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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.
WW1 Poetry Analysis and Context Bundle! 'Attack' and 'Anthem For Doomed Youth'
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WW1 Poetry Analysis and Context Bundle! 'Attack' and 'Anthem For Doomed Youth'

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Designed to teach Wilfred Owen's Anthem For Doomed Youth and Seigfried Sassoon's Attack, this bundle is full of structured 4 or 5 part lessons with differentiated outcomes and activities, varied to keep every student engaged and challenged, making excellent progress. Whether analysing these poems for CIE iGCSE Songs of Ourselves, Unseen Poetry or WW1 Poetry, they are accessible for KS3 and KS4 and lead to structured and scaffolded essay responses suitable for exam preparation or coursework. It includes a whole lesson contextualising WW1 and analysing the language of recruitment posters persuading soldiers to enlist. This is a great way to have students thinking critically and engaged from the first moment! The following lesson goes on to challenge students to compete to read and answer questions on the two poets through their biographies. This is a really fun strategy to get them reading and can get really competitive! Students have never failed to empathise with these two soldier-poets who wrote about their experiences on the front line and the reflection afterwards has created some very rewarding responses. The next lesson is a full lesson of analysis in the form of a snooker game. Students will be active, working independently and pushing themselves, but won't even notice how much hard work they're doing! All you have to do is sit back and check their answers as they bring them up! This lesson has always gone down so well with the students and I achieved an Outstanding in a lesson observation with it too: I'm really excited to pass it on to you! Finally, I have included an example of a student's war poetry essay for iGCSE (on two different poems) so students can see a modelled example of how to structure their responses and get to act as the teacher and mark an anonymous piece of coursework. Everything you need to study these poets and poems is here in one place. Enjoy!
Creative Writing for Top Grades! 7 lessons for improving either descriptive or narrative writing
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Creative Writing for Top Grades! 7 lessons for improving either descriptive or narrative writing

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Are you falling asleep while marking your students' work? Whether descriptive or narrative, these resources are designed to help get those uninspired writing to the next level, making their work imaginative and engaging to read. I used them initially with a top set GCSE group, but quickly started rolling them out all the way down to year 7 low ability (high expectations are the key!). Each lesson has specific outcomes with resources for students to self or peer assess so they can see their progress. There are 7 complete lessons which deal with vocabulary building, word connotations, sentence structure, paragraphing, planning, etc. I found my students' marks went up by as much as two grades by using these key ideas and students who found it hard to be creative before had the confidence to take much better risks with their work and enjoy the process. I felt like I'd discovered a secret of some kind with these ideas and I hope you feel the same.
Plenty - Isobel Dobson KS4 Poem
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Plenty - Isobel Dobson KS4 Poem

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This is everything you need to present Plenty - Isobel Dobson 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. The assessment question is on the language, structure and form used to show thoughts on her childhood and adulthood. 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 or useful for describing the poem. Enjoy!
Writing Informal Letters
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Writing Informal Letters

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Three lessons which focus on planning, developing ideas into paragraphs, structuring paragraphs, using language features and structuring the whole letter. I have also included a frame for weaker students as well as an exemplar article on Seychelles culture. Students can write about their own culture, of course. Everything from outcomes, starters, progress tracking, self or peer-assessment instructions and plenaries are provided for each lesson. Initially I created this for WJEC but have recently adapted it for CIE's Checkpoint English. Please feel free to put in your board's mark scheme where this one was. I have also included a lesson plan for the second lesson, just in case you are being observed, this will make adapting it much easier, as well as giving you clear guidance.
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!
Quiz, Quiz Trade KS3 Geography Revision
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Quiz, Quiz Trade KS3 Geography Revision

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Quiz, quiz, trade is a great way to get kids asking and answering questions on Geography. This activity has some straightforward questions covering topics including globalisation, climate and weather, Antarctica, maps and directions. Answers provided. Cut out and go! After the students have quizzed each other and traded enough times, the PPT has a quiz related to those questions so you have a grade for your mark book.
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!
Sweeney Todd Music 1,2,3
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Sweeney Todd Music 1,2,3

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The shortened tracks to accompany the short Sweeney Todd script available from my store. First three tunes: Prelude, London and Alms here are all playable through Media Player or VLC.
My Family and Other Animals part 2
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My Family and Other Animals part 2

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Resources for teaching the autobiographical account of Gerald Durrell and his family moving to Corfu. This lesson is on the first official chapter - The Unsuspecting Isle. It includes a range of activities, questions and guided reading suggestions to help with vocabulary, grammar and describing the characters to show meaning. Some of my students have Tamil as their first language so I have included a worksheet with unfamiliar words for my English speakers and Tamil speakers so they could join in with the activities.
The Merchant of Miami - Full play script
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The Merchant of Miami - Full play script

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I wrote this modern-day version of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice which became the school's secondary performance. Like The Merchant of Venice, it has a range of parts for all abilities (we had students from 12 to 18 taking part) and some more adult themes and references. It was designed to be performed in the round with various scenes filmed in advance and played on a screen for the audience. We ended up filming the entire production and selling DVDs to raise money for the school. I have aimed to be as true to Shakespeare's version as possible and it was interesting to see the humour coming through the somewhat grim situations. The prologue was rapped by one of our students while a pre-recorded video (detailed in the comments) played in the background. This was created by a small group of students in Media and Visual Arts Club after school, but there would be enough pre-recorded scenes for an entire Media Studies group to storyboard, film and edit in advance.
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!
Character speech video quiz
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Character speech video quiz

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8 clips of characters from Fantasy and Sci-fi films speaking. The students are asked to write down the names of the characters and the films in the first round. In Seychelles we had watched clips from several of these beforehand, but in England I think it would work from general knowledge. In the second round, students are asked 4 questions about genre and comparing sci-fi to fantasy. The whole quiz is out of 20 and should challenge everyone from my EAL lower ability kids to the top set ones. The first time they are shown, the video effect should mean they cannot see the characters clearly. If your students really struggle, the videos play through without a filter at the end and the answers come up after each clip. With some of my less confident classes, I would only play this part and ask students to hold up answers on a whiteboard after each clip. I would also pause between each clip to allow writing time. I created this for my Fantasy scheme of work, but it would work well as an introduction to character building in any story writing. These particular characters were all selected because they have unusual character voices which would be written down in a way which is outside of the norm, i.e.: Hagrid's elision of h sounds; Gollum's additional s's, etc. My students went on to try to write the speech for each character phonetically, compare them to the scripts/books and then to write phonetic speech for one of the minor characters in their stories. Bonus idea! I showed my top set a clip of all the times Hodor says "Hodor" and then played them the "Hold the door" video too, to illustrate character arcs shown through speech. I'd recommend it! Please rate and review if you use it. This is my first video, so I'd happily make more if it's enjoyed. I hope it's as useful to you as it has been to me.
Reading Comprehension A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones full lesson, assessment and answers
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Reading Comprehension A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones full lesson, assessment and answers

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Potential interview or cover lesson? I love Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire. Reading extracts from books I love always makes for more interesting lessons and revisting book 1 will keep me going until April when the new season starts! There are enough activities on the PowerPoint to easily cover a 2-hour lesson, though it could be cut down to an hour without difficulty. Activities include: learning new vocabulary; guided reading; drama; a short video clip for comparison and consolidation (caution: it uses the word "bitch" while talking about dogs, but is clearly also a joke at Tyrion's expense about his promiscuity); helps assess their ability to find quotations and read for basic meaning (Who is saying what? How do authors blend descriptions of people and places?); an assessment of their reading skills with questions focused on characters and relationships; differentiated from bottom sets to top sets with a range of questions; answers are included for those questions. Phew! I hope this is pretty much fool proof! I have tried it with all of my sets (bottom = levels 2 - 4; middle = 4 - 6; top = 5 - 8) who found it challenging (good!) but also showed some of their best work. Bottom set were able to complete the questions with short answers in about 20 minutes. My top set were still working after an hour, giving much longer answers with quotations and analysis of language. Obviously, some activities are more suited to some groups and lessons than others, but there is enough variety here to keep everyone interested. I would love to know how you get on with this! Please let me know, particularly if you use it for an interview. (Remember your relevant outcomes/objectives!)
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.
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 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.
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!!
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.