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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!
Create Your Own Comic Strip Template
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Create Your Own Comic Strip Template

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This is a fun and engaging blank comic strip proforma for students to create their own storyboards, scene interpretations or just design their own comics! Great for use with chapter summaries, end of unit reflection, creative responses or just a bit of fun.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Lesson 14 Imaginative Writing: Tension and Sentence Types
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Lesson 14 Imaginative Writing: Tension and Sentence Types

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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 the seven types of tension with examples and video clips to spark their interest. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to download my FREE short story anthology for use with this lesson.
Lesson 20 Imaginative Writing: Supertoys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss
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Lesson 20 Imaginative Writing: Supertoys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss

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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 Supertoys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss. I usually complete this unit with a viewing of A.I. by Steven Spielberg. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to download my FREE short story anthology for use with this lesson.
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.