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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!
Word Birds Word of the Week Year 7 High-Level Vocabulary Builder: 40 Lessons!
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Word Birds Word of the Week Year 7 High-Level Vocabulary Builder: 40 Lessons!

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Welcome to Word Birds, a weekly lesson and resources to build higher-level vocabulary in your Year 7 students. These weekly lessons include the following: • a single word plus definition as a PDF designed to be printed as a poster and displayed in your room • a PowerPoint slide to accompany the poster, with an example of how to use the word in a sentence • 6 entertaining task cards to get your students using the word in a variety of ways including my trademark comic strip! • a Word Bird helpsheet explaining the differences between verbs, adjectives, nouns and adverbs. • a record sheet to go in student exercise books to help them keep track of the words they have learnt. Most school years run for 38 weeks, but I’ve included 40 words in case you don’t fancy using any of them or you want to use them on other occasions too. Package includes: 40 slide in PowerPoint in British English 40-page PDF of words plus definitions for student handouts or posters 6 mini task cards 1 record sheet 1 help sheet to be used as a student handout. NOTE: This set will be followed with Word Birds for years 8-12 shortly, along with a complete bundle of all six sets! This product is for personal and classroom use. It is NOT for resale or any other commercial purposes.
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!
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.
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.)
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!
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.
MACBETH Character Revision - Who Am I? Flyswatter Review Game
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MACBETH Character Revision - Who Am I? Flyswatter Review Game

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This is a fun and exciting review game for Macbeth which comprises of 50 character clues. Instructions for play: Stick the character names to the wall or board. Split the class into teams (two works best, but you can rotate players if you need more) and have them nominate a ‘swatter’ to begin. You will need something they can use to hit the character answer – a flyswat or paper plate works well. As you read out each clue, the players race to find the correct character name on the board and be the first to hit it. This works wonderfully for an end of study review, or for revision before an exam. I hope it brings as much enthusiasm to your classroom as it does to mine – happy playing!
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.
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.
The Merchant of Venice Act 3 Scene 1 Choice Menu With 19 Engaging Activities
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The Merchant of Venice Act 3 Scene 1 Choice Menu With 19 Engaging Activities

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This is a worksheet comprising 19 activities on Act 3 Scene 1 of The Merchant of Venice. You can use this worksheet in any number of the following ways, and possibly more that I haven't thought of!: - as unit homework, asking students to complete 1-2 activities per week - as a lesson for pre-exam revision - ask students to choose one task from each colour to ensure a wide range of analysis and interpretation. To use the QR codes students can download a free QR reader from the App Store - this is often their favourite bit! This has been clearly differentiated for a wide variety of learning styles with a colour key at the bottom of the page.
Roald Dahl Biography Crossword
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Roald Dahl Biography Crossword

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This is a beautifully presented Roald Dahl crossword created from facts about his life and works. Also included is an answer key for you to use as you wish. This is a perfect first lesson for students to gain a bit of context and develop their research skills! I used this for my introductory lesson before my 'Darker Side of Dahl' unit for my Year 8 students. They loved it and the answers inform their thinking for the rest of the topic. I took them to the computer suite and encouraged them to use their initiative. The questions are tricky enough not to know, but not so difficult that the students lose interest. This would also be a brilliant activity to use on Roald Dahl Day on September 13th!
Shakespeare's Macbeth Key Scene Worksheets - 13 Pages of Rigorous Questions!
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Shakespeare's Macbeth Key Scene Worksheets - 13 Pages of Rigorous Questions!

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Study Shakespeare's Macbeth using these high-interest, rigorous worksheets on key scenes! Packed full of tasks to inspire and engage both creatively and analytically, focusing on characters, plot, language and themes. The sheets include focus on the following sections: -The Witches -Act 1 Scene 2 -Act 1 Scene 3-5 (two pages) -Act 1 Scene 7 -Act 2 Scene 2 (two pages) -Act 3 Scene 4 -Act 4 Scene 3 -Act 5 Scene 1 -Act 5 Scene 8 and 9 PLUS Two pages of literary terminology and questions relating to their use in the play. Enjoy using these resources for grabbing your students attention when studying the remarkable Scottish Play!