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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!

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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!
Create Your Own Comic Strip Template
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Create Your Own Comic Strip Template

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This is a fun and engaging blank comic strip proforma 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.
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.
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!
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.
Lesson 20 Imaginative Writing: Supertoys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss
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Lesson 20 Imaginative Writing: Supertoys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss

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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 reading of Supertoys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss. I usually complete this unit with a viewing of A.I. by Steven Spielberg. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to download my FREE short story anthology for use with this lesson.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Julius Caesar Act 1 Scene 1
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Julius Caesar Act 1 Scene 1

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This is a complete lesson for teaching Act 1 Scene 1 of Julius Caesar. I have included a copy of the 'No Fear Shakespeare' version of the scene for you to use if you wish. The lesson includes the following: - Key/complex vocab exploration - Introduction to puns - Creative task - Prediction of future events. Look out for more Julius Caesar lessons from me soon!
Lesson 10 Imaginative Writing: The Veldt - Reading
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Lesson 10 Imaginative Writing: The Veldt - Reading

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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.
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.