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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!
DIRT Work Bundle - Save Time Marking and Make it More Worthwhile!
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DIRT Work Bundle - Save Time Marking and Make it More Worthwhile!

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This pack is full of resources to help you streamline your marking and assessment, and to make your students work harder in response! If you're a teacher from the UK you'll know the OFSTED legend around response to marking. Even though it's not now a requirement, I've seen massive improvements and progress on work that has been DIRTed! DIRT stands for Directed Improvement and Reflection Time. This is a time specifically for students to improve the work that you have marked - then and there. No more comments like, "Sorry Miss, I'll do it next time!" This includes a time-saving key that you can edit to suit your requirements. You simply write the number of the task you want them to complete on their work, and they can reference the key in their books to find out what to do. It also includes full instructions, including helpful links, sample marking and assessment, help sheets for capital letters and 'there, their, they're' and a PowerPoint for you to display during DIRT time. This process has saved me masses of time while making my marking more worthwhile and getting far more progress out of the kids. I hope you find it as useful as I do!
Word Birds Word of the Week Year 8 High-Level Vocabulary Builder: 40 Lessons!
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Word Birds Word of the Week Year 8 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 8th Grade 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. NOTE: This set will be followed with Word Birds for grades 8-12 shortly, along with a complete bundle of all six sets!
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.
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.
Nineteenth Century Worksheets for GOOGLE DRIVE! 19th / 1800s Rigorous Research Topics 1:1
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Nineteenth Century Worksheets for GOOGLE DRIVE! 19th / 1800s Rigorous Research Topics 1:1

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Nineteenth Century Worksheets Google Edition - Research Topics Digital Interactive Notebook What is Google Drive? ★Google Drive is a fantastic way to go 1:1 digital in your classroom. It is a suite of apps, including Google Slides, which is an online version of PowerPoint. Why use a Google Drive product? ★Paperless. No printing. No cutting. No glue. ★Students work directly in the file ★Preserve ideas and references ★Improve students writing ★Infuse technology ★1:1 ★High engagement ★Access anywhere ★For use on Chromebooks, Android Tablets, and other devices! ★Can be used on the Google Drive or MS OneDrive ★Happy students Includes: ★Teacher Tutorial – includes the access link and how to use this in your classroom. ★10 worksheets including: Fashion Food and Drink London's Sewers Medicine Social Classes and Occupations The Workhouse Crime and Punishment The Factory Acts Scientific Discoveries and Education. Students will be engaged and inspired by these thorough and rigorous research topics, ready to move on to a 19th century novel or History unit.
Word Birds Word of the Week Year 10 High-Level Vocabulary Builder: 40 Lessons!
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Word Birds Word of the Week Year 10 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 10 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. ALL RESOURCES ARE INCLUDED WITH US AND UK SPELLINGS.
Word Class Poke Cards - 180 Self-Checking Cards for Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives
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Word Class Poke Cards - 180 Self-Checking Cards for Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives

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Poke Cards are super easy to use, tactile, engaging and self-checking! There are 180 cards included in this set covering nouns, adjectives and verbs. Students simply choose their answer and turn over to see if they were right! I use these for my classes higher up the school as a revision aid on word classes or for an introduction lesson for younger students. These are simply designed with high school students in mind - no childish clip art for those kids who are too cool for that sort of thing! Please be aware that there is some preparation needed beforehand including cutting and laminating, but once completed you have a resource that can be used over and over again!
Twitter Issues Vol. 3 - Correct the Spelling and Grammar of Celebrities!
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Twitter Issues Vol. 3 - Correct the Spelling and Grammar of Celebrities!

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TWITTER ISSUES Vol. 3 - Correct the Spelling and Grammar of more 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.
Random Acts of Kindness Christmas Homework Menu
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Random Acts of Kindness Christmas Homework Menu

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This is a learning menu or homework choice mat to encourage students to be more kind! This works really well alongside my Saint Diary to make students more thoughtful in their actions. Some of these tasks are Christmas specific so works brilliantly in the lead-up to the holidays.
BACK TO SCHOOL BOOK BINGO - 10 'Ice Breaker' Bingo Cards on Reading Habits
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BACK TO SCHOOL BOOK BINGO - 10 'Ice Breaker' Bingo Cards on Reading Habits

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This resource contains a set of ten bingo cards for students to get to know each other during their first English lesson back at school. The idea of the activity is that students quiz each other about their reading habits and preferences and collect information to share. Traditional bingo rules apply - first to a line wins, then first to a 'full house'. Tasks include things such as -Find someone who has read all of the Harry Potter books (films don't count!) -Find someone who has read your favourite book -Find someone who has been so scared reading a book that they couldn't sleep And then a few literacy and grammar tasks for good measure! -Find someone who can correctly identify a noun, verb and adjective -Find someone who can give you an example of a metaphor. Files include both UK and US spellings, along with colour and black and white versions for those that are print-budget conscious!
PSYCHOANALYSIS OF LADY MACBETH - Character Analysis of Shakespeare's Famous Queen!
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PSYCHOANALYSIS OF LADY MACBETH - Character Analysis of Shakespeare's Famous Queen!

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As English teachers, one of the most challenging tasks is ensuring that students see the relevance of Shakespeare's work. I LOVE Shakespeare with every fragment of my heart, and I spend an inordinate amount of time developing resources to make my kids feel the same way! This worksheet is a psychoanalysis of Lady Macbeth. A modern interpretation could view her as suffering from mental health issues - have your students analyse her actions and 'diagnose' her potential illness. This can open up debate about the human nature of Shakespeare's work and also a wider conversation about mental health; a tricky but necessary topic to cover in your classroom. I sincerely hope you enjoy this resource and that it buys you a little breathing space!