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I've been teaching English Language and English Literature for 18 years now, starting at university level, then moving countries and working in the secondary education system in the UK. Here you will find English Language and English Literature resources for KS3 & KS4, mainly following AQA examining board. Some Media Studies resources might also find their way here, at times...

I've been teaching English Language and English Literature for 18 years now, starting at university level, then moving countries and working in the secondary education system in the UK. Here you will find English Language and English Literature resources for KS3 & KS4, mainly following AQA examining board. Some Media Studies resources might also find their way here, at times...
BLACKBERRY PICKING by Seamus Heaney (Context, Structure, Analysis)
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BLACKBERRY PICKING by Seamus Heaney (Context, Structure, Analysis)

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This is a PPT with 53 slides for the poem BLACKBERRY PICKING by Seamus Heaney, to include: Context, Structure and Analysis, each with homework tasks. You can link a follow up poem - Death of a Naturalist by the same poem - next (see my PPT for this other poem!) and then do a compare/contrast assessment on it. This PPT matches AQA new specification (2015 onwards) and can be used at both KS3 & KS4.
HAMLET for KS3
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HAMLET for KS3

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This is a unit of work for HAMLET that I'm currently running with my year 8 classes, both top sets and bottom sets. If you know the play really well, the pupils will enjoy the play very much. You have 131 slides with 12 lessons on a big Power point presentation, together with a 6 weeks homework booklet and the SOW. Plenty of tasks in each lesson. Videos are embedded and you only need to click on some words in the slides. Video versions used are Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet & RSC version with David Tennant, which are widely available for free on YouTube. Feedback is welcomed
THE SNOW - creative writing (THE BEAST FROM THE EAST)
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THE SNOW - creative writing (THE BEAST FROM THE EAST)

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This is a creative writing lesson for KS3 or KS4, on the topic of Snow, following the first snow falling of the year 2018 during a week of The Beast from The East blizzard. Pupils have to work with pictures, AQA GCSE style. You have a series of images to pick from, a worksheet, as well as guidance for how to add Passing of Time techniques, as well Story Opening techniques, if they are choose to do a story and not a description.
How does Shakespeare present Lord Capulet's relationship with his daughter Juliet?
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How does Shakespeare present Lord Capulet's relationship with his daughter Juliet?

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This is 17 slides PPT containing 3 lessons designed for a quick assessment on Romeo & Juliet - KS3 on the topic of Juliet’s relationship with her parent and focusing on the question: How does Shakespeare present Lord Capulet’s relationship with his daughter Juliet? You will be visiting Act 1, scene 3, but the focus is on Act 3, scene 5. Hints: Lady Capulet’s relationship with Juliet (impressions) / patriarchal society / PEED analysis on various Points about Lord Capulet’s relationship (with a teacher’s model!).
FAIRIES - creative writing tasks - A Midsummer Night' Dream
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FAIRIES - creative writing tasks - A Midsummer Night' Dream

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This PPT has 2 whole lessons that can be used as a Creative Writing assessment while studying A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This PPT can be used with year 8 onwards and it is lined up with the new AQA specifications for English Language (descriptive writing with a picture stimulus). I hope you will find it helpful.
MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Reading Assessment - KS3
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MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Reading Assessment - KS3

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This is a PPT with Preparation lesson and Reading Assessment on Midsummer Night's Dream, focused around the encounter between Titania and Bottom and the power of persuasion implemented by the Queen of Fairies. The PPT has PEEL frame build in and it should take you around 4 lessons to finish it, as well as peer-assess it. This PPT can be followed by my other PPT about FAIRIES for a Creative Writing assessment, in any other you like.
Blessing as an Unseen Poem
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Blessing as an Unseen Poem

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This is a 34 slides ppt with the poem BLESSING by Imtiaz Dharker, taught as an Unseen Poem. It follows AQA exam board. You have group work included.
Film Posters Analysis  - reading assessment
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Film Posters Analysis - reading assessment

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This is an old PPT from TES, improved and updated for a Reading assessment on Film Studies with year 7. The PPT contains 2 lessons, the original one analysing the movie posters of ARGO and the second one analysing various action movie posters. I hope you can find it useful.
AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 Writing 2015 onwards
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AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 Writing 2015 onwards

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AQA GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE Paper 1 Writing SOW from September 2015 onwards (linear exam). All lessons are incorporated in the PPT for 5 weeks of study. Further resources are added: Story Openings with Picture Stimulus or Narrative and Descriptive Task.
COMPARE & CONTRAST poetry essay template - KS3
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COMPARE & CONTRAST poetry essay template - KS3

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This is a PPT helping KS3 students to write a Compare & Contrast type of essay (eg. for poetry). There is a preparatory lesson to understand what types of essay can be used for this Compare & Contrast task, with an explanatory video, but also with the acknowledgement of the Block Method using the Temple of Knowledge formula (from 5 paragraphs, downgraded for KS3 to only 4). The second lesson, they will have to start focusing on completing a Venn diagram, which will then be reflected in their PEEL paragraphs, following the Block Method. I hope you will find it useful.You can spend a number of 3-4 lessons using this PPT for writing the essay. For KS4, see my upgraded version (coming soon).
AQA Reading Skills  - BUGS year 7-9
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AQA Reading Skills - BUGS year 7-9

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This is a 5 lessons ppt (52 slides) showcasing the Reading Skills for AQA exam on English Language, focused around AO1 - AO4. The main topic is applied to is BUGS, like snails. Two of the lessons have opportunity for Reading Assessment. You can run these lesson with year 7 - year 9 or bottom sets of year 10-11. If you want a Writing Assessment around the topic of bugs, like snails, please see my Snails creative writing ppt in the shop.
DEATH OF A NATURALIST (Context, Structure, Analysis)
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DEATH OF A NATURALIST (Context, Structure, Analysis)

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This is a PPT of 69 slides on The DEATH OF A NATURALIST by Seamus Heaney with lessons on Context, Structure and Analysis. At the end of each lesson there is a homework piece, too. It would be great if you can teach this poem after BLACKBERRY PICKING by the same poet, as the Context lesson is built on that... (see my PPT on Blackberry Picking). A compare/contrast assessment can be done, for which I will put a new PPT online soon. This poem can be taught at both KS3 (year 8 - Nature Poetry/Growing Up) or KS4...
A first encounter with Lady Macbeth in Act 1, scene 5
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A first encounter with Lady Macbeth in Act 1, scene 5

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This is a PPT with 2 whole lessons about the first encounter with Lady Macbeth in Act 1, scene 5, while reading Macbeth's letter, wishing to make pupils anticipate possible courses of action from that point, but also choose one of them and develop her response. The action taken will be a reply letter, focusing on English Language skills (Purpose, Audience, Form and Tone).
THE SECRET LIFE OF SNAILS - descriptive & creative writing tasks (AQA)
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THE SECRET LIFE OF SNAILS - descriptive & creative writing tasks (AQA)

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This is a powerpoint lined up with AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 (Writing) exam, containing various pictures advertising The Secret Life of Snails as stimulus for descriptive writing activities, but also practice of the 7 story opening techniques. A worksheet to help develop the descriptive skills and other tasks are included. This can run over 4 lessons and can even develop into a story.There is now a video included to help them observe the movements and obstacles encountered in their adventures... It can be used for KS3 all years, depending on their levels.
How does Shakespeare depict the power of Lady Macbeth over Macbeth?
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How does Shakespeare depict the power of Lady Macbeth over Macbeth?

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This is an essay plan for the question: How does Shakespeare depict the power of Lady Macbeth over Macbeth? It contains 4-5 lessons of writing the essay following the Block Method (argumentative) with a minimum of 5 paragraphs (one PEEL paragraph per lesson). Works great for a year 9/10 Reading Assessment on MACBETH.
Comparative Essay on Newspapers for year 8 or 9
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Comparative Essay on Newspapers for year 8 or 9

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This PPT contains a Draft lesson, as well as the Assessment Lesson with an Argumentative essay based on the Block Method for a Newspapers module than can run with either year 8 or year 9. We are currently testing this assessment on year 8 at our school and I have to say that at least my classes have been successful in completing the argumentative essay. Attached are also two articles reporting on the same story (a tabloid and a broadsheet). Pupils need to be able to spot similarities, but also differences and write a 5 paragraphs essay with at least 3 analytical paragraphs. You can run the assessment over at least 2-3 lessons, although I am not surprised if you will have pupils finishing it in their first lesson. I hope you will find it useful.
UTOPIA versus DYSTOPIA - creative writing with assignment
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UTOPIA versus DYSTOPIA - creative writing with assignment

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This presentation includes 3 lessons with 30 slides in total, explaining differences between Utopia and Dystopia, with application to a short film, as well as rummaging various scenarios from films, creating their own scenarios and culminating with writing their own utopian/dystopian story.
AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 Reading (September 2015 onwards)
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AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 Reading (September 2015 onwards)

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AQA GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE Paper 1 Reading (from September 201 5 onwards - linear exam). This is a SOW & Power Point with all lessons done. Further resources for this paper are published on AQA's website (Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Writing and Descriptive pdf file with lessons plans done, containing a few extracts for Story Openings, Transition points and endings, Presenting people, places and action, as well as a Complete Story).