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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!
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!
Lesson 6 Imaginative Writing: Baseline
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Lesson 6 Imaginative Writing: Baseline

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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 baseline test based on the previous lesson's work on Unreliable Narrators. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to download my FREE short story anthology for use with this lesson.
Word Birds Word of the Week Vocabulary Builder: 6th-12th Grade GROWING BUNDLE!
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Word Birds Word of the Week Vocabulary Builder: 6th-12th Grade GROWING BUNDLE!

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Welcome to Word Birds, a weekly lesson and resources to build higher-level vocabulary in your 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 learned. 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. Each grade package includes: 40 slides in PowerPoint in both US and British English (80 slides total) 40-page PDF of words plus definitions for student handouts or posters (again in both US and British English) 6 mini task cards 1 record sheet 1 help sheet to be used as a student handout. Take a closer look by clicking the “Preview” button above. NOTE: This set will shortly include Word Birds for Year 11 and 12. This product is for personal and classroom use. It is NOT for resale or any other commercial purposes.
Lesson 9 Imaginative Writing: The Home of the Future
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Lesson 9 Imaginative Writing: The Home of the Future

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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 the notion of future technology and students design their own perfect home of the future to be used in future writing assignments. It looks at the idea of personification and how to apply it to their own work. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to download my FREE short story anthology for use with this lesson.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Julius Caesar Act 1 Scene 1
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Julius Caesar Act 1 Scene 1

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This is a complete lesson for teaching Act 1 Scene 1 of Julius Caesar. I have included a copy of the 'No Fear Shakespeare' version of the scene for you to use if you wish. The lesson includes the following: - Key/complex vocab exploration - Introduction to puns - Creative task - Prediction of future events. Look out for more Julius Caesar lessons from me soon!
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!
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!