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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!
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!
SKIN  by ROALD DAHL - Worksheet Plus Extended Writing Activity
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SKIN by ROALD DAHL - Worksheet Plus Extended Writing Activity

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This is a two-page worksheet - one side containing analysis and comprehension questions around Dahl's short story 'Skin' - the other an extended writing activity to encourage students to write in Dahl's style. Students respond really well to this, particularly when they realise that Soutine the artist was real! Full text is available online as a PDF.
MASSIVE Christmas Carol Revision Crossword! 50 Clues!
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MASSIVE Christmas Carol Revision Crossword! 50 Clues!

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This is a massive 'A Christmas Carol' 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.
Creative Writing Board Game: Creative Dice-ing!
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Creative Writing Board Game: Creative Dice-ing!

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Roll the dice and create something amazing! This is a roll the dice board game for Creative Writing. It consists of a vibrant grid full of images, words and phrases to provoke outside-the-box thinking and writing! Students roll the dice to choose a genre, then roll again moving across the board to land on weird and wonderful prompts, including a frog, thunderstorm, chain-link fence, digger and orca. This has produced some really outstanding writing from my students and can be used to aid writers' block in even the most reluctant of budding authors. NOTE: This product requires you to supply your own dice.
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.
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.
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.
Hamlet Act 1 Scene 1 Lesson 1
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Hamlet Act 1 Scene 1 Lesson 1

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This is a complete lesson for Hamlet lesson 1. It explores the setting and introduces the idea of the ghost. There are high-level questions to answer about the initial scene.
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.
THE FREUDIAN PSYCHOLOGY OF LORD OF THE FLIES - Explore the ID, EGO and SUPEREGO of the Novel
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THE FREUDIAN PSYCHOLOGY OF LORD OF THE FLIES - Explore the ID, EGO and SUPEREGO of the Novel

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Lord of the Flies is a tricky novel to teach - namely because of the myriad of possible interpretations. Have your students delve into the psychological aspects of the novel by focusing on Freud's concept of human psyche and the id, ego and superego. This resource includes a basic introduction to Freud's findings, a worksheet to enable students to identify the representative characters and collect evidence, and an essay prompt. There is an answer key included for the worksheet, including sample quotations. If you are looking for more resources to help your study of Lord of the Flies, why not try my Lord of the Flies Homework Menu? It makes a great supplement to your novel unit. I also have an engaging crossword to use as a novel recap or revision tool.
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.
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!