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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.
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 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.
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.
Word Types Active Learning Games
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Word Types Active Learning Games

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8 adjectives, superlatives and adverbs activities which make great starters for writing lessons of all kinds or as part of a literacy lesson. Accessible for all ages and very active, including drama, team games, timed races, etc. Very versatile activities and still academic enough for any HOD to approve of. I've done these lessons with students aged from 10 to 18!
My Family and Other Animals part 3
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My Family and Other Animals part 3

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A range of activities, questions and other resources to support the reading of chapter 2 - The Strawberry Pink Villa. The PowerPoint works for two lessons: a lesson on the character of Spiros, focusing on how we understand character through Durrell's language choices and a lesson on writing in Durrell's style, putting the students' new vocabulary and awareness of descriptive language features into action.
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.
Listening Quiz: ESL Podcasts on Brazil and the  Amazon Rainforest
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Listening Quiz: ESL Podcasts on Brazil and the Amazon Rainforest

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A great 20 minute activity for students to practice their listening skills. Makes a great introduction to learning about Brazil or to practice their English comprehension skills. You will need to download the 6 Minute English podcast on Brazil to go with these questions. Answers are provided and the students are asked to give top tips to improve their scores at the end. Ideas for top tips include using the correct units of measurement and changing the grammar of an answer to fit the question (i.e.: Portugal, not Portuguese for A3.) Enjoy!
10 Active Drama or English Games Starters
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10 Active Drama or English Games Starters

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10 starter games which help students with memorising lines, characterisation, imagery etc. Plus a bonus one! These are all tried and tested and beloved by my classes from 11 - 19! Examples are given of any more complicated games. No printing or resources needed apart from this Powerpoint (and not even that necessarily if you know the rules!) (These also make fun games for parties either at the end of term or, frankly, after a few pints at the pub!)
My Family and Other Animals part 4
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My Family and Other Animals part 4

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These lessons focus on finding information about characters from chapter 3 and a reading comprehension assessing their reading abilities. The PowerPoint has at least two lessons: one on reading the chapter and a comprehension test and the second gets the students to write to describe a person they know well in the style of Gerald Durrell. There are a range of words covered to support learners of all abilities.
KS3 Reading: My Family and Other Animals - part 8
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KS3 Reading: My Family and Other Animals - part 8

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These lessons cover guided reading of chapters 11 and 13 from Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals, an autobiographical account of his family's time in Corfu. These lessons guide the students' reading of extracts from the chapters as well as analysing the language features used by Durrell so evocatively. There are a range of games, questions and activities to keep all abilities of students interested and making rapid progress. Drama is used to aid students' understanding of chapter 11 and to compare the Durrell's party with the Capulet party in Romeo and Juliet to guide students towards comparing texts. The Snow White Villa focuses on students' writing skills. After reading the extract from the chapter they are guided towards writing entertaining descriptions of animals. This was a really fun lesson and was used as their end of unit writing assessment.
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.
My Family and Other Animals part 6
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My Family and Other Animals part 6

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These lessons cover guided reading of chapters 7 and 8 from part 2 of Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals, an autobiographical account of his family's time in Corfu. They guide the students' reading of extracts from the chapters as well as analysing the language features used by Durrell so evocatively. There are a range of games, questions and activities to keep all abilities of students interested and making rapid progress. There is a grammatical focus on the uses and purposes of punctuation and (for my higher ability students) how it can be used to create humour. The punctuation cards used were downloaded for free online or students could make their own, of course. A pdf copy of the book can be found online and sections photocopied so your departmental budget won't be too onerously affected. Enjoy!
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.
CIE Video and Animation
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CIE Video and Animation

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Our school provides students with a qualification in ICT in year 9 (ages 13 - 15) but students from year 7 and 8 practice these skills beforehand. I have attached the syllabus (available from Cambridge) here http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-secondary-1/cambridge-ict-starters/ Teachers work these projects into normal school lessons taking perhaps 6 hours to practice before the final exam which is done in an hour and a half. The qualification is fairly straightforward and accessible. These resources are the ones I used to prepare students including vocabulary work and papers very similar to the final exam so they can access it independently. The actual qualification requires software such as Movie Maker, Paint and the ability to download free music and sound effects from the internet, though these resources provided are mostly for classroom use before going to the computer room. Students generally use their own phones to take photos for animation or video. This was done in class or for homework. I teach several subjects, so year 7 worked on a "growth mindset" animation for PSHE, year 8 on a Geography project on coastal processes and year 9 on a Drama video for the topic "Fear". The resources are exceptionally easy to adapt. After these lessons completed in the classroom, students will go to the computer room to practice editing and using the software using the practice assessment and then when ready, can try the final exam.
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!
My Family and Other Animals part 5
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My Family and Other Animals part 5

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Two PowerPoints here which guide the readers through chapters 4 and 5 of Durrell's autobiographical account of living in Corfu. There is a focus on learning new vocabulary through games and using new words in sentences as well as activities to be done after reading the suggested pages. The second powerpoint consolidates some of the prior learning on understanding characters, helping students progress by making links between quotations and giving their overall impressions of characters. The games require the vocabulary used in previous lessons, or students could make them themselves! Differentiated for levels 2 - 6.