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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
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Cry, the Beloved Country SOW iGCSE Prose Literature

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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 :)
iGCSE Songs of Ourselves Poetry Revision Guide KS4 Literature Exam
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iGCSE Songs of Ourselves Poetry Revision Guide KS4 Literature Exam

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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!
Farmhand by James K Baxter iGCSE
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Farmhand by James K Baxter iGCSE

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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
10 English Vocabulary Building Starter Games
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10 English Vocabulary Building Starter Games

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A range of games and activities to make students work on their vocabulary. These work fantastically with any group from EAL KS3 to KS5. They can all be done independently, in pairs or in teams and most have a competitive element. I use these as starters in English lessons, but my school used to have a Literacy Form Time every Monday when we would play one of these. Most don't require any printing but can be adapted into a more physical resource if this suits your group. These always make fun and engaging links into creative writing lessons or literacy lessons. My students love them! I even caught some of my year 7s playing the Alphabet Game at lunch! I hope your students enjoy them just as much.
The Three Fates - Rosemary Dobson Poem
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The Three Fates - Rosemary Dobson Poem

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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!
Rising Five - Norman Nicholson
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Rising Five - Norman Nicholson

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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!
NEW  SOW for The Secret River iGCSE
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NEW SOW for The Secret River iGCSE

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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.
10 English starter, plenary or revision games for active learning
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10 English starter, plenary or revision games for active learning

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Ten games which cover a range of skills and focuses in English. These have made my lessons really fun and kept the kids hooked and happy, not realising that there's some serious learning or revising going on. Want to trick them into reading? I got you. Want to introduce them to different word types? Here you go. Want them to revise key quotations? It's here. I hope there's plenty here to keep you going and examples are given wherever needed so very little preparation is needed. Enjoy!
Muliebrity - Sujata Bhatt
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Muliebrity - Sujata Bhatt

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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!
KS3 Reading: My Family and Other Animals
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KS3 Reading: My Family and Other Animals

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An entire, lesson by lesson SOW with guided reading questions, games, activities and assessments. Although this is reading, there are lots of writing assessments woven in so that students see how the disciplines support each other. I hope it inspires some of your students the way mine have taken to it! I used the pdf of the book which is available online for some of my weaker students and also watched the television series. The resource as a whole was excellent for my G&T students who really enjoyed the family's eccentric lifestyles and saw more than a bit of their own lives paralleled despite the historical context. There are lots of opportunities for cross-curricular learning with Geography and History, so speak to your fellow teachers and see if you can cover it at the same time as they are teaching about WW2, post-colonisation, Greece, coastlines, or Globalisation. Please rate and review it if you enjoy it :)
Dystopian Futures Scheme of Work
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Dystopian Futures Scheme of Work

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A variety of whole lessons reading lesser-known dystopian literature and tying these in with students' creative writing of a dystopian narrative. There is also a practice reading comprehension and a final reading comprehension assessment. This scheme of work is designed for middle to top set students at GCSE level. I found all the students really engaged with the topic and already knew loads of dystopian works of literature, films and computer games, so had to stretch them to read lesser known works. I've tried as far as possible to make this relevant to their interests and to be representative of a range of backgrounds instead of just the classic "dead, white males". My students really enjoyed this unit of work and I hope yours do too! Contains: Structuring narratives in interesting ways (very useful for getting A*s) Analysing and writing speech in ways that show originality and flair (as well as accuracy of punctuation) Creating original dystopian worlds Creating original dystopian characters Close analysis of individual words and basic PEE reading answers Improving and extending vocabulary Recognising satire and comedy in film and literature (Idiocracy and Harrison Vonnegut) because, frankly, all this dystopian stuff could get a bit depressing otherwise! A detailed and thorough comprehension of a (student-friendly version) of Stephen King's The End of the Whole Mess with optional scaffolding which should build towards GCSE style detailed essays covering plot summaries, close analysis, evaluation of word choice, structure, messages, themes, conventions, language features and more.
Poetry and Satire lesson
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Poetry and Satire lesson

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This lesson uses UA Fanthorpe's poem Not My Best Side, which satirises the painting Saint George and the Dragon by Paolo Uccello, as a model for satirical writing about a series of paintings (also included on the Powerpoint). There are comprehension questions to go with each part of the poem and self-assessment criteria at the end. Makes for a good one-off lesson in any writing scheme, a Creative Writing club prompt, or as part of a scheme of work about fairytales or a PSHE lesson on subverting stereotypes.
KS3 KS4 Media Bias and Fake News: Analysing Language, Purpose and Message
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KS3 KS4 Media Bias and Fake News: Analysing Language, Purpose and Message

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A good introduction to non-fiction writing, newspapers, reporting and analysis. A Fake or Real quiz on stories reported online to help students become critical readers. The key word is 'Sensationalist'. A range of headlines are given from different sources and students are asked to write their own versions of headlines which are not sensationalist. They enjoyed this reverse version of what they are often asked to do. The lesson is generally upbeat and humorous, but as it goes along there are some serious points being made about sexism and racism and how these ideas are reinforced in the media. They are asked to analyse the introduction to a Daily Mail article in the development, picking up on word choices in order to show the writer's purpose and message.
Planning a (Fantasy) Story Structure Stroyboard
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Planning a (Fantasy) Story Structure Stroyboard

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Everyone needs a hand with structure and planning. This is a simple one-page word document which breaks down a story into 8 paragraphs. Students can draw a picture for each box to help them visualise the most important part; higher ability students can write key vocabulary and style notes; or, for less able or SEN students, they can write a sentence or two and this can become a topic sentence for developing later.
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry KS3/4 Reading Complete SOW
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Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry KS3/4 Reading Complete SOW

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The complete scheme of work for Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D Taylor. I’ve worked through these lessons twice with year 9 groups eight years apart and it is such a fascinating and important historical, semi-biographical narrative which really hits hard in the current climate. Students want to understand the history of black Americans and what is happening currently,. This is the perfect way to educate, inform and to open up discussion of causes and consequences. My top set year 9 class said it was the most important thing they’d ever done in school and that was in 2010. Every lesson for the whole novel with questions for each paragraph, supporting activities and essay planninng support. Nothing to prepare. Buy and teach. And enjoy!
The Chimney Sweeper - William Blake -  Innocence and Experience KS3 Romantic Victorian Poetry
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The Chimney Sweeper - William Blake - Innocence and Experience KS3 Romantic Victorian Poetry

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A complete lesson with a range of activities to engage students with learning about Romantic poetry, introduce Victorian Literature or focus on Blake. There is a substantial amount of context and varied activities from videos, drawing, mind-mapping and, of course, analysis and annotation. This was designed as part of a year 8 scheme of work, but would be suitable for any study of this poem. Starters, objectives, plenaries and differentiated activities are all included.
The Trees - Philip Larkin (Poetry Lesson, Songs of Ourselves)
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The Trees - Philip Larkin (Poetry Lesson, Songs of Ourselves)

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Hi! This is a compilation of resources to help students read and closely analyse the meaning, language and tone of Larkin's poem 'The Trees'. My students are reading this as part of the Songs of Ourselves anthology at iGCSE, but it could be an unseen poem for your students or part of a study of Larkin or of modern pastoral poetry. Everything you need is included including critical opinions of the poet and this poem, games, questions, language feature recognition, group work and paired work, all leading to differentiated outcomes by the end of the lesson.
The Happy Prince - Oscar Wilde Reading Comprehension and Fairytale Structure
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The Happy Prince - Oscar Wilde Reading Comprehension and Fairytale Structure

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My favourite fairytale of all time! Read it with the students (or watch the animated version here on YouTube which uses the words from the text) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Aank8bDtcE and then let them answer the comprehension questions. I find this is a great story to tackle before Christmas as it deals with themes of charity, poverty and the value of our lives in service to others. It creates really interesting critical discussion with more able students on the didactic nature of fairytales and how they express morals. The PowerPoint then asks students to organise the traditional structure of a fairytale and then plan their own fairy tale with a moral element.
Media Bias and Fake News
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Media Bias and Fake News

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A good introduction to non-fiction writing, newspapers, reporting and analysis. A Fake or Real quiz on stories reported online to help students become critical readers. The key word is 'Sensationalist'. A range of headlines are given from different sources and students are asked to write their own versions of headlines which are not sensationalist. They enjoyed this reverse version of what they are often asked to do. The lesson is generally upbeat and humorous, but as it goes along there are some serious points being made about sexism and racism and how these ideas are reinforced in the media. They are asked to analyse the introduction to a Daily Mail article in the development, picking up on word choices in order to show the writer's purpose and message.