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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.
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.
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!
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!!
KS3 GCSE Gothic Literature Reading Skills SOW 60 different resources!!!
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KS3 GCSE Gothic Literature Reading Skills SOW 60 different resources!!!

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED! This is a very academic scheme of work, designed to see rapid progress in reading skills based around Gothic literature. No filler, all killer ;D. I initially created this for my English department to use so it is completely comprehensive and should mean all you have to do is print (sometimes) and go! The students I've taught this SOW to (more than 90 different ages, abilities and backgrounds) found the subject matter really engaging and the assessments challenging, but achievable. There are a wide variety of abilities catered for (from set 1 to set 7). I have taught this at KS3 and introduction to GCSE in year 9. Foundation lesson plans are provided for each lesson as well as worksheets or assessments, a PowerPoint for each lesson and homework assignments. This is going to save you tonnes of time and energy. 8 different narratives are covered including poetry, short stories and extracts from novels. These include: * The Raven * The Mummy * The Red Room * Call of Cthulhu * Wyrd Sisters * The Graveyard Book * Harry Potter * Jekyll and Hyde The SOW focuses on reading skills including reading for meaning; understanding characters and motives; genre, themes, conventions and author's messages; language features and analysis; structural techniques and tension building; analytical writing scaffolding structures at sentence, paragraph and whole essay level. There are at least 9 weeks' worth of lessons covered, though it could easily be shrunk or extended to suit your students and the available time. I always aim to give you more than you could possibly need, so only select what is right for you.
End of Term Quiz English: Characters and Characterisation
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End of Term Quiz English: Characters and Characterisation

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THE ONLY END OF TERM QUIZ YOU WILL NEED! There are celebrity names, cropped pictures, cartoon silhouettes, lateral thinking puzzles and an English Literature round and a music intros round just for fun! This goes well with the Speech and Characters video also available in my shop. This multiple round team quiz will keep every student interested. Some rounds could be printed out (I would recommend that for the first picture round so students can keep working on it) but the rest can just be put up on screen for three to five minutes each. Prizes for winners always go down well! After the quiz there are some extra activities to get students thinking about how authors (and real life humans!) create characters and why we do this, comparing quotations from Shakespeare, Russell Brand and Eminem on creating your personal character and place in the world. High ability groups would gain a lot from comparing and contrasting these ideas. Enjoy!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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 :)
The Secret River Revision Resources 2
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The Secret River Revision Resources 2

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A baker's dozen of revision creative tasks and activities. Little to no preparation time needed. These are student-focused, varied for different abilities and to keep students engaged. These make the student work hard, not you. These would form either the main focus of a lesson or part of a carousel of activities which students tackle over the lesson. They could also be set as homework tasks with opportunity to feedback in the following lesson. These are revision tasks, so students should have already read the book and discussed the themes and issues.
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.
Songs of Ourselves. KS3 and KS4 Poetry Lesson: One Art - Elizabeth Bishop
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Songs of Ourselves. KS3 and KS4 Poetry Lesson: One Art - Elizabeth Bishop

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A surprisingly light-hearted poem on the subject of loss and how we can "master" the art! The biographical information should help students make links between her personal life and this poem. One Art is one of the poems for study on the Cambridge International Exam iGCSE English Literature Spec. I will be uploading a lesson on every poem, so please subscribe if you want to see more. There is a biography of Elizabeth Bishop to read and then a presentation to guide students through their reading. There are starters, outcomes, activities and plenaries so this is a complete lesson. No prep needed: walk in, teach, walk out!
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!
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.