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MissLit's English Emporium

Welcome to my Resource Emporium! I currently work part time in an 11-18 secondary school and am an English teacher, Assistant Head of Year, Private Tutor, AQA examiner and Mum. I enjoy making effective, creative, differentiated and aesthetically engaging resources for my students that have been praised as Good and Outstanding in the classroom. I hope you and your students enjoy my lessons, activities and quizzes - if so please leave a review to help other TES buyers!

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Welcome to my Resource Emporium! I currently work part time in an 11-18 secondary school and am an English teacher, Assistant Head of Year, Private Tutor, AQA examiner and Mum. I enjoy making effective, creative, differentiated and aesthetically engaging resources for my students that have been praised as Good and Outstanding in the classroom. I hope you and your students enjoy my lessons, activities and quizzes - if so please leave a review to help other TES buyers!
Keats' Eve of St Agnes (AQA Aspects of Tragedy)
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Keats' Eve of St Agnes (AQA Aspects of Tragedy)

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A Powerpoint designed to accompany the reading of Keats' The Eve of St Agnes. Will fill 3-4 lessons alongside the reading of the poem. The 18 slide Powerpoint includes information and activities on: - context - structure - meaning - difficult vocabulary - language techniques - imagery - the ending of the poem The primary purpose is for students to understand the poem, with some questions specifically focusing on aspects of tragedy ready for the AQA A2 exam. I have also included an additional worksheet for once students have completed the poem, reflecting on tragic features.
Dragons' Den Speaking and Listening/Persuasive Writing mini-SOW
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Dragons' Den Speaking and Listening/Persuasive Writing mini-SOW

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Mini Speaking and Listening/Persuasive Writing SOW designed for KS3 classes. Based around Dragons’ Den and designing their own products and includes key persuasive writing techniques. Mini SOW: Lesson 1: Persuasive Techniques Lesson 2: Intro to pitching/what makes an effective pitch Lesson 3: Designing your own product Lesson 4-5: Writing your own pitch (Differentiated scaffolds provided) Lesson 6-7: Speaking and Listening success criteria/Presenting/Peer Assessment I personally used as a mini-project during the summer term.
AQA Aspects of Tragedy Lamia bundle
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AQA Aspects of Tragedy Lamia bundle

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11 lesson bundle enabling for in-depth and comprehensive study of Keats’ Lamia for the Aspects of Tragedy exam. Introductory lesson introduces students to the Tragedy genre with key terminology. Ten lessons offering thorough exploration of the 700+ lines of Lamia. A great variety of differentiated activities, detailed annotation of key passages and supporting critical essays.
Macbeth Act 2 scene 3
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Macbeth Act 2 scene 3

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Learning Objective: To develop your own interpretations of characters’ behaviour and motivations and support these with quotations. A complete lesson that looks at Act 2 sc. iii in it entirety. Includes a starter activity that helpfully explores the significance of the comic interlude provided by the porter and introduces students to the theme of equivocation within the play. Resources include a video clip and hand-out. The main task is a table exploring different characters' reactions to the discovery of Duncan's body.
Macbeth Act 3 scene 4 practice exam question (AQA Literature Paper 1)
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Macbeth Act 3 scene 4 practice exam question (AQA Literature Paper 1)

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A complete lesson with engaging emoji starter activity looking at the first half of Act 3 sc. iv (Banquet scene). Accompanying resources include an extract-based exam question in the style of the AQA Literature Paper 1: Shakespeare and the C19th novel. There is also a worksheet helping students to plan a model answer for responding to this question, specifically broken down to focus students' attention on the three AOs this section of the exam assesses. The question itself can then be set as homework or can be completed in timed conditions in class during the following lesson.
John Keats Isabella (AQA Aspects of Tragedy)
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John Keats Isabella (AQA Aspects of Tragedy)

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A Powerpoint designed to accompany the reading of Keats' Isabella. Will fill 3-4 lessons alongside the reading of the poem. The 15 slide Powerpoint includes a range of activities for exploring the poem: - questions close reading specific stanzas - matching exercise with modern translations - mini essay and practice essay questions - success criteria that allow students to peer assess each other's responses to the poem - contextual research task - tasks exploring a Marxist interpretation of the poem - checklists of Tragic and Romantic conventions to help students explore the genre of the poem - homework task for between lessons The primary purpose is for students to understand the poem, with some questions specifically focusing on aspects of tragedy ready for the AQA A2 exam. The Powerpoint includes an additional worksheet for once students have completed the poem, defining and reflecting on tragic Keats' use of tragic conventions.
Introduction to AQA Aspects of Tragedy
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Introduction to AQA Aspects of Tragedy

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An engaging and interactive introduction lesson for the AQA Aspects of Tragedy paper! Begins by comparing features of Comedy and Tragedy before focusing in on exploring the features of both Greek and Shakespearean Tragedy. Includes worksheets to familiarise Year 12 students to Tragedy terminology and a homework task applying Aristotle’s Poetics of Tragedy to modern celebrities. I would recommend also showing students either last year’s paper or the AQA specimen paper alongside this lesson.
Keats Lamia Part I (AQA Aspects of Tragedy)
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Keats Lamia Part I (AQA Aspects of Tragedy)

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Seven detailed and differentiated lessons explaining and analysing Part I of Keats’ ‘Lamia’, providing in-depth A level knowledge to prepare students for the AQA Aspects of Tragedy exam and beyond. 50+ slides (along with accompanying resources) including key extracts, detailed annotations, stimuli for discussion, thorough explanations of both terminology and classical references, and ongoing cloze summaries. Challenges for more able students throughout. Please see my accompanying Lamia Part II resource also!
Macbeth Act 1 scene 3: Introducing the Witches and their predictions
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Macbeth Act 1 scene 3: Introducing the Witches and their predictions

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A complete lesson Powerpoint to accompany the reading of Act 1 scene 3. Considers what we expect from witches, Shakespeare's dramatic choices for developing their characters, as well as summarising what exactly it is that they predict for Macbeth and Banquo. Includes starter, reflective plenary, PEE paragraph practice, helpful vocabulary matching exercise and a homework task preparing for the next scene.
Keats Lamia Part II (AQA Aspects of Tragedy)
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Keats Lamia Part II (AQA Aspects of Tragedy)

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Three detailed lessons explaining and analysing Part II of Keats’ ‘Lamia’; providing in-depth A level knowledge to prepare students for the AQA Aspects of Tragedy exam and beyond. Includes key extracts with annotations, stimuli for discussion, questions to encourage independent learning, and thorough explanations of both terminology and classical references. Each lesson has accompanying homework (1 X Critical Reading, 2 X essay question) and a challenge task for more able students. Please see my accompanying Lamia Part I lesson also!
Keats' La Belle Dame (AQA Aspects of Tragedy)
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Keats' La Belle Dame (AQA Aspects of Tragedy)

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Three detailed lessons (or two and a homework!) exploring Keats’ ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’. First 1-2 lessons explore: structure and meter key symbols, themes and motifs allegorical and feminist interpretations The final lesson links the poem closely back to the Aspects of Tragedy exam, with a Band 4 example paragraphs for students to discuss and improve.
WWI What Would You Do? Interactive Roleplay (Private Peaceful)
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WWI What Would You Do? Interactive Roleplay (Private Peaceful)

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This interactive activity encourages students to place themselves in the footsteps of young soldiers during WW1, guiding them through the choices and key events that faced young men: from signing up right through to the war's end in 1918. It deals with key topics including conscription, conscientious objectors , trench foot and the Battle of the Somme. The powerpoint basically works like an educational version of the 'choose your own adventure' books! Students are given three 'choices,' each of which are hyperlinked to allow them to choose their own individual experience of WW1. Depending on time, you can let several different students play or play as a class by voting and going with the majority. I've used it many times throughout my career, as a contextual activity alongside teaching war poetry or Michael Morpurgo's Private Peaceful, as well as when teaching both Year 6 and Year 7 History.
MACBETH Act 4 sc i Apparitions and Equivocation for AQA new spec
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MACBETH Act 4 sc i Apparitions and Equivocation for AQA new spec

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Lesson focuses on Act 3 sc. v and Act 4 sc. i introducing the characters of Hecate and the Apparitions and their link to the key theme of Equivocation in the play. This was an observation lesson and resources were praised as Outstanding, so there is differentiation throughout to challenge the more able in my mixed ability group. There is quite a lot of content so I have included my lesson plan but there is scope to adapt it to your own teaching style; more time could be spent looking at Act 3 sc. v and expanding on AO2 ideas in the Hecate’s soliloquy activity so some teachers may choose to spread this over two lessons if you have the time. Some teachers may also choose to revisit the A3 sheet after reading Act 5 depending on how much of an overview your students already have of the play’s ending.
Jekyll and Hyde AQA NEW SPEC EXTRACT QUESTION AO-focused planning sheet
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Jekyll and Hyde AQA NEW SPEC EXTRACT QUESTION AO-focused planning sheet

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A differentiated planning sheet based around the extract question for Jekyll and Hyde. This whole-lesson worksheet involves preparing an answer for the extract used on the AQA specimen paper, where Utterson first comes across Hyde. The planning sheet is carefully divided into the three assessed AOs to help students to understand how they must meet all three objectives within their answer. Available with more/less scaffolding within this one resource.
AQA NEW SPEC Paper 2 (Reading Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives) Question 4 intro
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AQA NEW SPEC Paper 2 (Reading Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives) Question 4 intro

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Are your students finding the 16 mark Question 4 daunting? This is a gentle introductory lesson, using two much shorter, yet relevant and engaging extracts. The first 2 slides introduce students to what the examiner is looking for in Question 4. The final 2 slides can be printed back to back as a worksheet that helps students to plan the key points and quotations they would need to include in a Question 4 answer. The planning sheet is carefully based on the three guiding bullet points provided by AQA for the Question 4s on their specimen papers.
Macbeth Act 3 scii - Designed for new AQA spec
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Macbeth Act 3 scii - Designed for new AQA spec

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Lesson Objective: To use supporting quotations to evaluate Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s relationship in Act 3 sc.ii The resource is a complete Powerpoint lesson with an accompanying script for colour-coding that enables students to evaluate the power dynamic between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in this scene. This resource includes: - a starter focused on imagery - a main task that encourages students to actively read and analyse key language choices - a transition card sort to generate discussion - a plenary paragraph that encourages students to use supporting quotations - an extension challenge for the more able which links to AO3 (context on the new AQA spec) A thorough, ready-to-use complete lesson.
Shakespeare Macbeth Act 1 sc ii
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Shakespeare Macbeth Act 1 sc ii

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Learning Objective: Use quotations from the play to justify whether Macbeth is presented to the audience as a hero or a villain. Extension Objective for More Able: Identify and analyse where Shakespeare uses figurative language techniques in Act 1 sc. ii A complete full lesson; a differentiated resource for engaging students in the second scene of Macbeth, ready for studying the play at GCSE. This lesson powerpoint is colourful with a helpfully annotated script to ease students into Shakespearean language. There is also a fun 'Would I lie to you' starter to introduce students to contextual information about the play. Plenary with sentence starter scaffolds to help students write in an evaluative tone about the play for the first time.
AQA New Spec Power and Conflict Cluster: Blake London
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AQA New Spec Power and Conflict Cluster: Blake London

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Complete lesson including: - close annotation of the poem - vocabulary matching exercise - use of the MITSL framework to offer step-by-step analysis of the poem - key contextual information, including a 4 minute video clip - 'Poet's Profile' to help inform context - three levels of differentiation for main writing task - Peer Assessment plenary - Homework research task linking to the French Revolution