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Hi! I wanted engaging, challenging and representative resources, so I started making them. I hope these save you a lot of time and your kids enjoy them as much as mine do. I've been an English teacher for ten years and worked in a variety of schools. including a chain of outstanding academies which I made resources for. I currently teach KS 3 - 5 and have taught for the AQA, WJEC and CIE exam boards. I have taught SEN students, mixed ability classes, set groups and G&T.

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Hi! I wanted engaging, challenging and representative resources, so I started making them. I hope these save you a lot of time and your kids enjoy them as much as mine do. I've been an English teacher for ten years and worked in a variety of schools. including a chain of outstanding academies which I made resources for. I currently teach KS 3 - 5 and have taught for the AQA, WJEC and CIE exam boards. I have taught SEN students, mixed ability classes, set groups and G&T.
Cry, the Beloved Country SOW iGCSE Prose Literature

Cry, the Beloved Country SOW iGCSE Prose Literature

EVERYTHING YOU NEED!! This is a lesson-by-lesson scheme of work with EVERY SINGLE WORD of the ENTIRE book covered in a sequence of 19 lessons. Every lesson has objectives designed to help your students not only understand the characters, themes, events and messages but to make excellent PROGRESS in manageable steps. A range of activities including group work, speaking and listening, essay writing and extract analysis, Q&A, quizzes, games, wider reading, webquests and active reading strategies to help your students stay ENGAGED. Starters and plenaries to hook the students and then help them reflect on the progress they've made. Structured examples of how to get to a C grade and an A grade and how to self- and peer-assess their writing. 10 different homework tasks, none of which are "read pages blah blah to blah blah". This is a must-have resource if you're teaching Cry, the Beloved Country and will save you hours of time and energy which you can put into the teaching! If you have any requests for additional CtBC resources, or resources for any other topic, please contact me. And if you love this resource, please review it to help others. Thank you :)
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NEW  SOW for The Secret River iGCSE

NEW SOW for The Secret River iGCSE

Be the first to review this new unit of work and win a free resource of your choice! This unit of work has everything: 52 resources including 20 COMPLETE lessons. Everything you need to walk into the classroom and teach this fascinating historical fiction novel. PowerPoint presentations for every lesson Complete timeline of all events, with dates, colour coded by chapter. Character and place quotation gathering templates word searches (because we all need a quiet starter every now and again) Links to videos and articles on Australia Day, Aboriginal history, New South Wales and the Hawksbury River. new vocabulary challenges - pictionary, dominoes, spelling tests, word searches revision lessons - students make their own quizzes and resources essay planning guidance 20 different potential essay or extract questions worksheets games drama and role play Silent debatewriting guidance exemplar success criteria for English Literature paragraphs exemplar analytical paragraphs the same paragraphs highlighted to show the success criteria being met in the answer family tree worksheets to be completed as they read with answers diary writing frames from Sal’s point of view AND MORE!! Each lesson covers about 20 pages which was perfect for a double lesson. Students could complete the reading at home. Lessons have titles, dates, learning objectives on every slide and activities geared towards that focus. Students progress from analysing individual quotes to structuring detailed analytical essay paragraphs and then on to essay planning, breaking down extract analysis and whole text essay questions including exemplar paragraphs. The novel follows a young man born in London as he is deported to Australia and faces conflict with the Aboriginal family who live on the land he wishes to take over. It is an unflinching novel and there were tears at the climax from several students (and me!). This would make a great addition to any GCSE or A level course programme. The questions (10 to 15 for each chapter) aim to keep notes of each chapter as well as support the students’ understanding of how to write about characters, setting, language and style. To go with lesson 3, I used a fantastic free resource on Crime and Punishment in Victorian London and one on Australian and Aboriginal culture. I have included links to those on the appropriate lessons. In fact, you’ll find lots of links and notes on PowerPoints with helpful guidance for you and the students to increase their cultural capital on Australian history.
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iGCSE Songs of Ourselves Poetry Revision Guide KS4 Literature Exam

iGCSE Songs of Ourselves Poetry Revision Guide KS4 Literature Exam

It’s the hardest time of the year for your iGCSE students. For less than 25p per student, they can have this complete pack of 2018 CIE Songs of Ourselves poetry analysis and revision. Every single poem is analysed with notes on language, structure, form and a separate page of context about the author, the time they lived and anything else significant to the poem. Perfect for students who have missed a lesson or lessons: just print the notes for that page. Or you could give a copy to each student to read and work on over the holidays. I have also provided a range of previous exam questions, a checklist for achieving high grades, essay planning advice and top tips for getting your students the best grades they can. Save yourself time and energy. Good luck!
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End of Term Year  Quiz June 2018

End of Term Year Quiz June 2018

I hope your class have had a great year. You’ve worked so hard and you deserve to use this for…all your classes at least once? So I’ve made it broad enough to apply to ages 11 - 19 with no amendment. 5 rounds of questions: 1. Film and TV 2. Children’s Literature 3. News headlines 4. The Royal Wedding 5. Music Intros. The films and TV programmes , news headlines and royal wedding are from 2018 while the children’s books referred to are mostly classics with a few recent best sellers, The music intros are linked to YouTube. All songs selected are from this year and suitable for all ages while still (hopefully!) being cool. I’m sure the kids will give you their opinions! The newspaper headlines round asks students to write their own true headlines to go with the pictures provided. This can also vary in assessment depending on the ability of your class. It’s difficult to give definitive answers to some of these (no PowerPoint should have to burden all of Donald Trump’s newsworthy stories), so links have been provided to Google searches for news on the person in question. Enjoy and have a wonderful summer! : )
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Rising Five - Norman Nicholson

Rising Five - Norman Nicholson

A complete set of resources for teaching Nicholson’ poem “Rising Five”. This is on the Songs of Ourselves iGCSE poetry exam for CIE and explores themes of childhood and time. There is a descriptive writing PPT included which will allow students to explore how they create imagery in description before going on to look at Nicholson’ use of descriptive techniques and imagery in his poem. There is also a separate PPT with key vocabulary to explore in a physical and engaging way which I thought would be useful for weaker readers or EAL students. I have included everything in the main presentation that you would need to teach this poem for the first time, for revision, or to even ask students to pre-teach from. The lesson objectives (on each slide) and end of lesson exam-style essay question ask students to explore how the language, structure and form present the theme of time. The starter activities, biographical information and the guided questions (with answers provided on the next slide) help students meet that outcome. There is support provided for students’ essay answers in the form of sentence starters, simplified assessment objectives and mark schemes, sentence starters, paragraph structures, and a peer/self-marking slide. An interesting lesson to explore students’ memories of childhood and experience of aging. Enjoy!
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Little Boy Crying - Mervyn Morris

Little Boy Crying - Mervyn Morris

A complete set of resources for teaching Morris’ poem “Little Boy Crying”. This is on the Songs of Ourselves iGCSE poetry exam for CIE, but is a great poem to explore this controversial topic. I have read online that it is based on a childhood memory of Morris being hit by his father and then returning to this as an adult disciplining his son. This seems totally likely, but I haven’t found confirmation from a trustworthy source. There is a descriptive writing PPT included which will allow students to explore how they create imagery in description before going on to look at Morris’ use of descriptive techniques and imagery in his poem. There is also a separate PPT with key vocabulary to explore in a physical and engaging way which I thought would be useful for weaker readers or EAL students. I have included everything in the main presentation that you would need to teach this poem for the first time,for revision, or to even ask students to pre-teach from. The lesson objectives (on each slide) and end of lesson exam-style essay question ask students to explore how the language, structure and form present the themes of discipline and parent-child relationships. (For a higher ability class, you could split these two.) and the starter activities, biographical information and the guided questions (with answers provided on the next slide) help students meet that outcome. There is support provided for students’ essay answers in the form of sentence starters,simplified assessment objectives and mark schemes, sentence starters, paragraph structures, and a peer/self-marking slide. A really interesting lesson to explore students relationships with their parents. Enjoy!
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Muliebrity - Sujata Bhatt

Muliebrity - Sujata Bhatt

Hi! This is a complete set of resources to teach Muliebrity by Sujata Bhatt. This poem is on the iGCSE curriculum as part of the SOngs of Ourselves anthology. I’ve included everything I would want to put on each slide including dates, titles, LOs, and detailed analysis of language and structure for each part. There are biographical details and context slides as well as the BBC news article to introduce some of the concepts to students and there are plenty of games/activities to learn new vocabulary either in the poem or useful to describe the poem. The final lesson assessment has an exam style question about the girl in Muliebrity which is broken down, planning is provided, as are sentence starters, paragraph success criteria, a mark scheme, self- or peer-assessment slides and a reflective plenary as well. There should be more than enough for a lesson here so you can come back to some of the activities for revision. Enjoy!
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The Three Fates - Rosemary Dobson Poem

The Three Fates - Rosemary Dobson Poem

This is everything you need to present The Three Fates to your students for the first time or as a revision resource. I have included a biography page with pertinent information on her life and interests as well as context slides on the Greek myth of Sisyphus. The assessment question is on the language, structure and form used to show thoughts on life and death. There are LOs, questions with answers on the next slide for each stanza of the poem. The question is broken down as I would do for my GCSE students, with a success criteria and sentence starters and a clear PEE worksheet if needed. I’ve included a mark scheme based on the iGCSE Songs of Ourselves poetry exam, but this could easily be changed to your curriculum. A separate slide included has key vocabulary with a range of activities. These are a combination of ten words either in the poem (‘aberration’) or useful for describing the poem (eternity, continual…). Enjoy!
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Plenty - Isobel Dobson KS4 Poem

Plenty - Isobel Dobson KS4 Poem

This is everything you need to present Plenty - Isobel Dobson to your students for the first time or as a revision resource. I have included a biography page with pertinent information on her life and interests as well as context slides. The assessment question is on the language, structure and form used to show thoughts on her childhood and adulthood. There are LOs, questions with answers on the next slide for each stanza of the poem. The question is broken down as I would do for my GCSE students, with a success criteria and sentence starters and a clear PEE worksheet if needed. I’ve included a mark scheme based on the iGCSE Songs of Ourselves poetry exam, but this could easily be changed to your curriculum. A separate slide included has key vocabulary with a range of activities. These are a combination of ten words either in the poem or useful for describing the poem. Enjoy!
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10 End of Term Games Activities Quizzes

10 End of Term Games Activities Quizzes

10 of my favourite go-to activities for that difficult class who’ve earned 5 - 10 minutes of Golden Time, or in the time after exam practice or revision where everyone needs a brain break, or when they come back from assembly early… you know how it goes! These have a summer-term flair to them because there are only so many quizzes one class can do. You will find one PowerPoint with all the activities in one place. No printing to be done. Answers could be given on scraps of paper, whiteboards or go through all 10 challenges in teams to compete for a prize - it’s up to you and your class’s needs. Anagram round Book quiz with answers on the following slide. Quiz on your school (you will have to provide the answers!) Paper aeroplane challenge (it was going to be origami - but what type of origami do kids love more? I’ve added a link to the wastepaper basket challenge which uses this game as a metaphor for social privilege. Nice PSHE link.) Under the microscope. Students try to work out what the 8 every day items under the microscope are. Name the TV theme tune. A link is provided to another good quiz available on YouTube for Pixar songs. Celebrity Faceswaps. Students works out which celebrities have had their faces swapped. Flags of the world quiz with answers. #Unexpected. Part of a gif plays and is then blocked. Students have to predict what unexpected thing will happen next. You may have to click to make the blocking box fly in. Rhyme Time Puzzle. Students are given clues for a rhyming answer. Examples and answers given. On a serious note, these games and activities do wonders to bond a group and build positive communication skills. They test logical and lateral thinking as well as a range of knowledge and skills. They are quick and easy to implement and will save you a panic in so many situations! Have a great last few weeks of term!
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Farmhand by James K Baxter iGCSE

Farmhand by James K Baxter iGCSE

A complete lesson with resources to support students answering an iGCSE style essay question (although it would be easily adapted to another curriculum). The focus is on the techniques used to present the farmhand’s thoughts and feelings. There are pre-differentiated worksheets to support different abilities. There is also a line by line analysis essay, which is not the CIE’s preferred method. You could use this pretty solid 7 or 8 essay and change the structure to thematic and create a grade 9 essay. There are questions to guide the students first through fourth readings covering vocabulary, imagery, structure and meaning. I have also provided a biographical page and made clear links between Baxter’s life and the setting and character created in Farmhand. There are a choice of starters and plenaries or these could become a secondary lesson with time for students to write their full essays. Please feel free to message me with comments or requests. Lizzee
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No Longer at Ease chapter 19

No Longer at Ease chapter 19

This is the last guided reading lesson for the novel No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe. There are guided reading questions, a plot summary, questions regarding the cyclical structure of the novel and a silent debate on who is to blame for the crimes committed as the final activity. Plenary and learning objectives, dates, etc are all included as usual. There is also a starter which asks students to design a new book cover, but this could become a homework task. Look out for the revision resources to support students’ reflection on the novel.
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No Longer at Ease Revision Bundle

No Longer at Ease Revision Bundle

3 lessons worth of revision activities which are fun, engaging, practical and helpful. Students revise key quotations, organising them into different piles for different essay topics, there is a “pub quiz” with three rounds and a QQT (quiz, quiz, trade) activity. These make excellent additions to my complete SOW on Achebe’s novel plus they can easily be adapted for different texts. Enjoy!
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No Longer at Ease Chapter 17

No Longer at Ease Chapter 17

This is the 20th lesson in the scheme of work, focusing on a guided reading of chapter 17. The starter is a paired activity on colonialisation and the effects of it. The questions following guide students towards an end of lesson assessment on rising tension across the novel. There is a mark scheme and a whole-class self-assessment plenary.
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No Longer at Ease chapter 18

No Longer at Ease chapter 18

This lesson begins with a team quotation quiz to recap on chapters 9 - 17. (1 - 8 were on lesson 14). Answers are included, of course. The lesson has a focus on analysing language in quotations. After the guided reading of chapter 18 with questions which guide students towards the end of lesson assessment. The assessment is on the presentation of death and bereavement in No Longer at Ease. As always, there are mark schemes and peer assessment opportunities in the plenary. There is also a sentence analysis activity for students to work on in groups, pairs or individually. Enjoy!
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No Longer at Ease COMPLETE SOW

No Longer at Ease COMPLETE SOW

Save yourself hours of work and lesson preparation with this COMPLETE lesson by lesson scheme of work for Chinua Achebe’s novel No Longer at Ease. Each lesson has a PowerPoint presentation which guides every step of the lesson from starter to plenary and everything in between! It includes: learning objectives for each lesson, historical, social and political context, webquests and research projects, silent debates book cover analysis, games, a word search, vocabulary activities and sentence level activities, guided reading with questions on characters, relationships,motives, authorial purpose and viewpoint, essay structure and scaffolding, exemplar essay on Obi and exemplar paragraphs on several topics, mark schemes for iGCSE, self- and peer-assessment criteria and so much more!! Minimal prep or printing. I hope your students find this as moving and enlightening as mine did. Enjoy!
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No Longer at Ease chapter 16

No Longer at Ease chapter 16

This lesson asks students to reflect on their knowledge of the book so far through a quick game of Blockbusters in the starter, then by returning to their chapter charts (a printable version is included here) to reflect on the points in the novel where they felt sympathy for Obi and some other parts where they lost sympathy. Students will need some understanding of abortion laws in Nigeria, so I’ve included a link to wikipedia. Obviously this is a sensitive subject and you may want to spend more time on the feelings behind this decision and the students’ sympathies . Students are asked to recall the parts of a literature paragraph to prepare themselves for the end of lesson assessment. The guided reading for chapter 16 comes next with the usual questions. Before students start writing their paragraphs, they can read the example paragraph based on chapter 16 and give it a PIT stop. There is a mark scheme and colour-coding self-reflection plenary at the end. Enjoy!
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No Longer at Ease chapter 15

No Longer at Ease chapter 15

This lesson focuses on Achebe’s purpose and viewpoints. There are recommended worksheets of different abilities linked to the second slide. There are the usual guided reading questions on chapter 15 and then a speed dating round before a court-style speaking and listening activity for pupils to prepare for. No printing required unless you decide to print some starter worksheets. Enjoy!
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No Longer at Ease chapter 14

No Longer at Ease chapter 14

This complete lesson on chapter 14 of No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe focuses on closely analysing quotations from the text. There is a modeled example of close language analysis.I have also included links to the TED talk and an accompanying pdf transcript by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on The Danger of a Single Story of Africa. Her talk closely mirrors some of Achebe’s themes and an interesting “conversation” between the tauthors wo could be imagined and/or hotseated if you have time.
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No Longer at Ease chapter 11

No Longer at Ease chapter 11

This lesson is a revision focused lesson apart from a guided reading of chapter 11 of No Longer at Ease. The starter is a game of Taboo to help students revise key character names. After the usual guided reading with questions, students are asked to come up with their own questions on NLAE. These progress in difficulty, At the end of the lesson, swap each team’s questions (make sure you’ve kept a strict eye on the questions they come up with so they are easy enough to answer in a couple of sentences) and then each group will compete to answer all the questions and get to the finish first. This puts all of the effort on to the students and you will be able to just stamp their answers as you check them. Enjoy!
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No Longer at Ease chapter 12

No Longer at Ease chapter 12

This complete lesson is focused on Achebe’s use of intertextuality in No Longer at Ease. The usual guided reading questions are provided after a starter on different text types and then the development activity is to finish writing a paragraph about Obi’s references to other literature or sayings which I have started for them. Enjoy!
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No Longer at Ease chapter 13

No Longer at Ease chapter 13

A complete lesson on chapter 13 of Achebe’s No Longer at Ease with focus on language analysis and a passage question on duality in Obi represented through his mother and father. I have included the language devices match starter on a worksheet (2 per A4 page) so you can easily print it and get the lesson off to a focused start. Enjoy!
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No Longer at Ease chapter 9

No Longer at Ease chapter 9

A complete lesson on chapter 9 of Chinua Achebe’s No Longer at Ease. There is a wordsearch with suggested differentiated options of how to offer it to students. The words should be challenging to every student. The next lesson will include a spelling test on some of these words - so there’s the students’ homework :).
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No Longer at Ease chapter 10

No Longer at Ease chapter 10

Lucky for some! Part 13 focuses on structural and language features as well as analysing the two poems included in this chapter. I have included these two poems on a separate worksheet. This could be blown up to A3 for group work or each student could write their own notes on this A4 version. The lesson begins with a game of structural/language features. The questions relate the language and structure to the themes of the novel and the development activity asks students to find quotations to find support for the points being made abut language and structure in chapter 10. The students could then pick one or two P+E to turn into full paragraphs. Enjoy!
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