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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!
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!
Lesson 7 Imaginative Writing: Setting - The Hobbit
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Lesson 7 Imaginative Writing: Setting - The Hobbit

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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 explores settings, with a particular focus on an extract from 'The Hobbit'. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to download my FREE short story anthology for use with this lesson.
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.
The Taming of the Shrew Choice Homework Menu
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The Taming of the Shrew Choice Homework Menu

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This is another no-prep, ready to print learning mat for Shakespeare's 'The Taming of the Shrew'! This works brilliantly as homework tasks given out at the beginning of a unit. I ask my students to complete one activity per week and require them to have gained 25 points by the end of the unit. This means that they have the freedom to self-evaluate - if they have a football match and a school concert this week then they only have to do a 2 point task. If they have a quieter week, they may want to bump up the points! I find that the competitive challenge to these tasks really improves homework hand-in rates and the quality of the work produced. I swear by homework mats now! Check out my other learning mats for other topics by clicking on the category to the left. Enjoy!
Lesson 11 Imaginative Writing: The Veldt - Writing
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Lesson 11 Imaginative Writing: The Veldt - Writing

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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 follows on from the previous which introduces and guides students through a close reading of 'The Veldt' by Ray Bradbury. This time, students are given an extended writing task to complete based around their idea of a perfect house that goes wrong. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to download my FREE short story anthology for use with this lesson.
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!
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.
Lesson 13 Imaginative Writing: Conan Doyle's 'The Brazilian Cat' - Reading
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Lesson 13 Imaginative Writing: Conan Doyle's 'The Brazilian Cat' - 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 lesson guides students through a reading of Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Brazilian Cat'. There is a character study and focused questions. This is also an excellent example of a 19th Century text to prepare students for the GCSE requirement. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to download my FREE short story anthology for use with this lesson.
Word Birds Word of the Week Year 9 High-Level Vocabulary Builder: 40 Lessons!
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Word Birds Word of the Week Year 9 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 9 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 slides PowerPoint 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.
HALLOWEEN Creative Dice-ing: A Board Game for SPOOKY Imaginative Writing
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HALLOWEEN Creative Dice-ing: A Board Game for SPOOKY Imaginative Writing

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Roll the dice and create something TERRIFYING! This is a Halloween version of my popular roll the dice board game for Creative Writing. It consists of a vibrant grid full of spooky Halloween-inspired images, words and phrases to provoke out-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 fangs, thunderstorm, snake, creepy doll and a full moon. 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.
TWITTER ISSUES Volume 2 - Correct MORE Spelling and Grammar of Celebrities!
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TWITTER ISSUES Volume 2 - Correct MORE Spelling and Grammar of Celebrities!

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TWITTER ISSUES - Correct the Spelling and Grammar of MORE Celebrities! This great bell ringer includes 25 more 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.