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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!
BLACKFISH - Print and Go Worksheet for Analysis of the SeaWorld Documentary
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BLACKFISH - Print and Go Worksheet for Analysis of the SeaWorld Documentary

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This two-page worksheet is a comprehensive way to ensure that students are watching the Blackfish documentary with purpose. The documentary explores SeaWorld's treatment of killer whales and interviews past and present employees and orca trainers. This information can then be used for informative or persuasive writing outcomes - I like to create a trial scene where Tilikum is given a voice. Entirely print and go - no preparation needed! At the time of writing the documentary is available on Netflix.
Blank Create Your Own Comic Strip Template
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Blank Create Your Own Comic Strip Template

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This is a fun and engaging blank comic strip pro forma for students to create their own storyboards, scene interpretations or just design their own comics! Great for use with chapter summaries, end of unit reflection, creative responses or just a bit of fun.
Edexcel Style NEW GCSE 9-1 English Language Paper 2 PRACTICE PAPER
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Edexcel Style NEW GCSE 9-1 English Language Paper 2 PRACTICE PAPER

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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!
Spellbound by Emily Bronte - Complete Lesson
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Spellbound by Emily Bronte - Complete Lesson

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This is a complete lesson for studying Emily Brontë's poem 'Spellbound'. It includes a carefully differentiated lesson in PPT format, along with my personalised 'Developing Tray' activity. To use Developing Tray: I have included two copies of the poem; one normal and one with certain words blacked out. The students must try to work out the missing words (either in teams or as a whole class) and the teacher will reveal the words that they get correct. I usually allow them to 'buy' three total words, five individual letters and one complete line to help them out. I hope you enjoy this lesson, it's been very popular with my classes. Look out for more poetry lessons using Developing Tray on my profile!
Lesson 8 Imaginative Writing: Show Don't Tell - using Stranger Things!
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Lesson 8 Imaginative Writing: Show Don't Tell - using Stranger Things!

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

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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.
Holocaust Introduction Lesson - Night by Elie Wiesel
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Holocaust Introduction Lesson - Night by Elie Wiesel

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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.
Heroes by Robert Cormier - Complete Unit of 24 Lessons
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Heroes by Robert Cormier - Complete Unit of 24 Lessons

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This is a complete GCSE unit novel study for Robert Cormier's Heroes. This comprises 21 PowerPoints, a total Scheme of Work split into 24 lessons and all related resources. Lessons include embedded videos, extracts from other relevant literature, close reading exercises, creative work, research lessons, a complete trial set-up, debates and various short and extended writing opportunities. This is a hugely popular unit with all of the groups that have studied it. Please do let me know if any of the video links/resources don't work for you. Message me and I will send them to you directly.
A Level Face Theory and Politeness Theory
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A Level Face Theory and Politeness Theory

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This is a lesson I put together for the end of conversation analysis - this is explaining face and politeness theory and includes a video of the second presidential debate speech for students to analyse. There is also a homework or activity task for students to identify the different outcomes.
MASSIVE Macbeth Crossword Puzzle for Revision - 50 Clues!
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MASSIVE Macbeth Crossword Puzzle for Revision - 50 Clues!

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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!
Macbeth Cloze Word Fill Worksheets for Every Act and Scene of Shakespeare's Play
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Macbeth Cloze Word Fill Worksheets for Every Act and Scene of Shakespeare's Play

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This is a set of 8 Cloze gap-fill worksheets for every act of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Wordbanks are printed at the bottom of each sheet and serve as a perfect way to revise the plot. You could use it to recap the events of each act as you study it and then keep it to refer back to before exams. I often give a competitive edge to proceedings by giving a time limit and assigning points to each correct word. Enjoy!
BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE - Print and Go Worksheets for Analysis of Michael Moore's Documentary
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BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE - Print and Go Worksheets for Analysis of Michael Moore's Documentary

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The Columbine tragedy affected the world. It was the first in a wave of school shootings and people have fought to understand why and how it could have happened. Michael Moore's award-winning documentary seeks to unearth the background to America's gun crimes and questions everything from causes to culpability. This two-page worksheet is a comprehensive way to ensure that students are watching the 'Bowling for Columbine' documentary with purpose. This information can then be used for informative or persuasive writing outcomes - I like to create a debate model with students for and against gun ownership. Entirely print and go - no preparation needed! -NOTE- This documentary is 'R' rated in the US and '15' in the UK. Prior-viewing is advised. There are some incidents of bad language and some graphic footage, but I strongly believe that the importance of this documentary outweighs any potential concerns.
SUPER SIZE ME - Print and Go Worksheets for Analysis of the Fast Food Documentary
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SUPER SIZE ME - Print and Go Worksheets for Analysis of the Fast Food Documentary

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Obesity is second only to smoking as the biggest killer in the United States. Morgan Spurlock's award-winning documentary highlights the dangers of fast food in a hilarious and shocking way. This two-page worksheet is a comprehensive way to ensure that students are watching the 'Super Size Me' documentary with purpose. This information can then be used for informative or persuasive writing outcomes - my students generate an awareness campaign for other teenagers. Entirely print and go - no preparation needed! -NOTE- This documentary is 'PG-13' rated in the US and '12' in the UK. Prior-viewing is advised. There are some brief incidents of bad language and some graphic footage of surgery, along with one conversation of a sexual nature (nothing visual; this is a discussion on Morgan's impeded 'performance' as a result of his diet.)
DOCUMENTARY BUNDLE - Lessons for BLACKFISH, BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE and SUPER SIZE ME
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DOCUMENTARY BUNDLE - Lessons for BLACKFISH, BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE and SUPER SIZE ME

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This is a bundle of lessons covering award-winning documentaries BLACKFISH, BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE and SUPER SIZE ME. PLUS - two worksheets - one on Aristotle's Means of Persuasion, and one that introduces students to begin working on their own persuasive campaign. SUPER SIZE ME: Obesity is second only to smoking as the biggest killer in the United States. Morgan Spurlock's award-winning documentary highlights the dangers of fast food in a hilarious and shocking way. -NOTE- This documentary is 'PG-13' rated in the US and '12' in the UK. Prior-viewing is advised. There are some brief incidents of bad language and some graphic footage of surgery, along with one conversation of a sexual nature (nothing visual; this is a discussion on Morgan's impeded 'performance' as a result of his diet.) BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE:The Columbine tragedy affected the world. It was the first in a wave of school shootings and people have fought to understand why and how it could have happened. Michael Moore's award-winning documentary seeks to unearth the background to America's gun crimes and questions everything from causes to culpability. -NOTE- This documentary is 'R' rated in the US and '15' in the UK. Prior-viewing is advised. There are some incidents of bad language and some graphic footage, but I strongly believe that the importance of this documentary outweighs any potential concerns. BLACKFISH:This documentary explores SeaWorld's treatment of killer whales and interviews past and present employees and orca trainers. A hard-hitting look at the treatment of animals in captivity, this documentary is a perfect way to introduce students to the rules of rhetoric.