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Hi! Engaging, challenging and representative resources. I hope these save you a lot of time and your kids enjoy them as much as mine do. I' was an English teacher for twelve years and worked in a variety of schools including a chain of outstanding academies which I made resources for. I taught KS 3 - 5 until 2018 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! Engaging, challenging and representative resources. I hope these save you a lot of time and your kids enjoy them as much as mine do. I' was an English teacher for twelve years and worked in a variety of schools including a chain of outstanding academies which I made resources for. I taught KS 3 - 5 until 2018 and have taught for the AQA, WJEC and CIE exam boards. I have taught SEN students, mixed ability classes, set groups and G&T.
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.
London - William Blake KS3 or KS4 Romantic Victorian Poetry
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London - William Blake KS3 or KS4 Romantic Victorian Poetry

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At least two lessons of in depth study of London by William Blake. There are tonnes of activities here to guide students of any age through the poem's background, the language, structure and form and write responses based on the meaning and message of the poem. Outcomes and objectives are included throughout with a meaningful plenary to help students see their progress. This is part of my larger SOW on Romantic Poetry, but it is a beautiful poem to study on its own as well. Enjoy!
Love Poetry 1: Burns' Red, Red Rose -  Language feature analysis lesson
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Love Poetry 1: Burns' Red, Red Rose - Language feature analysis lesson

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A complete lesson or two including interactive starter, specific questions for analysis, quizzes with answers and an AFL plenary which clearly shows progress. There is also a creative writing structure sheet provided for homework which is accessible for all abilities. These resources make a fantastic introduction to or recap on * any poetry SOW * language features and effects, particularly covering imagery. It clearly builds towards essay writing skills. * lessons on different accents and dialects (Scots) * poems from around the world / variations within English language. * 18th century Literature * Romanticism This was used as my first lesson for iGCSE poetry coursework and nearly half of the students wanted to analyse this poem in their essays because they felt so confident with it. That's with a male and female mixed-ability group of EAL students in year 9. If they loved it, so will your students! Check out my Love Poetry bundle to get extra value! Everything you need here for an excellent lesson. 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.
KS3 Fantasy Story Writing and Reading SOW Part 1 of 2
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KS3 Fantasy Story Writing and Reading SOW Part 1 of 2

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15 full 90 minute lessons with all resources for a huge Fantasy SOW! There are resources for creating fantasy world, creating characters, designing a quest and writing stories with each part clearly explained for all abilities with fool-proof explanations. There is also a large focus on active reading and comprehension tests for all abilities so the students see modeled examples of well-known and less well-know authors. I have also included resources for use before, during and after watching The Never Ending Story (which worked well with my low ability group and high ability group) to demonstrate story structures. This is part 1 of 2
The Cry of the Children - Elizabeth Barrett Browning - KS3 Victorian Romantic Poetry
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The Cry of the Children - Elizabeth Barrett Browning - KS3 Victorian Romantic Poetry

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A poetry assessment lesson suitable for KS3 or KS4 focusing on the poem The Cry of the Children by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Too often we concentrate on the famous men of the Romantic era and bypass significant works by their female counterparts. Redress the balance with me! A starter on historical context, objectives and clear assessment criteria are given to help students achieve an empathetic and critical response to the poem. This was used in both my middle ability and top set classes, but I have also included a PowerPoint on inference to support their answers.
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.
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.
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 :)
Romantic Poetry Reading SOW G&T High Ability
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Romantic Poetry Reading SOW G&T High Ability

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This scheme of work was created for my high ability KS3 group, but this would make a great introduction to the Romantics at any age. This scheme of work was taken on by my whole department and to a chain of academies which we led. There are several Romantic poets covered here: Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, Blake, Coleridge, Keats, of course, but also fantastic female poets Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Charlotte Turner Smith who wrote passionately against slavery through the narrative voice of an angel. There are 9 packed lessons, all with starters, developments, analysis, outcomes, plenaries, homework....the lot! No preparation needed, no effort; just happy kids who learn a huge amount! Please rate and review this resource pack. I think you'll love it!
Sweeney Todd short script and backgrounds
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Sweeney Todd short script and backgrounds

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Resources for Drama work on Sweeney Todd. The script has been edited down to the bare essentials with only a few songs. Backgrounds are to be projected in the classroom to set the scene. Performance assessment proforma included.
Of Mice and Men KS3 Drama
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Of Mice and Men KS3 Drama

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This sequence of lessons spanned about 10 weeks but these were the powerpoints I used to structure the first 6 lessons. After this, rehearsal took on a larger role. These 6 PowerPoints include starters relevant to the dramatic skills the students should practice, introductions and with clear objectives and activities to develop students’ abilities and play with the text. There are also plenaries beyond just comparing themselves to the objectives. I performed this version of the script (the pdf is included for your ease here. It is not my work but is freely available) with year 7 and it has more than enough drama with none of the swearing or racism. The lessons themselves have activities for a range of abilities and ages and would be easily adapted to any other text. They work on voice, showing status through body language, symbolism, memorizing lines, teamwork and characterization, among other topics. This play is for 14 students, so we had understudies for each part and they teamed up to work on characterisation (though some decided to perform in contrasting ways) . The narrators took on a character each, other itinerant travelers in our case, but we discussed making them cats or dogs, birds or even angels. Break a leg!!
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
Poetry KS3 KS4 Songs of Ourselves: For Heidi With the Blue Hair - Fleur Adcock
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Poetry KS3 KS4 Songs of Ourselves: For Heidi With the Blue Hair - Fleur Adcock

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An all-in-one poetry lesson on the poem For Heidi With the Blue Hair by Fleur Adcock. A fantastic poem for KS3 and 4, dealing with themes of teenage life: friendship, rules and rebellion at school, and bereavement as well as hair! It is simple enough for any class to understand and enjoy. The resource focuses largely on understanding the events of the poem and how the personas feel, but also asks a range of questions about language and structure and guides students through annotating the poem. There is a peer- or self-assessment checklist to help students gain higher grades and a message ranking activity at the end. This is a set text for the CIE Songs of Ourselves iGCSE English Literature. It's a lovely poem to study and students understand its relevance to them and their lives. Enjoy!
Lucy Gray - William Wordsworth KS3 Victorian Romantic Poetry Analysis
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Lucy Gray - William Wordsworth KS3 Victorian Romantic Poetry Analysis

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One of my favourite poems from Wordsworth, this lesson is structured as a mystery, encouraging students to find clues from the poem to work out what happened to Lucy Gray. I used to find it hard to get students to write about structure, even though they could recognise its effects. This poem makes it so easy for them to spot the features and discuss techniques used to build tension in the poem. This is a complete set of resources which could span at least two lessons. I have included everything you need, from games and activities to language analysis questions and contextual information. Just walk in and teach!
You're by Slyvia Plath Mystery Perfect Poetry Lesson: KS3 KS4 KS5 Interview, Ofsted or Observation
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You're by Slyvia Plath Mystery Perfect Poetry Lesson: KS3 KS4 KS5 Interview, Ofsted or Observation

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A wonderful lesson. Probably my favourite one ever. The kids enjoy the sense of mystery and the energetic, kinaesthetic lesson but it is based very solidly in seeing progression from them. This has worked for me at every school, with every ability and every year group. It's rare I get to bring up one of my favourite poets, Slyvia Plath, before 6th form, so I wanted to make sure they fell in love with her too. This poem is to her unborn child. The picture is painted pretty clearly in the imagery, so this is the overall puzzle the children have to solve: Who is she talking to when she says "You're". (Before this lesson is a great time to have a you're/your homework or starter.) At sixth form or for top set year 11 the students can work it out on their own or in pairs, but I have usually set it as group work in tables of four. This poetry lesson is also to get them to recognise different types of imagery, be able to analyse quotations and spot patterns in the imagery, making connections across the text. There is a second lesson attached which goes into much more detail about writing analytical paragraphs giving examples of other students' work. This could very easily become a mini-essay even at year 7. There are a range of different activities to suit each type of learner, so simply select the slides which are best for your class. Enjoy!!
Developing Topic Sentences into Paragraphs: Narrative Writing
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Developing Topic Sentences into Paragraphs: Narrative Writing

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Students not adding enough detail to narrative writing? Are they unsure when to go in to a new paragraph? This game for two or more players can help support them in adding depth to their ideas while clearly defining what wouldn't be acceptable. It's lead to some really fun results which kids like to read out afterwards. Less able students may only do one each, whereas more able students can have a go at later ones independently. I've used this with students from KS3, 4 and even 5 as either a starter or development activity. It makes progress really clear to you and them.
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.