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I am a Secondary English Teacher on a mission - to produce the highest quality lessons I possibly can with the intention of saving precious time for teachers!
Edexcel Style NEW GCSE 9-1 English Language Paper 2 PRACTICE PAPER

Edexcel Style NEW GCSE 9-1 English Language Paper 2 PRACTICE PAPER

This resource is my own version of the Edexcel 9-1 English Language Paper 2. I made a series of practice papers to help my own students as there aren't any past papers yet and only a handful of samples. I've followed their style very carefully and included a detailed mark scheme to help you assess. The topic of this paper is 'education' and includes two non-fiction articles on the theme. The whole paper is prepped and ready to print so you simply need to run off enough copies for your class. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!
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COMPLETE BUNDLE Edexcel Conflict Poetry Cluster GCSE 9-1 - All 15 Poems!

COMPLETE BUNDLE Edexcel Conflict Poetry Cluster GCSE 9-1 - All 15 Poems!

This bundle includes full lessons and resources for all 15 poems in the new Edexcel Conflict Poetry Cluster for the 9-1 GCSE exam. Buying them in this bundle saves over 50% compared to buying the poems separately! Poems covered include: • Half-Caste - John Agard • Catrin - Gillian Clarke • War Photographer - Carole Satyamurti • The Class Game - Mary Casey • No Problem – Benjamin Zephaniah • What Were They Like? - Denise Levertov • Belfast Confetti - Ciaran Carson • Poppies - Jane Weir • A Poison Tree William Blake • The Charge of the Light Brigade - Alfred Tennyson • Extract from The Prelude - William Wordsworth • The Man He Killed - Thomas Hardy • Cousin Kate - Christina Rossetti • Exposure - Wilfred Owen • The Destruction of Sennacherib - Lord Byron I have also included a learning mat that can be used as a homework menu to supplement their in-class learning and a RAG rated grid for in their exercise books. I would highly recommend teaching ‘Extract from the Prelude’ before ‘The Destruction of Sennacherib’ as the former covers the basics of the Romantic Poets. Likewise, I would suggest teaching ‘The Class Game’ before ‘The Man He Killed’ as the first explores the conventions of Dramatic Monologues. If you find that any of the video links don’t work, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll send you them directly.
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Edexcel Style NEW GCSE 9-1 English Language Paper 2 PRACTICE PAPER

Edexcel Style NEW GCSE 9-1 English Language Paper 2 PRACTICE PAPER

This resource is my own version of the Edexcel 9-1 English Language Paper 2. I made a series of practice papers to help my own students as there aren't any past papers yet and only a handful of samples. I've followed their style very carefully and included a detailed mark scheme to help you assess. The topic of this paper is 'education' and includes two non-fiction articles on the theme. The whole paper is prepped and ready to print so you simply need to run off enough copies for your class. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!
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EDEXCEL Conflict Poetry Revision - Learn Key Quotations Fun Challenge!

EDEXCEL Conflict Poetry Revision - Learn Key Quotations Fun Challenge!

This is a set of progressively more challenging gap-fill sheets to help students learn key quotations for the Edexcel Conflict poetry cluster. Begin by giving students the completed quotations to learn. I then give them a week to practise them and give them the next sheet to complete either independently or in groups. This has had tremendous results for my students, all of whom are now feeling much more confident about sitting the poetry exam!
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COMPLETE BUNDLE Edexcel Conflict Poetry Cluster GCSE 9-1 - All 15 Poems!

COMPLETE BUNDLE Edexcel Conflict Poetry Cluster GCSE 9-1 - All 15 Poems!

This bundle includes full lessons and resources for all 15 poems in the new Edexcel Conflict Poetry Cluster for the 9-1 GCSE exam. Buying them in this bundle saves over 50% compared to buying the poems separately! Poems covered include: • Half-Caste - John Agard • Catrin - Gillian Clarke • War Photographer - Carole Satyamurti • The Class Game - Mary Casey • No Problem – Benjamin Zephaniah • What Were They Like? - Denise Levertov • Belfast Confetti - Ciaran Carson • Poppies - Jane Weir • A Poison Tree William Blake • The Charge of the Light Brigade - Alfred Tennyson • Extract from The Prelude - William Wordsworth • The Man He Killed - Thomas Hardy • Cousin Kate - Christina Rossetti • Exposure - Wilfred Owen • The Destruction of Sennacherib - Lord Byron I have also included a learning mat that can be used as a homework menu to supplement their in-class learning and a RAG rated grid for in their exercise books. I would highly recommend teaching ‘Extract from the Prelude’ before ‘The Destruction of Sennacherib’ as the former covers the basics of the Romantic Poets. Likewise, I would suggest teaching ‘The Class Game’ before ‘The Man He Killed’ as the first explores the conventions of Dramatic Monologues. If you find that any of the video links don’t work, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll send you them directly.
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Lesson 10 Imaginative Writing: The Veldt - Reading

Lesson 10 Imaginative Writing: The Veldt - Reading

This lesson is part of an Imaginative Writing Scheme of Work focused on Science-Fiction and Dystopian short stories. This is a full lesson guiding students through a close reading of Ray Bradbury's short story, 'The Veldt'. It is fully interactive and engaging with a detailed lesson plan. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to download my FREE short story anthology for use with this lesson.
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Holocaust Introduction Lesson - Night by Elie Wiesel

Holocaust Introduction Lesson - Night by Elie Wiesel

This is a lesson that I used to introduce the Holocaust to my Year 9 students. This was the first lesson in my scheme of work studying 'Night' by Elie Wiesel. It contains graphic organisers, a Pyramid of Hate and a short story by Ira Sher 'The Man in the Well'. This lesson is likely to take approx. two hours to complete.
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MASSIVE Macbeth Crossword Puzzle for Revision - 50 Clues!

MASSIVE Macbeth Crossword Puzzle for Revision - 50 Clues!

This is a massive Macbeth Crossword Puzzle for revision and consolidation - it is full of key quotes, characters, plot points and motifs. It should take a considerable amount of time (and probably some research) to complete it, so would be perfect to set for homework or while you are working 1:1 with students. Also includes a complete answer key so that you can check answers with ease. It is also part of my growing Macbeth bundle - purchase it at the current price and get access to all new uploads for free!
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Lesson 8 Imaginative Writing: Show Don't Tell - using Stranger Things!

Lesson 8 Imaginative Writing: Show Don't Tell - using Stranger Things!

This is a whole lesson on imaginative writing and the skill of 'show, don't tell', originally developed for Year 9. It includes a full lesson plan and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation. It uses clips from Hitchcock's 'Rear Window' and the Netflix hit 'Stranger Things.' There are lots of fun activities and an extended writing task. All links are copied into the 'notes' sections of the slides in case they do not work.
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Lesson 7 Imaginative Writing: Setting - The Hobbit

Lesson 7 Imaginative Writing: Setting - The Hobbit

This lesson is part of an Imaginative Writing Scheme of Work focused on Science-Fiction and Dystopian short stories. This lesson explores settings, with a particular focus on an extract from 'The Hobbit'. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to download my FREE short story anthology for use with this lesson.
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Lesson 6 Imaginative Writing: Baseline

Lesson 6 Imaginative Writing: Baseline

This lesson is part of an Imaginative Writing Scheme of Work focused on Science-Fiction and Dystopian short stories. This is a baseline test based on the previous lesson's work on Unreliable Narrators. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to download my FREE short story anthology for use with this lesson.
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Lesson 19 Imaginative Writing: Assessment

Lesson 19 Imaginative Writing: Assessment

This lesson is part of an Imaginative Writing Scheme of Work focused on Science-Fiction and Dystopian short stories. This is the assessment task for this unit. It includes a checklist to focus on that covers all of the learning from the SOW. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to download my FREE short story anthology for use with this lesson.
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Lesson 2 Imaginative Writing : Introduction to Genre - Science Fiction, Dystopia, Horror and Fantasy

Lesson 2 Imaginative Writing : Introduction to Genre - Science Fiction, Dystopia, Horror and Fantasy

This is a lesson plan plus PowerPoint to guide students through an introduction to genre, focusing on sci-fi, dystopia, horror and fantasy. The unit that this comes from focuses mostly on Sci-Fi and Dystopias so there is more content on this, including an interactive activity where students predict what the future will look like. This is part of a scheme of work which you will find bundled in my store to save you both time and money!
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Lesson 15 Imaginative Writing: Marionettes Inc. - Ray Bradbury

Lesson 15 Imaginative Writing: Marionettes Inc. - Ray Bradbury

This lesson is part of an Imaginative Writing Scheme of Work focused on Science-Fiction and Dystopian short stories. This lesson guides students through a piece of imaginative writing based on their reading of Bradbury's 'Marionettes Inc.' There is an interactive element where students are presented with recent scientific discoveries and discuss the moral and ethical implications of them. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to download my FREE short story anthology for use with this lesson.
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Lesson 17 Imaginative Writing: Room 101 Persuasive Speeches

Lesson 17 Imaginative Writing: Room 101 Persuasive Speeches

This lesson is part of an Imaginative Writing Scheme of Work focused on Science-Fiction and Dystopian short stories. This is an engaging lesson in which students present their own idea for Room 101. This is a lighthearted introduction before the very sinister truth next lesson when they read an extract from Orwell's '1984'. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to download my FREE short story anthology for use with this lesson.
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