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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 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.
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.
Writing Aticles
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Writing Aticles

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I always find students struggle with writing articles, despite the number they read online every day! This resource includes several resources for writing non-fiction articles including examples of paragraphs. There is a synonym vocabulary game which can be used as a card sort, matching game or for snap based on problems associated with overpopulation in cities (which could be useful in Geography too). The presentation includes several starters, a spelling section, a game of Freeze!, a planning section, a debate section, and a main section which breaks down one way to develop paragraphs. There is a section on reading articles and a success criteria for writing them too. The presentation and one of the examples of writing are based on the topic of teenage health and fitness which seems to regularly pop up in exams and should be something they have a Marmite opinion on.
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.
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.
Globalisation Webquest
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Globalisation Webquest

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A webquest created for my year 7s on a range of companies to demonstrate more positive and less positive examples of corporate responsibility (or lack of). Students worked in pairs or threes. I have a range of abilities so the links used are of a wide range including Youtube videos of short length for weaker students and articles from other sources for more able who can evaluate sources afterwards.
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 Webquest  ICT
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Sweeney Todd Webquest ICT

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15 research topics for students performing Sweeney Todd. Each research topic has at least three links to videos and websites. My students worked in pairs to prepare a factual powerpoint and a short scene or song about each topic with some very funny results! 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.
Sweeney Todd Short Music 10 11
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Sweeney Todd Short Music 10 11

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The 10th and 11 musical snippets for the short Sweeney Todd script available from my store. Mrs Lovett and Toby sing as they sell their delicious pies, followed by the Beggar Woman's curses at the bakehouse.