a new A- level text can seem daunting, so I hope that these resources will provide teachers with a solid framework that will allow them to enjoy teaching a new text, rather than panicking about the hours of work it could entail.

 

What are your top tips for newcomer authors?

For anyone interested in sharing their resources on Tes, I’d suggest some initial research into what’s already out there; what’s unique about what you’re offering and is it really worth paying for? I also think content is more important than style; I don’t think PowerPoints and worksheets need to be hyperactive carnivals of animation and clipart – time is better spent thinking about sequences of learning and creating a scheme of work accordingly. Finally, I would really like to see a greater variety of texts taught across schools, so if you’ve got something on a text that doesn’t get taught often and you’ve had success with, share it and inspire others to get out of the teaching rut we all get stuck in from time to time.

 

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Reading skills KS4

A good way of practising close reading skills.. these resources are: 1. a selection of openings to novels; can be used in a number of ways.. with frameworks to develop close reading skills, dicussion, when beginning a novel with a particular effective opening. 2. powerpoint for reading lesson; memory game starter included and circuit training activity complete with self timer built in- open it to see! 3. extracts to be used in activity explained in powerpoint… works a treat, i promise!

By Miss_s_k

Hamlet full SOW for A-level - powerpoints and worksheets

VALUE FOR MONEY alert... powerpoint, handouts, questions, key extracts and some teacher notes... all labelled and ready to just pick up and teach.

A full scheme of work also included - I am teaching for OCR (extract then an interpretation question), but this covers off all A-level AOs... critics, analysis and some context.
By Miss_s_k

The Duchess of Malfi full SOW

A full A-level scheme of work for The Duchess of Malfi - taught for OCR A-level English Literature. Comprehensive, detailed and challenging.... hours of planning done for you, so you can just enjoy teaching this wonderful text.

Powerpoints and accompanying hand-outs with questions, activities and some teacher notes on Acts 1 and 2. Also includes some exemplar essays on women, rank and social status and Bosola; some revision quizzes.

Edition used for study New Mermaids, 5th edition, ed Brian Gibbons

All material clearly labelled... good to go in and teach as is, but easy enough to adapt/add in activities depending on what you are teaching the text for.

OCR delivery guide also worth a look for additional activities http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/183439-the-duchess-of-malfi-delivery-guide.pdf
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