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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!
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.
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.
Lesson 18 Imaginative Writing: 1984 by George Orwell
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Lesson 18 Imaginative Writing: 1984 by George Orwell

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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 leads on from the previous about Room 101 by introducing students to an extract from 1984. Students are introduced to the assessment task and have to analytically explore how fear is created by Orwell. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to download my FREE short story anthology for use with this lesson.
Lesson 15 Imaginative Writing: Marionettes Inc. - Ray Bradbury
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Lesson 15 Imaginative Writing: Marionettes Inc. - Ray Bradbury

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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 piece of imaginative writing based on their reading of Bradbury's 'Marionettes Inc.' There is an interactive element where students are presented with recent scientific discoveries and discuss the moral and ethical implications of them. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to download my FREE short story anthology for use with this lesson.
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.
Imaginative Writing: Assessment
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Imaginative Writing: Assessment

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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 the assessment task for this unit. It includes a checklist to focus on that covers all of the learning from the SOW. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to download my FREE short story anthology for use with this lesson.
EDEXCEL Conflict Poetry Revision - Learn Key Quotations Fun Challenge!
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EDEXCEL Conflict Poetry Revision - Learn Key Quotations Fun Challenge!

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This is a set of progressively more challenging gap-fill sheets to help students learn key quotations for the Edexcel Conflict poetry cluster. Begin by giving students the completed quotations to learn. I then give them a week to practise them and give them the next sheet to complete either independently or in groups. This has had tremendous results for my students, all of whom are now feeling much more confident about sitting the poetry exam!
Room 101 Persuasive Speeches
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Room 101 Persuasive Speeches

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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 an engaging lesson in which students present their own idea for Room 101. This is a lighthearted introduction before the very sinister truth next lesson when they read an extract from Orwell’s ‘1984’. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to download my FREE short story anthology for use with this lesson.
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!
Heroes by Robert Cormier - Complete Unit of 24 Lessons
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Heroes by Robert Cormier - Complete Unit of 24 Lessons

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This is a complete GCSE unit novel study for Robert Cormier's Heroes. This comprises 21 PowerPoints, a total Scheme of Work split into 24 lessons and all related resources. Lessons include embedded videos, extracts from other relevant literature, close reading exercises, creative work, research lessons, a complete trial set-up, debates and various short and extended writing opportunities. This is a hugely popular unit with all of the groups that have studied it. Please do let me know if any of the video links/resources don't work for you. Message me and I will send them to you directly.
Narrative and Creative Writing Choice Menu with 17 Tasks
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Narrative and Creative Writing Choice Menu with 17 Tasks

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Please Miss, Can I Have Some More?! This is an engaging Narrative and Creative Writing worksheet comprising 17 high quality tasks and prompts for students to undertake. Each task has a points value depending on how easy or challenging the task is, which means you can set a points requirement as homework, during the lesson or for the duration of a unit. SAMPLE TASK: Describe your first encounter with a celebrity. Tell the story twice - first from your point of view, then imagine how the celebrity felt about meeting you. The 'task bubbles' presentation means that students can colour in the tasks that they have completed so that you can easily check progress, and it can also be used to add a competitive edge to proceedings! You can also use this as a homework mat alongside your Narrative/Creative unit to support independent learning. Have fun with it! I'm always amazed by the quality of the responses!
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.
Lord of the Flies Character Organiser
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Lord of the Flies Character Organiser

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This is a four-sheet organiser for the main characters in William Golding's Lord of the Flies. It includes space for: Ralph Piggy Simon Jack The Twins Roger The Lord of the Flies Beast. It asks students to fill in any physical descriptions, inner desires and important traits of the characters. It is an excellent resource to use alongside reading and to make students accountable for their own notes while still giving them some structure.
POKEMON GO - Bring the Worldwide Craze Into the Classroom! Worksheet for Research and Writing Skills
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POKEMON GO - Bring the Worldwide Craze Into the Classroom! Worksheet for Research and Writing Skills

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This resource is a worksheet comprising four fun activities! They include hunting out local Pokestops and researching their significance, linking Pokemon to literary and historical figures and creating students' own version of the hit game. Technology is only going to become more encompassing, so now is the time for us to embrace it as educators and show students the learning that can take place while playing their favourite games!