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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.
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.
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.
Imaginative Writing SOW - The Supernatural, Sinister and the Downright Scary Unit - 20 Lessons!
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Imaginative Writing SOW - The Supernatural, Sinister and the Downright Scary Unit - 20 Lessons!

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This is a 20-lesson unit on imaginative writing, originally designed for Year 9 students. It contains a full Scheme of Work, plus homework menu and accompanying anthology of short stories. Each lesson is complete with PowerPoint and any necessary resources. This is a highly differentiated and organised resource with focus on extending the links between reading and writing. There are two assessment points (baseline and final) plus various extended writing opportunities throughout. This has been incredibly successful at my school and has achieved fantastic results in improving students' writing. I hope you enjoy teaching it as much as I enjoyed making it!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Science Fiction and Dystopia Homework Menu Writing Prompts and ResearchTasks
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Science Fiction and Dystopia Homework Menu Writing Prompts and ResearchTasks

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This resource is to support Science Fiction, Horror and Dystopian fiction lessons. It is packed with writing prompts, research tasks and creative projects. I ask students to gain 35 points across a half term, handing in one piece of homework per week. These flexible choice homework menus allow students to take control of their own learning and pursue their own interests.
TWITTER ISSUES -  Correct the Spelling and Grammar of Celebrities!
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TWITTER ISSUES - Correct the Spelling and Grammar of Celebrities!

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TWITTER ISSUES - Correct the Spelling and Grammar of Celebrities! This great starter activity includes 25 grammatically incorrect tweets from famous celebrities. Pop one on the board and get your students to correct them! A mixture of spelling and grammar issues #Twissues on one fun PPT. I made this into a TuesdayTwissue activity and the kids LOVE it! This could also be used in any subject area for Literacy across the curriculum.