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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.
Real Estate Agent Assessment. Geography of Crime: Using ICT
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Real Estate Agent Assessment. Geography of Crime: Using ICT

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This is a one-off lesson great for cover or a last minute lesson as everything you need (except the computers!) is provided. You will only need to print the family cards (1 page of A4 has 15 family cards) and save the article and email structure so as to be available for editing by students. The students take on the role of estate agents, searching for new homes for their particular family. I have tried to make sure the families are varied and representative. Most families want a house in a particular area with a low crime rate - these are for the average ability student. Some families have extra details to make the search more challenging. There is even a joke card for an extension activity: giving President Trump's family a less-than-salubrious new address. Students should work as independently as possible to get higher marks, so the most able students should have the cards for the UK and find their own suitable websites using keywords discussed in the starter. Middle ability students can have cards from the USA and use the article's suggested links. Everyone should produce a finished email and send it to the teacher for assessment within an hour to an hour and a half. It was really easy for my students to differentiate their work themselves. My students got really into this and loved researching their own addresses as well as the ones they were set and saw the real world use of Geographical data. It clearly demonstrates the usefulness of Geography as well as developing Literacy skills and ICT skills. Let me know how your students get on :)
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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 :)
10 End of Term Games Activities Quizzes
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10 End of Term Games Activities Quizzes

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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!
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.
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.
My Family and Other Animals - Travel Autobiographies - Reading and Writing
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My Family and Other Animals - Travel Autobiographies - Reading and Writing

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A really fun and exciting complete scheme of work with at least 10 double lessons’ worth of activities. Each colourful and user-friendly PPT is complete and ready to go with almost no prep time. You’ll find differentiated objectives, starters, development activities, guided reading and comprehension tasks, guided writing including building vocabulary, varying sentence openers and writing humorous anecdotes, self-assessment, marking criteria and detailed plenaries. I have taught this to two mixed ability KS3 classes with great success in terms of their progress. I also watched the BBC version with students after reading the selected parts of each chapter. The novel itself is freely available online.
KS3 Fantasy SOW Part 2 of 2
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KS3 Fantasy SOW Part 2 of 2

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This part has lesson by lesson story writing support for students of all abilities as well as extracts from a range of fantasy stories to be performed, analysed and inspired by. There is more of a focus on spelling and grammar skills in starters for these writing lessons covering apostrophes (contraction and omission); there, their and they're; punctuating speech; paragraphing (how to develop and when to move on) and tension building techniques as well as clear instructions for acceptable and unacceptable endings (...or are there????? Yes. Yes there are.) During writing, we listened to the soundtrack from Oblivion, which is suitably epic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpqSdORmCX4 Lesson 7 was a Geography cross-over lesson to support map making. The Hogfather would make a nice extract to analyse in the run up to Christmas. The last section, writing up, was run in conjunction with ICT and Art, giving students the chance to produce their own short story collections which were then sold at school to raise money. The kids and their parents loved seeing their work in print and I'm sure yours will too! Reviews are much loved and appreciated!
KS3 Reading: My Family and Other Animals Introduction
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KS3 Reading: My Family and Other Animals Introduction

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This is part 1 of guided reading unit of work for Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals. In a world where I can't get my year 8s away from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, I wanted to show them what real writing is like! Durrell's descriptions are so beautiful and his family so entertaining that it has won round every class I have read this with. It is an autobiography, so makes a great introduction for the students to write about their own families and recount their own anecdotes. Entertaining non-fiction can be hard to find, so this is great! These first few lessons include discussions about families, lots of simple questions to check understanding and resources for learning new vocabulary to build students' confidence and show them how sophisticated reading could enhance their own writing. The next PowerPoint introduces them to Corfu and the family and there is a language analysis focus. This took 8 45 minute lessons to complete, so could work as a mini-SOW if you only want to study the first chapter. I have a mixed ability class with four EAL students, so words and questions are differentiated to support both those students and my more able level 6 students. This has genuinely challenged and seen progression in all of them. I did not have a copy of the book for every student, so I photocopied pages from mine for them. For this reason, the resource focus on specific, manageable and memorable passages from most chapters. There is so much they can get out of analysing these! The film versions do a great job of bridging the plot gaps as well as bringing a lot of joy to the classroom.
KS3 Holes Intro: Crime! Group Drama Speaking and Listening - Stanley's Trial
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KS3 Holes Intro: Crime! Group Drama Speaking and Listening - Stanley's Trial

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Two speaking and listening activities to introduce the theme of crime and punishment in the novel Holes by Louis Sacher. These could be individual lessons to introduce the class to courtroom processes, decision making skills, ethics and morality, and speaking and listening skills in general. The first is a group debate where a list of crimes must be ranked and the class must come to a group decision about which are the worst crimes and which are least offensive, or offences at all. They include having mixed-race relationships, so open a historical (and *sigh* still apparently current) dialogue about racism and equality, useful for citizenship and PSHE. The second is a role playing activity where students set up a courtroom and put a young man on trial for stealing a pair of trainers. There are 9 different roles, including the judge and students can either take one role between two or the non-role-taking students could be the jurors. All PowerPoints come withe clear outcomes, starters, task instructions and plenaries. All you need to do is print one A4 sheet of role cards and/or a list of the crimes for each student (A5 works fine for these). This is a really useful lesson which students find really engaging and interesting, particularly if they are into mystery solving! As an extension activity you could ask them to report on the trial or debate for a newspaper/blog/TV news programme. The non-speaking characters could interview those who took part in the trial and use those quotations in their reports. A court scribe could also be used during the trial to make sure notes can be reviewed.
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!
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!
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