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All the resources published here are made by me and used on a daily basis . I teach English Language and Literature in a busy secondary school from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5 and aim to create resources that are simple to use, engaging for students and practical to use when you have a full teaching day. There's a selection of full units, sample lessons and some of the resources I use the most, already published and I'll be adding to these regularly. Thanks for your interest in my work.

All the resources published here are made by me and used on a daily basis . I teach English Language and Literature in a busy secondary school from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5 and aim to create resources that are simple to use, engaging for students and practical to use when you have a full teaching day. There's a selection of full units, sample lessons and some of the resources I use the most, already published and I'll be adding to these regularly. Thanks for your interest in my work.
GCSE Speaking and Listening Full Unit - Persuasive Speeches
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GCSE Speaking and Listening Full Unit - Persuasive Speeches

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This is a unit designed to complete the speaking and listening component for GCSE students in around 6 to 8 lessons. The unit also covers persuasive writing skills needed for the English Language exam and was additionally used as a pre-reading exercise for Animal Farm. However, the unit can easily be adapted to remove the links to this text and stands as a discrete unit in its own right. The lessons ask students to develop a persuasive speech based on what qualities they think a Prime Minister should have and then go on to endorse one of three candidates for the job. There is a range of tasks throughout the lessons which are fully resourced and differentiated. The unit covers the planning, writing, rehearsal and performance of their final speeches and contains guidance for the formal assessment of the Spoken Language component. Lesson 1 of the Unit is available in my shop as a free download to give an indication of the type of work and standard of resource throughout the unit. Thanks for taking an interest in my resources.
FREE Standalone Cover Lesson: Reading Comprehension and Inference Combined with Creative Writing
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FREE Standalone Cover Lesson: Reading Comprehension and Inference Combined with Creative Writing

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The first in a series of standalone cover lessons designed to be delivered by non-specialists. As with the other lessons in this series, the resource focuses on a short extract from contemporary teenage fiction with tasks concentrating on developing comprehension and inference skills. This is followed by a creative writing task inspired by the extract. Would also work as a standalone skills lesson. If you like this, there are two additional bundles of cover lessons available priced at £2 for four lessons. All extracts are in the public domain courtesy of Love Reading 4 Kids. Thanks for your interest.
FREE Animal Farm Lessons for Chapter 1 & 2
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FREE Animal Farm Lessons for Chapter 1 & 2

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This is a free resource for Animal Farm, designed for use specifically with the OCR Literature GCSE. All resources for the lesson are on the powerpoint which covers Chapter 1 and 2 with a blank slide between each lesson. Each lesson contains extended writing tasks, key passages to focus on and includes differentiation. If you find this useful, Chapters 3 - 9 are also available in a single bundle for £3. Thanks for your interest in my resources.
Collection of four cover/standalone lessons based on contemporary teenage fiction
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Collection of four cover/standalone lessons based on contemporary teenage fiction

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A four lesson series of standalone cover lessons designed to be delivered by non-specialists. In each of the lessons, the resource focuses on a short extract from contemporary teenage fiction with tasks concentrating on developing comprehension and inference skills. This is followed by a creative writing task inspired by the extract. Would also work as a standalone skills lesson. See my free resources for a sample lesson from this series. If you like this, there is another bundle of cover lessons available priced at £2 for four lessons. All extracts are in the public domain courtesy of Love Reading 4 Kids. Thanks for your interest.
Jekyll and Hyde Revision Lesson. Recapping the novel in 5 extracts.
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Jekyll and Hyde Revision Lesson. Recapping the novel in 5 extracts.

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This is a revision lesson or homework which asks pupils to refresh their knowledge of “Jekyll and Hyde” by focusing on the significance of 5 key extracts from the novel. There is a Publisher resource with the extracts and key questions for students to answer and a corresponding Powerpoint for taking feedback. Each of the extracts has a challenge question aimed to develop the knowledge of students who already have a command of the text. Thanks for your interest.
Collection of four cover/standalone lessons based on contemporary teenage fiction PART 2
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Collection of four cover/standalone lessons based on contemporary teenage fiction PART 2

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A four lesson series of standalone cover lessons designed to be delivered by non-specialists. In each of the lessons, the resource focuses on a short extract from contemporary teenage fiction with tasks concentrating on developing comprehension and inference skills. This is followed by a creative writing task inspired by the extract. Would also work as a standalone skills lesson. See my free resources for a sample lesson from this series. If you like this, there is another bundle of cover lessons available priced at £2 for four lessons. All extracts are in the public domain courtesy of Love Reading 4 Kids. Thanks for your interest
GCSE Unit Animal Farm.  Set of lessons on Ch. 3 - 9
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GCSE Unit Animal Farm. Set of lessons on Ch. 3 - 9

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This is a unit of work designed for the OCR Literature GCSE. All the lessons are contained on the Powerpoint and there is a range of activities including, exam questions with unseen extracts, guided annotation, reading activities and extended writing. Originally delivered to a mixed ability cohort, so there is fairly wide differentiation throughout the lessons. If you’d like a preview before downloading, Chapter 1 and 2 are available as a free download from my shop and are indicative of the quality throughout. Thanks for your interest in my resources.
Animal Farm GCSE Knowledge Organiser
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Animal Farm GCSE Knowledge Organiser

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This is a knowledge organizer for students revising “Animal Farm”. It focuses on 4 key moments in the novel and there is a summary of themes, key quotes etc. Originally designed for the OCR GCSE, there is also included on it a breakdown of the exam question and what is required for each section. Thanks for your interest.
FREE Romantic Poetry Lesson: Exploring Genre and W H Auden
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FREE Romantic Poetry Lesson: Exploring Genre and W H Auden

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This is the first lesson in a short Key Stage 3 Unit of work exploring romantic poetry from a selection of authors. Designed to prepare students in Year 8 and 9 for the demands of the new GCSE specification, the unit guides students through the conventions of genre and how the write analytically about unseen texts. In this opening lesson students explore the conventions of romantic writing before judging how these are developed and subverted by Auden in “Funeral Blues”. If you like this, the full unit is available from my shop with the full 6 lessons costing £3. Thank you for your interest in my resources.
FREE Lesson 1 of GCSE Speaking and Listening Unit
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FREE Lesson 1 of GCSE Speaking and Listening Unit

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This is the first lesson of a unit designed to complete the speaking and listening component for GCSE students in around 6 to 8 lessons. The unit also covers persuasive writing skills needed for the English Language exam and was additionally used as a pre-reading exercise for Animal Farm. However, the unit can easily be adapted to remove the links to this text and stands as a discrete unit in its own right. This first lesson looks at the qualities we would expect to see in successful societies and political leaders. There is an analysis task to complete on a video excerpt of President Obama’s public speaking, which is also included here. If you like the resource, the rest of the unit is available as bundle of six lesson for £3 from my shop. Thanks for taking an interest in my resources.
Winter Poetry Short Unit for Year 7/8
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Winter Poetry Short Unit for Year 7/8

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**Winter Poetry Unit ** This is a short, 6 lesson scheme of work focusing on a selection of winter-themed poetry suitable for Year 7/8. All lessons are fully resourced on the Powerpoints, just print off the slides you need. Originally intended for split groups who only saw one of their teachers either once a week or once a fortnight, so the lessons are linked but quite independent of each other and also work as one-offs. Together, they focus on developing students analytical skills with an emphasis on developing interpretations of a text. The unit was designed to be delivered to mixed ability groups, so differentiation is largely built in, with challenge tasks indicated in red and marked with a star. There is an introductory lesson on exploring the idea of winter as a theme/motif through a series of unseen extracts and then this leads into a short anthology of poetry. Poets covered include: Haiku by Basho and Issa William Carlos Williams Norman MacCaig Ted Hughes Robert Frost Thanks for your interest.
Romeo and Juliet: Lord Capulet Extract Exam Question
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Romeo and Juliet: Lord Capulet Extract Exam Question

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This is a lesson focusing on how to develop an answer to a GCSE extract question on “Romeo and Juliet”. Students initially reflect on how characters change through the play before focusing on the figure of Lord Capulet. There is a walkthrough section on how to develop an answer followed by a sample paragraph and the chance for students to attempt their own answer. This was originally delivered to mixed ability classes and contains differentiation, with a writing frame for the extended writing. Thanks for your interest.
Jekyll and Hyde Knowledge Organiser
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Jekyll and Hyde Knowledge Organiser

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This is a knowledge organizer for students revising “Jekyll and Hyde”. It focuses on 4 key moments in the novel and there is a summary of themes, key quotes etc. Also attached is a blank version for students to fill in before they get the real thing. I always use this as a means of allowing me and them to assess their knowledge gaps and tailor revision more effectively. Thanks for your interest.
KS3 Poetry Unit: 5 lesson teaching sequence on romantic poetry
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KS3 Poetry Unit: 5 lesson teaching sequence on romantic poetry

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This is a short Key Stage 3 Unit of work exploring romantic poetry from a selection of authors. Designed to prepare students in Year 8 and 9 for the demands of the new GCSE specification, the unit guides students through the conventions of genre and how the write analytically about unseen texts. Poems are taken from a diverse range of authors and the unit builds towards a comparative essay. All resources are included on the powerpoint and each lesson includes a range of tasks and approaches. Lessons have built in differentiation with challenge activities marked with a *. If you’d like to preview the unit, the first lesson is available for free from the shop. Thanks for your interest in my resources.
Jekyll and Hyde Lesson - Making links across the text.  Can be used from Chapter 5 onwards.
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Jekyll and Hyde Lesson - Making links across the text. Can be used from Chapter 5 onwards.

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This is a fully resourced lesson on “Jekyll and Hyde” aimed at Year 10 students. The lesson fits in well around halfway through the novel - I always deliver it around the beginning of Chapter 5 - but it can be done at any point after that. The lesson gets students to consolidate their knowledge of the novel so far, whilst pushing them to consider how the six major characters and settings develop through the novel. The second half looks at how these links across the text can be used to improve the quality of answers. There is a writing frame and sample paragraph to support this and there is a substantial piece of writing at the end which I use as an interim assessment. The first part of the lesson introduces a quotation tracking resource which is included both on the Powerpoint and as a separate publisher file. This can be returned to throughout the rest of the novel as a way of getting students to develop their ideas from this lesson and develop their understanding of the structure of the novel. There is differentiation built into the lesson with challenge activities being marked with a star. Thanks for your interest.