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Macbeth - The Whole Play

Macbeth - The Whole Play

This bundle comprises individual powerpoints on each Act, a wide range of engaging activities, background, context, thematic and character tasks, extract analysis with a supported framework to access this part of the exams: everything you need to teach this text in an active and engaging way. Bundle price is reduced to encourage those who have bought a stand alone Act to still feel they are getting good value when buying the bundle. Enjoy!

By joannammarsh

Macbeth Act 3

Macbeth Act 3

An in depth study of Act 3 of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'. This is designed for GCSE teaching and includes a range of activities including: guided extract analysis, creative activities (Shakespearean Mannequin Challenge!), links to Transactional Writing on the Language specification, prompts to consider structure and structural devices, clozed activities and a range of extension tasks for more able students. This is 6-8 hours of teaching and includes everything students need to know for their exams in an accessible and fun format.

By joannammarsh

National Days Bundle - Part 1

National Days Bundle - Part 1

I have collected a very wide range of different National Day presentations I have created, from throughout the year, such as Science Day, Commonwealth Day, European Day of Languages, Mountain Day and Pancake Day, to name but just a few of them!

By peterfogarty

Debate Topics for Speaking & Listening

Debate Topics for Speaking & Listening

An activity sheet to help students prepare for their debate/discussion Speaking and Listening Task. The topics are phrased as questions and can be given one-by-one or all together, depending on the ability of the group.

By Sazo123

Hunger Games 1 Homework Booklet - comprehension questions

Hunger Games 1 Homework Booklet - comprehension questions

Hunger Games 1 Student Work Booklet. This booklet has been designed as part of a unit of work on moral issues. It includes activities about characters, the setting and language features which students are to complete as they read the novel. There are also questions about the events/themes/character's perspectives et cetera for each chapter. This is all in preparation for a feature article assessment where students respond to the following statement:‘In times of conflict people disregard the social and moral norms of the time. This has been reflected in various fictional texts.’Students must form and argument and persuade their audience to accept your viewpoint. They also had to analyse quotes and examples from the novel and use them to justify their argument. Within their feature article they had to: Use specific examples of moral issues from The Hunger Games. Focus on one or two characters in the novel (and their perspective of the moral issue). Quote from the novel and identify language features which help position readers to view the moral issue in a particular way. You must explain the effect of these language features  Include genre features such as a headline, by-line, two columns, images and captions Write in 3rd person and use a range of language features to engage your readers (e.g. similes, metaphors, rhetorical questions etc.).

By lrigb4

Hunger Games 2 (Catching Fire) Student Work Booklet

Hunger Games 2 (Catching Fire) Student Work Booklet

This booklet has been designed as part of a unit of work on Catching Fire (the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy). It includes activities about characters, the setting and language features which students are to complete as they read the novel. There are also questions about the events/themes/character's perspectives et cetera for each chapter. This is all in preparation for a creative writing assessment where students take what they have learned to create two or three diary entries which provide insight into a minor character from the novel. In doing so they must reveal the personality of their character through what they see, think, feel, hope for and fear. Students were assessed on how purposefully they shaped their representations of people, places, events and concepts in the novel.

By lrigb4

History Graphic Readers (Comic Book Style) Bundle

History Graphic Readers (Comic Book Style) Bundle

A bundle of my 5 history comic book resources for young learners and students of ESL. All of these are in PDF and can be used on iPads, notebook computers, or printed out in colour or black and white. There are additional materials including quizzes and essay writing exercises to make these materials a fun and engaging way of teaching history. Topics include; WW1 - Life in the Trenches The Hindenburg Disaster Women's Suffrage Shackleton and the Endurance Charles Lindbergh 1927 This bundle is offered at about a 30% discount which together with the upcoming TES Bundle Bonanza discount of 30% makes this a bargain!

By kibishipaul

An Inspector Calls - Theme Table Task

An Inspector Calls - Theme Table Task

An activity used by students to help aid their understanding of the themes of the play 'An Inspector Calls' and how the themes affect each character. Can be simplified or made more challenging easily, so suitable for all students.

By Sazo123

An Inspector Calls - What's Happening?

An Inspector Calls - What's Happening?

An activity designed to get students thinking and recapping on their understanding of the plot of 'An Inspector Calls.' The activity gives students quotes from the text and asks them to explain where they fit into the plot.

By Sazo123

The Help sheet to follow the film.

The Help sheet to follow the film.

A resource that can be used throughout the film for students to use. The sheet focuses on individual characters, unjust treatment, just treatment and particular scenes of the film. The scene are not in any particular order.

By sam_512

Aleppo - reading comprehension resource

Aleppo - reading comprehension resource

This reading comprehension supports a BBC Newsround text that covers the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo. By including information about the city before the conflict, the text helps the reader understand that Aleppo was once place where people were able to live normally.The resource contains 3 worksheets of questions, differentiated for use through KS1 and KS2. It could also be used to support readers in KS3 and supports aspects of learning in SMSC. Answers and ‘content domain’ references are included for each question.

By Headway_Learning

Rosa Parks/Civil rights/Bus boycott  complete unit - 3 levels of differentiation!

Rosa Parks/Civil rights/Bus boycott complete unit - 3 levels of differentiation!

A carefully prepared unit on Rosa Parks and the bus boycott, a great part of a wider civil rights or black history unit. The sequence takes students through the bus boycott story to the writing of a diary from the perspective of Rosa and/or James Blake. Lesson step outline included, story sequencing cards, Images, 3 different levels of text, 2 different scaffolding sheets on perspectives and 2 diary writing pages.

By Tigerlearn

Racism and prejudice, civil rights bundle for primary schools

Racism and prejudice, civil rights bundle for primary schools

A bundle for the topic of racism, prejudice, segregation and discrimination. -A fantastic, heavily differentiated, Rosa Parks unit to introduce the topic and get students thinking about segregation and the injustice of it. -A cute PPT introducing the language so students understand the different forms of racism, but bringing in the relevance to real life. -An alien message decoding activity. Aliens from the future explain that the students are to do a show about racism and how to handle it.

By Tigerlearn

Racism, Discrimination, Prejudice and Segregation PPT

Racism, Discrimination, Prejudice and Segregation PPT

A 17-slide presentation to break down the language surrounding racism, with definitions and examples, as well as slides asking students for their own examples. As this is a very serious topic, I've added a few real life pictures as well as the cliparts to help relate to the real world. This Alien message decoding activity works well as a lead in to the PPT.

By Tigerlearn

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Women's History Month - The Suffrage Movement (50% OFF)

Women's History Month - The Suffrage Movement (50% OFF)

This Reading Comprehension worksheet Bundle is comprised of different non-fictional texts which describe the history behind the Suffrage movement and the importance of Women's History month (March). After carefully reading the texts, students are required to complete some comprehension exercises including: comprehension questions and True or False exercises. The vocabulary used in the texts is rather advanced and can also be used for IGSCE, TOEFL or IELTS vocabulary building purposes. The handouts can be completed in class or assigned for homework.

By MariaPht

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Women's History Month Reading Comprehension Worksheets (x4)

Women's History Month Reading Comprehension Worksheets (x4)

This Reading Comprehension worksheet Bundle is comprised of different non-fictional texts which describe the history behind Women's History month (March) and give some notable biographies of women who helped shape history throughout the millennia. After carefully reading the texts, students are required to complete some comprehension exercises including: comprehension questions and True or False exercises. The vocabulary used in the texts is rather advanced and can also be used for IGSCE, TOEFL or IELTS vocabulary building purposes. The handouts can be completed in class or assigned for homework.

By MariaPht

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Susan B Anthony and the History of Woman Suffrage  - Reading Comprehension (ESL ELT ELL)

Susan B Anthony and the History of Woman Suffrage - Reading Comprehension (ESL ELT ELL)

This Reading Comprehension worksheet is suitable for upper intermediate to proficient ESL learners. The text recounts the life and work of feminist reformer Susan B Anthony. After carefully reading the text, students are required to complete some comprehension exercises including: comprehension questions and True or False exercises. The vocabulary used in the text is rather advanced and can also be used for IGSCE, TOEFL or IELTS vocabulary building purposes. The handout can be completed in class or assigned for homework.

By MariaPht

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

To introduce Racial Equality in Sharing the Planet unit. Reading comprehension activity.

By gamzekrbyk

NEW EDUQAS iGCSE LANGUAGE COMPONENT 2a - A FORMAL SPEECH

NEW EDUQAS iGCSE LANGUAGE COMPONENT 2a - A FORMAL SPEECH

Another useful PRESENTATION/RESOURCE based on RECOGNISING and SELECTING PERSUASIVE LANGUAGE in a FORMAL SPEECH (Donald Trump’s Victory Speech Nov 2016). Particular focus on the NEW EDUQAS iGCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE SYLLABUS, COMPONENT 2. Includes controversial quotations, step-by step-tasks, ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES and specific PERSUASIVE LANGUAGE DEVICES used in SPEECHES. In addition, a copy of an edited version of Trump’s speech plus an added VIDEO LINK of the speech itself attached. A good comparison with Barack Obama’s Campaign Speech 2007 (see additional resource in my shop). Could be adapted to suit any SOW or ENGLISH iGCSE SYLLABUS based on the READING and WRITING of SPEECHES and identifying PERSUASIVE LANGUAGE TECHNIQUES.

By btmmadstuff

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Reading Comprehension Worksheets for ESL learners x 9 (higher intermediate to advanced level)

Reading Comprehension Worksheets for ESL learners x 9 (higher intermediate to advanced level)

This bundle includes four different Reading Comprehension suitable for higher intermediate advanced ESL learners. After carefully reading each story / text, students are required to complete some comprehension exercises including: questions, True or False, gap filling exercises, crosswords, word search exercises, matching exercises and engage in in-depth classroom discussions on topics relevant to each text. The vocabulary used in the texts is rather advanced and can also be used for IGSCE, TOEFL or IELTS vocabulary building purposes.

By MariaPht

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Reading Comprehension Worksheets for ESL learners (advanced)

Reading Comprehension Worksheets for ESL learners (advanced)

This bundle includes four different Reading Comprehension suitable for advanced ESL learners. After carefully reading each story, students are required to complete some comprehension exercises including: questions, True or False, gap filling exercises and engage in an in depth classroom discussions on topics relevant to the text. The vocabulary used in the texts is rather advanced and can also be used for IGSCE, TOEFL or IELTS vocabulary building purposes.

By MariaPht

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Historical Figures (Washington, Lincoln, King) - Biographies - Reading Comprehension Worksheets

Historical Figures (Washington, Lincoln, King) - Biographies - Reading Comprehension Worksheets

These Reading Comprehension worksheets are suitable for advanced ESL learners. The bundle comprises of small biographies for three historical figures celebrated during the month's of January and February namely: George Washington (first president of the United States), Abraham Lincoln (16th president of the United States - served during the Civil War) and Martin Luther King Jr. (Baptist Minister - leader of the Civil Rights Movement) The texts describe the life, work, and political contribution of these figures. The texts also provide background historical information on colonialism, Independence movements, the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement.After carefully reading each text, students are required to complete some comprehension exercises including: questions, True or False, gap filling exercises, matching exercises, multiple choice e exercises and crosswords. The vocabulary used in the texts is rather advanced and can be used for IGSCE, TOEFL or IELTS vocabulary building purposes.

By MariaPht

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s  Life and Work - Reading Comprehension

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Life and Work - Reading Comprehension

A reading Comprehension on Martin Luther King's Life and work as a social activist and leader of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. There are a lot of comprehension exercises after the text including : True or False, multiple choice, gap filling and finding synonyms exercises. The vocabulary used in the text is quite advanced (higher intermediate to proficient level).

By MariaPht

ENGLISH LITERATURE- ANIMAL FARM PART 1: CHARACTERS

ENGLISH LITERATURE- ANIMAL FARM PART 1: CHARACTERS

AN EIGHT page guide on this novel, it includes:Examination of all major and minor charactersHow each character connects to themes (keyworded) in contextLinks to how and where they appear in the novelWith good weblinks to topics that students just starting out at GSCE may not be familiar and ten multiple choice questions to check knowledge and understanding of the text and the guide (with answers) this guide can be read before or after reading the novel.Useful for teachers, tutors and pupils, this can be used as revision, an essay helper or a whole lesson document. Allied to this is part 2 of the analysis of this novel, concerning themes, symbolism and motifs in full, also available on this site. This can be used for KS3 or GCSE (11-16 year olds.)

By siobhanthetutor

An Inspector Calls Context and Question lessons

An Inspector Calls Context and Question lessons

Here is the perfect little bundle to get you started on 'An Inspector Calls' with your GCSE class this New Year. It contains a lesson on Themes and Context with links and specific Capitalism and Socialism worksheets. It also has a whole detailed lesson on the question: In what ways is Eva Smith exploited in the play?This lesson worked a treat for my Year 10s as it got them linking the correct context to the correct characters and quotations in the play. Very useful. This is up for a bargin for only a short time, so get your hands on this bundle now!!!Happy New Year and Happy Teaching!

By jesspon

e-magazine "Inspirational English", Issues 21-30

e-magazine "Inspirational English", Issues 21-30

The bundle consists of issues 21-30 of the e-magazine "Inspirational English" "Inspirational English"is a bimonthly magazine, designed to complement and enhance your students' English language skills. It will help them to explore and unlock the secrets of one of the richest languages in the world and improve it in an educational and fun way. It is successfully used by English teachers who love the materials I design and it saves them a lot of preparation time. The magazine was inspired by my love for England, the English culture and especially the language. The most popular features are: - Exam Practice- materials for these students who are preparing for the Cambridge Exams - Story time- A reading comprehension activity- - The good life - Discussion time - Fun with English -Quintessentially English - Teachers Talk- an interview with an inspiring ESOL teacher - Everyday English - Answers from the previous issue and a lot more It could be used by ESOL and PSHE teachers.

By InspirationalEnglish

Protest Poetry - Analysing poems using the STEP UP acronym

Protest Poetry - Analysing poems using the STEP UP acronym

4 resources designed for a year 8 poetry unit. The first is a PowerPoint which takes students through the STEP UP acronym which they will use to analyse poems in their upcoming assessment: subject matter, theme, emotions, poetic devices, your interpretation, purpose... It includes prompting questions that students should ask themselves to help guide their response for each category. It then includes a poem about a refugee and slides which work through the STEP UP process. The second is a worksheet for modified students which has most of the notes written so that they only have to write a few.The third is a handout which explains STEP UP which could be used as a poster.The fourth is a typed version of the analysis of the refugee poem (in a Word Doc)

By lrigb4

GCSE English HOW TO PREPARE AN ESSAY An Inspector Calls- Gerald Croft

GCSE English HOW TO PREPARE AN ESSAY An Inspector Calls- Gerald Croft

This is a A/A* grade GCSE English model essay preparation handout covering a topic in the play An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley. In this case it is a discussion of the character of Gerald Croft and how he embodies the themes of the play. It includes points to discuss; themes you should mention in ANY Inspector Calls essays; and quotes- and deviates from the PEE structure. This is because many examiners consider PEE a weak structure for which they can only award AO2/ grade C marks. Great revision/ essay preparation tool that can be adapted for all essays, and useful for those who find the play difficult to follow. It is divided up in how to compilean introductionan essay bodyanda conclusion.A useful guide for teachers, pupils and tutors/parents who homeschool, with four pages of explanation and themes, and an additional three page section for the addition of relevant quotes and space to make your own analysis/commentary before you start the essay.

By siobhanthetutor

Marking time-buster. 50 ideas

Marking time-buster. 50 ideas

You will save countless hours of marking time with these ingenious ideas. INSTEAD OF......(common mistake), try................(new time saving solution!)These are highly praised and have been adopted at whole-school levels. 50 great ideas with scanned examples (If you search '300 lesson activities - you will see that my products are popular here on TES. This product is just as good!).

By whizzbangbang